Hello Pepper Lovers! Welcome to all things Chiltepin. We are a Texas family obsessed with growing, harvesting and utilizing these tiny gems that pack a punch. Many people know very little about chiltepins, including Texans surprisingly, even though it is the official native pepper of our fine state.
We are Jacqui and Mike. We first learned of the pepper on Jacqui’s parents’ retirement property in Schulenberg Texas. It grew wild on the outskirts of their treelines. They identified it as a Chili Pequin, which is what all the locals call it. The true chili pequin is more oblong and pointy at the end, and the plants on their property were definitely chiltepin. However it is so much more fun to say “chileeeee pekeeeeeen” with a texas twang. Try it out! The only way to make “chiltepin” roll off the tongue is to call it a “chillll-tepeeen”. Not so great. That’s our theory as to the misnomer in “these here parts”.
Anyhow, we dug up one of these wild plants and transported it to far north Dallas (zone 7b). This started the journey of our crazy obsession. That was about ten years ago. We decided that it is time to share all our knowledge and experience with anyone who is curious….