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Dried Guajillo Chile 4 oz.

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The Guajillo Chile Pepper is the most common chile in Mexico after the Ancho.The Guajillo Chili is a relative of the pulla pepper. They are a little piney and tannic, with a sweet heat. Used in salsas, sauces, soups, and stews.

  • Weight: 4 oz.
  • Pieces: Whole Pods
  • Package: Plastic bag
  • Scoville Units: 2,500 - 5,000 (medium)

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Guajillo chilies are thick brown chiles that contain mild to moderate amounts of heat. Four to six inches long, Guajillos is the dried version of the Mirasol. They have thin flesh and a shiny, deep reddish brown color. Guajillos have a sweet heat, and are tannic with a hint of pine, the Guajillo, pronounced gwah-HEE-yoh, means "little gourd" for the rattling sound the seeds make in the dried pods.

Cooking Ideas

Use this chile in salsas, sauces, soups and stews. Guajillo chiles are also used to make Harissa, a hot chile paste mixture used in Tunisian cooking.

Health Benefits

  • Guajillo are, like most chiles, high in vitamin C, B vitamins, and minerals.
  • apsicum, the heat ingredient in peppers, raises your metabolism and so helps you burn unwanted pounds.
  • Hot peppers containing capsicum have been proven to help with health problems like arthritis, cardiovascular disease, gastric ulcers, vascular headaches, impotence (resulting from venous insufficiency) infections, kidney trouble, menstrual complaints, respiratory issues like asthma and pleurisy, and thyroid dysfunction and more.
  • Hot chiles like the guajillo have been found to slow the growth of prostate cancers, and also help with pain if applied topically.

Directions on how to Rehydrate

Stem and seed the chiles, then place them in a skillet, on a comal, or in a 250 degree oven and dry-roast them for three to four minutes. Shake them once or twice and be careful not to scorch them or else they will taste bitter. The chiles should then be added to water that has been heated to just below the boiling point - if it is boiling, the chiles will lose flavor. Use just enough water to cover the chiles and press them down with a lid. Allow them to sit for 20 minutes or until they are soft.

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To reconstitute dried Chili pods, remove stem and seeds. Place chiles in a pot of water that is just about to boil. Remove from heat and allow to soak for 20-30 minutes or until tender. Once chiles are reconstituted, place in a blender or food processor to chop.

How to Store

Store dried chiles (and chile powder) in an airtight container in a cool, dry, dark place. Although it is possible to store them for extended periods of time, it is better to use them within six months. If you do keep them longer, check through them occasionally and discard any that have spoiled.

Scoville Heat Unit

Variety Scoville Units
Trinidad Scorpion "Butch T" 1,463,700 S
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Bhut Jolokia Pepper 1,041,427
Dorset Naga Pepper 923,000
Red Savina Pepper 350,000 - 580,000
Jamaican Hot Pepper 100,000 - 200,000
Rocoto Pepper 50,000 - 100,000
Pequin Pepper 75.000 H
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T
Super Chilli Pepper 40,000 - 50,000
Cayenne Pepper 30,000 - 50,000
de Arbol Pepper 15,000 - 30,000
Aji Pepper 12,000 - 30,000
Serrano pepper 5,000 - 23,000 M
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Hot Wax Pepper 5,000 - 10,000
Chipotle 5,000 - 10,000
Jalapeno Pepper 2,500 - 8,000
Guajillo Pepper 2,500 - 5,000
Pasilla Pepper 1,000 - 2,000 M
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Ancho Pepper 1,000 - 2,000
Anaheim Pepper 500 - 2,500
Pimento Pepper 100 - 500
Bell Pepper 0

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Dried Guajillo Chile 4 oz.

Dried Guajillo Chile 4 oz.

The Guajillo Chile Pepper is the most common chile in Mexico after the Ancho.The Guajillo Chili is a relative of the pulla pepper. They are a little piney and tannic, with a sweet heat. Used in salsas, sauces, soups, and stews.

  • Weight: 4 oz.
  • Pieces: Whole Pods
  • Package: Plastic bag
  • Scoville Units: 2,500 - 5,000 (medium)

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