Pasilla chiles, narrow chiles measuring up to 6 inches (15 cm) long, are wrinkled dried chiles with a rich, spicy flavor with hints of fruit. These dried chilaca chiles are also known as "chiles negros."
To handle pasilla chiles:
Wear kitchen gloves to prevent any cuts or abrasions on hands from contacting the volatile oils. Wash your hands well with warm, soapy water after handling the chiles, and do not touch your eyes or other sensitive areas.For other varieties of chile, see Anaheim, ancho, árbol, bird's-eye, cayenne, chilaca, chipotle, guajillo, habañero, jalapeño, mulato, poblano, serrano, and yellow chiles, and dried red chiles and ground dried chile.