Sweet-smoky peppers with a unique shape perfect for stuffing.
What Are Piquillo Peppers?
Piquillo peppers are a unique Spanish pepper that is thinner, sweeter and more delicate in flavor than a red bell pepper. When it comes to its flavor profile, piquillo peppers have a minimum level of heat and can be described as mild and sweet with a slight tang. The name “piquillo” translates to “little beak,” referring to its elongated beak-like shape. This shape makes it the perfect stuffing pepper to serve as tapas and creative antipasti. Piquillo peppers can be stuffed right from the jar with everything from creamy tuna salad to soft goat cheese. You can also create baked appetizers by filling them with Italian sausage, savory cheeses and more.
Piquillo Peppers - The DeLallo Difference
DeLallo Piquillo Peppers are grown in Peru, where they are naturally harvested and picked at the peak of ripeness. Only the finest quality peppers make it onto the next step, for grilling and for roasting. This step brings out the irresistible sweetness of the piquillo pepper and imparts a subtle smoky flavor. Peppers are, then, packed in an olive oil blend to maintain their best flavor and texture. Available online or on the shelves of major retailers all across the country, DeLallo Piquillo Peppers are a ready-to-use gourmet ingredient and antipasto with an irresistible smoky-sweet flavor and silky smooth texture. We can’t wait to see what you create!
Piquillo Peppers You Can Buy
DeLallo Piquillo Peppers are offered in two varieties: Roasted Piquillo Peppers and Grilled Piquillo Peppers. These peppers are a versatile pantry staple with uses that range from stuffed pepper appetizers to gourmet toppings to colorful ingredients. The smoky-sweet flavor profile and their unique beak shape make piquillos an exciting jarred pepper to have on-hand.
Roasted Piquillo Peppers
Grilled Piquillo Peppers
Best Piquillo Peppers Recipes
While piquillo peppers can be used in a myriad of ways, the favorite application of this incredible pepper is stuffing. Stuffed piquillo peppers can refer to cold creations or tapas. One of our favorites is Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Tuna. Other ideas for cold stuffed piquillo pepper appetizers include herbed goat cheese, ricotta cheese, creamy crab salad, feta, hummus, and avocado. For more substantial baked piquillo pepper recipes, try Italian sausage, melty cheeses, salted cod, mushrooms… the list is endless.
Piquillo peppers are also a colorful, flavorful gourmet ingredient that you can cut into strips or chop to dazzle hot or cold pasta dishes, stuffings, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, creamy dips, risottos and bruschetta recipes. We would love to see all the creative ways you’re using piquillo peppers! Don’t forget to tag your piquillo pepper recipes on social media with #DeLalloEats, so we can see what you’re up to!
Piquillo Peppers: FAQ
Are Piquillo Peppers Hot / Spicy?
No, piquillo peppers are mild with a flavor profile similar to a red bell pepper: sweet, mildly fruity with a slight tang. Piquillo peppers are about as mild as a pepper can get, on par with a mild poblano pepper.
Are Piquillo Peppers The Same As Red Bell Peppers?
No, piquillo peppers are not the same as red bell peppers, though they have a similar taste. Piquillo peppers are Spanish peppers with a beak-like shape, a milder flavor and a silkier texture than red bell peppers.
Are Piquillo Peppers The Same As Pimentos?
No, piquillo peppers are not the same pimento peppers. Though they are both mild and red peppers with Spanish origins, these are two different varieties of peppers. Piquillo peppers are about as mild as it gets in the world of peppers, but pimento peppers are even milder still. Some use pimento peppers as a substitute.
Are Piquillo Peppers The Same As Cherry Peppers?
No, piquillo peppers are not the same as cherry peppers. Cherry peppers are round in shape and much smaller than the beak-shaped piquillo pepper. Cherry peppers are mild and sweet and range in hues from deep orange to red. Piquillo peppers have a bit more tang to them with a subtle smoky flavor.
What Can I Substitute For Piquillo Peppers?
The best substitute for piquillo peppers is the red bell pepper. They are the most similar in taste and texture. Both can be found in jarred varieties that are grilled or roasted and packed in olive oil, making them a ready-to-use antipasto and gourmet ingredient. If your grocery store doesn’t carry them, jarred red bell peppers will do. You can always order online if you don’t need them right away.