Chile Pequin Flakes
Pequin peppers, or chile pequin as they are also commonly known, are tiny, brilliantly red chile peppers that grow wild in Mexico. Almost 10 times hotter than a jalapeno, the tiny pequin swings a huge heat hammer. Chile pequin rank 40,000 to 60,000 on the Scoville scale or 9-10 on the heat scale! Sometimes confused with chiltepin, chile pequin are slightly larger, more oblong and less round. The name roughly translates to "tiny chile", they average 1/4" wide and 1/2" long. Because birds don't feel the effects of capsaicins like mammals do, these tiny chiles are a favorite of many bird species. Nicknamed "bird chiles", pequin have a complex and fruity flavor beneath the heat.
Popular in salsas, hot sauces, vinegars and oils, a couple of these tiny chiles dropped into a pot of soup will give it a nice warmth if you're feeling chilled.