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Whole Cobanero Chili

A rare Maya variety of whole chili with a fierce, smoky heat and a lush, fruity aroma.

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Our lightly smoked whole Cobanero Chili is a rare Maya variety of chili pepper that is only grown in the mountains around the city of Cobán in Guatemala. It has a lush, fruity, slightly smoky aroma and a fierce heat that makes everything taste better. Perfect for anyone who appreciates true chili flavor!

Love the heat but prefer chili flakes? Check out our Cobanero Chili Flakes



Cobán, Guatemala


Lightly smoked and dried


Cobanero chili pepper (Capsicum annuum)

Tasting notes:

Papaya • Roasted Corn • Fire

Cooking tips

  • Heat level: 30,000-50,000 Scoville units
  • Add whole or snip pieces into chili
  • Slide into a braise or long-cooked stew
  • Use in a homemade hot sauce or salsa
  • Slip into pickling liquids


Cobanero chilis are only cultivated in the area around the city of Cobán in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. It is one of the oldest domesticated chili varietals.

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