Feel the Heat: Capsicana Chilli Co. Competition (CLOSED)

The Capsicana Chilli Company sells, you guessed it, chillies!

I used Capsicana’s chillies in anger, so to speak, when I made Valentine Warner’s carne con chile recipe a few months ago. The smells they released during cooking were heady and the flavour they gave to the finished dish was wonderful. The ancho poblano chilli brought a distinctive dried fruit flavour and the chipotle a wonderfully smoky kick.

Most of the product range is from Mexico and includes familiar names such as ancho poblano, chipotle and habanero (which smells like chocolate!) Capsicana also sell a selection of herbs and spices, including spice mixes.

Capsicana Group pack shot


The best way to learn the distinct characteristics of these different chillis, herbs and spices is to cook with them yourself so I’m delighted to be able to offer not one, not two, not three but four Capsicana Chilli Co. sets to readers of Kavey Eats.


Each prize set includes the following products and is worth over £40! UK delivery is included.

  • Chillies – Ancho Poblano, Bhut Jolokia, Cascabel, Chipotle, Guajillo, Habanero, Pasilla, Piquin
  • Herbs & Spices – Mexican Oregano, Annatto Powder, Epazote, Mexican Cinnamon
  • Mixes – Fajita Mix, Salsa Chilli Kit


You can enter the competition in 2 ways.

Entry 1 – Blog Comment
Leave a comment below, answering the following question:
What recipe(s) would this selection of Capsicana chillis, spices and herbs inspire you to cook?

Entry 2 – Twitter
First follow both @Capsicana and @kaveyf accounts. Existing followers are, of course, welcome to enter!
Then tweet the (exact) sentence below:
I’d love to win chillies, spices & herbs from @Capsicana Chilli Co & Kavey Eats! #KaveyEatsCapsicana


  • The deadline for entries is midnight GMT Monday 14th May 2012.
  • The winners will be selected from all valid entries using a random number generator.
  • The prize (of which there are four) is a selection of chillies, spices and herbs, as listed above, and includes delivery to a UK mainland address only.
  • The prize cannot be redeemed for cash.
  • The prize is offered directly by the Capsicana Chilli Company.
  • One blog entry per person only. One twitter entry per person only. You do not have to enter both ways for your entries to be valid.
  • For twitter entries, winners must be following both @kaveyf and @capsicana accounts at the time of notification, as this will be sent by Direct Message.
  • Blog comment entries must provide an email address for contacting the winner. For those leaving a comment using their Google ID, please make sure an email address is visible directly in your profile.
  • The winners will be notified by email or twitter. If no response is received within 5 days of notification, the prize will be forfeit and a new winner will be picked and contacted.
  • 29/4/12: Please note that the deadline for this competition has been extended from the original deadline of 4th May to 14th May and an extra prize set has been also added.

*If you don’t have a secondary email address already and are nervous about sharing your main email address on the internet, why not set up a new free email account on hotmail, gmail or yahoo, that you can use to enter competitions like this?

The four winners of this competition are Girish Balachandran, Angela Currie, Ruth Bourne and @snarepuss.

Please leave a comment - I love hearing from you!
189 Comments to "Feel the Heat: Capsicana Chilli Co. Competition (CLOSED)"

  1. Darren McKean

    Definitely chilli oil with the Bhut Jolokia but I might be brave/daft enough to make a sweet crispy chilli beef with it too.
    I spied the cinnamon and thought a nice spiced apple compote with ice cream might help to cool things down afterwards!

  2. Corina

    I think I’d make a Mexican mole. I ‘m always wishing I had the right types of chillies for it.

  3. Ashleigh

    my husband would love if i won this, he is chilli mad and always looking to try new flavours! I would probably make chilli as he is the chef in this house. I am sure he would come up with something much better!

  4. Girish Balachandran

    I’d be keen to try a good ol’ goan mutton vindaloo with a fresh twist using some of Capsicana’s herbs. Haven’t been behind a frying pan in ages, the thrill of a win might just get me to don the apron again 🙂

  5. Lynne

    got to try that Mexican cinnamon and a selection of the chilies with chocolate in a Mexican chocolate cake!

