A type of chile pepper that is about 5 inches in length, is green or red in color, and has a mild to medium-hot flavor. Named for the California city where they originated, the Anaheim Chile Pepper is sold fresh and is also available roasted, dried, or canned in many food stores. It may at times, be referred to as the New Mexico chile, but the actual New Mexico chile has a slightly hotter flavor. Anaheim chiles are a good complement to egg dishes, stews, and vegetable dishes or it can be added to fruit salsas. Recipes for Chiles Rellenos is one of many food dishes that uses the Anaheim Chile Pepper as a pepper to hold stuffed ingredients.
When selecting, choose fresh peppers that are glossy, well colored and not blemished or soft. Dried Anaheim chiles will wrinkle and turn a dark burgundy color. When canned, this chile is typically labeled simply as "green chiles". To store, keep chiles in the refrigerator wrapped in a paper towel for 12 to 16 days, depending on the quality of the pepper prior to refrigerating.