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?
Here are some of our favorite California Grown pepper recipes!
Breakfast recipes made with California Grown peppers
Appetizer and side dish recipes starring California Grown peppers
Chili garlic sauce from California Grown Creator Kate Ramos is made with only five ingredients and is so easy there’s no reason you shouldn’t be making it from scratch at home. The taste is just like Huy Fong sauce! Serve it with dumplings or tempura vegetables, stir it into your favorite pasta or soup, spice up a beautiful plate of avocado sashimi. It’s great anywhere you want some heat!
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).
Dinner recipes made with California Grown Peppers
You’ve heard the saying “the secret’s in the sauce”? That certainly holds true for this savory cabbage roll recipe!