Pasilla Negro Chile Powder

Pasilla Negro Chile Powder
Pasilla Negro Chile Powder
Pasilla Negro Chile Powder Pasilla Negro Chile Powder
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Pronounced "pah-SEE-yah" the word Pasilla is derived from the word "Pasa" which translates to "little black raisin". Pasilla Negro Chiles are a member of the chile species Capsicum annuum. Like many chiles these are known as one thing when fresh and are called something else when dried. The Pasilla Chile is the dried version of the Chilaca chile, pronounced "chih-LAH-kuh".

Our ground Pasilla Chile powder is 100% ground Pasilla Negro Chile.


History and Cultivation

The Chilaca chile (a.k.a. Pasilla Chile) is indigenous to Mexico. Chilaca chiles are today commonly cultivated and eaten in Central Mexico around Guanajuato, Valisco and Zacatecas and in several northwestern regions. The name Chilaca is derived from the Nahuatl (pronounced "na wak") word  and translates to "gray hair" or "old," which describes its bent and wrinkled appearance. Nahuatl was spoken by the ancient Aztecs.

When growing the chilaca chile is narrow, reaches up to 10" long and usually has a twisted shape. this twisted shape is not as pronounced once dried. The chilaca chile, when fresh, is also known as pasilla bajio, chile negro or "Mexican negro" because it matures from dark green to dark brown.

The Dried Pasilla Negro Chile is a key chile in the famous "holy trinity" of Mexican chiles used in Mexican moles along with the Ancho and the Mulato chiles.


How to Use

Pasilla Negro chiles pair nicely with duck, fennel, fruits, garlic, honey, lamb, Mexican oregano, mushrooms and seafood.

Pasilla Chiles are one of the more sophisticated chile flavors and are considered a go to chile for many chile heads. When ground they are often used in salsas, spice blends, stews and in several mole sauces.

We also like to use pasilla chile powder in some of our favorite Mexican recipes such as burritos, enchiladas, tacos, tostadas and quesadillas but they're also exceptional in cream sauce dishes (especially for fish) and when we're feeling a bit adventurous we'll add them to beef stew, corn chowder or meat loaf.


Flavor Profile

The taste is pungent and tangy but with a long lasting deep rich flavor with woodsy undertones.


Heat Level

Pasilla Negros are considered a mild heat chile and come in at 1,000 to 2,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU).


Helpful Hints

One of our favorite recipes using Ground Pasilla Negro is Mexican Mole Sauce.

If you're using Ground Pasilla Chile Powder for the first time we always recommend using about 1/2 as much as you think you need. Because our spices are so fresh they tend to be a bit potent and you can always add more if you need additional flavor.

We also carry Ancho Powder, Chipotle Powder, New Mexico Chili Powder and a wide selection of chile powders in additional to our growing selection of chiles and hot peppers.

** This product is certified kosher.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat1g1%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate1.7g1%

Dietary Fiber0.9g4%

Total Sugars0.0g

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.

4.3 out of 5
22 total ratings.

Alan G. (Verified buyer) 09/03/2020
Excellent! Excellent!

gary k. (Verified buyer) 05/08/2020
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Diane W. (Verified buyer) 01/24/2020
Great! I used this in my chicken chili it turned out great! I love all your spices the flavor they bring to food is so outstanding.

Rachel L. (Verified buyer) 03/13/2019
fresh and delicious The color and fragrance of this chile is terrific, far above the tired herbs in the supermarket. I buy all my spices here.

ROSEMARY G. (Verified buyer) 03/14/2018
Awesome products! I loved the freshness of the chili powder I ordered, I can’t find certain chili powders locally!

Barbara S. (Verified buyer) 03/09/2018
Love it! I use it, along with other chili powders) when making chili sauce - and lots of other good things! It gives a wonderful "depth" of flavor to the food.

Stephen (Verified buyer) 02/12/2018
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william (Verified buyer) 10/18/2017
Pasilla Chile Powder With a long slender shape. Similar to the Ancho with the dried wrinkles, the Pasilla is almost black. Mellow, roasty, and smooth come to mind for Pasilla flavor. Good for adding a brown gravy look and taste to Mexican dishes. Really good in a beef enchilada sauce.

Kent (Verified buyer) 09/11/2017
Pasilla Chile Powder Use it in Mole as well as several of my spice blends.

Thomas (Verified buyer) 04/11/2017
Pasilla Chile Powder Just the right heat. Good price too.
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