A flash fire would be the best term to describe the heat of chili pequin. This tasty chili is the ancestor of most chili varieties out there, from jalapenos to sweet bell peppers.
Looking like a hot volcanic puffed rice kernel, dried Pequin Chiles are roughly ½” long by ¼” wide and are reddish orange in color. Pequins are often associated with cuisine from the mountain ranges of northern Mexico. Pequin Chile translates to “tiny chile” and chile heads know that the smaller the chile is in size the larger it is in heat! On the heat side these come in at about an 8-9 on a scale of the heat scale of 10.
Pequin Chiles are a common ingredient in liquid hot pepper seasonings and with their rich flavor they add a fiery zest to beans, sauces, soups and stews. Easily crush the dried chiles and sprinkle on bean and rice dishes, homemade salsas and any number of Latin dishes in need of some spicy, tangy flavor.
Directions on how to Rehydrate
Stem and seed the chiles, then place them in a skillet, on a comal, or in a 250 degree oven and dry-roast them for three to four minutes. Shake them once or twice and be careful not to scorch them or else they will taste bitter. The chiles should then be added to water that has been heated to just below the boiling point - if it is boiling, the chiles will lose flavor. Use just enough water to cover the chiles and press them down with a lid. Allow them to sit for 20 minutes or until they are soft.
To reconstitute dried Chili pods, remove stem and seeds. Place chiles in a pot of water that is just about to boil. Remove from heat and allow to soak for 20-30 minutes or until tender. Once chiles are reconstituted, place in a blender or food processor to chop.
How to Store
Store dried chiles (and chile powder) in an airtight container in a cool, dry, dark place. Although it is possible to store them for extended periods of time, it is better to use them within six months. If you do keep them longer, check through them occasionally and discard any that have spoiled.
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