Species: Capsicum annuum

Cascabel (Aji Cascabel)

Species Capsicum annuum
Origin Mexico
Scoville Unities 1.500 - 2.500
Pungency Degree 3
Unripe Color Green
Ripe Color Red / Brown

General Info

Cascabel, originated from Mexico, are small sized chilis with pungency degree varying from 3 to 5 (between 1.250 to 5.000 Scoville Units). Cascabel received its name due to the sound its seeds make when the chili is shaken. This sound resembles the rattling sound of a snake named Cascabel. When Cascabel chilis are ripe, their seeds get loose from the chilis inner walls.


Cascabel plants can reach up to 1 meter of height and is widely cultivated in Mexico and Central America.

Gastronomy Tips and info

Cascabel is used mainly on sauces, both dried or ground. Outside Mexico, Cascabel is generally sold dried.