A tiny (½-inch-long), oval, red-orange dried chile. Pequíns are fiery hot and have a slightly sweet, smoky flavor. They're also called chile pequeño; in their wild form they're known as tepín or chiltepín.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.