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Hot Chili Pepper Trivia


Show your friends how hot your knowledge is of red hot chili peppers. It’s best done over a bowl of hot, spicy chili con carne.

Chili Con Carne is defined as a stew with meat. Meatless recipes, should be called vegetarian chili or simply “chili”.

There are over 140 varieties of chili peppers.

Capsaicin is the chemical that puts the heart in chili. It is measured on the Scoville scale.

Only mammals are sensitive to capsaicin. More on Capsaicin.

One green chili has the vitamin C of six oranges.

The hottest hot pepper in the world is the California Reaper, at 2,200,000 SHU (See Scoville Scale)

Contrary to popular belief, chili is not common on menus on Mexico.

Chili was believed to be first created in San Antonio, TX.

Chili became the “State Food” of Texas in 1977.

Chili became popular with the California Gold Rush.

Chili was a favorite meal of cowboys.

The first Chili Cook-Off was in 1967 at Terlinga, TX.

President Lyndon B. Johnson loved his chili, and he loved it hot. His favorite recipe was called “Pedernales River Chili”, named after his Texas ranch.

Some cultures put chili powder in their chose to keep their feet warm.

Christopher Columbus brought chili peppers to Europe from the New World.

Chili peppers helps lower blood pressure, alleviates sore muscles and helps with arthritis.


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Top 10 Hottest Hot Peppers in the World

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Hot Pepper Trivia


National Chili Day

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