A man's hands mash together chile pequins, tomato, and onion in a molcajete

Photo by Brenda Bazán


4 tomatoes
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. Combine and mash the additional ingredients or use a food processor or blender to process to your preferred consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Read more: An Ode to the Native Chile Pequin, the ‘Mother of All Peppers’

From the October 2022 issue

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