The Best Sweet – and Spicy – Pepper Recipes
From mild to wild, we’re sharing our favorite pepper recipes that everyone will love!
Where are peppers grown in California?
California Grown peppers grow in the Southern Desert, Southern Coast, Central Coast, and Central Valley. California farmers are responsible for over half of the nation’s fresh peppers!
What are sweet peppers?
Sweet peppers are peppers that are less spicy with a slightly sweet flavor. All colors of bell peppers (including mini peppers), banana peppers and Pimento peppers fall under this umbrella.
Mini peppers are still part of the sweet pepper family. They are smaller (obviously) and sweeter than their larger cousins.
In case you’re wondering, mini peppers aren’t just bell peppers that have been picked before they’ve fully matured. They’re believed to be a hybrid of wild bird peppers and traditional bell peppers.
What’s the difference between sweet peppers and chile peppers?
Chile peppers are simply peppers that have some amount of “heat” or spice. Bell peppers and all sweet peppers are not spicy.
How should you spell chile peppers? Chile peppers, chilli peppers or chili peppers?
There’s not a real right or wrong answer. The spelling varies depending on where you are in the world. Latin American countries use “chile”. In Britain, “chilli” is the preferred spelling, and “chili” is used in some parts of the US. In California (and most of southwestern United States) we refer to them as chile peppers.
When are peppers in season in California?
Fresh California grown peppers are in season eight months out of the year (April through December) but canned, jarred and dried peppers are always in season in California!
Learn more about what’s in season in California!
Here are some of our favorite California Grown pepper recipes!
Breakfast recipes made with California Grown peppers
Have you ever tried Shakshuka? Our twist on the traditional Middle Eastern tomato and pepper based dish adds avocados, cilantro and Cotija cheese.
Green Chile Ham and Egg Bites
What’s your favorite grab-and-go breakfast? We’re big fans of these Green Chile Ham and Egg Bites from A Girl Defloured.
Appetizer and side dish recipes starring California Grown peppers
Stuffed Mini Peppers
Looking for a way to spice up your usual Wine Wednesday fare, or a craving a light healthy meal? Try our Mini Stuffed Peppers with Olives and Pepper Jack Cheese. From start to finish, you can have this delicious dish on the table in under 20 minutes!
Queso Fundido with Anaheim Chiles
We’re just going to come right out and say it – this Queso Fundido with Anaheim Chiles and Shiitake Mushrooms is easily the best cheese dip recipe ever (and one of our favorite pepper recipes, too).
Stuffed Poblano Peppers
These stuffed poblano peppers are literally filled with garden-fresh goodness. Fun fact: Our friend G-Free Foodie created this recipe for her dairy-free friends – but they’re equally delicious made with traditional Cheddar!
Blistered Garlicky Shishito Peppers
Our favorite new easy appetizer? Hola Jalapeno‘s Blistered Garlicky Shishito Peppers.
Marinated Bell Peppers
Michelle from Nom Nom Paleo keeps a batch of these marinated bell peppers handy all times. Add them to wraps, sandwiches, salads and even charcuterie boards. Bonus: this also happens to be one of the easiest pepper recipes out there!
Pesto + Red Pepper Beer Buns
Displaced Housewife makes a mean pizza, so when we came across this recipe for Pesto + Red Pepper Beer Buns, we instantly adding it to our weekend menu. You should do the same.
Pimento Cheese? Yes, please! We’ll schmear this creamy spread from G-Free Foodie on pretty much anything.
Fun fact: Pimento peppers are also known as cherry peppers. Our friends at Mezzetta offer a delicious version that’s grown and packed in the Golden State.
Dinner recipes made with California Grown Peppers
Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers
Our recipe for Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers is full of big, bold flavors! Loaded with tomatoes, Italian sausage, wild rice and a liberal splash of red wine, this hearty recipe is sure to be a hit with any crowd.
Peppers with Sausage, Onions & Garlic
We’re big fans of a “cook once, eat twice” situation. Whip up a batch of sausage with peppers, onions and garlic. Serve it over rice + greens the first day, then use the leftovers to make sausage sandwiches!
Cabbage Rolls with Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Sauce
You’ve heard the saying “the secret’s in the sauce”? That certainly holds true for this savory cabbage roll recipe!
Chile Relleno Casserole
Love Chile Relleno? This easy one-pot Cheesy Chile Relleno Casserole is sure to be a hit with the whole family.
Red Pepper Ricotta Lasagna
No-bake lasagna? We’re all in. This Red Pepper Ricotta Lasagna from Salt and Wind is the perfect summer meal.
Chicken Chile Relleno
This Chicken Chile Relleno from Hola Jalapeno is a delicious dairy-free alternative to the traditional recipe!
Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup
One you try this creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup from Big Delicious Life, you’ll never buy store bought again. And take our advice, don’t sleep on the grilled cheese croutons.
When the The Delicious Life tells us she’s obsessed with something, we take notes. After tasting Aji Verde (Peruvian Spicy Green Sauce), we totally get it.
Sheet Pan Lemon Chicken and Veggies
Subtly sweet mini peppers are the perfect foil to tangy feta and sour lemon in this sheet pan supper from our friends at Baking the Goods.
Stuffed Polenta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Jerry James Stone‘s Stuffed Polenta is a hearty entrée that’s full of big flavors. It’s the perfect way to satisfy your vegetarian friends – but we’re pretty certain everyone at the table will want a bite.
Lime Pork Chops with Peppers and Onions
Caramelized Onions and Peppers take the humble pork chop to a whole new level. Yet another magnificent Whole30 recipe from our friends at No Crumbs Left!
Love geeking out on farm facts? Same. Learn more about how peppers are grown in California and meet a California pepper farmer!