chiltepin/chile pequin plant indoors

i know this isn't a gardening forum but someone's post on an indoor basil plant made me want to post this question. i live in texas and recently transplanted a chiltepin (or chile pequin depending on where you're from i guess) plant from my parents' yard into a pot to try growing indoors over the winter. the fiery little chiles are great for chorizo or tossing into whatever needs to be really spicy.

the chiles on the plant seem fine but basically all of the leaves have fallen off. i have it in a south-facing window and have only been watering it occasionally as they're used to arid climates. should i resign myself to a dead plant? if i cut it back and leave it in the pot, will it come back next year? does anyone have any idea what the hell i'm talking about?

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