Puya Chiles

Puya Chiles
Puya Chiles
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Net Weight:
1 oz
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Puya (pronounced PU-yah), botanically classified as Capsicum annuum, are also called chile puya, chile pulla, or puya peppers. The name means “prod” or “goad”; the name can also be a slang term indicating that something is a cutting remark or jibe. 

Puya chiles are longer than they are wide; they are about ½ inch wide across the shoulder, and 3-4 inches long, tapering to a point. They are a deep red, almost maroon, and can even take on a dark purple color when ripe. Their flesh can be translucent. They are often mistaken for Guajillo chiles, but Puyas are a bit smaller and a bit hotter, so choose your chiles carefully.

There are approximately 15-18 Puya peppers per ounce.

One Puya chile is equal to approximately 2 teaspoons of powder when ground.


Flavor Profile

Puya chiles deliver a playful heat and have a light, fruity flavor profile, with licorice and cherry undertones.


Heat Level

Puya chiles are medium-heat chiles, measuring 5,000-8,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU).


How To Use

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.

They make a terrific everyday salsa which is great to use on dishes like Chilaquiles.



The best substitute for Puya chile is the Guajillo chile. The flavor is similar but the Guajillo is not quite as hot.


Country of Origin


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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