Seasonal Superfood: Serrano Chiles

Serrano Chiles are best from June through October. Here's what to look for, along with recipes to try.
SERRANO CHILES
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Capsaicin, the compound that gives chiles their sizzling heat, is a natural bacteria- and inflammation-fighter. Ancient cultures used it as an antiseptic.

Sinus Savior
Eating chile-laced dishes can help clear congestion, fight infections and relieve the swelling that causes headaches.

Metabolism Motivator
Capsaicin revs up your body, so you burn more calories -- even sitting still!

Say Yes to Vibrant Green
Select brightly colored chiles with shiny skin, which tells you they're at their peak flavor and freshness.

Swap It!
You can sub serranos for jalapeños in most recipes. But remember: Serranos are about two to three times as spicy.

TRY THESE RECIPES
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Shrimp in Coconut Curry

 
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Southwestern Meatballs

 
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Roasted Squash Soup

 
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Spicy Vodka Martini

 
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Serrano Pesto

 
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Smoky Black Beans

 
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Chile-Ginger Sauce

 

 

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