Chile de Árbol


What is Chile de Árbol?

Chile de Árbol, a small but potent chili, hails from Mexico and is known for its bright red color and fiery heat. These slender, pointed chilies measure about 5-7.5 cm long and 0.5-1 cm wide. Their name, "de árbol," translates to "tree-like," referring to the woody stem.

Flavor Profile

Chile de Árbol offers a distinctively vibrant, smoky flavor with a pronounced heat. They rank between 15,000 to 30,000 on the Scoville scale, making them significantly hotter than jalapeños but milder than habaneros.

Culinary Uses

In Mexican cuisine, Chile de Árbol is celebrated for its versatility. It can be used fresh, dried, or ground into a powder. Here are some popular uses:

  • Salsas and Sauces: Adds a smoky heat to traditional Mexican salsas and hot sauces.
  • Seasoning: Perfect for sprinkling over dishes to add a spicy kick.
  • Infusions: Used to infuse oils and vinegars with a robust, spicy flavor.

Health Benefits

Beyond its culinary uses, Chile de Árbol is packed with health benefits. It's rich in vitamins A and C, antioxidants, and capsaicin—the compound responsible for its heat, which also has anti-inflammatory and metabolism-boosting properties.

Chile de Árbol in Feedlot BBQ's Mexicue Rub

At Feedlot BBQ, we blend Chile de Árbol powder into our Mexicue rub, creating a perfect balance of smoky and spicy flavours. This versatile rub enhances the taste of meats, vegetables, and more, making it a favorite among Tex-Mex BBQ lovers.


Chile de Árbol is a must-have for those who love bold, spicy flavors. Its versatility and unique taste make it a staple in Mexican cuisine and a fantastic addition to any BBQ. Try our Mexicue rub to experience the fiery charm of Chile de Árbol in your cooking.