Guajillo Chile Powder

Guajillo Chile Powder
Guajillo Chile Powder 100369
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Guajillo chiles, Capsicum annuum, are the dried version of the Mirasol chile. Pronounced "wha-hee-oh", the name translates to "little gourd" because of the rattling sound the seeds make when the dried pods are shaken. Guajillo Chiles are the second most popular chile in Mexico surpassed only by the Ancho chile. While Guajillo chiles may not be a staple in your pantry they are absolutely worth seeking out. These leathery, dark reddish brown chiles are ideal for dishes where one doesn't want to overpower other flavors but desires a solid chile presence.

If you like your chiles on the slightly sweeter side, then you will find the Guajillo Chile an excellent pepper to experiment with in your kitchen. It has surprising range and a heat most everyone can enjoy.


History of Guajillo Chile Powder

By the time that Columbus arrived in the Americas, the Azetcs were already cultivating jalapeno, chilaca, poblano, serrano, de arbol and mirasol chiles. Bernardino de Sahagun, a Franciscan friar, missionary priest and pioneering ethnographer arrived in New Spain, which is modern day Mexico, in 1529. He quickly learned the native Nahualt language and spent the next 50 years studying the Aztecs and their culture. He wrote of the typical Aztec market's inventory as "hot green chiles, smoked chiles, water chiles, tree chiles, flea chiles and sharp-pointed red chiles." He then talks of the greater classifications; "To further illustrate the importance the Aztecs placed on chiles they classified them into 6 categories based not only on level of pungency on a scale of low to high, but also on type of pungency on a scale of broad to sharp." Chiles were considered so important and so necessary for everyday life that Aztec, Mayan, and Incan civilizations would exclude them from their diets during religious fasting periods as a symbol of great devotion to their gods.


The Aztecs were one of the first people to discover that you could preserve chiles quickly by smoking them over a fire. The dried mirasol chile, also known as the guajillo, has been consumed for hundreds of years, likely beginning with the Aztecs. Today, there are plenty of chile farmers who still use traditional drying methods to produce their dried chiles. Guajillo remains an extremely popular chile in chilehead circles for its interesting flavor and mild heat, making it the perfect chile to introduce newcomers to the chilehead way of eating.


Guajillo Chile Cultivation

The name Mirasol means "looking at the sun" in Spanish, which describes the way these peppers grow on the plant. Mirasol chiles are native to the central and northern Mexico states of Aguascalientes, Durango and San Luis Potosi. Guajillo chiles are also cultivated in China, Peru and the US (New Mexico, Colorado and California).

Mirasol chiles grow best in arid climates and the best tasting of these chiles are grown in the drier climate of north central Mexico. These chiles love direct sunlight and cannot be over-watered or root rot can occur. The chile plant produces good yields of 4-6" long by ¾-1" wide hot peppers that grow upright, pointing towards the sun. This is an elongated chile that tapers to a point and is sometimes slightly curved. Phyiscally, the look of this chile can vary greatly depending on where it's grown. The highest quality Guajillos are shiny, smooth, and pliable. Harder or drier chiles can still be used, but they may be less flavorful. The color matures into a deep burgundy from a light green. Once they are dried, they are referred to as "guajillo chiles."


Where is Guajillo Chile Powder from?

Our Guajillo Chile Powder is from Mexico.


How Hot is Guajillo Chile Powder?

Guajillo Chile Powder has a heat range of 2,500 to 5,000 SHU.


Cooking with Guajillo Chile Powder

Guajillo Chile Powder is often combined with ancho and pasilla chile powders to make Mexican moles. Guajillos can be added to a variety of Mexican dishes to add flavor, mild heat, and color. This chile powder can even be used to make a paste for meats, and it is a popular paste choice for chicken. This chile powder can also be used in enchiladas, salsas, sauces, soups, stews, tamales, tacos, burritos, or as a topping on roasted vegetables.

