If you want to cook authentic southwestern food, you MUST keep some chile pequin on hand. Chile pequin is one of the hotest peppers out there! In fact, they are five to eight times hotter than jalapeños on the Scoville scale. This pepper is dried into a seasoning pack and can be added to any dish to pick up the heat just a little... or a lot. In fact, we like to keep it in a shaker right next to the salt and pepper.