Chili peppers are as diverse as the food people cook with them. Each one unique onto itself. Some of them add just a little extra kick while others will turn your mouth into a raging inferno. One of the more common peppers available, the Guajillo chili pepper is found in many dishes from Mexico. For novices in the field of Mexican cuisine here is a helpful introduction to the Guajillo chili pepper.
The Guajillo chili pepper has a tough outer skin. Before you can start cooking with it you are going to want to soften this up by soaking it in water. While this chili pepper is the only one you soak in water, it will take a little longer until it is ready to be mixed in with the cuisine. You will also want to separate the seeds from the rest of the pepper. The seeds of peppers will have more flavor than the rest of the pepper. With the seeds you can crush them up and place them off to the side. If the dish you prepare with the Guajillo doesn’t have enough kick in it, you can mix in a few of the crushed seeds to bring out the hotness or flavor more.
For the most part when people mention peppers of any kind the first thing that comes to mind is the hotness of the dish. The Guajillo measures between 2,500 and 4,000 Scoville units. This ranks it as having a mild hotness, so you can use it to either add some more kick or bring out other flavors in different dishes. With blending flavors the more creative side of cooking comes. You can take a traditional dish and add your personal touch to it by experimenting with different amounts of flavoring.
If you keep these two things in mind making anything from salsa to traditional chicken and rice dishes will be easy and enjoyable for you. Experimenting with them could also lead you to some very surprising end results. In the high stakes world of fine dining a new trend of cooking has shown its self by chefs experimenting and blending traditional flavors to create something entirely new. While you may not be someone built for this competitive world you can still enjoy the same level of cooking right in your own home.