An Anaheim pepper is a mild variety of chili pepper. The name "Anaheim" derives from Emilio Ortega, a farmer who brought the seeds to the Anaheim, California, area in the early 1900s. They are also called California chili or Magdalena, and dried as chile seco del norte. Since Anaheim peppers originated from New Mexico, they are also sometimes known as New Mexico peppers. Additionally, in New Mexico they are often referred to simply as "chile" because they are so ubiquitous. Varieties of the pepper grown in New Mexico tend to be hotter than those grown in California.