Chili peppers are one of those foods that can go with almost anything. Here are a few of our favorites meals that you can try at home.
It’s difficult to find a person who is willing to eat chili peppers on their own. Even though there definitely are people who enjoy them that way, most of us would much rather tone the spiciness down with other ingredients. If you are one of those people, you’ll want to keep reading to find some of the best meals you can make with chili peppers.
Chips and Salsa
While chips and salsa might not sound like a full meal to some of you, you’d be surprised how many people do this for a quick lunch or a pick-me-up snack. However, most people tend to use salsa from a jar.
If you really want to make a meal out of this, try making the salsa yourself. The best part is that you can use whatever you want to make it—just be sure to add a bit of chili pepper to give it that kick.
Black Bean Huevos Rancheros
Obviously, you start this dish with the classic tortilla, eggs and salsa, but what makes this one more interesting is the addition of black beans. While that adds a new flavor to a classic dish, some people feel it’s too dull, so adding chili peppers is quite common. Plus, the two ingredients pair well because the beans help cancel out some of the spiciness of the peppers.
Hunan Kung Pao
Even though many people associate the chili pepper with Mexico, they’re not the only country that uses it frequently. Many east Asian cultures use it as well. For example, Hunan kung pao features it alongside chicken, shrimp and bell peppers.
Colorado Green Chili
What better meal to use chili peppers in than chili? In this case, we’re referring to Colorado green chili. This vegetarian dish uses these peppers to add a little kick to a somewhat basic meal. Because of that kick, it tastes incredible over fried eggs or in a breakfast burrito, although it still very much holds up on its own.
Add a Spicy Seasoning to Any Meal
While those are some of the best meals you can make with chili peppers, we wanted to save the last slot for something a little more general. If you have some dried-out chili peppers in the pantry, don’t throw them out. Instead, grind them up with some other spices to create a spicy seasoning that you can add to any meal.
If this sounds like something you want to try, but you don’t have any dried peppers to do it with, check out some techniques to drying them out yourself. Either way, you go about it, the results speak for themselves.