Where I flirt with near-blindness

This evening’s dinner was inspired by this yummy-looking recipe. I was a little concerned about the heat of a double layer of chili peppers, and so I made one layer of chilis and one layer of sweet peppers. I also added a layer of corn chips as the center layer of the casserole.

I cut it into small pieces when I served it up, thinking that it would probably be blazing. We were pleasantly surprised that, on a scale of 0-10, 0 being ‘milktoast’ and 10 being ‘cry your eyes out for 10 minutes’, the rellenos were about a 6. Deliciously warm, but not so hot that you emptied your water glass in one long drink.

Except for the last bite I grabbed out of the corner of the pan when I was cleaning up.

That single bite was a 9.5.

So potent that when I wiped the corner of my eye 10 minutes later, I was immediately streaming tears from both eyes, not just the pepper-poisoned one.

And calling for my 18 year old daughter to run, hurry, come remove my contacts for me, lest I inflict further damage upon myself by removing them with my hot-pepper-laden fingers.

And yes, I still love hot peppers.

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  1. Peppers and contacts are not a good combination. I remember trying to put in my contacts, the morning after I had cut up jalapenos. The heat was apparently still on my hands from the evening before. I thought I was going to die. I could not get my eyes open, to remove the incredible burn. Now I wear gloves when I cut up peppers.

  2. Oh my!! I’ve done the same thing before with my contacts, and the pain is just awful. I’m such a wimp when it comes to spicey foods; a “3” is about all I can handle!

  3. Ack! Oh dear I know what you mean!!! I wear contacts also and as much as I love spicy food I would so much rather taste it with my mouth and not my eyes. Double ack!!!

    I’m with your first poster up top — gloves are a good bet when chopping hot peppers. Can’t go wrong there, especially if you have your little helpers with you.

    On another note, Chile Rellenos are made with poblano peppers — they are giant and green and not at all spicy. You usually eat one of them, they are that big. But the recipe looks delish! Must show my beloved and I think I know what we are having for din-din 🙂

  4. We just had the same thing for dinner last night! It was my first time to make it, and we liked it, too.

    Mine was a little more eggy/quiche-y than yours looks. It had a few T of flour as well.

  5. We just had the same thing for dinner last night! It was my first time to make it, and we liked it, too.

    Mine was a little more eggy/quiche-y than yours looks. It had a few T of flour as well.

  6. We just had the same thing for dinner last night! It was my first time to make it, and we liked it, too.

    Mine was a little more eggy/quiche-y than yours looks. It had a few T of flour as well.

  7. I have had this happen to me SO MANY TIMES!! I finally bought gloves to wear when I’m cutting hot peppers. Helps!

  8. That sounds like it would not be fun at all. Glad you’re okay!

    Thanks for mentioning the recipe. I used canned Anaheim chiles, which I think are not that hot compared to fresh chiles. I’m a bit of a lightweight on hot foods, and this wasn’t too hot for me.

  9. I have a friend in the south that DELIBERATELY squirts a concoction made from red pepper spice into her eye(s). She swears it clears up any eye issues she has ever had. She also says it burns like mad. Why she does this I may never understand.
    Hope your eye feels better.