While guajillos are legendary in Mexican cooking, they are also popular in North African and Peruvian cooking. The North African spice blend Harissa usually contains guajillo. The unique flavor of this chile makes it fun to experiment with. It suits sweets well, and can even be used as a topping for cheesecakes or ice cream. It pairs beautifully with chocolate.

One of our favorite recipes using dried Guajillo chiles is Pozole Rojo.


Whole vs Ground Guajillo Chiles

Whole, dried chiles can be ground up and used to make fresh chile powder or they can be rehydrated and used similarly to fresh chiles. Guajillo Chile Powder is less versatile in that way, as it can not be rehydrated. Depending on your recipe, chile powder may be more convenient, but what you keep on hand is up to you!


What Does Guajillo Chile Powder Taste Like?

Guajillo Chile Powder is slightly fruity and slightly spicy. It is tannic with hints of pine, tart berries, and some light smoky undertones.


Substitutions and Conversions for Guajillo Chile Powder

An easy to find substitute for the Guajillo is the Ancho Chile. The chile with the closest flavor profile and heat however is the Pasilla Negro.

Guajillo chiles look very similar to the harder to find Puya Chiles which tend to be a bit smaller and pack more heat (5,000 to 8,000 Scoville Heat Units). Puya chiles are used by chefs of authentic Mexican cuisine who are searching for a little bit more unexpected kick.

1 Guajillo Chile is equal to 1 teaspoon of Guajillo Chile powder.


Can I Substitute Guajillo Chile Powder for Ancho Chile Powder?

Yes you can substitute Guajillo Chile Powder for Ancho Chile Powder and vice versa. The same goes for chile flakes made from either of these types of chiles, or the whole chiles themselves. They can be used interchangeably.


Read More

Intro into Authentic Mexican Cuisine
The Ultimate Guide to Mexican Spices
How to Rehydrate Dried Chiles

** This product is certified kosher.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate2.1g1%

Dietary Fiber0.9g4%

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.

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20 total ratings.

Chris L. (Verified buyer) 12/14/2021
Spices inc delivers the flavor! Spices inc delivers the flavor! Deep red *freshly * ground chilies so I don’t have to grind the whole ones myself! Love the guajillos in general for their color and flavor and I can use in lots of dishes without burning my clients’ mouths! Highly recommend.

Charlie M. (Verified buyer) 10/12/2021
I have used it only I have used it only a couple of times since I got it. It was great in chili and some fresh hot sauce I made was outstanding… Next will be enchilada sauce . Great Job Please do not share my email

Robert W. (Verified buyer) 09/27/2021
Home made Chorizo using Ancho and Guajillo Chili Powder I have been making home made chorizo using dried chili peppers then grinding into a powder. I have recently switched to using chili powder and have enjoyed the outcome. For additional kick I also use chipotle and Chili De Arbol chili powder as well, I have found Spice Inc to provide a superior product with very convenient packaging.

Scott O. (Verified buyer) 11/06/2020
Yummy intense flavor. Not hot, Yummy intense flavor. Not hot, at least to our taste.

dee r. (Verified buyer) 05/13/2020
It has a distinct flavor. It has a distinct flavor. I like it!

Melissa L. (Verified buyer) 01/16/2020
Excellent spices. Perfect for all Excellent spices. Perfect for all of my Mexican dishes.

Robert Z. (Verified buyer) 12/29/2019
Guajillo Use in my Mexican cooking as a rub and flavor enhancer

Elodia R. (Verified buyer) 06/15/2019
GREAT PRODUCT I used to buy the dry chili and I have to open one by one, take out the seeds, then cooked and then make a salsa. Now I just have to add water, onion, garlic, salt and I have the perfect flavor and consistency. Less work, same flavor

Richard H. (Verified buyer) 04/04/2019
Spicey! Excellent product for the price, nice subtle spicey taste!

Fernando C. (Verified buyer) 02/12/2019
Perfect for rub This turned out to be perfect in creating a rub for my filet.
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