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Chile de árbol is a very spicy, yet incredibly flavorful dried chile. It is small, but elongated and thin. It has a deep and shinny orange-red color and it is used in many, many ways. It is often crushed for very spicy table salsas, though it is also used to add flavor and a bit of heat if not opened when cooking, amongst others.

It goes by other names like bravo because of its heat (aggressive), and pico de paloma (doves peak) or cola de rata (rat’s tale) because of its thin and pointy physique. It is also called Sanjuanero, I have still yet to find out why. It is eaten throughout Mexico and can be found almost anywhere in the US.


I would love a recipe of a base chili sauce using this chili.

Hola Alice, I will be sure to post one soon. I know of a delicious one made with peanuts!

Lil’ place by my work serves tiny containers of this bright red, very watery salsa with their food. I finally asked what was in it and they said it was just chile de arbol. I don’t even think they roast the chiles since its still bright red and not a dark brown like some I’ve roasted at home. I would LOVE to figure out the recipe. Nothing else dark red or green in the salsa. I’m hoping you might know of recipe Ü Love your website! So many of our favorite Mexican recipe come from you! Thanks so much!

Hola Tracy, I will have to test one! Sounds delicious…

Would you have a recipe to make a chile de arbol salsa? Thanks. Gary zelazny

You can make a salsa verde or salsa roja using Chile de Arbol instead of a jalapeño. Give this one a try

Hi Pati! My husband and I LOOOVE authentic Mexican food, especially anything with dried chile peppers in it. I was wondering what you would suggest as a good “go to” dried chile pepper to keep on hand for frequent use in cooking? I’d be looking for one with just a little kick, not too hot. I was thinking of the Ancho Chile but I’m not sure how hot that one is. Thoughts? Thanks! :)

The ancho chile would be a good pick! It has a little less heat than others…

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