Chile Rayado

The Striped Chile

Chile rayado means “striped chile” due to the naturally occurring light-colored ridges. It is a member of the jalapeño family although it is much hotter than a typical jalapeño. The town of La Misión in the state of Hidalgo is the sole region where chiles rayados are grown.

Chile Rayado de La Misión, Hidalgo
Chile Rayado an Heirloom Variety from La Misión, Hidalgo

It is an heirloom chile variety that is artisanally produced. When the chiles are harvested, they are dried and then smoked over a wood fire for three days which gives them their unique flavor. Think of the flavor as a very intense dried chipotle.

Chile Rayado Salsa
Chile Rayado Salsa
Chile Rayado Salsa
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Chile Rayado Salsa Recipe

Chile Rayado Salsa
Course Salsa
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword dried peppers, salsa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 56kcal
Author Douglas Cullen


  • 4 Roma tomatoes quartered plum
  • 2 rayado chiles
  • 1/4 small white onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 sprigs of cilantro
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt to taste


  • Toast the chiles in a hot pan for 10 seconds a side.
  • Remove the seeds and stems from the chiles.
  • Add all of the ingredients to the blender jar.
  • Add 1/4 cup water.
  • Blend until just smooth. Do not over blend.
  • Add the mixture to a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Salt to taste.


You can substitute dried chipotle chiles but you must reconstitute them in hot water. To reconstitute the chiles, soak them in a small sauce with just enough water to cover for 5 minutes. Use 1/4 cup of the soaking liquid when you blend the salsa.
  • Equipment Needed
    Cutting board
    Kitchen spoon
    Large saucepan


Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1305IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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2 comments… add one
  • Cathy Bechtel

    Where do you buy these peppers (chipoltie rayados)? I live in a small town so I have to order a lot of things online. Thank you for information.

  • Ricardo Rincones

    Where can I order this stuff on libe ?

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