Piquins are small, oval shaped chiles with tapered ends. The color of a dried Pequin is an orange-red. They often grow wild in the mountains of Mexico. This chile measures 1/2 inch in length and is only 1/4 of an inch wide. The flavor is hot, with sweet and citrus undertones. On the heat scale, this little chile ranks an 8.5.
Pequin Chiles are very hot! A little goes a long way. Use Pequins to heat up Pasta Diablo, with shrimp or lobster added. If you love hot chili, salsa and stews, this is the chile for you.
Reconstituting Dried Chile Peppers
Fill a small 1-2 quart saucepan with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Use a larger saucepan if you are reconstituting more than 6-8 peppers. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the peppers to the hot water and allow them to soften/reconstitute for about 20-30 minutes. Drain and use as directed.
Note: Always discard the bitter soaking water.
Storage for dried chile peppers
Store in cool dry space.
Our Penguin Chiles originated from Mexico.