Chiltepin Chiles

Chiltepin Chiles
Chiltepin Chiles
100857 003
Net Weight:
1 oz
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Chiltepin (CHIL-teh-pin) chiles, Capsicum annuum, are also known as chile chiltepin, chile tepin, or just chiltepin. In Mexico these are often called arrebatado. It means “violent” or “rapid”, and refers to the way the heat comes on quickly when you eat Chiltepins. These chiles are small and tomato-red, and look like berries. They have a thin skin and a peppery, smoky aroma that hints of citrus.

These round, ball-shaped peppers are very small, measuring just ¼ inch across at its widest point.  

The word chiltepin means “flea chile”, and comes from Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. It’s believed that they gave these peppers this name both because of its diminutive size and its stinging bite. 

There are approximately 225 chiles per ounce.

It takes approximately 15 Chiltepin chiles to make 1 teaspoon of powder.


Flavor Profile


Chiltepin chiles have a flavor that is initially sharp, with hints of earthiness and smokiness. The upfront heat dissipates quickly, and then the Chiltepin is sweet, mellow, and almost tomato-y.


Heat Level


Chiltepins are one of our “crazy hot” chiles, measuring 50,000-100,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU).


How To Use


In Mexico, Chiltepin chiles are often paired with fish, so sprinkle some ground Chiltepin as a garnish over Spicy Coconut Shrimp or Mahi Mahi Tacos. Puree and blend into Chile Colorado or Roasted Tomato Salsa for an extra burst of heat. Add some spice to the sweet and sour flavor of Pickled Red Onions. Toss over the top of poached eggs for an unforgettable Vegetable Stir Fry or Shakshuka. Chiltepin peppers are often added to cream sauces and soft cheeses for bright and spicy contrast.  

In the American Southwest, where they are local peppers, you’ll often find them toasted, ground, and placed in shakers next to the salt and pepper.


Country of Origin


Mexico or Texas, depending on supply.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size10 chiles, 1.3g

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate0.7g0%

Dietary Fiber0.2g1%

Total Sugars0.2g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

5 out of 5
7 total ratings.

Mark V. (Verified buyer) 11/24/2020
chili great

Philip G. (Verified buyer) 08/31/2020
Chiltepin Chiles There great, I love them

Rebecca M. (Verified buyer) 01/11/2020
Great product! Would recommend Spices Inc to any friends or family looking for peppers and spices!

Russell L. (Verified buyer) 11/12/2019
Chili tepins They are hard to find - these are the real deal

Carl H. (Verified buyer) 09/05/2019
Outstanding Chiltepin As spicy and enhancing as I remembered. Very glad I found them again here on Spices Inc.! Notification and Customer service was superb. Blessings on thee, Spice People.

Anonymous (Verified buyer) 08/06/2017
Chiltepin Chiles The name of the chili was lost until recently. I was sent a family recipe book and the name and recipe were in it. The taco sauce is chili tepin, salt, pepper, garlic all to taste with regular tomato sauce. It will now always be my first choice for hard shell tacos. I now use the chili for everything I find it the best.

Anonymous (Verified buyer) 04/24/2017
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