Native to Mexico Pasilla Chiles are also known as chile negro or Pasilla negro and are actually the dried version of the Chilaca Chiles which are dark green chilies that pack a similar heat to the Poblanos pepper. These long, thin chile peppers are
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Native to Mexico Pasilla Chiles are also known as chile negro or Pasilla negro and are actually the dried version of the Chilaca Chiles which are dark green chilies that pack a similar heat to the Poblanos pepper. These long, thin chile peppers are typically 5"- 6" in length and 1" wide at the top (by the stem).
The Dried Pasilla Chile is a key chile in the famous "holy trinity" of Mexican chiles used in Mexican moles along with the Ancho and the Mulato chiles. Mulato chiles are closely related to the Ancho chile but they are not the same.
Pasilla Chiles are usually toasted and then ground to be used in salsas, stews and in several mole sauces. Several of the more popular recipes calling for Pasillas are Red Enchilada Sauce, Pasilla Shrimp Soup and Spicy Moroccan Lamb Stew.
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.
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.
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