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How do I use Dried Red Chile Pods?

A pile of traditional sun-dried Sun-Dried Red Chile Sauce peppers with intact stems, positioned against a white background. The peppers vary slightly in shape and texture, showing natural wrinkles.

Dried chile pods are a staple ingredient in New Mexican cuisine. Here are some common ways to use dried chile pods:

  1. Rehydrate the chile pods: To use dried chile pods, you'll first need to rehydrate them by soaking them in hot water for about 20-30 minutes. This will soften the pods and make them easier to work with.
  2. Make a chile paste: Once the chile pods are rehydrated, you can blend them into a paste using a food processor or blender. This paste can be used as a base for sauces, marinades, and soups.
  3. Use as a spice: You can also grind the dried chile pods into a powder using a spice grinder, mortar and pestle, or coffee grinder. This powder can be used as a seasoning for meats, vegetables, and other dishes.
  4. Add to stews and soups: Whole dried chile pods can be added to stews and soups to infuse them with flavor and heat.
  5. Decorative purposes: want to give your home a uniquely New Mexican look and feel? You can even make your own Chile Ristras from Dried Chile Pods. 

We offer Dried Chile Pods in 3 different heat levels: Mild, Medium, and Hot.

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