  6. Mark

    I live by the words of Rick Bayless, one of the best chefs when it comes to authentic mexican foods. I would love to use these hard to find chilis/spices on some of his recipes from the cookbook, Mexican Everyday. Maybe add some heat to the Smoky Pork Tinga Tacos or perhaps the traditional Cochinita Pibil- slow cooked achiote pork.

  7. Miss Whiplash

    Oh Kavey – these look AMAZING!
    Curry goat to start, I think.
    And maybe kimchi – you reckon you could make that with Mexican chillies?

  8. Suelle

    Chilli con carne is a popular dish here – it would be great to compare the flavours of different chillies.

  9. Tezza

    I would love to try out these products when I next make my much adored veggie chilli. I think the chipotle chillies which I adore would really enhance the flavour!

  10. Phil Bennion

    I would prepare a variation of a goulash with larger than usual chunks of lamb and thicken the sauce.

  11. Debs @ The Spanish Wok

    Oh what a fab competition. I have so many recipes in mind for these chillies and spices. First up though, I have a recipe for vietmamese curry spice blend and I NEED annatto seeds/powder to do this. Mixed chilli con carne too. Chilli and garlic prawns, etc, etc, etc.

  12. Sue Turner-Smith

    I would make lots of chilli con carne, experimenting by trying out different chillies to see which I liked best.

  13. Jane Willis

    With so many types of chilli at once, I think I’d try a comparative tasting, cooking the same dish every time – probably a basic chilli con carne – but using a different chilli each time, to see how the different varieties really affect the flavour.

  14. Galina V

    A spicy beef stew would work beautifully with the spices and herbs from your selection. or a big tray of roast chicken and potatoes, generously spinlked with the spices.So many choices

  15. Romaine

    I would use them in the Hairy Bikers Chilli Con Carne recipe

  16. Hazel Rea

    Chilli con carne – with these chillies even my daughter’s boyfriend who is a real chilli expert couldn’t complain!

    Ben Jackson

    It’s great fun to experiment with different chilli flavours in your chilli con carne. I always use chipotle for smokey aroma and flavour, and then some habanero for heat. Will be trying Valentine’s carne con chile recipe soon as looks delicious!

  17. @milliepaw

    I’d definitely whip up a batch of chipotole sauce, the basis of so any Mexican dishes. I’d also want to do a chilli con carne with some of the chillies, just to see how the flavours differ from my standard chilli. The cinnamon would go into sugar for churros to be rolled in…I could go on all day. I am a huge fan of all things Mexican.

  18. Chaundra

    oooh fun things! What recipe would I cook? Well, I’ve been desperately trying to find the perfect molé recipe for my crock pot and these would definitely go a long ways towards helping me on my quest!

  19. Becky

    I’d make pork pibil and pop it onto some crispy corn tostadas. Big bowl of spicy salsa on the side too.

  20. Matt

    It would have to be slow pot cooked beef shoulder with the mexican cinnamon, annato and chipotle served on a bed of lime infused rice!
    Or pasilla lamb kebabs in charred pittas, yum!

  21. Sharon Wells

    I make a lightly pressed goat’s cheese with chillies. Think of the fun I could have with all these.

  22. Ben

    I think i’d have to go with a simple (although complex…ooooh) harissa chilli sauce. The perfect accompaniment to the meats being BBQ’d this coming summer! A true heatwave 🙂

  23. Alicia (Foodycat)

    There are loads of recipes I see that call for epazote! But I think my first port of call would be a proper hot chocolate with Mexican cinnamon.

  24. Emma

    I would perfect my pulled pork recipe – its pretty good as it is but all these lovely spices and herbs would give it a serious kick!

  25. Linda T

    I know next to nothing about Mexican food so it woulod inspire me to do some research and have a go.

  26. Heather Naylor

    If I won, I’d finally be able to make some of the recipes from the Wahaca book I got two years ago, particularly the “blow-your-head-off salsa” requiring habaneros to show my boyfriend that he is not infallible…

  27. Jude

    I’d be on the fajitas trail myself because according to my daughters I never get them right.

