Chili is one of the world's favorite seasonings and there are hundred of types. The capsicum family of pepper-producing plants were introduced to Europe in the 16th century from South America. Chilies were then taken to India and Asia where they became popular.
Some chilies are used fresh and the type of fresh chili you choose for cooking will have a considerable effect on how hot the finished dish will be. Others are dried and ground and used to make such ingredients as chili powder, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. Chilies are also used in fiery sauces like Tabasco.
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