Which Pepper & Chilli Pepper to use & when.
There are over 50,000 different pepper types in the world.
However if you want to grow your own pepper (or chilli pepper) to use for cooking then the most popular pepper types for recipes are shown below.
(Click on the name for more details of each type)
The best pepper types for recipes
We’ve split the pepper types for recipes into 3 groups – sweet, hot and fiery.
Banana Peppers – Ideal for sandwiches, pizza and Greek salads.
Black Bell Peppers – Good choice for roasting, salads and making stuffed peppers.
Green Bell Peppers – Good choice for roasting, salads and making stuffed peppers
Orange Bell Peppers – Good choice for roasting, salads and making stuffed peppers.
Pimento Peppers – Great for dill vegetable dip, with olives or for roasting.
Poblano Peppers – Ideal for Southwestern US and Mexican recipes.
Red Bell Peppers – Good choice for roasting, salads and making stuffed peppers.
Shishito Peppers – Ideal for stir-fry & Japanese recipes.
Yellow Bell Peppers – Good choice for roasting, salads and making stuffed peppers.
Anaheim Chilli Peppers – Great for making salsa or simply stuffed.
Hungarian Paprika Peppers – In addition to hungarian recipes also perfect for dry rubs and barbecue spice.
Pepperoncini Peppers – Often pickled green and adds a lovely tang to pizza, salads and antipasto platters.
Poblano Peppers – Ideal for Southwestern (US) and Mexican recipes.
African Birdseye Chilli Peppers – Great for Guyana or Mexican recipes- and of course a key ingredient for Piri Piri Chicken.
Cayenne Peppers – Ideal pepper if you want to add some heat to soups, meats and even desserts.
Habanero Peppers – Great for salsa, hot sauce and jerk recipes. Also if you want to ‘spice up’ grilled pork, chicken or salmon.
Jalapeno Peppers – Ideal for appetizers, salsa and hot japanese recipes.
Scotch Bonnet Peppers – Ideal for Caribbean recipes, great in items such as pepper sauce.
Thai Chilli Peppers – Key pepper for southeast Asian recipes, will add lots of heat to curries, sauces and fish.
We hope you enjoyed the pepper types for recipes – please don’t hesitate to contact us if we’ve missed any.