Mulato Chile Pepper

Mulato Chile Pepper


Scientific Classification

Capsicum annuum

Heat rating in Scovilles:

2500 – 3000

The Mulato Chile Pepper is a mild to medium pepper, closely related to the poblano, and usually sold dried.

Mexican Mulato chiles are part of the famous “trinity” used in mole as well as other Mexican sauces and stews. The Aztecs made sauces with chiles and they were referred to as molli. The Spaniards translated this word to mole [moh-LAY] and that is the familiar name today. While there are different types of mole, many of us think of mole poblano when we think of mole; a dish made with dark dried chiles, nuts, seeds, and a small amount of chocolate. The mole poblano holy trinity of chiles are the mulato, ancho, and pasilla negro.

The Mulato’s color while growing is dark green, maturing to red or brown. The dried mulato is flat and wrinkled, and always brownish-black in color.

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