It’s Time to Upgrade Your Spice Rack
Spending more time at home likely means you have become more acquainted with your kitchen! If you’ve looked at your extra time in the house as an opportunity to hone your cooking skills, then now is the perfect time to give your spice rack a facelift.
Cooking with herbs and spices is one of the easiest ways to add great flavor to any dish. While you can find dozens of different herbs and spices in the kitchen, some of them taste better than others when paired with certain foods. We looked at the best herbs and spices to pair with Tomatoes, and now it’s time to share the top picks for Sweet Peppers!
The Best Herbs to Add to Pepper Dishes
There are so many fresh herbs that pair perfectly with Peppers! Here are some of the best herbs to add to your favorite Pepper dishes.
Peppers & Cilantro
One herb often paired with Sweet Peppers is cilantro. Sweet Peppers and cilantro are two staple ingredients often found in Mexican dishes that also include ingredients like lime juice, avocado, corn, and Tomatoes. These foods work together to create that authentic Mexican flavor that you can’t help but love!
When Mexican dishes have spicier pepper flavors mixed in, cilantro can be added to these dishes to cool down their heat. But the crisp sweetness of Bell Peppers is brightened up by cilantro’s strong, citrusy flavor, making it the perfect herb to balance the range of flavors often found in Mexican cuisine.
Pepper & Cilantro Recipes
Here are some of our favorite recipes (with a few fitting into the Mexican cuisine category) featuring both Sweet Peppers and fresh cilantro:
Seared Scallops with Corn, Avocado, & Bacon Salsa
Peppers & Thyme
Thyme is a popular herb often used in savory dishes, but it also adds better flavor the longer it is cooked, making it perfect for many soups and stocks. Its herbal flavor and notes of grass and florals make thyme a versatile herb that is used in many dishes within French, Italian, Middle Eastern, and American cuisine.
When you see thyme and Bell Peppers in the same recipe, it is usually a savory dish where cooked meats take center stage. However, you may also find these two ingredients together in soups, sauces, or even pickling brine!
Use up your fresh thyme and Sweet Peppers in one of these tasty recipes:
Pepper & Thyme Recipes
Prosciutto-Wrapped Mini Sweet Peppers
Pickled Mini Sweet Pepper Rings
Peppers & Parsley
One of the most versatile herbs you can cook with is parsley. This fresh herb has a clean, earthy flavor and light scent, making it easy to pair with a wide range of foods. Parsley is most often added to a dish as a final garnish, bringing the dish’s fresh flavors to the forefront. But it also adds great flavor when mixed into certain dips, hummus, pesto, and chimichurri sauce!
Since parsley pairs so well with a wide range of foods, it’s not hard to find it as a garnish for dishes featuring Sweet Peppers.
Pepper & Parsley Recipes
Check out a few of our favorite recipes that call for fresh parsley:
Jumbo Shrimp with Romesco Sauce
Hummus-Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers
More Herbs to Pair with Peppers
While cilantro, thyme, and parsley pair well with Sweet Peppers, there are many more herb options to choose from! If you want to experiment with more fresh herbs, here are a few extra options that often taste great when added to dishes with Peppers:
Head to our Recipes page to find more recipes that pair Peppers with these fresh herbs.
The Best Spices to Add to Pepper Dishes
There are lots of different spices that can add great flavor to your food, but here are some of the best spices to pair with Peppers!
Peppers & Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper adds a spicy kick to any dish! This hot spice made from ground chili peppers is a popular addition to soups, egg dishes, curries, and many sauces. And if you like sweet and spicy combos, cayenne pepper also works well when paired with sweet foods like pineapple, sweet potatoes, and even chocolate!
The sweetness of Bell Peppers and the fiery flavor of cayenne pepper taste great together in lots of different sweet and spicy dishes. Whether the meal has Mexican, Asian, Caribbean, or Cajun roots, it will likely benefit from a mix of Sweet Peppers and cayenne pepper.
Pepper & Cayenne Pepper Recipes
If you love sweet and spicy recipes, here are a few of our favorites that mix Sweet Peppers and cayenne pepper together!
Peppers & Cumin
Cumin, a warm and hearty spice often found in Mexican, Indian, and Moroccan cuisine, adds a distinct depth of flavor to savory dishes. This spice pairs well with many herbs and spices that are traditionally found in Mexican food like cilantro, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. It also pairs nicely with beef, pork, onions, zucchinis, and Tomatoes.
Bell Peppers and cumin are found in many dishes together as both ingredients are staples in Mexican cuisine. Cooking with hearty cumin and naturally sweet Bell Peppers makes for a balance of flavors that tastes delicious.
Pepper & Cumin Recipes
This flavor pairing is hard to beat. These are some of our best recipes that feature both cumin and Sweet Peppers:
More Spices to Pair with Peppers
There are many more spices and seasonings you can use when cooking with Peppers. Here are a few to get you started:
- Black pepper
- Homemade Cajun seasoning
- Homemade fajita seasoning
- Homemade taco seasoning
And don’t forget to check out our Recipes page for more great meal ideas using these spices and seasoning combos!
More Kitchen Tips & Tricks
Looking for more tips and tricks to use in the kitchen? Check out these helpful guides!
The Best Herbs & Spices to Pair with Tomatoes
Pickling & Canning Tomatoes, Peppers, & Cucumbers
How to Properly Organize Your Fridge