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6 Cascabel Chili Substitutes for Your Recipes

Spicy food lovers, we’ve got something fun for you. You’re working on your new chili recipe, ready to impress your friends, only to realize you’re out of cascabel chilies!

No need to throw in the towel. We’ve all been there, stuck with a missing ingredient. What do we do next?

There are plenty of tasty substitutes that can step in and save the day. Some might even become your new favorite.

Think of this list as your secret weapon in the kitchen. Ready to spice things up? Let’s look at some options.

6 Easy Substitutes for Cascabel Chili

For those who don’t know, cascabel chili is a moderately spicy pepper with a smoky, nutty flavor. It’s commonly used in Mexican and Southwestern cuisine to add depth and heat to dishes.

But if you can’t get your hands on them, here are six alternatives that will give you similar results:

1 – Ancho Chili Pepper

First, let’s chat about the ancho chili pepper. It’s rich, deep, and smoky. These mild peppers provide a flavorful alternative.

They offer a heat level of 1,000-1,500 SHU. We can use them comfortably in place of cascabel chilies.

To swap, use a 1:1 ratio. It’s as simple as that.

We love them in our salsas and stews. They add the perfect touch without overpowering the dish. They’re easy to find, too. Score!

For more on ancho chili substitutes, check this out. You won’t regret it.

2 – Guajillo Pepper

Next, Guajillo pepper. It’s our go-to substitute for cascabel chilies. These peppers bring a mild heat and a fruity flavor. They score 2,500-5,000 SHU.

They’re a bit hotter than cascabel, but not too fiery. Use them in your dishes with a 1:1 swap ratio.

We love Guajillo for its versatility. It works well in sauces, soups, and stews. We’ve spiced up our tacos with it, and it’s amazing!

For those interested, check the Guajillo pepper substitutes article for more insight. Swap it, and see the difference!

3 – New Mexico Chili

The New Mexico chili is another solid pick. Mild with 1,000-1,500 SHU, these peppers add a gentle kick. Used in salsas, sauces, and stews, they’re versatile.

They have an earthy flavor and a bright red color. Perfect for a vibrant dish. Swap them 1:1 for cascabel chilies.

We tried them in our famous chili recipe—what a win! The flavor was there without overwhelming heat. They’re easy to find and work in most dishes. For more substitutes, check out our New Mexico chili substitutes article.

4 – Chipotle Chili Powder

In case you’ve ever wanted to bring some smoke into your dishes, Chipotle chili powder is the way to go. This powder, made from smoked and dried jalapeños, offers a fantastic 2,500-8,000 SHU heat range.

We love its earthy warmth. One teaspoon of Chipotle powder can replace one Cascabel chili. It’s our secret weapon in chili con carne and BBQ rubs.

We find its flavor richer and more intense. It’s perfect for giving that extra kick. If you’re interested, our article on Chipotle chili powder substitutes has more insights.

5 – Cayenne Pepper

In terms of spice kickers, cayenne pepper knows how to bring the heat. Packing 30,000-50,000 SHU, it’s definitely hotter than cascabel chilies.

We only need a small pinch to replace one cascabel chili. Add it to soups and stews for an extra punch. We swear by it for our spicy sauces and chicken marinades.

Its intense heat and peppery flavor stand out. Just use it sparingly to avoid overpowering your dish. Got a taste for heat? Check out our cayenne pepper substitutes for more spicy swap options.

6 – Smoked Paprika

Last but not least, smoked paprika. We love its deep, smoky flavor. It has a mild heat level at 500-1,000 SHU.

It works great in stews and sauces. Use one teaspoon to replace one cascabel chili.

Its bright red color adds visual appeal to dishes. We often add it to grilled meats and veggies.

The flavor is smoky without being too hot. Perfect for those sensitive to spice.

Want more details? Check out our article on smoked paprika substitutes. It’s a versatile option in many recipes.