There are a lot of people who are feeling a bit confused by the fact the green chiles and jalapenos seem to be the same. The question is, are they actually the same? Green chiles can refer to different types of peppers.
It should be remembered that there are different pepper types that are available and the moment that the color is green, then they can already be referred to as such. The jalapeno is a specific type of pepper and it is known for being hot. Those who love spicy food though may think that this is a bit milder as compared to other hotter peppers. If you would see canned “green peppers,” expect that they are going to be milder than jalapenos.
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Answered Sep 18, 2020
A lot of people assume that jalapenos and green chili are the same, probably because of how they look like. There are a lot of chili fans that feel that the green chili is more similar to Anaheim, which is also a type of chili.
Jalapenos are known to pack a lot of heat, which explains why there are some people who would remove the seeds of the jalapenos when they are using it for cooking food. There are also some people who may use chilis as a condiment rather than something that can be eaten on its own. The heat that you will receive from jalapenos and green chilis are a bit different.
There are several different kinds of hot peppers. One is the Jalapeno. It is only hot if you eat the seeds of them. The green chili peppers include the Jalapenos, but there are other peppers in this group. The other green chili peppers include cayenne peppers and Anaheim. All of these peppers are considered hot. They have a thin flesh and seeds that make it hot. Even though these peppers are hot, they range in heat on a scale.
Some are hotter than others. The green chili pepper, Jalapeno is considered to be the hottest pepper in this group. Several of the other green chili peppers are long and grow many inches long, but Jalapeno peppers are caught small in size.
There are two categories of peppers: spicy and sweet. Jalapenos and green chilis are both in spicy category, meaning they are botanically the same. This is where the similarities end. Green chilis are referred to as "Anaheim" peppers and are less spicy than the Jalapeno and are used to make green chili and canned chilies. Jalapeno peppers are known to be spicy and used in small quantities to add heat.
To give you an idea of the difference in spicy flavor, Jalapenos are rated a 5 out of 10 in heat, where green chilies rank around 2 or 3. Typically, Anaheim peppers are roasted before use and jalapenos are diced or minced and used fresh. Jalapeno peppers are also popular to be pickled.