Cayenne, (also called the cow horn chili), is named after the city of Cayenne in French Guiana, located in South America. Cayenne is unique because its heat is felt more at the back of the throat and pairs wonderfully with sweet or tart fruits that you taste at the front of the palate like pomegranate or pineapple.
Cayenne, like all spicy chilies, has amazing health properties, even in its dried powdered form. Experts say that the active ingredient in chilies, capsaicin, alone or with other antioxidants, may reduce blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and platelet aggregation that can cause formation of blood clots. Capsaicin is also being studied for its ability to clear congestion from the lungs, improve immunity and boost weight loss.
15 Ways To Use Cayenne
1. Add a pinch to this Mexican hot cocoa for a sweet dessert with spicy kick that will make your cocoa extrordinary.
2. Hot wings don’t have to be unhealthy if you make them yourself, try my skinny hot wings recipe and bring on the heat!
3. Have slow digestion or just want to warm up without caffeine? Then make this fire tea with cayenne, lemon, and ginger.
5. Make a spicy nut mix — nuts are a satisfying superfood that make a great on-the-go snack. Make this for your next holiday party or give them as a gift packaged in cute mason jars.
6. Seafood and hot chilies make a tasty pair. Add 1 teaspoon of ground cayenne to this lemon pepper shrimp for a fast seafood dinner.
7. Take this simple turkey chili and spice it up with a teaspoon of cayenne.
8. Sprinkle fresh sliced watermelon or cucumber with lime, salt, and cayenne for a low-cal, spicy snack.
9. Add a little cayenne to your favorite smoothie recipe to give it some extra life.
10. Mix a little cayenne, ground black pepper and garlic powder to give your plain chicken breast a seasoning that sings with flavor.
11. Sprinkle it on fall fruit, like apples, along with a pinch of brown sugar. Grill or bake for a healthy warm dessert.
12. Make a gourmet meal in minutes with my Pomegranate cayenne sauce to whip up something sweet and savory tonight.
13. Crave spicy chips? Make these healthy kale chips and add a few pinches of cayenne to the recipe.
14. Make homemade peanut butter, to add flare to this rich yet healthy sandwich spread. Add more cayenne to make it extra hot.
15. Homemade Peanut Butter
Makes 1 quart peanut butter
1 pound roasted, unsalted peanuts
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 – 2 teaspoons ground cayenne
2 tablespoons light olive oil or coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey
Place the peanuts, salt, and cayenne in a food processor and ground until finely chopped (about 1 minute). With the motor running, add the oil and the honey (processing another 2 to 3 minutes depending on desired chunkiness, scrapping down the sides periodically). Once processed to your liking, transfer to an air-tight container and store in your fridge for up to 1 month.
Nutritional Stats Per Serving (1 tablespoon): 45 calories, 1 g protein, 2 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat (3 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 0.5 g fiber, 89 mg sodium