In order to enjoy Mexican food or Tex-Mex food, we really need to know more than just the name of three dishes. First of all, we need to remember that Chili is a highly seasoned stew made from meat and beans. And chilies are vegetables (well, technically fruit, but we won’t get into that). To make it clear; cooks make chili with chilies.
South and Central Americans have been using chili peppers for over 6,000 thousand years, and at the very least we should know what to answer if asked if we want our order with hot, medium or mildchili. The chili that is being offered is really a sauce seasoned with chili peppers.
It’s simple: hot is hot. Medium is medium, and mild is the opposite of hot. But that’s not all; we also have to know what to answer when asked if we want red or green chili. All the chili peppers start out green, and some are harvested while green and others are harvested only after they ripen and turn red. Red chilies are usually hotter than green chilies. If you buy ground chili powder, it is probably made from red chilies. When placing an order in a restaurant, if you can’t decide whether you want red or green, just ask for “Christmas” and they will give you both sauces and you will sound like you are a chili connoisseur.
Red chili is supposed to burn calories as it produces heat in your body just like the heat generated during exercise. It is also supposed to reduce artery blockage because of its powerful antioxidants. That may be why we never see a fat cowboy.
Green chilies are usually used fresh and supposedly good for our skin because they are rich in vitamin E. They also aid digestion because of their fibers. And that is all you need until the next National Chili Day.