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Puya Chiles

Puya Chiles
Puya Chiles

Puya Chiles

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Puya Chiles (pronounced "POO-yuh"), Capsicum annuum, are also called chile puya, chile pulla, or puya peppers.

There are approximately 15-18 Puya Chiles per ounce.

What are Puya Chiles

Puya chiles are popular in Mexico City and in central Mexican cuisine. Puya Chiles have been the center of a spirited debate among passionate chile heads in determining if it is a hybrid of the de Arbol chile or the Guajillo chile. We fall in the camp of it being related to the Guajillo.

These chiles possess a fruitier flavor than most other chile peppers, they are ideal to be diced, pureed or mashed and then made into a sauce. Puya chiles are slightly curved and elongated while tapering to a point. 3”-4" in length, these thin red peppers ripen to a deep crimson to purplish color and are a bit translucent.

History of Puya Chiles

Chile peppers have been consumed in Mexico for thousands of years. In 2006 and 2007 one of the largest studies of chile peppers was conducted throughout Mexico and the southern United States sampling the most complete set of wild C. Annuum chiles by focusing on 139 wild types as well as 49 domesticated landrace chiles (ancho, guajillo and puya). Landrace chiles are a locally adapted, traditional variety of chile that has developed over time, through adaptation to its natural environment. Landrace chiles may be similar (or closely related) to other chiles from a specific region.

The resulting model established that northeast Mexico and central-east Mexico have the highest likelihood of being the origin of the domestication of C. Annuum chile peppers. Prior to that time chiles would have been wild harvested. Domestication is the breeding of specific traits of chiles (i.e. flavor, spiciness, size, etc). In this region of Mexico there are currently fairly large populations of wild chiles that are genetically similar to domesticated Puya Chiles.

Puya Chile Cultivation

Unlike many other Mexican chiles the Puya Chile is the called the same whether in its fresh or dried state. These plants can reach a height of five feet and each plant can produce dozens of peppers. These chiles mature from green to a deep reddish crimson color. Total maturation time is approximately 100 days. These chiles are commercially grown in the central valley of Mexico, (the Mexico City region) and may also be grown in China, Peru or the US.

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What do Puya Chiles Taste Like

Puya Chiles have a light, fruity flavor profile, with licorice and cherry undertones that brings to mind wild berries.

Are Puya Chiles Hot

These chiles are considered a medium heat chile and come it at 5,000 to 8,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units).

How do You Use Puya Chile

Puya chiles are a favorite substitute to Guajillo chiles by chefs in high end Mexican restaurants who are looking to add a bit more spicy heat and fruity notes to a dish. The Puya Chile is a popular chile in central Mexican cuisine and used to flavor chicken, fish, pork or veal. Also adds delightful flavor to breakfast burritos, casseroles, chutneys, cooked vegetables, dips, enchiladas, pizza, salsas, sauces, soups and stews.

To rehydrate your Puya chiles soak them in warm water for about 10 minutes (but not any longer as they will become bitter) and then either dice them or puree them in a food processor before adding to your recipe.

Like most chiles we use we like to bring out even more intense flavor by dry roasting or toasting them in the oven first. You can toast them in a hot skillet for about 3-4 minutes over medium heat or stick in a pre-heated 250° oven on a warm sheet for 3-4 minutes.

Puya Chile Substitution

The best substitute for puya chile is the guajillo chile. The flavor is similar but the guajillo is not quite as hot.

Use 1 teaspoon guajillo powder per 3-4 puya chiles called for in any recipe.


IngredientsPuya Chile
Also CalledChile puya, chile pulla, or puya peppers
Recommended UsesUse in breakfast burritos, casseroles, chutneys, cooked vegetables, dips, enchiladas, pizza, salsas, sauces, soups and stews
Flavor ProfileA light, fruity flavor profile, with licorice and cherry undertones that brings to mind wild berries
Scoville Heat Units5,000 - 8,000 SHU
Botanical NameCapsicum annuum
How To StoreAirtight container in a cool, dark place
Shelf Life1-2 Years
Country of OriginMexico
Dietary PreferencesGluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO


Hungry for More Information

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 chile, 1.5g

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate0.9g0%

Dietary Fiber0.0g0%

Total Sugars0.8g

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.

4.5 out of 5
11 total ratings.

Diana L. (Verified buyer) 08/16/2021
Fast shipping, item as described A recipe for the Thai condiment Nam Prik Pao called for Puya chiles. I had never tried them before but I'm so glad I did. These chiles were fragrant, & added the right amount of heat without overpowering the dish. Fast shipping too. Would buy from this seller again

Peter H. (Verified buyer) 01/21/2021
Excellent company and product .... The variety of chilis offered: superb; delivery: prompt; quality: excellent. This will be my supply source from now on.

Christine G. (Verified buyer) 01/01/2021
Puya review First time user & so very pleased with the flavor. They were not spicy hot but a very nice flavor. We made enchiladas with Oaxaca cheese & diced onions...a Hit!

Joseph S. (Verified buyer) 10/16/2019
pleasant heat and flavor re-hydrated and ground into taco filling brings a nice flavor and spice

Duane M. (Verified buyer) 03/14/2018
Great spice and super fast shipping A fantastic selections of hard to find spices. Great service and fast shipping.

joseph m. (Verified buyer) 03/13/2018
Puya Chiles I used Spice Inc. for the first time. The order was for Puya chiles. The peppers whole and not broken little bits. They have a great taste and medium heat. I used them in a recipe for a Laotian BBQ sauce,it was outstanding. I recommend Spice Inc.

Anonymous (Verified buyer) 10/16/2017
Puya Chiles Fresh and not broken up like some others I have bought from other places.

David (Verified buyer) 12/11/2013
Puya Chiles They have a very potent aroma, much like cascabels, but also more heat. They worked great in all of those Thai recipes, and I'm sure will be good in Mexican, as well.

James (Verified buyer) 02/26/2013
Puya Chiles The quality is much better than anything I can find locally and the packaging is far superior as well.

Jason M. (Verified buyer) 03/09/2018
Quality and good flavor This chili is a great supporting player in your dishes.
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