The final months of summer were both the best and worst parts of the year in the Big Bend country during the mid-1800s.
1 medium onion
Juice of 8-10 key limes
1 bunch cilantro, leaves only
40 to 50 chile pequins
Salt and pepper
Mash the chile pequin using a molcajete or another form of mortar and pestle.
This month’s story on Texas’ only native pepper, the chile pequin, originated from a conversation between our new senior editor, Danielle Lopez, and her father.
The so-called Great Chili Confrontation started on Oct. 21, 1967, when journalists H. Allen Smith and Wick Fowler met in Terlingua for a cookoff to decide who could make the best chili.