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Wondering how to use dried chiles in your cooking? Dried chiles have been a staple of Mexican cuisine for centuries, and different generations have found a wide variety of uses for the equally wide variety of chiles. Here, we’ll be going over a few ways you can use them in your cooking so you can add more spice, flavor, and heat to your meals!

Rehydrating Dried chiles

If you’re wondering how to use dried chiles, know that you can use them both in their dried and rehydrated forms. The process for rehydrating is very simple and just takes a few minutes. To do so, place your dried chiles in a large skillet on medium heat and cover them in water once they begin to brown. Place a lid over the skillet and bring it to a simmer, letting it sit for 5 to 8 minutes. Take it off the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes with the lid still on. Then, you’re done – use your rehydrated chiles as needed.

Popular recipes

Dried chiles can be used in sauces, meat rubs, soups, salsas, adobos, marinades, and even masa for tortillas. Some popular recipes like birria tacos or chile sauce really highlight the complex flavors and heat that dried chiles can bring to a dish, and they’re what we’d recommend making if you want to learn how to use dried chiles to their full potential. Our recipes for these dishes, along with many more that will help you expertly use dried chiles in your cooking, can be found on our website right here.

Chiles Varieties

As mentioned earlier, there are many different types of dried chile. Each has its own unique and complex flavor. At Don Juan Chiles, you can find dried chiles that are smoky, spicy, citrusy, or even earthy! Explore what we have to offer and order the dried chiles you need from us today!

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