In our younger years, we really loved our spicy foods and could tolerate serious levels of heat. Now that we’re older, our bodies can handle only subtler levels, but we still crave the wonderful fire of habaneros. These chile peppers have terrific floral and fruity notes, enhancing any flavors they touch. Life without spicy food would be extremely bland and boring for us, so the extra kick of habanero keeps us young. For these chicken tacos, add small amounts of habanero at a time; each chile can vary in spice level. But if you’re a spice addict with a strong stomach, go for a few whole chilies—at your own risk. Be as brave as you want with the chile, but don’t forget to preserve your taste buds for your next meal.
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