De Arbol Chiles

De Arbol Chiles
De Arbol Chiles
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1 oz
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De Arbol Chiles (pronounced “day AR-bowl”), Capsicum annuum, is also known as chile de Arbol, de Arbol peppers, pico de pajaro, which means "bird beak", or cola de rata, "rat tail". They are known as Chiles de Arbol in their fresh state. They are grown in Aguascalientes, Jalisco, Nayarit, and Zacatecas; these states are in central and western Mexico, starting right in the middle of the country and extending west to the Pacific border. 

“De Arbol” means “of the trees”, and probably refers to the thick, woody stem that connects the chile to the plant. This pepper grows 2-3 inches in length and is about ½ inch wide at the shoulder, tapering to a point at the end. This is a chile that retains its ripe red color as it dries; it is a vibrant and attractive red and is often woven into decorative wreaths called ristras.

There are approximately 50 de Arbol Chiles per ounce.

1 whole Ancho Chile = ¼ teaspoon de Arbol Chile Powder [link].


Flavor Profile


High-quality de Arbol chiles smell a bit like hay and have a light, grassy flavor with a hint of nuttiness and searing, acidic heat.


Heat Level


We consider these to be on the lower end of the scale of hot chiles since they measure between 15,000-30,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units). 

How to Use

De Arbol peppers are traditionally used in Mexican cuisine, but their clean heat makes them suitable for use in other global cuisines. They are often used in Thai, Chinese, or Indian food.

This little chile is excellent for any recipe that requires a kick; it’s hot enough to spice things up with gusto but won’t set off smoke alarms when you eat. While this chile shows up regularly in salsas, it can also be found in infusions, like hot honey, vinegar, or Chinese chili oil

Try it in Spanish-style meatballs. Use de Arbol Chiles in marinades, soups, salsas, and hot sauces.


You can use Japones, Tien Tsin, and Pequin chiles as substitutes for any recipe calling for De Arbol chiles. 

Japones Chiles, 15,000-30,000 SHU, are roughly the same size and heat level as the de Arbol Chile, but their flavor is almost non-existent. 

Tien Tsin Chiles can measure a bit higher in their heat range, spanning 10,000-60,000 SHU, so test these chiles before using them. They also have a faint flavor, though they can taste a little musty. 

Pequin Chiles share the nutty flavor quality that de Arbol Chiles have but are twice as hot, measuring 40,000-58,000 SHU. Substitute with caution.


Country of Origin


Our de Arbol Chiles can come from Mexico, China, or India, depending on the time of year.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 chile, 0.8g

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate0.5g0%

Dietary Fiber0.0g0%

Total Sugars0.4g

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
25 total ratings.

MICHAEL E. (Verified buyer) 03/30/2022
Very good quality and flavor Very good quality and flavor

Elizabeth S. (Verified buyer) 01/27/2022
Beautiful chiles Perfect "fresh" dried chiles ... I say fresh because they are supple vs grocery store "crisp". Flavor is better and it is easy to remove seed and stem.

Mark K. (Verified buyer) 12/14/2021
Prior to 1990, culinary options Prior to 1990, culinary options for adding a little heat to food were rather limited. Cayenne (powder, flakes, or liquid) was the go-to chile in most kitchens. Why anyone would limit themselves, today, to the unsubtle heat of cayenne chiles is incomprehensible. There is a vast world of chiles out there, each one with a unique flavor profile. Do yourself a favor and try chile de arbol or smoked serrano as a substitute

Raymond N. (Verified buyer) 10/13/2021
Fine quality Great peppers! Nice and hot with beautiful flavor. 10/10 will be buying again.

sheryl b. (Verified buyer) 07/01/2021
Perfect Perfect

Matthew B. (Verified buyer) 03/31/2021
Very fresh, and great quality ! Ive ordered chilies from other companies in the past, and most have been old and stale. The ones I ordered from Spices Inc were very fresh. The chilies de arbor, and had a nice heat to them. They were packaged in a double bag, which will keep them from getting stale. Very pleased.

Richard O. (Verified buyer) 03/24/2021
Items were received quickly. Nice Items were received quickly. Nice heat to the chiles not overly spicy. Quality of product is excellent.

Alma H. (Verified buyer) 12/09/2020
Awesome Awesome

Daniel H. (Verified buyer) 11/22/2020
Very good We love them. Great heat plus flavor.

Steven M. (Verified buyer) 11/01/2020
Fresh and flavorful Fresh and flavorful
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