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Q: Other than the variations in levels of spice, is there any reason to adhere to the specific chili pepper called for in a recipe? For instance, could I substitute a habañero or jalapeño pepper in an Asian recipe that calls for a bird's eye chili (and vice versa?) Or are the flavor profiles of these peppers very different?

Sent by Alison

Editor: Readers, what's your advice on substituting chiles? Alison, make sure you see our guide to hot peppers, which will answer part of your question:

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