Pasilla de Oaxaca Chiles

Pasilla de Oaxaca Chiles
Pasilla de Oaxaca Chiles
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1 oz
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Pasilla de Oaxaca Chiles (pronounced "pah-SEE-yah day wa-HAAK-kah"), Capsicum annuum, are also called pasilla Mixe (pronounced “MEE-hay”), chile de Oaxaca, or Oaxacan pasilla. The locals call this chile ayuuk (pronounced “ah-YOOK”).

Pasilla de Oaxaca chiles are celebrated in the state of Oaxaca and are a major agricultural crop in that region. They are farmed primarily on small-holdings properties, and those locations, and the processing areas where they are cleaned, dried, and smoked are protected by the locals to prevent the seeds and drying techniques from theft. 

A top-grade Pasilla de Oaxaca should be clean, pliable, not torn or broken, with a definitively smoky, almost bacon-esque smell and hints of dried fruit in the background.

There are typically 3 Pasilla de Oaxaca Chiles per ounce.

One whole Pasilla de Oaxaca Chile = approximately two teaspoons of powder when ground.


Flavor Profile

These chiles have a sharp, smoky flavor with hints of tobacco and fruit. Their heat comes in late, but it has a bite that lingers.

Heat Level

These chiles are at the low end of what we consider a hot chile, as it measures 15,000 to 20,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units).


How to Use 

With their strangely meaty aroma, Pasilla de Oaxaca Chiles are useful for imparting umami, pork-like flavor into foods. Use to season black beans for a rich-tasting Oaxacan Tlayuda without the meat. They are also wonderful in Smoky Oaxacan Shrimp and Grits and Easy Borracho Beans. Add them to sauces like mole, soups, and salsas. 

Oaxaca Chile Substitution

Their unique flavor makes Pasilla de Oaxaca tricky to substitute for, but Chipotle Meco Chiles (2,500-10,000 SHU) are deeply smoked and come closest in replicating their flavor. You could also use Chipotle Morita Chiles (2,500-10,000 SHU), though these chiles don’t have as much smoky flavor. They are also milder than the Pasilla de Oaxaca, so you may want to boost the heat a bit with some additional chipotles, or a pinch or two of Cayenne Chile Powder. You can also use equal quantities of chipotle in adobo sauce plus 1 teaspoon sauce per chile.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 chile, 5g

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate3.3g1%

Dietary Fiber1.5g6%

Total Sugars0.2g

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.

4.9 out of 5
32 total ratings.

Deborah M. (Verified buyer) 10/10/2021
Loved them! Good smokey flavor.

Richard K. (Verified buyer) 10/07/2021
Pasilla dried chiles! Smok'n! Awesome! Great smokey aroma and good heat!

Matthew H. (Verified buyer) 09/07/2021
Great price and flavor Great price and flavor

robert j. (Verified buyer) 08/19/2021
Loved it Loved it

Reynaldo C. (Verified buyer) 07/15/2021
Perfect amount of heat and Perfect amount of heat and smoke.

Charles M. (Verified buyer) 04/13/2021
my chilies I'm in love with these chilies. I reconstituted them, then made a paste which I add to everything.

Scott G. (Verified buyer) 01/27/2021
Exactly what I ordered. Can’t Exactly what I ordered. Can’t find pasilla Oaxaca anywhere else but Spices Inc!

Timothy P. (Verified buyer) 01/23/2021
Fresh and Smokey with a Fresh and Smokey with a medium + heat well packaged.

Linda B. (Verified buyer) 01/18/2021
We ordered several types of We ordered several types of dried chiles to make a mole negro. They were all beautifully packaged and so flavorful. Excellent source for dried chiles.

Todd P. (Verified buyer) 01/03/2021
Wonderful Chiles This is an extremely rare and hard to find chile, with a special flavor that can't be found even in the finest meco chipotles, which are the closest equivalent. Thanks to Spices, Inc. for stocking this fine chile. They arrived very fresh and are very flavorful.
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