Chilaca

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  • Chilaca chile peppers are long and thin with a slightly curved and flattened shape. They measure 6 to 9 inches long and are typically about 1 inch in diameter. These chiles are dark green when immature and ripen to a deep brown chocolate color. Chilaca chile peppers can be picked when young and green or allowed to ripen fully to a reddish brown color on the bush.
  • The brownish color of this chile is known as "achocolatado" in Spanish, meaning "chocolate colored". When in its not yet fully mature green stage it offers a mildly pungent flavor and a mild to medium heat similar to that of Poblano chiles. The Chilaca chile rates at 1,000 to 2,000 Scoville units.
  • Chilaca chile peppers are most commonly utilized in their dried form, Pasilla, either as a whole pepper or ground down into a powder. As a fresh pepper they can be used in a fashion similar to that of other mild to medium heat peppers.
  • Roasted and diced they can be added to salsas and sautes or pureed to make hot sauce or enchilada sauce. In Mexican cuisine they lend themselves to the classic preparation of rajas and chile rellanos. In Mexico they are also a popular pepper for pickling.
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