Product: Chilhuacle Negro Chile Pepper Dried from $45.00 lb USD

MOQ: 11 lbs case

Chilhuacle negro [chee-WAH-lee] chiles are one of the hardest-to-find chiles from Oaxaca. One of the key ingredients in a traditional mole negro. In its fresh form, Chilhuacle is used to prepare chile Caldo and chile Relleno. The dried chili is the star of the seven moles of Oaxaca.

  • Whole Chilhuacle Negro Pepper,
  • Capsicum annuum, Scoville units: 900 – 2000 SHU.
  • Store in a cool, dry place.
  • Shelf Life 3 years
  • Origin: Mexico

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Chilhuacle Negro Chile is a very rare and ancient chile. It’s a moderately hot chile with strong notes of Cacao and tobacco that is used in Oaxacan-style Mole. The Chilhuacle Negro Chile grows only in the Cañada valley of Oaxaca.


Chilhuacle Negro Chile


The chile huacle or chilhuacle (from Nahuatl, chilli ‘chile’ and huactli ‘old’) is a variety of chili (Capsicum annuum) produced and consumed in the region of La Cañada, in Oaxaca, Mexico. Despite its limited availability, it is the original chile with which various Oaxacan moles are prepared. In the past, it was used for chileajo, chanfaina, clemole or chili broth. They are also good for stuffing or for making chili powder. They are found in three varieties: black, red and yellow chilhuacle, and are mainly used dry.


chilhuacle negro chiles


It is one of the most expensive chili peppers in Mexico. Its market price is around $500 MXN⁄Kg since it cannot supply all the demand; its production is difficult and it is falling drastically (-80%6​). It is usually replaced by guajillo chile, with a similar flavor. In 1818, it was mentioned by Murguía and Galardi as a spice used in stews served at funeral events and as a dye to dye sauces.


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Chilhuacle Variants

Chilhuacle Amarillo

El chilhuacle amarillo es indispensable para elaborar el mole amarillo. Su sabor es cítrico, un tanto dulce y con dejos ahumados. Posee una forma más alargada y cónica que las otras variantes, y es la más escasa.

Chilhuacle Negro

El chile huacle negro adopta al madurar un tono marrón oscuro, de ahí su nombre. Se usa para el mole negro y el chichilo. Antiguamente se usaba para el moleprieto, precursor del mole negro. Tienen una forma cuadrada abombada, y un sabor complejo ligeramente amargo y dulce. Es la más cara de las tres variedades.

Chilhuacle Rojo

El chilhuacle rojo es de color oscuro casi negro. Es el más común de los tres huacles, y se usa para el mole colorado o mole rojo. Tienen un sabor dulce y moderadamente picante.

Packing Details

  • Unit Type: Piece
  • Carton Case
  • Package Weight: 11 lbs

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Weight 11 lbs
Dimensions 30 × 30 × 20 in

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