Chili Pepper Substitutes

Fresno Pepper

What’s The Best Fresno Pepper Substitute?

The Fresno pepper is a darling chili among foodies for its very eatable medium heat and, when red, subtle smokiness. More recipes than ever are calling for this chili. But say your local store doesn’t carry them fresh, what options do you have? What’s the best Fresno pepper substitute to save your culinary masterpiece?

The good news is some of the most popular chilies in the world can help you fill these shoes.

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Cubanelle pepper substitute

What’s The Best Cubanelle Pepper Substitute?

Known for its thin walls and sweet taste, the cubanelle – a.k.a. the Italian frying pepper – is fast growing in popularity. But, even so, if you live outside of areas with Italian or Caribbean influence, they can be hard finds in stores. So where do you turn if a recipe calls for the cubanelle and none are available? What’s the best cubanelle pepper substitute that will save your dish with a similar heat and flavor? You do have options that’ll work, though, none quite match the cubanelle’s capability in the frying pan.

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What’s A Good Pasilla Pepper Substitute?

Pasilla peppers are one of the “holy trinity” of Mexican mole chilies, so – with the rise in popularity of authentic Mexican cuisine – the pasilla’s popularity is also rising around the world. But, depending on where you live, they can be tough to find.

So what are your options if this chili isn’t at hand? What’s a good pasilla pepper substitute that’ll work? The good news is that you can turn to the other members of the holy trinity of chilies, but each has its own unique flavor profile and heat considerations, so consider carefully when subbing into recipes.

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ancho powder substitute

What’s The Best Ancho Chili Powder Substitute?

All out of ancho powder?

Or, frankly, you didn’t have any sitting around in your kitchen in the first place?  That’s ok, you won’t have every spice all the time, but it’s what you do next that counts. If you don’t have  – or can’t find – ancho chili powder, then where do you turn? What’s the best ancho chili powder substitute that’ll provide similar taste? What’s the best option at your typical supermarket? Let’s review your choices.

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Anaheim pepper substitute

What’s a Good Anaheim Pepper Substitute?

The mild Anaheim pepper is increasingly available around the world, but say you’ve simply not been able to find them for your recipe.  Or perhaps you’re ready for something with a little more heat that won’t alter a meal’s overall flavor too much. Where do you turn? What’s the best Anaheim pepper substitute at these moments? We outline your top choices below, and – good news – all are relatively easy to find in stores.

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Chipotle In Adobo Sauce Substitute

What’s The Best Chipotle In Adobo Sauce Substitute?

More and more popular recipes call for chipotle in adobo sauce.

It brings the spice, along with a smoky tomato tang to rich soups, marinades, and other flavor-packed dishes. So where do you turn if you’re flat out of this spicy concoction in your kitchen? What are your options for a chipotle in adobo sauce substitute if there’s simply none available at your supermarket or you’re right in the middle of cooking and need something in a pinch? Here are your best alternatives.

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Chipotle pepper

What’s A Good Chipotle Pepper Substitute?

Finding smokiness in other ways…

With that smoky heat, chipotle peppers bring a unique earthy flavor to dishes that use them. So how do you match that if you don’t have any chipotle chilies available in your kitchen. What’s a proper chipotle pepper substitute that will save the day, both in smokiness and in spiciness? Here are the best options available: supermarket-friendly, milder, or hotter. 

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Chile de arbol substitute

What’s A Good Chile De Àrbol Substitute?

More and more recipes are calling for the increasingly popular chile de àrbol.

Its nutty taste and medium heat adds a unique earthy punch to dishes; while its slender profile provides extra value as a garnish and infusion specialist. But say you can’t find them, or you’re out. Where can you turn on the Scoville scale for the best chile de àrbol substitute for your need? Let’s break it down, so you can go on cooking amazing things.

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Habanero substitute

What’s A Good Habanero Pepper Substitute?

When you start reaching the hotter levels of the Scoville scale, finding the perfect chili substitutions starts to get a little trickier. Fewer chilies carry this level of heat and they are typically harder to find in stores. Finding the best habanero pepper substitute suffers from this…but only slightly.

There are actually a few chilies with similar levels of spiciness and comparable tastes which can be used as a substitute for habanero, but most will be tougher to find. We touch on these, as well as your best supermarket substitute for the fiery and fruity habanero pepper.

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poblano pepper substitute

What’s The Best Poblano Pepper Substitute?

With the immense popularity of Mexican dishes like chili rellenos, poblano peppers have become one of the go-to chilies around the world. They’ve become common in grocery stores, especially in areas with high Mexican populations. But what happens if you need a poblano pepper substitute? To what other chilies can you turn? Whether it’s because your options are slim or you’re looking for a heat bump, there are decent alternatives for poblano peppers out there to fit most any dish you are making.

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