Scotch bonnet peppers – with their heat and fruity tang – are very popular in Caribbean cuisine, but they can be tough to find. They are not common in most general supermarkets, unless you live in the sub-tropics or in an urban area with a high population of Caribbean cultures. So what happens when you stumble upon a great looking recipe that uses Scotch bonnet peppers? What is a good Scotch bonnet substitute that may be easier to find?
We’ve got a few options for you here.
Of Comparable Heat: The Habanero
Still, it may be easier to find habaneros around your area. It’s not as common as the option below, but if you can find it, it may be the best Scotch bonnet substitute out there.
Easiest To Find: Jalapeno Or Serrano Peppers
Nearly every grocer carries jalapeños, and serrano peppers are becoming more popular as well. Both can serve as Scotch bonnet substitutes in a pinch, but you’ll be giving up both the comparable fruitiness and the heat of the Scotch bonnet in this trade-off. Still, these hot chilies are everywhere, so they are an excellent option to know about.