What Makes Guatemalans Hot?

Guatemalan Red Hot Chili Pepper: Chiltepe

There you go again thinking I am going to give you the recipe for Guatemalanness… wrong.

But, I can do share what with you what makes Guatemalans hot. It’s this little spermatozoid-shaped-like chili pepper known in Guatemala as chiltepe. In the entry for June 7th, 2006 you can see a chiltepe stand in Antigua’s market (some of you might remember it). In the first Shrimp Ceviche photo that I published, you can see the chiltepe pepper in action.

The photo above was taken in our garden/orchard and since it’s a horizontal shot, I say to myself why not it share it as a wallpaper. So, for those brave enough to have a red hot chili pepper chiltepe wallpaper on your computer, click here to download it at 1200×900 pixels.

Disclaimer: I will not be held responsible if the chiltepe wallpaper makes you hot. 😉

Where did all the commenters go? Come on people, this is a fun place if you add your opinions and comments. All comments are welcome and expected!

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  • Oh man I miss these. 🙂 nom nom nom!

  • erica

    Love the shot Rudy, I’ll definately put this on my computer!

  • What a cute little chile! Pues, you may not have provided the recipe for guatemalidad, but we could begin to create one from many of your posts!

  • Ale

    I don’t know what makes us Guatemalans hot… I mean, I just can’t help it. 😛

    The supermarkets here have just started to sell chiltepes up here and even though I’ve never had one, my brothers were said they were good.

  • you’re so right it’s a perfect picture for wallpaper and i like ‘chiltepe’ that much that i have them usually with every meal.
    great post Rudy!

  • Kelli

    I love the peppers! Love the photo. Love your site. 🙂 I may not always comment, but I do always click!

  • emromesco

    I learned in the past few days that these hot peppers when prepared as a hot sauce receive the name of “mouse droppings” in some Mayan language. Also, that “ik” means “picante” in K’iche’, I knew that it was also in K’ekchi’. (I hope I am writting the names of these Mayan languages in the appropriate modern way).

  • Ale

    Emromesco– there’s a hot sauce my brother brought me from Guate.. it’s called Maya-Ik. 🙂 Nice to know the etymology.

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  • We have a similar things! We love hot and spicy foods too. In Indonesia, we even have a small island called “Lombok“, which means “chilli” in Indonesian language.

  • Love the photo and the posts, we will begin looking for those here in the states,but I wonder what name they will put on it.Nothing here in the US has Guatemalan names only Mexican names,which can become tough when you have a recipe in mind!!

  • Edgar

    I love your chiltepe shot! My cousins, my brother and I used to do contests when we were kids to see who was the bravest and chew the red ones… we had to show that we chewed them and not just swallowed them!~

  • Gloria

    Had these peppers (grouned into a thim paste, with vinager) while in Guatamala and loved them. Am having trouble finding to seeds to grow next summer. Does anyone know where they can be purchased?

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  • haha like we, Guatemalans say in spanish: “me fui con la finta” with this post`s title.

    BTW, I love chiltepe`s sauce. Take it easy buddie!

  • Fiorela

    me Gusta su trabajo, les cuento soy estudiante de Diseño Artesanal, ojala nos comuniquemos.


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  • Huh! I remember eating chiltepes with caldo de frijoles, my Mom used to  smash a whole bunch of chiltepes with lemon juice, salt and then added a little bit of hot water and chopped onion, and it was the best!

    • Thanks Angie for sharing your chiltepe recipe with us.