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Güero Chiles



A Güero Chile is a yellow chile pepper. Exactly which chile is a Güero, though, depends on where you are.

In the north of Mexico, it's the Caribe chile: in the centre of Mexico, it's the Caloro chile. Other chiles are also called "Güero Chiles."

What chiles called Güero have in common is that they are pale yellow or pale green, and that most are triangular-shaped, with broad shoulders and tapered points. Some are hotter than Jalapenos, some are milder. They will be about 3 to 5 inches (7-12 cm) long and 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) wide.

Güero Chiles are sometimes used in making "mole amarillo" (yellow mole), though Costeño Amarillo Chiles seem to be more usual.

When dried, one type of Güero Chile will have a dark sepia colour and be called a "Chilhuacle Amarillo." Chilhuacle Amarillo is used in "mole negro" as it is made in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Another type of dried Güero Chile takes on the name of "Guajillo Chile Pepper."

Güerito Pepper


Güerito Pepper is a small yellow pepper about 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) long that is hotter than larger Güero peppers.

Language Notes

"Güero" means blond. Güero Chiles are sometimes called "blondi" as well.


In the south-east of Mexico (viz the Yucatan Peninsula), a Güero Chile is called "Ixcatic" or "xcatic".

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Also called:

Lxcatic; Xcatic

See also:

Chile Peppers

Anaheim Chile Peppers; Ancho Chile Peppers; Birds Eye Chile Peppers; Cascabel Peppers; Cascabella Peppers; Cayenne Peppers; Chile Peppers; Chilhuacle Chiles; Chili Powder; Chipotle Chiles; Costeño Amarillo Chile; Dorset Naga Chiles; Green Chile Peppers; Guajillo Chile Peppers; Güero Chiles; Habanero Chile Peppers; Jalapeno Peppers; Lombok; Malagueta Chile Peppers; Mulato Chile Peppers; New Mexico Chile Peppers; Paprika; Pasilla Chile Peppers; Peppadew Peppers; Poblano Chile Pepper; Purira Chile Peppers; Red Chile; Rocotillo Chiles; Rocoto Peppers; Scotch Bonnet Chiles; Scoville Units; Serrano Chile Peppers; Shishito Chiles; Thai Hot Ornamental Peppers; X-cat-ik Chiles; Yellow Chiles

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