Aji Amarillo Chiles

Aji Amarillo Chiles
Aji Amarillo Chiles
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"Aji" means chile pepper in Spanish, and "amarillo" means yellow. While these are called "yellow chile peppers", they actually mature to a deep orange color. The Aji Amarillo Chile is thought to have originated in Bolivia or Peru and it is believed to have been domesticated in Peru about 2500 B.C. Also known as Aji Escabeche, Yellow Chile, Peruvian Chile and is frequently called Cusqueno when in the dried form.

If you've ever had Peruvian food, there's a good chance you've tasted this under appreciated chile. The Aji Amarillo is considered part of the holy trinity of Peruvian cuisine along with garlic and red onions.

From the C. baccatum species, Aji Amarillo chile pods are 4-5 inches long and are considered a hot chile coming in at 30,000 to 50,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units). These dried Aji Amarillo Chiles have had their stems removed for your convenience. There are approximately 5 chiles per ounce.

Aji Amarillos are sometimes compared to the Scotch Bonnet but with a bit less fire. This thick skinned, bright orange chile has a raisiny aroma and offers a lot of fruitiness for its heat. The fruity flavor has hints of mango and passion fruit while the fruitiness is different from other chiles, like anchos, as it is less sharp, with more of a subtle full body.

With its unique flavor the Aji Amarillo is worth seeking out and unlike the better known Mexican and Caribbean chiles this is considered a true Latin American chile.

In Peruvian cuisine you'll find Aji Amarillos used mostly with root vegetables, ceviche, some seafood dishes and in the classic Peruvian dish Peruvian Beef Stew. We also like use them in rice, salsas, sauces and stews for a surprising and unexpected flavor.

Use ground Aji Amarillo in place of hotter chiles in spice blends like chili powder.

This is a perfect versatile chile to add to your well stocked spice cabinet especially if you're a fan of spicy flavor. Because it provides such a different flavor profile form most chiles it is a nice change of pace and can be used as an everyday chile that will compliment many dishes.

For optimum flavor you can toast these on a skillet over medium heat. It only takes a few minutes to roast them and the unmistakable aroma will tell you when they're done.  To re-hydrate them soak in hot tap water for about 20 minutes. Be careful not to soak longer as they can become bitter.

We offer a growing selection of dried chiles that serious chile heads are always in search of.

** This product is certified kosher.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 chile, 6g

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat1g1%

Saturated Fat0g1%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate3.4g1%

Dietary Fiber1.6g6%

Total Sugars1.1g

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
8 total ratings.

Bill G. (Verified buyer) 04/30/2021
My favorite lower medium heat chili! Nothing else like them. Bright multi-faceted fruity flavors. Beyond accurate description. One of the few dried chilies that retains some crunchy texture when rehydrated. Should try to grow some to try fresh.

Leslie L. (Verified buyer) 01/22/2021
Prompt shipping Peppers look great! quick shipping. will order again.

Peter G. (Verified buyer) 05/08/2020
For sauces Boil these and then use in sauces

Mark T. (Verified buyer) 06/28/2018
Aji chiles Very fruity , bright and slightly spicy chile that we infused with Seite Leguas tequila for one of our cocktails at Ginger & Fork .

Robert P. (Verified buyer) 03/09/2018
Chile Time Dried chiles arrived well packaged and much faster than I expected. The peppers were still pliable and had excellent flavor and not as hot as the description makes them sound but that was fine by me. I also received a free sample of Pennsylvania Pepper. I’ve order other items since and have been equally impressed.

James (Verified buyer) 03/29/2017
Aji Amarillo Chile Hard to find. I used it re-hydrated and chopped in a stew with beef and white beans. Medium heat. If you want more heat, add more chiles or a liberal sprinkling of powdered aji amarillo.

Jim (Verified buyer) 02/25/2014
Aji Amarillo Chile Works well

Anthony M. (Verified buyer) 04/14/2021
Pretty much have the consistency Pretty much have the consistency and taste of an old piece of driftwood. I can't see any use for these. I'll never buy them again.