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Apr 24, 2005 10:55 PM

Chili Pequin and Tepin

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Two chili-related questions:

• Is there a difference between the pequin and tepin chilies? They’re both extremely hot and small. (Also, sometimes it’s spelled “chiltepin.”)

Pictures of these chilies:

• Is there a good source to order seeds for either or both types of chili peppers? It would be nice to grow some this summer.

If you’re not familiar with these peppers, they are astonishingly utterly spectacularly good. And they’re hot too.


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  1. Try this website, Very good source, and very reliable.


    1. At two of the places I previously lived in Austin there were wild chiltecpin plants that produced lots and lots of peppers year after year. They looked just like the peppers labelled "tepin" and "chiltepin" in your pictures. The piquin or chilepiquin as shown in the third picure is the same size and has the same flavor, but is elongated in shape as opposed to the nearly spherical chiltecpin. I tried to propagate some of mine without success, and I have read that they are extremely difficult to cultivate. They are absolutely wonderful in flavor, and I wish you great success in growing them.


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      1. re: Jim Washburn

        Where in Austin have you seen or found these plants. I would love to see what they look like wild, as I am growing some and I am in Austin.


        1. re: poindexterbz

          Jim's post is 10 years old and if he's still around, he's no longer posting under the same username so he may not see your post. You might try posting on the Austin board, maybe someone else has seen them too.

      2. I grow a wide variety of peppers (30+ and have for almost 30 years) including Piquins, Chiltepins, and Tepins. Yes, Piquins and Tepins are very different. Firstly the Piquins are larger and the heat is more up front and mid palate, where I find the tepins are a higher delayed and lingering type of heat. Also the piquins are about twice as large. Both varieties are very nice looking bushy types of plants. I have had good luck wintering over both varieties, and had a chiltepin go 4 seasons before production dropped off significantly. I grow from seeds now, but many of my original plants came from:

        Very reasonable pricing and shipping and every plant I have ordered (probably around a 100 or more by now) has showed up in pretty good shape.

        I now sprout all my own plants from seed or purchase from the Ag department at Cal Poly (which I cannot reccomend highly enough).