34 Delicious Ways with Peppers
Get our favorite dishes with peppers and chiles to add sweetness and spice to your weeknight and special-occasion meals
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Pickled Jicama, Ginger, and Summer Peppers
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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
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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
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Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Romesco Sauce
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Grilled Corn Poblano Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette
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Radicchio, Roasted Pepper, and Provolone Ciabatta Sandwiches
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Lamb Burger Pitas with Two-Pepper Chutney
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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
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Orzo with Peppers and Asparagus
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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
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Chorizo, Red Pepper, and Potato Galette with Arugula
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Goat Cheese with Peppers and Almonds
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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
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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
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Warm Chickpea, Red Pepper, and Spinach Salad with Harissa
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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
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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
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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
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Roasted Shrimp-Stuffed Poblanos
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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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Pan-Roasted Padrón Peppers
The classic way to enjoy Padrón peppers, this appetizer is as good at room temperature as hot. You can also make this recipe with small sweet peppers, adding a sprinkle of red chile flakes.
Recipe: Pan-Roasted Padrón Peppers
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Oil-Packed Padrón Peppers
Serve these peppers as snacks, toss into salads, or use as a topping for pizza. As for the flavorful oil, brush it on grilled bread, whisk it into salad dressings, or use it for scrambling eggs.
Recipe: Oil-Packed Padrón Peppers
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Steamed Clams with Chorizo and Padrón Peppers
For a dinner party, bring this pot of clams—rich with peppers and smoky sausage—to the table and serve with crusty bread to sop up the juices. If you can’t find small Padróns, which can be eaten stems and all, cut stems from larger ones before cooking—or sub in chopped green bell peppers.
Recipe: Steamed Clams with Chorizo and Padrón Peppers
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Mediterranean Lamb- and Couscous-Stuffed Peppers
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Mini Peppers Filled with Goat Cheese and Asparagus
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Green Chiles Stuffed with Almonds and Raisins
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Scrambled-Egg Chiles Rellenos
Fill chiles with eggs when a special breakfast is in order. This colorful dish can easily be started the day before it’s served.
Recipe: Scrambled-Egg Chiles Rellenos
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Chiles Rellenos and Eggs with Tomato Jalapeño Salsa
This chile relleno and egg extravaganza takes some time and attention, but with every bite you’ll be glad you made the effort. The salsa can be made a day ahead and kept in the refrigerator until needed.
Recipe: Chiles Rellenos and Eggs with Tomato Jalapeño Salsa
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Grilled Corn and Pepper Bisque
Corn, peppers, green onions, and jalapeño lightly charred on the grill bring color, texture, and flavor to this chilled summer soup.
Recipe: Grilled Corn and Pepper Bisque
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Grilled Eggplant and Pepper Salad
A colorful collection of peppers and vegetables comes off the grill for a satisfying salad that’s great with grilled beef, pork, or chicken.
Recipe: Grilled Eggplant and Pepper Salad
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Stuffed Peppers with Lamb and Mint
The Turkish tradition of juicy stuffed roasted vegetables inspired us to create this seasonal celebration of peppers and herbs. Look for smaller, squat peppers rather than tall ones. If you find them, large pimientos are excellent here too. Enjoy the dish hot or at room temperature.
Recipe: Stuffed Peppers with Lamb and Mint
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Grilled Pepper and Herb Relish
Meet this season’s ace-in-the-fridge. The richly flavored combo plays as an appetizer to smear over bread with goat cheese; a topping for grilled fish, chicken, or steak; even a pasta sauce. Any kind of sweet pepper works, and you can change up the vinegar and herbs. But do chop the peppers by hand for a jewel-like texture; a food processor turns them to soup.
Recipe: Grilled Pepper and Herb Relish
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Pepper, Cucumber, and Chickpea Salad
A bright cumin-lemon dressing works well with any thin-skinned pepper. Try a rainbow of them, or focus on one palette, like yellow-orange. To turn the salad into dinner, add hard-cooked eggs and thin strips of salami.
Recipe: Pepper, Cucumber, and Chickpea Salad