What is the Chili Piquin Pepper?
Are you a fan of Cholula hot sauce, if you are then you are very familiar with the Chili Pequin Pepper spelled Chili Piquin Pepper as well. This pepper is very popular in Mexico, and is used in many dishes native to Mexico. You can find this pepper in both red and green. The Chili Piquin Pepper measures 60,000 units on the Scoville scale. It is a small but mighty pepper with a nutty and citrusy taste when it is eaten right off the plant, and it grows hotter the longer it stays on the vine. When cooked this pepper takes on more of a smoky flavor and is used in a lot of salsa dishes.
What Does the Chili Piquin Pepper Look Like?
What does this pepper look like? It’s roughly ½ inch to 3/4 inch long and a quarter inch wide. When you see chili piquin peppers growing on the plant they look like hundreds of tiny little red oblong shapes, much like red Christmas lights on a tree. You can cook with chili piquin peppers either fresh, chopped, or powdered.
Health Benefits of Chili Piquin Peppers
Much like peppers in general the Chili Piquin Pepper is not left out of the common health benefits of eating them. Peppers help with migraines, joint pain, inflammation, Weight Loss, Psoriasis, Fungal Infections, Allergies, and Bad Breath and if that’s not enough for you.These peppers pack a lot of nutritional value. They are a great source of vitamin A, C, and K. They are also anti-inflammatory, and help improve blood circulation, symptoms of cold, sore throats and fevers among many other ailments. They are also known to help soothe a stomach ache and ease digestive system discomfort. They are also being studied on their effects on cancer, and other diseases too.
Popular Dishes With Chili Piquin Peppers
Chili Piquin Peppers are mostly used in Salsa’s and Hot Sauces. I will link a few recipes below that use chili piquin peppers!
- Chili Piquin Pepper Salsa: https://www.mexicoinmykitchen.com/piquin-pepper-salsa/
- Pequin Home Style Salsa: https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/sauce-spread/salsa/chile-pequin-homestyle-salsa.html
- Homemade Hot Sauce: https://honest-food.net/homemade-chiltepin-hot-sauce/comment-page-2/
How To Re-Hydrate Dried Chili Piquin Peppers
If you need to rehydrate dried Chili piquin peppers you can do that easily. Bring a small sauce pan to boil, then remove it from the heat and add your chili piquin peppers to the water. Let the Chili piquin peppers soak in the water for 15 minutes or until they feel nice and soft. If they are soft and have no more dry spots, then your peppers are ready to be cooked with. You can add them to salsa’s, sauces, delicious soups, and marinades!
Where to Buy Chili Piquin Peppers
We are currently out of these peppers but you can find Guajillo Chili Powder here and Cayenne here on our website. Our peppers are all natural and organic. If you have any questions about our peppers you can contact us here. Whether you are eating with family and friends or by yourself, using spices in their raw and natural form allows your dishes to stay true to themselves. Recipes are our oldest language and using the proper ingredients allows our ancestors’ legacies to remain steady in our lives today.