Dried Chili Peppers, Red



  1. Wash thoroughly. Slice or leave whole if small. No pre-treatment necessary.
  2. Preheat dehydrator following manufacturer instructions.
  3. Arrange prepared food on drying trays, leaving small spaces between pieces for good air circulation.
  4. Turn large pieces halfway through drying. Move pieces near sides of trays to the center or stir small pieces to ensure even drying. Rotate trays if recommended by dehydrator manufacturer.
  5. Check for dryness at the end of the minimum drying time, and then more frequently as drying progresses. Dehydrating time is 12 to 24 hours. Let a sample piece cool to room temperature before testing. Peppers should be flexible, shrunken, almost brittle.
  6. Package dried foods in glass jars, food storage containers or plastic food storage bags in small amounts. Store containers in a cool, dark, dry area to maintain quality.

Dry time: 12-24 hours

Test for dryness: Shrunken, dark red pods, flexible


National Center for Food Preservation