How to Make a Ristra

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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.

Things You'll Need

  • One bushel of fresh chili peppers
  • 5-foot lengths of cotton string
  • Coat hanger or bailing twine

Tips & Warnings

  • 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.
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