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Ingredient Feature - The Pequin Pepper

small wooden bowl of pequin peppers for Woos! Ultimate Hot Sauce


There are all sorts of peppers that are used to make hot sauce, including mildly spicy chilis such as Poblanos, Paprika chilis, and Hatch chili peppers. Another pepper that makes for an awesome hot sauce are Pequin Peppers.

In this blog we’ll be highlighting the pequin, which is one of the main ingredients in Woos! Ultimate Hot Sauce.

What are Pequin Peppers?

Pequin peppers, derived from the Spanish word “pequeño”, are small, usually measuring anywhere from ½ to ¾ inches long and are oblong in shape. But don’t judge a pepper by its size!

While they may be quite small, these peppers pack a good punch of heat. These vibrant red peppers are not only spicy, they also have a pleasant smoky and nutty flavor that pairs well with any food.

These peppers are grown throughout Mexico but are also grown in the southwestern U.S. and parts of south America.

How Hot are Pequins?

As mentioned earlier, don’t let the size of a pepper be an indicator of its heat level. Sometimes the smallest things are the spiciest! Penguin peppers are the perfect example. 

Pequins have anywhere from 30,000 SHU to 60,000 SHU on the Scoville Heating Scale, which is pretty hot! In fact, the hottest pequin pepper is more than 10 times hotter than the jalapeno pepper, which averages around 5,000 SHU.

Flavor Profile

Pequins have a unique flavor profile that you won’t find in many other peppers. Many describe the flavor as being a combination of nutty, citrusy, fruity, and smokiness. When these peppers are smoked, the flavor really becomes more pronounced.

The greener, less ripened these peppers are, the milder the flavor profile is. Green pequins are usually used to make salsas, hot sauces, and other dishes.

As these peppers ripen, they get hotter. At this stage, they’re usually dried and smoked and then ground into a powder or used for chili flakes.

Cooking with Pequin Peppers

Because of their flavor profile, pequin peppers are commonly used to make salsas, sauces, and hot sauces. They’re easily added to stews and stocks, and one or two is plenty to add a nice amount of heat and zing.

What’s nice about these peppers is that while they’re hot, the heat isn’t overpowering, especially when used to make hot sauce.  When combined with other peppers, Pequin peppers make for the perfect hot sauce.

Buy Woos! Today

Tired of store-bought hot sauce brands? Looking for something with a bolder profile? If so, Woos! Ultimate Hot Sauce is what’s missing from your kitchen. Our sauce is made in small batches but offers a big flavor.

Whether you’re a hot sauce fiend or simply like a little kick every so often, you’re sure to love Woos! The flavor isn’t overwhelming and according to our customers, it’s good on anything and everything!

Place an order today and say goodbye to boring meals that don’t make you do a little happy dance with each bite.