All types of peppers are a part of the Capsicum family, which includes both the sweet peppers as well as the hot and spicy ones, often referred to as chili peppers.
But how to know which pepper is good to add in a salad, dip or skillet supper. Below we are adding a shortlist of peppers and the foods you can add them to.
These big sweet peppers come in a a variety of colors (green, red, orange, yellow, purple and more). Because of their size and mild-sweet taste, they are perfect to stuff, but are also incredibly versatile, adding flavor to any dish they are used in.
Mini Sweet Pepper
These tiny peppers look and taste similar to bell peppers but are smaller, have fewer seeds to and are often somewhat sweeter. Use them as scoops for your favorite dip or roast them like you would a bell pepper.
Cherry peppers or otherwise named Pimento (or Pimiento) are red, heart-shaped peppers that are mild, sweet and smell like supercharged red bell pepper. They are most often found jarred and can add sweet pepper flavor to a dish similar to roasted red peppers.
Jalapeños are spicy peppers. Not because they are the spiciest, but because of their popularity and availability. We all know that guacamole wouldn't be complete without it.
They might look like a red jalapeño, but they are a bit more complex overall and are a bit spicier. Fresnos get a bit fruitier and smokier in terms of taste as they mature. If you are looking to switch things up, give these a go.
These peppers got their name for their long curved shape and yellowish hue. They are tangy but mild and are most often found pickled for piling on sandwiches.