  28. Karohemd

    So many ideas. Curries, chilli con carne, salsas, guacamole, spice rubs for meat, spiced brownies…

  29. sophia hassan

    i will make delicious fajitas and tacos with your spices

  30. Tink Rhonda Lee Mse

    I would make a nice big pot of chilli con carne but with a twist, instead of making it with the usual mince I would use tuna instead.

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  31. Ruth Tesdale

    My husband has his own recipe using chicken, chirizo, beans and seasonal veg sith chilli. and tomatoes. We love it and this would be perfect in it.

  32. tim smith

    I’d use it them to make a curry feast – my famous, well it’s famous to me – beef curry with all the trimmings including bombay potatos and sag aloo

  33. Amanda Johnson

    I would make an improvement on my own recipe Family Special Burrito. Although it is never ever made the same lol that is why it is so special. Have also followed you both and tweeted x x @Mand_x_

  34. Susie

    Definitely a thick sweet potato soup with plenty of chilli, a good amount of oregano and a little pinch of cinnamon to add that little interesting edge.

  35. Nicola B

    I´d make Azteca soup with Ancho and Guajillo chiles and the Epazote. With some nacho strips and sour cream it´s the best soup I´ve ever tasted.

  36. Phil Darling

    I’d add these to my shepherds Pie, and blow my wifes head off

  37. hassni

    I’d like to add them to a salsa to give things a little zing.

  38. Frances

    I would have to say Chilli Con Carne. Plenty of flavours here to experiment with, I’m sure it would be something special.

  39. Catriona Reekie

    I would have my friends over and make them a trio of chillis mild medium and fiery…..using the various herbs and spices……..that way all my friends would be catered for in their tastes

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  41. scarlett brannan

    I would cook some kind of really slow-cooking curry, using some of the spices.

  42. John Lynch

    use a good mix of chillies, oregano and cinnamon

  43. Andy

    Every new recipe I can find with chillies in, do try and find my favourite!!

  44. liz denial

    I love to create new recipes which are both tasty & healthy so these would help me be even more creative.

  45. Kelly Koya

    Oh def a mexican dish, something like Huevos Ranchos, eggs cracked over a tomato and chilli sauce, spooned into warm tortillas and topped with cheese. Best done with ancho chillis and generous amounts of oregano!

  46. laura stewart

    ooh these are right up my street would love to try them

  47. Diane R

    I’d have another go at making a chicken Chipotle Chimichanga! My husband is a chilli lover.

  48. siobhan

    it would have to be some mouth watering spicy mexican dish.. maybe Chipotle Shredded Beef with my own twist on the seasoning & spices x

  49. Michael Griffin

    Would have to be a beef chilli with added dark chocolate for that special richness


    I would make home made kebabs with my speciality Belizean style sauce.

  51. nikki hilton

    these spices would definitely inspire me to cook- a gorgeous- fabulous- vegetarian chili to have with home made corn bread!

  52. Richard

    I’m an experimentalist (so would probably be kicked off master chef fairly quickly) but i enjoy messing with traditional recipes. I would take a nice slab of beef brisket and let it sit in a 1/4 pint water with two carrots, two sections of celery and a white onion, as well as two sections of garlic. I’d take the chillis and with two of them cut them open, scrape the insides out and massage them into the meat, the other two would be fine chopped and scattered around so that they infuse into the water as it slow cooks. Careful not to over do it, i’d leave it in for an hour and then add mushrooms (maybe oyster) and some black pepper, then leave it in for another hour. To accompany it i’d par boil some potatoes and then put them in the over with around 1/2 inch of oil. This too would have black pepper, garlic and tow of the diced peppers in there. Traditional british dish with a fiery twist that isn’t overpowering! Nom!

  53. Louise Smith

    My husband manages to add chillies to the majority of his dishes, and as our cat has just eaten the leaves off his chilli plants, this would make up for it.

  54. Emma Carter

    I’d cook up a Mexican feast for the whole family, the spicier the better! Tacos, nachos, burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, hot wings… the works! It’s making me hungry just thinking about it!

