Pasilla Pepper, Whole

Pasilla chile / Chile negro / Chilaca chili pepper

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Open a bag of pasilla peppers and what do you smell? Chocolate. Raisins. Perhaps one of your favorite movie theatre candies? The chile pasilla or pasilla negro is an expert of defying expectations and going against the grain. The wild card of the chile pepper world.

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For a long time grocers in the United States and Canada have been accidentally misinforming you. Often, fresh green poblano peppers have been labeled as pasilla peppers. This has led to a widely held confusion as to what exactly a pasilla pepper is. Is it a fresh green chile to be stuffed or a dried dark chile to be toasted? The answer is the latter. The pasilla is a dried chilaca pepper, a gnarled and dark green chile.

The color of the pasilla negro can range from dark aubergine to black (in fact, “negro” is the Spanish word for “black”). The flavor is dark, rich, and rather luxurious. It’s often described as chocolatey, or tasting of prunes and raisins. In fact, it’s considered one of the most flavorful chiles of all and one that likes to stand in the spotlight of a recipe. For traditional mole recipes, the pasilla pepper is part of the “Holy Trinity” of chiles; the other two being the ancho pepper and the mulatto pepper

Additional Info

Country of OriginMexico
Shelf Life3 years
Scoville Heat Scale1,000–2,500, 3,500–8,000
Handling / StorageStore in a cool, dry place
CuisineAsian, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Indian, Latin American, Mexican, Pakistani, Southwestern American, Thai
Product StyleWhole
QualitiesAll Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO
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 rehydration, dice or puree before adding to your recipe.
Recommended ApplicationsUse this Pasilla Negro Chile for cream based sauces, soups, salsa, or for mole. With a fruity flavor and herbaceous undertones, this chile powder is also fantastic with fish, poultry, or to spice up your favorite enchilada or taco.
IngredientsDried pasilla negro chiles.


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