The Cascabel Pepper is grown in several states throughout Mexico including Coahuila, Durango, Guerrero, Jalisco and San Luis Potosi.
Unlike many chiles, these are known by the same name whether fresh or dried. Recipes that call for Cascabel chiles typically are referring to the dried chile. The Cascabel is sometimes confused with the Catarina chile (their seeds also rattle when the chile is dried) and also as a darker cherry chile pepper (due to the similar sizes and shapes).
Another of the marvelous Mexican Chiles the Cascabel is a member of the Capsicum annuum species and is also known as Cascabel peppers, guajones, coras chile bola and rattle chile which refers to both the shape of the chile as well as the sound the seeds make when a dried chile is shaken. The Cascabel is a plump, round, smooth and small chile that ripens from green to red. When dried, the color darkens to a deep reddish-brown with an almost transparent but thick skin. When mature they are about 1-1/2” in diameter.
The nutty taste of roasted Cascabel’s pairs equally well with tomatoes or tomatillos in casseroles, enchiladas, fajitas, salsas, sauces, soups, stews, tamales, and tacos.