  55. Julia Nicholls

    I would make chilli and a variety of curries as I adore spicy food.

  56. chicamba

    I would make a hot chilli con carne,which I love. However this prize,if I win it,would give my wife (and i)
    the chance to try different recipes.

  57. Innovative Baker

    From all the yummy herbs and spices up there, I can already foresee the smouldering pot of yummy laksa curry soup simmering on my stove…using local ingredients to make a traditional Malaysian dish is what I aim for and what more by incorporating such a choice selection of spices to make it even more delectable!

  58. Craig Brown

    Chimichangas , chilli, and burritos and have one hell of a mex feast

  59. David Paterson

    I can’t think of any one recipe – I would sit down for a day and go through the books and online for a list to try.

  60. Louise Quinn

    A lovely spicy tagine with lamb and cous cous

  61. Martina

    I would make some vegetarian fajitas and an orange and cinnamon cake to use the cinnamon.

  62. Alex

    Has to be good old fajitas! A different spice in every wrap, delicious

  63. Maya Russell

    I’d like to cook Mexican chicken fajitas and make it extra hot.

  64. Clara

    I would love to make a really different chilli con carne – I know my other half would love that

  65. Emma

    With all these lovely spices I would be inspired to take a chilli and a herb and make up dishes using chicken, beef, lamb and pork and then somthing applely.

    I would also run round to my local dry cleaners and chat to the lovely Mexican lady and ask her advice.

  66. Lisa Waugh

    I would try a chilli con carne and some chicken fajitas.

  67. Kathryn Casbolt

    Would have to be a spicy mexican chilli. Hubby reckons there are no chillies that are too hot for him. This amazing selection of goodies would certainly put his taste buds to the test!

  68. Angela Currie

    I currently make a lamb dish, where cubed shoulder of lamb is slow cooked in the oven for several hours with onions, carrots, celery, tomato puree, red wine, oregano, a touch of cinnamon, seasoning and a little stock. The lamb is then left to get cold and the excess fat taken off. I then line a dish with filo pastry with enough overhanging to create a lid. The lamb mixture is then placed in pastry with a few small cubes of feta cheese mixed in and cooked in the oven until golden.

    I quite fancy the idea of adding some of the chillies to the lamb, leaving out the feta and wrapping the meat mixture in tortillas which could then be covered in Mexican cheese (maybe Cotija) and baked in the oven.

    Not sure if it would work but it sounds good to me 🙂

  69. carole smith

    A vegetarain five bean chilli with guacamole.

  70. Cheryl Lovell

    Definetely a hot chilli con crane with fragrant rice 🙂

  71. Diana Cotter

    What a lovely selection of different flavours to try.
    I think I might try a Mexican take on a South African bobotie 🙂

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  72. John Pether

    I think it would have to be a Canary islands Mojo Picon with guinea fowl, just to see what the effect of different chillies was on the subtle undertones of the dish.

  73. Tina

    I have to be honest and say that i wouldn’t use the spices at all…….my husband is a mean chef and could make brilliant use of the spices and chilli in a fajita mix. He also grows his own chillies so it would be very interesting to compare the flavours and heat!!

  74. Laura Pritchard

    Some really colourful pepper-filled fajitas!

  75. Phyllis Ellett

    We are mad fish eaters, so would love to try these to make some great spicy fish dishes.

  76. Maxine

    I’ve been mulling over my decision for the past few days, but think I’ve finally decided upon some baked enchilladas, filled with some tasty chilli and topped with some montery jack cheese

  77. julie wightman

    im hoping it comes with a receipe book so i can learn to cook

  78. Jane English

    Would have to be a nice hot beef chilli. I’d probably make it in my slow cooker then everything has chance to absorb the flavours & is something to look forward to all day when at work!

  79. Linda Hobbis

    Hubby does most of the cooking and he’s having a ‘vegetarian curry’ phase at the moment so I’m sure this prize would add extra inspiration. I’m intrigued by the combination of chocolate and chilli in dishes so that’s something I’d like to try.

