Kitchen Notes

The Cascabel Chili Pepper

by Thomas Kelly on Mar 23, 2015


Plump and squat, this Mexican chili is better known by its nickname: the rattle chili. With just a short constrained blip of heat upon first tasting, this is a great chili for braises, soups and stews; longer cook times will coax out its full-bodied woodsy flavor.

Sourcing: Cascabel chilies can be found dried at Latin markets or online.

Storing: Whole dried chilies should be kept sealed in an airtight container and free of moisture.


  • Potatoes
  • Beef
  • Clams
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Soft fresh cheese, like ricotta or chevre
  • Olives
  • Thyme
  • Leeks

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