You can sub serranos for jalapeños in most recipes. But remember: Serranos are about two to three times as spicy. Select brightly colored chiles with shiny skin, which tells you they're at their peak flavor and freshness. Then try 'em in these healthy, flavorful recipes.
What makes the serrano chile a superfood? Capsaicin, the compound that gives chiles their sizzling heat, is a natural bacteria- and inflammation-fighter. (Ancient cultures used it as an antiseptic.) It also keeps you healthy by motivating your metabolism: Capsaicin revs up your body, so you burn more calories-even sitting still! And eating chile-laced dishes can help clear congestion, fight infections and relieve the swelling that causes headaches.
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