  80. Susan Martin

    Oh I would make a feast of mexican delicious menu starting off with nacho with stuffed peppers and chillies. Main would be a selection if meat veg with all the chillies used as flavouring full salsa dips salad etc and finish off with my favourite rich dark chocolate filling on shortcake biscuit with chilli mixed into the chocolate served with cream or ice cream. Mmmmmm oh and wine of course

  81. tracey

    it woudl have to be a hot n spicy chillie on vegetable rice

  82. Wendy Spooner

    anything goes with chillie but best of all chillie con carne on baked jacket sput with lots of creme fresh

  83. Paul Kay

    I’m afraid I would be boring and do a chillie con carne as I wouldn’t want to mask the subtle differences of the new chillie’s compared to normal ones.

  84. Rudy Roversi

    Definitely I’ll start with a chilli con carne…


    I would cook a chilli con carne to spice up the family

  86. Dawn Chapman

    i would cook a “proper” chilli from scratch instead of using the usual jar of rubbish!

  87. alice lightning

    love spicy food,pork curry with extra spicces added , delicious who ever win, will be in spice heaven

  88. steve holman

    I thought my A chilli con carne recipe was already perfect but this could help it with an extra kick 🙂

  89. Charlie F

    I’d make Huevos Rancheros (“Ranch Eggs”), a spicy Mexican breakfast dish that’s also the ultimate hangover cure. You make a spicy tomato sauce with chillies, peppers and onions, thicken it up and make dips in it with a large spoon. Then crack the eggs in, cover, and cook until ready. Serve with flour tortillas and cheese. Yum!!

  90. Kate Rampersad

    I love heat and chillies, especially if they have some flavour, not just a heat. I would try them on with my favourite Caribbean recipes like curry goat or add some heat to my fav yam pie!

  91. Sarah

    With these top ingredients, I’d go for a classic Mexican slow braised beef mole, using those Guajillo chillis, oregano, and cinnamon, in a tomato sauce with dark chocolate to add depth… Mmmm. Gimme.

  92. lorraine polley

    i dont know anything about mexican food, other than chilli, which is a firm favourite in my house, so with all these ingredients would probably have to look on the internet for some more interesting meals

  93. Bonnie King

    My partner is setting up his own business with Mexican inspired dishes so luckily for me I get to sample all of his ideas. So I would probably beg him to make his vegetable chilli bowl or Mexican bean burgers with spicy relish.

  94. Colette Burgess

    The Mr would be cooking up his jambalaya I think :o) Lush

  95. kay adeola

    the chiilies would go great in jollof rice make it nice and hot 🙂

  96. John Mcgovern

    I am always looking for new exciting ways to live’n a traditional bolagnaise. With the help of these herbs and spices, it would positively set fire to it. Break the rules, its fun.

  97. Christine Mutter

    Quick fried scallops infused with chilli (may add a few extra spices too )


    LOTS OF DEIFFERANT CHILLI chuntney’s/jams…see what was the tasiest.

  99. Jane Amess

    I would go for marinated then grilled snapper fish. My husband is a chef, I’m sure he could come up with a million ways to use the spices.

  100. Kim Styles

    Stuffed Poblanos of course!!-
    Totally scrummy (with the right Poblano peppers being essential)

    1 can tomatoes
    1 jalapeno chillie minced
    2 onions, chopped
    3 garlic cloves- minced
    salt and ground pepper
    1 can black beans
    1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
    1 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese
    1 teaspn ground cumin
    4 poblano chillies, halved lengthwise (stems left intact), ribs &seeds removed


    Chilli chocolate éclairs – just to give them that certain edge which is always missing!

  102. nichola armstrong

    I would love this.. this would make a great chilli beef.. me and my partner love to eat food that has an extra kick the hotter the better. What a great selection to win thanks for the chance

  103. Lynne Huffam

    I’d make a classic chilli con carne, rich in spices and tomato

  104. Natasha Gandy

    I would go for a Mexican Feast night with friends – good old Chilli, Mexican Black Beans with the epazote, spiced rice and then I would be tempted to finish with the chocolate cake mentioned in one of the above posts !! Will be Googling that one !! Yummy – there are some fab ideas on here !! x

  105. Reece Precious

    These herbs and spices would inspire me to cook my favourite linguine putanesca (translated :food that only a whore would make.) Gorgeous!!!

