Kitchen Notes

The Pequin Chili Pepper

by Thomas Kelly on Mar 09, 2015

The pequin chili, native to Mexico and grown frequently in other parts of Central and South America, is proof of the adage that big things come in small packages. This petite chili has an unbeatable suite of flavor--citrus, smoke and toasted nuts--and a powerful kick of heat.

Sourcing: Dried pequin chilies can be found in Latin American markets or online. They’re also easy to grow, and seeds are readily available at seed supplies like this one.

Storing: Whole dried chilies should be kept sealed in an airtight container and free of moisture.


  • Avocado
  • Lobster
  • Tropical fruits, such as pineapple and mango
  • Cucumber
  • Lemon
  • Sour Cream
  • Eggs

This week:

  • Pequin Caramel Brownies on Wednesday
  • Pequin Inspired Cocktails on Friday

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