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Sandia Seed Company

Tepin/Chiltepin Chile Seeds

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Chiltepin / Tepin - This hot pepper is delicious on ice cream, or in iced coffee. It is native and grows wild in Texas, Arizona and Mexico. Many birds consume the Tepin pepper and disperse the seeds into the wild, but do not feel the ‘heat’ of the pepper like mammals. The ancient Chiltepin is called the “mother of all peppers,” and is thought to be the oldest of all Capsicum annum species. The word Tepin is from the Nahuatl language of the Aztec Indians. It means “flea” because of its small size.

These round to oval fruits are only 3/8” wide. It is often confused with the Pequin that is a small oval with a point. The Tepin grow on 36” tall plants and have extreme heat. All peppers are perennials, so if your plant survives the winter without freezing, the shrub can get very large. Capsicum annuum  (120 days)

Read more about the Chiltepin Pepper &
find our delicious Chiltepin Salsa Recipe »

Heat Level: Super Hot.  Scoville Heat Units 50,000 - 100,000

~ Packet contains 10 seeds. 

In early spring, start seeds indoors 8 weeks prior to warm nightly temperatures. Place the seeds in sterile media and cover 1/4” deep. Provide 85°F bottom heat, bright light and keep moist at all times. Seeds will germinate in 7 - 21 days. Transplant seedlings into pots and grow until there are 6 true leaves on the plant. Plant them directly into rich soil, 30” apart or into large 5 gallon containers. Harvest peppers when they are red.

All of our seeds are GMO-free.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Lloyd Shirah
Can't order,when I place an order it won't go through

When I place an order, something is wrong, it won't go through

Looking for seeds or plants

Looking for seeds or plants to buy?????⁉️

We're currently sold out of our Tepin seeds, but should have some come fall!

The Mother Pepper!

Thanks for the fast shipping last spring, these were so productive and the plants grew huge – they were fun to pick and throw into salsas and dishes. Tons of peppers to be had! We love growing the mother of all peppers in our garden, will be growing these again this year!

Texas Bob
KAPOW, then done

I can't say that I ordered Tepin seeds from these folks, but I have an additional comment on Tepins. I have eaten many. Yes, they have a high scoville rating, however it doesn't last long. If I bite a Habanero, I feel it a half hour later. When I est a Tepin, it is a KAPOW--heat and flavor, but in a minute the heat is basically gone.
I love therm and have a 3 year old plant.

James G.
Best Birds Eye Chilli Seeds

Thank you for these great Birds Eye Chilli seeds – we had great success sprouting them and they did grow into large bushes loaded with tiny peppers. Perfect for making our infamous Birds Eye Chilli Hot Sauce!