Is chile de arbol the same as Serrano?

Chiles de arbol are widely available, especially in stores with Mexican food sections. They are small and stay bright red when dried. … Although the name simply means “dried chiles” in Spanish, it’s usually used to refer to serrano chiles that have been allowed to ripen until red and then dried.

Is there another name for chile de arbol?

If you don’t have de arbol chiles you can easily substitute:

Red pepper flakes which are primarily cayenne chiles. … Thai chiles which are reasonably easy to find in most Asian grocery stores. OR -Chiles Japones, look for these in Mexican grocery stores.

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