Get our favorite dishes with peppers and chiles to add sweetness and spice to your weeknight and special-occasion meals
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
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 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
A sweet and salty sauce of roasted red peppers, nuts, and garlic tops this luscious chicken dish.
Recipe: Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Romesco Sauce
The spicy poblano and the creamy avocado are a natural match in this grilled corn salad.
Recipe: Grilled Corn Poblano Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette
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
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
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
A play on skordalia, the Greek garlic-potato dip for fried fish. We add peppers for flavor and color, and serve with fresh
Recipe: Red Pepper-Potato Dip with Crudites
Move over, boring pasta salad! This delicious alternative can be served chilled or at room temperature.
Recipe: Orzo with Peppers and Asparagus
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
The beauty of galettes is their no-fuss, free-form shape.
Recipe: Chorizo, Red Pepper, and Potato Galette with Arugula
Just slice and serve a few refined ingredients and you're ready to mingle at your soiree.
Recipe: Goat Cheese with Peppers and Almonds
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
Choose red bell peppers with glossy skin, deep color, and firm, thick walls. Roasting the peppers makes this soup sweet, smoky,
Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Soup
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
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
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
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
Although not fried like the classic version, these easy chiles rellenos are still decadent.
Recipe: Roasted Shrimp-Stuffed Poblanos
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