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What’s The Best Peppers For Salsa?

What are the best peppers for salsa? Without a doubt, Jalapeños. I say this as a salsa lover, both the food and dance variety, because Jalapeños are in that range of hotness that most people can tolerate.

What do I mean? In other words, using the measurement for peppers to test their hot level, the Scoville Heat Units, Jalapeños will range from anywhere between 2000 to 10,000. If we say 5000 as their normal level then I’d say we would be around the mark.

So the best peppers for salsa are Jalapeños. But that’s my opinion and others may think differently.

You see, answering a question like this is a little difficult. Why? Because everyday has a different level of tolerance when it comes to peppers.

For example, my old man doesn’t care how hot they are. He’s in his nineties. He’s been growing hot peppers all his life. He turns them into powder and sprinkles it on everything.

Legend has it he even uses it on ice-cream and cereal. That’s yet to be confirmed but it wouldn’t surprise me.

I’ve always wondered if he can still taste stuff because the inside of his mouth would be calloused from all the hot peppers he’s had.

I bet he would even tackle a Carolina Reaper pepper if he could get his hands on one but at his age, we discourage him from trying.

So, different people are going to have different preferences but most will opt for the Japapeno for the salsa for the reasons outline.

What You Need To Know To Grow A Salsa Garden

jalapenoThere are hundreds of types of peppers out there, many of which are grown commercially for food, ornamental plants, and medicine.

Some people enjoy eating spicy foods while others don’t like anything spicy at all.

If you’re looking to add some flavor to your meals without adding too much spice, consider growing one of the three varieties of peppers we list below.

They’ll provide you with delicious ingredients for your next batch of homemade salsa.

Growing a salsa garden requires some forethought. There are hundreds of different types of peppers out there, each with their own unique characteristics and uses.

Some are mild, some are spicy, and others are downright hot. If you want to make sure you don’t burn yourself while trying to enjoy your favorite dish, these are the best peppers to grow for salsa.

The heat level of chili peppers ranges from 0 to over 300,000 SHU.

To put this into perspective and as we pointed out above, the average Jalapeno has around 5000 SHU, but the hottest one ever recorded had a whopping 940,000 SHU. What?!!

So how do we know where to place our peppers on the scale? Well, the USDA classifies peppers into five categories based on their heat levels.

Pepper Heat Level (Scoville Units) Sweet Mild 0 – 2,500/ Mild 2,600 – 4,900/ Moderate 5,000 – 75,000/ Hot 76,000 – 99,000/ Very Hot 100,000 – 200,000/ Super Hot 300,000 +

The truth is, once you get to the four figures on the Scoville scale, it’s hard to determine hot from very hot to super hot.

Once you get into this region, does it really matter, they can still cause you discomfort if you are not used to eating hot peppers.

So what does this mean for us? Well, it means you’ll decide the best peppers for salsa yourself, depending on the level of heat you can handle. Hope this makes some sense.

Best Peppers For Salsa In 2022 And Beyond

You’ve got the top pick for best salsa peppers, now, I’m going to look at a handful of pepper varieties to consider for the remainder of this year and beyond.

This should satisfy those of you who like it hotter than Jalapeños or not quite as hot. In fact, the first two peppers listed have no heat to very little heat.

And these three are in addition to the Jalapeno mentioned as the best pepper for salsa above.

#1 California Wonder Bell Pepper

California Wonder

This bell pepper has a low heat rating of 0 to 100, making it perfect for adding a little sweetness to your dishes. This variety grows well indoors and outdoors, and makes for a great addition to salads, sandwiches, soups, and pasta. This is a great choice for salsa if you are not a fan of extreme heat in peppers. In fact, this is the complete opposite. The California Wonder Bell pepper a safe way to go.

#2 Nadapeno Sweet Pepper

Like Jalapeños? Then you are going to probably like the taste of this sweet pepper. Is it hot? No it isn’t. In fact, even though it is said to register somewhere between 0-100 on the heat index, I have never ever tasted or eaten one with even a hint of heat. But taste wise, they are delicious and the “friendly cousin” to the hot Jalapeño. If you are creating a salsa for a bunch of people, then you’ll make one with hot Jalapeños and one with extremely mild Nadapenos. It’s uncanny when you take the heat equation out how similar they are in taste.

#3 Anaheim Peppers

Anaheim Peppers

This is a favorite of my gardening parents. They love to roast the Anaheim or stuff it but here’s a strong tip, it’s also great in salsa. It’s level of heat can break 2000 SHU but it’s milder than the hot Jalapeño. I know this pepper and suggest it’s one you put on your gardening or buying list before you make your next salsa. This will satisfy those who prefer mild and those who like a bit of heat in their peppers. One of the features of the Anaheim pepper is its “crunchy disposition”. In a salsa, it tastes and feels great. Put it on your list.

Conclusion: Best Peppers For Salsa

how to make homemade salsa without tomatoesSo the final word. I have made this list on my preferences.

I’m a fan of mild to moderate heat although I will indulge extra heat when in the mood.

The list in this article should satisfy people with a sweet pepper preference bordering on some real heat.

As I said, it will be your choice in the end. The four peppers listed here will go a long way to satisfying your need for creating the best tasting salsa.

For those of you who like it really hot, then I wish you good luck. However, it’s not my preference.

I have always maintained that I like to taste the food I’m eating without having that taste compromised. Fighting the heat of a raging hot pepper is not my idea of a good salsa.

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JD Dean

Growing up on a farm gave me and my family some huge advantages. One of them was learning to grow our own food. Apart from acres and acres of crops, we had a magnificent fruit and vegetable garden plus, we canned our own food. I’m hoping to pass on some of this expertise and experience to you.

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