Aji Amarillo Chile Powder
"Aji" means chile pepper in Spanish, and "amarillo" means yellow. These are called “yellow chile peppers” as the yellow color appears when cooked, as they mature the Aji Amarillo chile pods turn a deep orange color. Aji Amarillo are considered a hot chile coming in at 30,000 to 50,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units).
If you've ever had Peruvian food, there's a good chance you've tasted this under appreciated chile. The Aji Amarillo is considered part of the holy trinity of Peruvian cuisine along with garlic and red onions.
We like to use Aji Amarillo chile powder in place of hot chiles such as chipotle, cayenne and habanero for a nice change of pace in spice blends like chili powder, chicken rubs and of course pork rubs. This is a perfect versatile chile powder to add to any well stocked spice cabinet and you’ll soon find yourself using in many dishes.
As a general rule of thumb use 1-2 teaspoons of Aji Amarillo chile powder when substituting for a recipe that calls for a Aji Amarillo chile.