  106. ROS Irwin

    I love chilli and would start of with a very hot chilli con carne using pork mince for the best texture.

  107. Sue Gale

    Would have to be the Chilli to beat all Chilli’s!!!!!!

  108. Sarah Burke

    I would probably cook a hot and spicy mexican themed tapas selection…. Mmmmmmm

  109. Alison

    I would attempt salt and chilli pepper ribs, would love to know if I could make them

  110. Kat O.

    I would make gorgeous jambalaya with chicken, prawns and roasted vegetables!

  111. Gwyn S.

    I’d make Goan Chicken curry, full of exotic spices. These would be ideal.

  112. Sarahann Tonner

    I’d use them to make a chilli and tacos. Recently got my sister into Mexican food which is great because I love it. The hotter the better!! 🙂

  113. Daisy Pennock

    I would give them as a gift to my mum so she could make one of her amazing curries!

  114. Stephanie Carr

    I think I would your the chili mix to do a slow cooked beef chilli, maybe with a cold drink or two.

  115. Prerna Gupta

    I would cook spicy quesadillas with these!! I love mexican food!

  116. tracey

    i put chilli in most things and love tapas so maybe some really spicy meatballs with a tomato chilli sause to go with them

  117. karen dixon

    it may sound boring but a good chille con carne extra spicey!!

  118. Emma Bradshaw

    Would love to make some yummy vegetable fajitas with some of the spices!

  119. d mullooly

    a lovely sprinkle in and let’s see from what’s in the fridge today fricasee!!

  120. Danielle Vedmore

    Definitely a lamb tagine – with lots of cinnamon and chilli – yum! xoxo

  121. Clare Robinson

    I would make a few different chilli breads-they are delicious can be made of varying heats and go well with so many foods!


    Mmmmmm – CHILLI TOFU!
    being vegetarian i love finding easy ways to perk up stirfried veg or tofu dishes!


    I would use the oragano to rub all over chicken and slow cook it in wine and some of the chipotle peppers.

  124. Avril Payne

    Mexican Fajitas with a hot chilli dip or simple chilli con carne for me!

  125. elaine stokes

    it would have to be Chilli con carne, we need something warming after this heat wave we are having!!!!!

  126. Tom Edwards

    Chicken fajitas using Quorn and the kit above, probably adding the jalapenos.. I’m not a vegetarian, but it works.

  127. leanne bingham

    i would use the spices to try some new ideas i always wanted to make currys myself so these would be perfect

  128. Matt Davies

    I would try a fusion between HunGarian Goulash and fajitas. I’m always up for experimenting with food. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. But hey, if you don’t try, you’ll never know! 🙂

  129. James Haslett

    Beef enchiladas with proper chillies, a sweet chilli sauce for dipping with…well anything! And a chilli chocolate cheesecake for pud. Mouth watering already!

  130. Ruth B

    Spicy pork fajitas – this would be a great excuse to try some new spice variations. I’d include a salsa made with grapes, cucumber and kiwi with lime juice and coriander which I improvised recently and we loved it!

    I think a cinnamon ice-cream to follow…

  131. Diane D

    I would make Chicken enchiladas with red mole sauce – my favourite Mexican recipe.

  132. carol phile

    a proper stonking chilli dog like on Man V Food

  133. michelle dootson

    fajitas,tacos,texmex and nachos mmmmmmm

  134. Daisy Bryan

    I would make chilli quesadillas, my favourite mexican dish, yum 😀

  135. Benjamin Andrews

    Would have to be the classic chilli con carne!

  136. jacki constantine

    my own sweet chilli jelly so i can make our favourite sweet chilli prawn skewers

  137. Champaklal Lad

    Well there is only one dish for the chillies and spices- that’s home made Indian Tandoori Chicken….

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