Learn About Cascabel Chiles

cascabel chiles


Cascabels are moderately hot and have a nutty flavor with a rich tannic and slightly smoky nuance. The chile is grown in many states in Mexico including Coahuila, Durango, Guerrero and Jalisco. On the heat scale the cascabel is considered a moderately hot chile or a 4 on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the hottest) which allows the chile to be used for flavoring without adding considerable heat to the dis


Typically the the chile is toasted on a comal then used in salsas, sauces, soups and stews.  Cascabel has a sweet flavor that pairs well with any meat, chicken or fish.

Cascabel Products

Cascabels are available dried whole, powdered and sometimes pureed. See the where to buy section for purchasing information.

Cascabel Chiles Cascabel Powder Cascabel Paste
cascabel chiles
 cascabel powder  chile paste
Toast on a comal then grind or reconstitute.  Use in sauces and stews.
A nice additive to chili, or use as a rub for meats.
Chile paste can be added to soups, stews or salsas.

Cascabel Powder 
Cascabel  powder is very hard to find.  Given the small size of the chile compared to the waste (seeds, veins, stem) it tit is costly to produce.  This is simply the dried whole chili, ground up into a fine powder. Use as you would any chili powder for a nutty smoky flavor.  We do carry cascabel powder at GourmetSleuth.com.

Cascabel Chiles, Whole
The most commonly sold form of this chile is whole, dried. The chile can be toasted then ground, or hydrated and made it a sauce or paste.

Cascabel Chili Paste (Puree)
Chiles can be hydrated and blended into a paste. The paste will last for several months refrigerated and stored in a tightly sealed jar.

Cascabel Sauce
A type of mole sauce made from cascabel chiles.  The sauce can be used with any meat, chicken or for making enchiladas or tacos.

Nutrition Information For Learn About Cascabel Chiles

Serving Size
1 cup
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 34mg
Total Carbohydrate 26g
Dietary Fiber 11g
Sugars 15g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A  0% Vitamin C  0%
Calcium  0% Iron  0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

More Resources

  • Chile Heat Scale - GourmetSleuth, list of chili peppers, including photographs, and their relative and Scovile heat rating.
  • How To Roast Chile Peppers - GourmetSleuth, simple instructions for roasting chilies or tomatillos.
  • Mortar and Pestle (Molcajete) - GourmetSleuth, read about the history of the Molcajete as well as other classic mortar and pestle tools. 

Barbara Bowman graduated with degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Jose State University. As CEO of GourmetSleuth.com she spends most waking hours writing, cooking, eating, gardening and traveling.