All About Guajillo Chiles

What are guajillo chiles?

Guajillo chiles are the dried version of the mirasol chili. This pepper is the second most common dried chile in Mexican cuisine. Its flavor is fruity and smoky, with just a touch of spice. 

Is guajillo chile spicy? 

Guajillo chile is considered mildly spicy. On the official scale of spiciness, it’s ranked just below a jalapeño. In most dishes Guajillo chile will come across as pretty mellow. If you want to try the flavor of a chile pepper but you’re not a big fan of spice, try reducing the heat by pairing the pepper with a dairy-based product like yogurt or sour cream. 

How to cook with guajillo chiles

The fruitiness of guajillo chiles can add a layer of complexity to almost any dish. Choosing to pair them with more delicate meats like chicken or fish will help let the subtle flavors of the pepper shine through. They’re common in salsas, marinades, and rubs, but our favorite application is to cook them into a smoky sauce. At Blue Apron, we love using guajillo chile sauce in Mexican-inspired dishes. You’ll find them on the menu topping our enchiladas, spicing up our rice, and making our tacos unforgettable. 

Recipes with guajillo chiles

Guajillo Pepper Chicken & Cheesy Rice with Tomatoes & Avocado

guajillo chile chicken thighs

This recipe has it all: juicy chicken thighs, a smoky chile pepper sauce, and rich cheese and avocado. Together they form a rich and satisfying dish that’s full of flavor.

Guajillo Chicken Tacos with Creamy Corn & Jalapeño

guajillo chicken tacos

In these crowd-pleasing tacos, guajillo chile sauce makes the filling moist and slightly spicy. A side of corn is the perfect sweet and juicy complement.

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas with Guajillo Pepper Sauce

guajillo chicken enchiladas

What’s not to love about enchiladas? This dish is stuffed full of satisfying rice, peppers, and chicken. A topping of guajillo chile sauce adds a little smoky complexity.

11 Sunday Casseroles for a Game Day Feast

Casseroles are easy, warming, and make-ahead-able; all qualities essential to big game eating. Whether you plan to spend the weekend watching football, or you’re just in the mood for a cozy meal, these 11 delicious Sunday casseroles will satisfy your cravings.

1. Dig into Baked Orzo with Chorizo & Mozzarella

Baked Orzo Casserole with Chorizo & Mozzarella

Dried chorizo and garlic bring a little kick to this baked pasta casserole recipe.

2. Scoop up Savory Sweet Potato Gratin

recipes for sunday casseroles with sweet potatoes

For pure comfort, turn to carbs. This vegetarian dish combines sweet potatoes with a rich béchamel sauce to deliver a complex and layered flavor profile.

3. Chow down on Mexican Rice & Bean Casserole

Mexican Rice and Bean Sunday Casseroles

This baked dish was inspired by classic Mexican flavors. The hearty rice and bean base it topped off with baked tortilla strips for an irresistible crunch.

4. Gorge yourself with Cheesy Broccoli Rotini Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli Rotini Casserole
If you’re Sunday casseroles feature broccoli, you’re basically a saint

Want to get your family to eat broccoli? Look no further. This crowd-pleasing recipe nestles healthy broccoli in between pasta and cheese for a virtuous take on mac and cheese.

5. Spice up Sunday with Chicken Mole Enchiladas

Chicken Mole Enchiladas Sunday Casserole

Are enchiladas a casserole? We’re not here to split hairs. All we know is that this recipes is hot, satisfying, and baked in a pan. It will satisfy your casserole craving either way.

6. Stuff your friends on Stuffed Shells

Stuffed Shells Sunday Casseroles

Channel your inner New Jerseyan with this saucy recipe for stuffed jumbo pasta shells.

7. Then, stuff your Beef-Stuffed Peppers

Beef Stuffed Peppers

We snuck another vegetable in here! No eating around the pepper, it’s against the game day rules.

8. If football’s all Greek to you, make Moussaka

Moussaka Casserole

A squeeze of lemon keeps this decadent casserole from feeling heavy.

9. Tuck into some Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's Pies

Scientifically speaking, shepherds pie is a perfect food. This version is filled with a mixture of beef and lamb for a to create a hearty satisfying dish.

Here’s some good news: you don’t have to make just one! Grab your oven mitts and assemble your ingredients. It’s game time!