Dried Hot Pepper

Dried hot peppers are, simply put, hot peppers that have been dried to preserve the vegetable for off season use. In some cases the peppers are first roasted or smoked and then dried. The texture and flavor undergo dramatic changes, and dry peppers must be handled very differently than fresh ones. To use, dry chiles must be ground or chopped, boiled or soaked. Dry chiles are a staple in Mexican cuisine, and are an integral part of many Caribbean, African and Mediterranean dishes.

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  • Nutrition Info
  • Serving Size: 1/2 oz, 14g
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories: 50
  • Calories from fat: 0
  • Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: mg
  • Sodium: 5mg
  • Total Carbs: 7g
    • Fiber: 2g
    • Sugars: g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Vitamin A: 210%
  • Vitamin C: 6%
  • Calcium: 2%
  • Iron: 0%


Handling & Storage


Available year round

Also Known As

  • Dried chiles
  • Dried chilies

Dried hot peppers should have a good, wholesome, spicy aroma, so pick those that are fragrant and steer away from badly broken peppers. Store dried chiles in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place. Drying peppers prolongs storage time, but they are best used within six months. If you do keep them longer, check them for any spoilage or breakage, and discard as necessary


  • California
  • de Arbol
  • Ancho
  • Cayenne
  • Chipotle
  • Guajillo
  • Habanero
  • Japanese chile
  • Pasilla
  • New Mexico
  • Pasilla negro


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