Cascabel Chile Peppers, Dried

Heat scrapes along the back of your throat, the equivalent of skinning your knee on the pavement. Then it quickly vanishes and a wave of serotonin-induced pleasure washes over you. A bit masochistic? Yes. Addicting? Absolutely.

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Cascabel means “rattle” in Spanish and it makes sense when you pick it up and give it a shake as this bell-shaped chile works as a tiny maraca. One of the lesser-known chiles in the United States, the cascabel has a loyal following throughout Mexico and lends itself well to sauces and salsas.

The flavor is somewhat nostalgic of strawberries, but the aroma is extremely beefy. It sounds odd, but the two balance quite harmoniously; like a steak slathered with a fruit-based barbeque sauce. We at Spice Jungle love to seed and stem cascabels, lightly toast them, and then toss them and a few roasted tomatillos into a blender and roughly chop them into a chunky salsa. It’s fantastic served with anything that comes off the grill.

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IngredientsDried cascabel chiles.
Recommended ApplicationsThis chile adds moderate heat and is a great addition to stews, soups, or sauces. The skin of the Cascabel Chile does not easily dissolve and is so it is recommended to remove the chile once the required heat of the dish is achieved.
Basic PreparationRinse this product with warm water first. To rehydrate, let soak in hot water for 10 minutes. Next, add to any recipe where the product will cook a minimum of 10 minutes. You may also, after re-hydration, dice or puree before adding to your recipe.
Product StyleWhole
CuisineAsian, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Indian, Latin American, Mexican, Pakistani, Southwestern American, Thai
Handling / StorageStore in a cool, dry place.
Scoville Heat Scale3,500–8,000, 10,000–23,000
Shelf Life3 Years
Country of OriginMexico
Allergen InformationNone Specified


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