Pasilla Chile, Whole Inspiration
What Is Chile Pasilla?
The dried version of the Chilaca chile pepper, the Chile Pasilla is used in a variety of Mexican dishes. The translation of the name is Spanish for “little raisins,” and you will see the similarity when looking at a whole pepper. As the Chilaca pepper is dried, the flavors of the pepper intensify in a smoky way. Once dried it is given the new name to distinguish the dried Pasilla from its fresh version, Chilaca.
The Chilaca peppers are traced back to the Puebla region in Mexico, just south of Mexico City. The pepper was known to be popular amongst the Aztecs and has since been a staple in Mexican Cuisine.
How Chile Pasilla Is Used
The Chile Pasilla is most famous for being used in sauce applications. Some dishes you can find them in are enchiladas, salsas and moles. It is also used in soups, tacos, braised meats and tamales. The smoky yet fruity flavor the pepper gives adds a versatility that compliments many Mexican recipes.
The Flavor Behind Chile Pasilla
The peppers are known for this smoky and fruity flavor and that is due to the drying process. As a pepper dries, its weight decreases and all of the flavor and aroma molecules intensify. Some even dry the peppers with smoke, offering an additional layer of flavor.
The reason you want to use this dried pepper is because the flavor is not only so intense, but the development of these flavors over time add a complexity to the recipe that can be hard to achieve otherwise.
The Spiceology Chile Pasilla
The Spiceology Chile Pasilla is a dried pepper worth investing time in due to its complexity. The ability to buy the whole pepper and experiment with its different flavors is a worthy adventure for any cook looking to expand their skill set and to try new recipes of Mexican heritage. Get yours today and enjoy the smoky and fruity depth of flavor the Chile Pasilla offers. Want more Chile Pasilla inspiration? Try our Scorpion Beef Birria Tacos recipe.