Great ingredients make for great meals. Whenever you can, use the highest quality supplies for your recipes. The flavor difference will always come through in your finished dish.
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There are dozens of hot peppers available to you and, if you are so inclined, there are even hot pepper societies for the appreciation of these spicy delicacies. (See Hot Sauce for an explanation of Scoville Units.)
Practically speaking, you will find only a handful of pepper types in a typical grocery store. The most common in the U.S. markets (from mild to hot) are:
Mild - 1,000 - 2,000 scoville units
Ancho (smoked poblano)
Medium to hot - 2,000 - 5,000 scoville units
Chipotle (smoked jalapeno)
Very Hot - 1,000,000 - 3,000,000 scoville units