One of the famous mole chillies from Mexico. Being fairly tall the plants benefit from some support. Plants grown in containers are easier to manage, but are less productive than those grown in the greenhouse border. The Chilaca is a curved, long, thin pepper, that grows to about 6-9 inches, and 1 inch wide. It has a flattened shape, and its skin is wrinkled. It matures to a deep brown color, mildly hot, slightly sweet with a unique rich and full flavor.
Chilacas are best known in the dried form, when it is known as a Pasilla; both the heat and the flavor of the chilaca are intensified by the drying process. Pasillas are typically ground to a powder and used in both sweet and savory cooking. The pasilla powder is an essential ingredient of the classic Mexican mole negro sauce.