How many jalapenos are too many jalapenos? This is the question I asked myself while staring at the container of Jalapenos sitting on my kitchen counter. 1/2 lb of Jalapenos! That’s a lot of jalapenos. That’s gotta be too hot, right? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe it’s the perfect amount of heat?
Now, I like spicy foods but I LOVE flavor; nobody does spice and flavor better than the south. So, I turned to Louisiana for inspiration. Gumbo, jambalaya, etouffee – the cajun trinity! I wish I could tell you there was some grand reason for choosing to make a jambalaya dish. But I just love alliteration. Jalapeno Jambalaya sounded good and, I’ll tell you what, it tastes even better!
I also want to say that I am not a spice junkie. I don’t need to prove to myself that I have a tongue forged in hellfire; that’s able to withstand the heat of a thousand suns! I find that Jalapenos are the perfect pepper for when you want to add a little kick to a dish. 1/2lb of Jalapenos is spicy BUT it’s not overwhelming and you can absolutely adjust the number of jalapenos without compromising the flavors in this recipe.