Fire Tongue Farms Chile Peppers

Fresh, Dried, and Smoked Chile Peppers from Santa Cruz, CA

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Whole Peppers

The original way to enjoy our peppers is whole. Perfect for chefs looking to add a layer complexity and spice to any dish from sauces, marinades, soups, stews, or stir fry.

Pepper Flakes & Powders

The perfect way to experience our peppers while cooking at home!

Hot Sauces & Chili Oils

Our newest products here at Fire Tongue Farms are our favorite! Check our out new lineup of seriously addicting chili oils, spicy hot sauces, and BBQ-ready chili salt.

How to Enjoy our Peppers


Fresh peppers are the best for making hot sauces and salsas. There are also perfect for making stuffed peppers and for roasting. Anaheim or NuMex peppers are well known for their balance of sweetness, juiciness, and heat when it comes to chile relleno peppers. Most of the smaller cayenne and paprika type peppers we grow are best for salsas or hot sauce. Some people prefer to make mole with our fresh rather than dried mole type peppers. Reach out to us about custom fresh pepper growing opportunities!


Dried peppers usually keep the longest and are hard and brittle making them ideal for grinding into flakes or powders. We are fortunate to be located far enough inland from the coastal fog near Santa Cruz to have enough heat in the summers to field dry our peppers in the sun. We offer our dried peppers primarily as powders or flakes but save some to be sold whole for those that like to do their own grinding at home. We offer dried peppers in whole dried, flake, and powdered forms.


Smoked peppers are not as brittle as dried peppers and can be used for marinades, fresh salsas, hot sauces, soups, or any dish that you want to quickly impart a rich, smoky flavor. Smoked peppers are dependent on the type of wood, with hickory or oak imparting strong, harsh flavors and fruit woods like apple, pear or cherry giving the peppers a smooth, subtle flavor. We use primarily apple and pear wood with a small amount of oak to achieve a balanced smoky flavor for our smoked peppers.