Dried Guajillo chile peppers are small to medium in size, averaging 10 to 15 centimeters in length, and have a flattened, conical shape, tapering to a pointed, slightly curved tip. The pepper’s dark red skin is smooth, semi-wrinkled, tough, and glossy with a pliable nature, an indication of freshness. If the pepper’s surface cracks when lightly bent, then it is a sign that it has been stored for an extended period, losing flavor and texture. Underneath the surface, the pepper contains a hollow cavity filled with small and round, golden seeds. Dried Guajillo chile peppers have a complex blend of fruity, nutty, and savory flavors combined with berry-like nuances and a mild to moderate spice. When the peppers are toasted, the flavor is enhanced with smokey undertones.