How to Make a Ristra

Things You'll Need

  • One bushel of fresh chili peppers

  • 5-foot lengths of cotton string

  • Coat hanger or bailing twine

How to Make a Ristra. A ristra is a string of dried chili peppers commonly seen in the Southwest. Some people believe that a chili ristra will bring a household good luck. Follow the steps below to make your own decorative chili ristra for your home.


Don't use green chilis as they aren't mature. Don't spray the ristra with any lacquer, as this will make it inedible. Don't use any peppers with bad color spots.