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pasilla chile

Pronunciation: [pah-SEE-yah]

In its fresh form this chile is called a chilaca. It's generally 6 to 8 inches long and 1 to 1½ inches in diameter. The rich-flavored, medium-hot pasilla is a blackish-brown color, which is why it's also called chile negro. This chile is sold whole, and powdered. It's particularly good for use in sauces.