Chili Pepper Madness

April 06, 2014

How to Rehydrate Dried Chili Peppers

How to Rehydrate Dried Chili Peppers

Rehydrating dried chili peppers is simple, and a great way to incorporate chili peppers into your meal. While you can simple toss them into hot water and let them steep, a better way is as follows:

  1. Scoop out the insides of the dried pods with a knife. You can do this step after they are rehydrated, but I like to trim it out while dry. If you find this difficult, scoop out the innards later.
  2. Heat a large pan to medium-high heat and dry roast the peppers about 30-60 seconds per side. They will become slightly puffy and fragrant.
  3. Set peppers into an oven proof bowl and pour boiling water over them. Use just enough to cover the peppers. Cover and allow to sit 15-30 minutes, depending on the thickness of your peppers.
  4. Remove from water and use as needed.

NOTE: The water used to rehydrate the peppers is useful. Nutrients from the peppers will seep into the water, so save the water for your recipe if you'd like.

Jump to Video


  • Comment Link Josh October 06, 2017 posted by Josh

    Awesome video, thanks for the tips! I’m an avid grower myself but more for my beef jerky and salsa. My family recently asked for ghost pepper jerky. Without booting a couple other peppers in my hydroponics farm and winter coming on, have you heard of anywhere you can buy fresh not dried ghost peppers? I’ve recently tried dehydrated and it just didn’t seem to do the trick. Cheers

    REPLY: Josh, you can try to contact some of the plants/seeds people in my Resources pages, but it will depend on the time of year. Or, try some of the growing groups in Facebook. Lots of people selling pods. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link paul February 19, 2017 posted by paul

    I advise using a toaster oven if you have one. It keeps you from burning the parts of the chilis touching the pan

  • Comment Link Jordan Metalious October 09, 2016 posted by Jordan Metalious

    Is it possible to rehydrated dried ghost peppers with whisky

    REPLY: Jordan, any liquid, really, will rehydrate the peppers. That sure would make them potent! -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Kyle Meunier July 05, 2015 posted by Kyle Meunier

    Awesome shirt video! I dehydrate all my peppers and use them that way. Will definitely try this!!

Leave a comment

Mike Hultquist of Chili Pepper Madness

About Us

Hi, Everyone! It is nice to meet you. Welcome to Chili Pepper Madness, the food blog run by Mike and Patty Hultquist, a couple of spicy food lovers. Chili Pepper Madness is a special tribute to all things chili peppers, including chili pepper recipes... LEARN MORE ABOUT US



Order The Spicy Dehydrator Cookbook by Mike Hultquist


Jalapeno Poppers and other Stuffed Chili Peppers Cookbook