Cascabel Chiles

Cascabel Chiles
Cascabel Chiles
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Cascabel Chile (pronounced “kas-ka-bel”), Capsicum annuum, are also called cascabel pepper, cascabel chili, or chile cascabel.

There are approximately 10 chiles per ounce.

What are Cascabel Chiles

Like many Mexican chiles these are known by a different name in their fresh state – bola, bolita, or boludo. The Cascabel is a plump, round, smooth and small chile that resembles the Cherry chile pepper. When mature they are about 1-1/2" in diameter. When dried, the color darkens to a deep reddish-brown with an almost transparent but thick skin. This chile pepper is also sometimes referred to as rattle chile on jingle bell chile which refers to both the shape of the chile as well as the sound the seeds make when a dried chile is shaken.

Cascabel chiles is one of the Mirasol cultivars. Mirasol (known in its dried state as the Guajillo Chile) translates to 'looking at the sun' in Spanish, Mirasol refers to the erect nature of the pods while growing on the plant.

History of Cascabel Chiles

The Cascabel chile has a rich, but not well documented, history and while not as popular outside of Mexico as some of the better known Mexican chiles (ie ancho, chipotle, guajillo) it is a popular chile in central Mexican cuisine. Evidence points to the chile being part of the indigenous diet of this region of Mexico as far back as approximately 6,000 years ago and domesticated by 4100 BC, with East and Central Mexico considered by many chile historians to be ground zero for the evolution (through natural selection) and domestication (carefully bred selection) of a wide variety of chile peppers.

Bola Chile Pepper Cultivation

Bola chile plants are grown from seed and reach a height of about 30 inches. They are typically planted in April and the white flowers start blooming in June or July. The chile pepper matures from a green to dark red and are harvested between August and October. Bola chiles are grown commercially in the Mexican states of Coahuila, Durango, and San Luís Potosí.

Where are Our Cascabel Chiles From


What do Cascabel Chiles Taste Like

Acidic, slightly smoky, and woody with tobacco and nutty undertones.

How Hot are Cascabel Peppers

These chiles are considered a mild heat chile and come it at 1,000 to 2,500 SHU (Scoville Heat Units).

How do You Use Cascabel Chiles

In traditional Mexican cuisine chefs and home cooks like to pair the Cascabel chile with other Mexican chiles such as ancho, pasilla, guajillo and de arbol to create complex flavor profiles. We like to roast these chiles on a hot skillet before using and then they can either be ground or rehydrated in warm water so they can then be made into a paste or a sauce.

To rehydrate, rinse these chiles off with warm water and then soak in hot water for 10 minutes. Once rehydrated, dice or puree and add to a recipe. You can also add directly to recipe with enough liquid that will cook at least 10 minutes.

The nutty taste of roasted Cascabel's pairs equally well with tomatoes or tomatillos. We also like to use these in casseroles, enchiladas, fajitas, salsas, sauces, soups, stews, tamales and tacos. One of our favorite recipes using Cascabel Chiles is Birria Stew.

Cascabel Substitution

Guajillo chiles (2,500 – 5,000 SHU) can be used as a substitute for Cascabel chiles (1,000 – 2,500 SHU), while these two chiles do have a similar skin texture their flavor profile is not a great match. Another chile that is a great flavor match is the Ancho chile (4,000 – 9,000 SHU) but that chile also packs more heat.


Ingredients Cascabel Chiles
Also Called Cascabel pepper, cascabel chili, or chile cascabel
Recommended Uses Use these in casseroles, enchiladas, fajitas, salsas, sauces, soups, stews, tamales and tacos
Flavor Profile Acidic and slightly smoky with tobacco and nutty undertones
Scoville Heat Units 1,000 – 2,500 SHU
Botanical Name Capsicum annuum
Cuisine Mexican
How To Store Airtight container in a cool, dark place
Shelf Life 1-2 Years
Country of Origin Mexico
Dietary Preferences Gluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO


Hungry for More Information

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 chile, 3g

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate2.1g1%

Dietary Fiber0.9g3%

Total Sugars1.2g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.8 out of 5
21 total ratings.

William B. (Verified buyer) 01/10/2022
The best chilies I've ever had! Insane quality! I will order ALL my chilies from Spices Inc.!!!!! Thank you!

Richard A. (Verified buyer) 10/29/2021
Awesome!! Awesome!!

Cheryl L. (Verified buyer) 10/23/2021
Bright, fruity, great sauces I love cascabels. Bright, fruity, lots of flavor, perfect amount of heat for sauces that don't overwhelm with burn. Favorite use: Pollo con almendra mole recipe: dry sautee 1 c almond flour until light golden brown. In a blender, soak skins of 4 cascabels (use the seeds if you like it hotter) in 2 c chicken broth and 1/2 c white wine. Sautee until soft 2c chopped onion, 5 garlic cloves, 1T ground fenugreek, 1 T ground coriander. Add sauteed almond flour and the onion etc to the blender and blend smooth. In a large sautee pan, brown cut up chicken, and deglaze the pan with some of the mole. Add chicken back into pan, pour mole over the chicken, add 2 c water, and simmer lightly covered 45 min. Spectacular and unusual sauce. GF and DF... I've also used for Carne Adovada, which usually calls for NM chilis...I like Cascabels just as much as hatch.

James R. (Verified buyer) 06/28/2020
First quality dried cascabels. Will First quality dried cascabels. Will purchase again.

Michael F. (Verified buyer) 06/14/2020
Seemed fresh and of high Seemed fresh and of high quality.

Mark C. (Verified buyer) 06/02/2020
The Cascabels and Mulato chiles The Cascabels and Mulato chiles were both great additions to my Chili powder. Great service, shipping and excellent product.

Brian M. (Verified buyer) 10/18/2019
A really good chile I have added cascabel to guajillo, ancho, and pasillo negro as my go-to chiles. The skins are tough and need to be removed, but the flavor is great. This makes a great mole, enchilada sauce, or just a basic sauce for tacos. Feel free to spice it up with Mexican cinnamon, cloves, green cardamom, or even graims of paradise.

Jason M. (Verified buyer) 05/11/2019
great pepper for base sauce and chili powder mix add a wonder mild base to build sauces rub and chili powders on/

Susan S. (Verified buyer) 01/30/2019
Nice Chiles! These peppers are hard to find, even though I live on the border with Mexico, so I am grateful to find them and be able to buy them in a quantity that will last me for a while. I am really looking forward to making salsa with them. They are a pleasantly flavored mild chile.

Robin C. (Verified buyer) 01/23/2019
Cascabel chiles are delicious. Spices, Inc. website is easy to use and delivery is quick. I will order from them again!
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