21 delicious ways with peppers

Get our favorite dishes with peppers and chiles to add sweetness and spice to your weeknight and special-occasion meals

Pickled Jicama, Ginger, and Summer Peppers

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; styling by Robyn Valarik; written by Elaine Johnson

Pickled Jicama, Ginger, and Summer Peppers

A great use for the sweet peppers piled up at the farmers’ market—all of them work in this juicy, tart pickle.

Recipe: Pickled Jicama, Ginger, and Summer Peppers

A low-fat appetizer of Red Pepper and Walnut Dip.

Photography by Annabelle Breakey

Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

Red peppers lend a velvety texture, letting you "spend" your fat calories on heart-healthy nuts and a modest amount of oil.

Recipe:  Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

Romesco Soup

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Romesco Soup

Romesco is a classic Spanish sauce made of ground tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, olive oil, and almonds. We turned it into a twist on cream of tomato soup, with lentils added for a nice protein boost.

Recipe: Romesco Soup

Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Romesco Sauce

Leo Gong; Styling: Dan Becker

Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Romesco Sauce

A sweet and salty sauce of roasted red peppers, nuts, and garlic tops this luscious chicken dish.

Recipe:  Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Romesco Sauce

Grilled Corn Poblano Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette

Photo by Lisa Romerein; written by Amy Machnak

Grilled Corn Poblano Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette

The spicy poblano and the creamy avocado are a natural match in this grilled corn salad.

Recipe: Grilled Corn Poblano Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette

Radicchio, Roasted Pepper, and Provolone Ciabatta Sandwiches

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Amy Machnak

Radicchio, Roasted Pepper, and Provolone Ciabatta Sandwiches

This is a great make-ahead sandwich, perfect for picnics or beach days. Add a few slices of fresh fruit and a couple of cookies to round out the meal.

Recipe: Radicchio, Roasted Pepper, and Provolone Ciabatta Sandwiches

Lamb Burger Pitas with Two-Pepper Chutney

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Lamb Burger Pitas with Two-Pepper Chutney

A quick and spicy pepper sauce jazzes up these lamb-stuffed pita pockets. Serve with a cool cucumber salad and yogurt dressing.

Recipe:  Lamb Burger Pitas with Two-Pepper Chutney 

Corn Soup with Roasted Poblanos and Zucchini Blossoms

Corn Soup with Roasted Poblanos and Zucchini Blossoms

Stop at the farmer’s market or harvest from your garden for this peak-of-summer puréed soup. It’s delicious hot or cold.

Recipe:  Corn Soup with Roasted Poblanos and Zucchini Blossoms

Red Pepper-Potato Dip with Crudites

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Red Pepper-Potato Dip with Crudites

A play on skordalia, the Greek garlic-potato dip for fried fish. We add peppers for flavor and color, and serve with fresh vegetables.

Recipe: Red Pepper-Potato Dip with Crudites

Orzo with Peppers and Asparagus

Orzo with Peppers and Asparagus

Move over, boring pasta salad! This delicious alternative can be served chilled or at room temperature.

Recipe: Orzo with Peppers and Asparagus

Red Pepper-Cauliflower Soup

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Red Pepper-Cauliflower Soup

Puréed cauliflower serves as a creamy, hearty base for a soup, similar to potatoes but with a fraction of the calories.

Recipe: Red Pepper-Cauliflower Soup

Chorizo, Red Pepper, and Potato Galette with Arugula

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Chorizo, Red Pepper, and Potato Galette with Arugula

The beauty of galettes is their no-fuss, free-form shape.

Recipe: Chorizo, Red Pepper, and Potato Galette with Arugula

Goat Cheese with Peppers and Almonds

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Goat Cheese with Peppers and Almonds

Just slice and serve a few refined ingredients and you're ready to mingle at your soiree.

Recipe: Goat Cheese with Peppers and Almonds

Poblano and Nopales Chimichangas

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Poblano and Nopales Chimichangas

Who needs the deep fryer when you can bake a flaky crust? Enjoy a lower-calorie version of the classic Mexican appetizer.

Recipe: Poblano and Nopales Chimichangas

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Photo, Annabelle Breakey; food styling, Randy Mon.

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Choose red bell peppers with glossy skin, deep color, and firm, thick walls. Roasting the peppers makes this soup sweet, smoky, and irresistible.

Recipe:  Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Warm Chickpea, Red Pepper, and Spinach Salad with Harissa

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Warm Chickpea, Red Pepper, and Spinach Salad with Harissa

To create this bright-tasting but sultry salad, start with classic Moroccan roasted vegetables and then add fresh spinach and a sherry vinaigrette.

Recipe: Warm Chickpea, Red Pepper, and Spinach Salad with Harissa

Spanish-Style Lamb Stew with Roasted Red Peppers

Spanish-Style Lamb Stew with Roasted Red Peppers

Pair this hearty stew with a Syrah. The lamb echoes the gamey notes in the wine, while the sweet peppers meld with the fruit and the briny topping creates a buzz with the wine’s herbal side.

Recipe:  Spanish-Style Lamb Stew with Roasted Red Peppers

Shrimp Jalapeño Poppers

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Shrimp Jalapeño Poppers

Leyden is a Dutch cheese that's like gouda with cumin seeds mixed in. If you can't find it, use regular gouda and a few more toasted cumin seeds.

Recipe: Shrimp Jalapeño Poppers

Tri-Pepper Salad

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Tri-Pepper Salad

Reader Caroline Lindley created this salad after buying a large carton of mini sweet peppers at a warehouse store. Regular-size peppers work too.

Recipe: Tri-Pepper Salad 

Roasted Shrimp-Stuffed Poblanos

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Elaine Johnson, Amy Machnak, and Stephanie Spencer

Roasted Shrimp-Stuffed Poblanos

Although not fried like the classic version, these easy chiles rellenos are still decadent.

Recipe: Roasted Shrimp-Stuffed Poblanos

Five-Pepper Steak

Annabelle Breakey

Five-Pepper Steak

A variety of peppers—fresh, jarred, and ground—makes this dish dance with flavor, though not with heat (it’s only mildly spicy). All of the peppers can be found at well-stocked grocery stores: Find piquillos with jarred peppers, Peppadews at the olive bar, and smoked paprika in the spice aisle.

Recipe: Five-Pepper Steak 

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