Chile Powder, Serrano
A Mexican Chile, the Serrano Chili Pepper when dried is known as Chile Seco. This smoked chile pepper packs a bit of punch and is considered a medium hot chile chiles and comes in at 8,000 - 18,000 SHU. Harvested in Vera Cruz and the central Mexico valleys this chile has a smoky, fruity flavor with citrus undertones. Ground Serrano is most commonly used in salsas and authentic Mexican sauces. In the states it is sometimes used as a substitute for the more popular Chipotle Chile powder for a delightful taste twist and we like to use it in recipes that call for ground cayenne which is great for heat but lacks the Ground Serrano's flavor profile. Dried Serrano powder works very well in a sweet and spicy salsa when combined with mango and pineapple.