More than anything, spicy Mexican chiles live in the hearts and minds of food aficionados as the defining factor in the Mexican food experience. The chocolate, mild-mannered ancho, the smoke and medium spice of the chipotle, and the fruit-laden fearless heat of the habanero are, to many of us, the backbone of Mexican cuisine. Learn about the characteristics of each Mexican chile pepper in our ultimate guide, and check out the herbs and spices that will make your dinner a fiesta to remember. Of course, toasting and rehydrating your chiles to cook is extra work. If you want to skip that step, you can let us do that work for you and buy them already ground. Visit our ground Mexican chiles page and save yourself some work. Once the kitchen muse has struck, check out our wide range of Mexican recipes and get your party started!