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Chile Pepper Profile #11: Mirasol

Mirasol means ‘looking at the sun’ in Spanish and describes the erect nature of the pods which grow on a compact plant. The pods are 3 to 5in in length and can be used both fresh and dry. At about 5,000 scoville heat units, these peppers…
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Recipe: Prime Rib of Bison Fajitas, with Three-Chile Rub

Darn Hot Bison Fajitas

We recommend North American Bison, check out Bison Bluff Farms right here in Cobden Illinois. Run by Clifton and Kim Howell, Bison Bluff Farms has over 350 Bison roaming on more than 1000 acres.


– 1 8lb Bison Prime Rib.
– 4 cloves garlic, finely sliced
– 2 cups beef stock
– 1 cup red table wine)
– 2-3 fresh organic tomatoes
– 1 fresh head of romaine lettuce
– fresh flour tortillas

Three Chile Rub:
– 3 tablespoons Darn Hot Peppers ground poblano chile
– 2 teaspoons Darn Hot Peppers ground chile de arbol
– 2 teaspoons Darn Hot Peppers ground mirasol chile
– 2 teaspoons dried oregano, Mexican preferred
– 1 teaspoons sea salt
– 1 teaspoon Darn Hot Peppers Herb Shaker

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Thaw for 1 hour before roasting. Using a knife, poke small holes in the meat and insert the garlic into them. Coat roast with three chile rub to taste. Place in a large roasting pan, bone side down. Roast for 15 minutes. Decrease heat to 350 and roast for 1 hour for medium-rare. Remove and place on a cutting board to rest. Place roasting pan on top of stove over medium-high heat. Add the wine and beef broth cook 10 minutes, stirring and scraping up any brown bits and reduce by half. Salt to taste. Slice meat and pour on some of the reduction.

Slice prime rib in thin strips and garnish w/ tomatoes, lettuce and tortillas and serve as the perfect plate of Southern Illinois Fajitas

Serves 4-5

Darn Hot Peppers musings…

This summer it was over 10o degrees in southern Illinois for a week or so and the 21 variety of specialty peppers grown at Rancho Bella Vista-Home of Darn Hot Peppers are having a ball.

mirasol.jpgThe Mirasol, Thai Hot and Thai Dragons are sunning themselves looking straight up at the sun and smiling, the Pequins and Chiltepins are saying in Texas we usually play in 105 degrees, the long greens, anaheims and poblanos say this is regular southwest type of weather. And in Illinois we now consider Cobden the southern Illinois Home of Specialty Hot Pepper.

So welcome Chileheads and Pepper Lovers in Illinois. We at Darn Hot Peppers LLC have created this blog for our new found friends around the world. Share your thoughts and share your recipes, through this blog, of how you are using our pepper products and which products may be your favorite. We inturn will share your recipes with the rest of the world. I look forward to hearing from all of you.