Texas State Native Pepper


Chiltepin peppers on cowboy ladle

Chiltepin peppers on cowboy ladle; photo by Steven Leggett on Flickr (noncommercial use permittted with attribution / share alike).


Texas designated the chiltepin as the official state native pepper in 1997. The name "Chiltepin" is believed to be Aztec in origin. A tiny round berry slightly larger than a peppercorn. Experts believe the Chiltepin is the original wild chile - the plant from which all others have evolved!

The bush grows an average of 4 feet tall, but there are reports of plants growing 10 feet and living 25-30 years. Heat level: 8 on a scale of 10 - very hot.



Chiltepin pepper plant; photo by trekr on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works). 

Chiltepin pepper plant