One of the things people love the most about Tex-Mex and Mexican food is the heat. You know, the heat from all those juice, spicy chile peppers? But how hot are they really? We get asked this question a lot when our guests are ordering, so we're breaking down just how hot our favorite peppers are.
To rate the peppers, we'll be using the Scoville scale, a ranking system that measures how much capsaicin (the spicy stuff!) is in each chile pepper. Here we go!
Poblano Pepper: 1,000-3,500
Poblano peppers are great for people who don't like too much kick. These peppers are just slightly spicier than the average bell pepper. It is typically used to make dishes such as chile relleno and features a mild flavor. Our chile relleno dish features a roasted poblano pepper that is topped with ranchero sauce and jack cheese. It also comes with a side of rice, beans and pico de gallo.
Jalapeno Pepper: 3,500-10,000
The jalapeno pepper is the most popular pepper in the western world, but it's actually pretty mild when you compare it to some of the other chile peppers. They are used in a wide variety of Tex-Mex and Mexican dishes, snacks, salsas, etc. We use the jalapeno in our Brochette de Camaron plate. This dish features shrimp stuffed with jalapenos and wrapped in bacon. Rice, charro beans and guacamole salad are included.
Chipotle Pepper: 3,000-10,000
The chipotle pepper is merely a smoked jalapeno that features a spicy, sweet and smoky flavor. It is widely used in a variety of Tex-Mex and Mexican foods. We use chipotle peppers for our Honey Chipotle Salmon, which features a sweet mango chipotle salsa. It comes with roasted vegetables and rice.
Serrano Pepper: 10,000-30,000
The serrano pepper originated in the mountains of the Mexican states of Hidalgo and Puebla. Don't mistake them for a jalapeno! These peppers can make it all the way up to 30,000 heat units, so they pack some serious punch.
Habanero Chile Pepper: 100,000-350,000
The orange habanero is a popular ingredient in super-spicy dishes and sauces. When the starting point is 100,000 heat units per specimen, you know this pepper means business. We're talking your mouth might be on fire business. There are different variations of this pepper, which include the chocolate habanero and the Red Savina.
Get Your Spice On
If you're looking for a little kick in your next meal, come to Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina. Our Tex-Mex style dishes are sure to delight. And don't forget about the great specials we have going on throughout the week. On Wednesdays, you can get two cheese enchiladas or two ground beef tacos plus rice and refried beans for just $5.95! This is a limited-time special and is not valid with any other offer and dine-in only. Plus, you can cool down with a special glass of One Hope Chardonnay.
When you come to Papa Lopez, why not bring the family along? Kids age 10 and younger eat free on Mondays and Tuesdays with the purchase of one adult entree. This offer is good for dine-in only and up to four children.
Check out the menu on our website to see what we have to offer our customers. We are best known for our margaritas and fresh, flavorful dishes. Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina is a great place to hang out with your friends after work, celebrate a special birthday or just come in to enjoy a good meal.