Field Notes

Chili de Arbol Profile

Name: Chili de Arbol

Flavor: juniper, smoke, sage, lemon

Heat Level: Hot

These small, skinny chilies hail from Jalisco, Mexico and pack a pronounced heat. They’re usually dried and are available in whole and ground form. Stored in a resealable plastic bag, they’ll keep for up to a year.

Pairs well with:

  • Chicken thighs
  • Broccoli rabe
  • Dijon mustard
  • Leeks
  • Pork loin
  • Kale
  • Whole grains

Risotto with Leeks, Herbs and Chilies de Árbol

We first came to love chiles de árbol through a cookbook called Sunday Suppers at Lucques by Suzanne Goin, a Los Angeles chef. Before leafing through its pages, we thought of these chilies as an occasional variation, rather than a full-blown staple. But in Goin’s recipes, chilies de arbol appear with almost as much frequency as salt or pepper--they are a signature ingredient that elevates her unique California-meets-Mediterranean cooking style.

From making a few of her recipes, we learned that throwing a whole chili in with a marinade or into a pot of stew has a huge effect on flavor. It provides a touch of heat, sure, but also a subtle smoky botanical flavor that helps to balance rich dishes. In this risotto, two chilies, along with fresh thyme and bay, make all the difference in an otherwise simple dish.

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Holiday Detox Drink

Welcome back, friends!

We hope your Thanksgiving was filled with great food and, most importantly, great company. If you’re anything like us, your eyes might have betrayed your stomach yesterday to the point of feeling downright stuffed. Cheer up: we have just the thing to cure what ails. This detox drink is designed to help settle your insides while helping to remove any toxin build-ups--it also happens to be delicious!

And we have one more piece of good news for you: we’re gearing up for a major sale as part of Cyber Monday. This coming Monday, November 30th, for one day only, all products on the Chili Lab store will be 20% off with the discount code TKTK. So bookmark the page and set an alert on your calendar: this is a great opportunity to stock up on gifts for the chili lovers in your life. Grab a Hot Sauce Kit for the DIY fanatic, and pick a gift box of our original Chili Salts for your cook friend who has everything. This holiday season, go beyond heat.

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