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Jun 27, 2013 09:16 AM

Best sub for chile de arbol?

Google result says cayenne. I have that and crushed red pepper flakes. I am leaning towards the red pepper flakes since the recipe seems Italian (fennel, olives, tomatoes). Thoughts?

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  1. how much is used, and in what form?

    Chile de arbol is a small dried pepper. It is perhaps the most widely used small hot dried ones in Mexico.

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    1. re: paulj

      It calls for 1 dried chile de arbol. I am going to use crushed red pepper and do as pinehurst suggests. Thanks, everyone!

      1. re: MrsJonesey

        With that quantity, anything with comparable heat level will work. And ultimately your heat tolerance needs to be the judge.

    2. I would add crushed red pepper flakes and keep tasting.

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      1. re: pinehurst

        What kind of peppers are used to make those ubiquitous crushed red pepper flakes? Does anyone know?

        1. re: gourmanda

          There is no one Chili that they are made from.