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Rebolledo Picks His 10 Favourite Chillies (In No Particular Order)

And the proper boots to match!

Let’s forget music for a while. Why not talk about food? Mexican producer Rebolledo takes us through a delicious lesson in cuisine: how to pick the right chilli for a spicy meal, and how to dress for the occasion. So, alongside each chilli, he recommends the appropriate boots. Finally, a bit of advice: if you fancy a slice of his sound, check in again tomorrow, you’ll find something nice...

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A lot of people have the wrong idea about chillies and spicy food in general . . . they think that the purpose of consuming chillies is to suffer; that people that eat them, just to prove something. Nothing could be further from the truth; there's a huge variety of chillies, with different flavours and uses. Chillies, just like wine, can be paired with the perfect food, occasion and style.

10. Chilli de Cera (Wax Chilli)

It's called this because it looks almost like a candle and is famous for being super-hot. It's good in a nice simple mix - just slice and add onions, garlic, oil and vinegar. Another typical way to prepare them is by stuffing them with fresh cheese and epazote, to make a great hot appetizer. Their almost fake look reminds me of the aesthetics of pop art: bright colours and a plastic look. They therefore make a very nice contrast with another pop art classic: black and white stripes. A pair of black and white striped boots would fit perfectly.

9. Chile Serrano

You have to always take care with Serranos, they look kind of harmless and sometimes they are, but other times are just pure evil. It's almost like flipping a coin with these ones. They are great to eat fresh with seafood, for example in ceviches, or you can grill them to have them on the side of a nice piece of beef. Since, like snakes, it's hard to tell if they are dangerous or not (if you are not an expert, it's hard to tell if snakes are poisonous), a pair of snake boots is the perfect match.

8. Chilli Poblano

Originally from Puebla, this is a very popular chilli which is almost not hot at all. They are very adaptable; for example they can be stuffed with various things, made into the famous “Chillies en Nogada”, or made into a soup. Such a popular and versatile chilli should be matched with a versatile “every day” pair of boots.

7. Chile Guajillo

This is a super friendly and casual dry chilli, it's not hot at all and its smoky flavour gives a special touch to every meal. This chilli crosses boundaries of regional cuisines, recipes and styles, since you can use it to spice soups, pasta, or any hot dish. It's really good to be creative and try new ways to use it. Such a cool and casual chilli should be paired with a pair of cool and casual boots.

6. Chilli de Comapa

This has to be one of my favourite chillies. It’s almost unknown since it only grows in a certain region in the mountain area of the centre of Veracruz, near Comapa, and only very few people sell it. It is a little dry chilli, which can be fried in order to make it crunchy. It has a very honest flavour and is perfect mixed with garlic and paired with hot dishes like grilled fish or meat. The elegance of its shape, colour and taste - and the fact that it's so hard to find that people who collect it have to reach the areas where it grows by horse - matches just fine with a pair of horse riding boots.

5. Piquín

This is a very typical chilli from the North of Mexico; it's tiny, round and dangerous. It goes super well with beef, throwing one in your mouth after every other bite. They can be green or flashy, shiny red – a perfect match for flashy, shiny red boots.

4. Mira Parriba (Looking Up)

This chilli’s popular name comes from its peculiar way of growing pointing up instead of hanging down. Even though it's a very small chilli, it's über hot. Not everyone can handle this one directly, so it's good for making salsas. I collect these ones myself, near my parent's house. Since it's a very wet, humid and wild area, it’s best to do this whilst wearing proper rain boots.

3. Chipotle

This is actually the same chilli as the Jalapeño, but dried, smoked and processed. Nothing compares to the almost sweet flavour of a properly done, home-made chipotle. It goes well with pork, chicken or turkey dishes; it's a good winter chilli for special occasions, just like a nice pair of furry boots.

2. Habanero

This crazy chilli from the South East of Mexico has the reputation of being one of the meanest chillies, but its unique taste - and reaction in the mouth - makes every flavour explode. You can never go wrong when pairing it with fresh sea food, just as you can never go wrong wearing a nice pair of fresh summer boots while eating them.

1. Jalapeño

The famous Jalapeño Chilli actually comes from my hometown, Xalapa. Nowadays it has some negative connotations – a sad image - because the Americans made it an important ingredient for lame junk food like nachos. They use them in the worst way . . . sliced with vinegar. If you have it fresh, it's a great chilli to bite into just as is. It goes well with seafood and meat as well. You can grill it and have it on the side of your plate almost as a side dish. Such a nice chilli, which comes from my region, goes well with a nice pair of boots from Naolinco aka ‘Boot Town’ (a small town near Xalapa specialised in shoe making).

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