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Guide to Fresh and Dried Chiles

Different chile varieties can bring wonderful nuance to spicy food. But the selection of chiles in grocery stores is often mislabled, spotty, and confusing — unless you shop with our chile guide in hand. We’re giving you the lowdown on eight of the most widely available chiles, including photos of fresh and dried versions, alternate names, a heat index, and common uses — plus tips on roasting and controlling the heat level.

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