Red Chile Pepper Recipes

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Spicy Cuban Mojo Chicken with Mango-Avocado Salsa

Rating: 4.62 stars
Thanks to Mrs. Sequilla, a good friend's mom down in Little Havana, South Florida! She shared this recipe that was her grandmother's favorite. Everytime I make it someone asks for the recipe.

Chef John's Bread and Butter Pickles

Rating: 4.87 stars
At the end of summer during the Great Depression the excess cucumber crop was sliced, salted, pickled, and put up in jars for the cold, lean months ahead. I can just imagine what a treat it was to fill a sandwich with these sweet crunchy coins (bread and butter pickles, as they came to be known). I'm sure it was a wonderful break from what must have been a fairly flavorless existence. For longer storage, you can process the pickles in canning jars in a boiling water canner.

Balinese Chicken Wings

Rating: 4.69 stars
On a recent trip to Bali, my Balinese stepmother, Putu, let me help her prepare chicken - and I furiously committed her 'non-recipe' to memory to bring home. She has a big mortar and pestle for this kind of thing; I don't, so I end up using both sides of my meat mallet; you just want to get the ingredients well combined and at least somewhat reduced in mass. And since they're baked, not deep-fried, they're a (relatively) healthy pile of wings! I particularly like them with roasted sweet potatoes.

Sweet and Spicy Pepper Relish

Rating: 4.73 stars
This relish spices up everything from grilled cheese sandwiches to burgers and hot dogs. Or, for an easy appetizer, spoon some over a block of cream cheese and serve with crackers.

Chef John's Cashew Chicken

Rating: 4.19 stars
This is a fantastic way to use up some leftover grilled chicken breasts. This will work with any kind of cooked chicken, but leftover grilled chicken has that little bit of smokiness that adds something special to this quick recipe. Serve over hot cooked rice.

Asian Cucumber Salad

Rating: 4.64 stars
This is a really delicious, light salad.

Bug Lady Tofu Pate

Rating: 4.18 stars
The inspiration and basic idea for this amazingly delicious tofu spread recipe comes from my most favorite entomologist friend, Leslie, a.k.a. 'Bug Lady'

Easy BBQ Sauce

Rating: 4.6 stars
A quick and easy BBQ sauce. Great as a dip or for glazing ribs or chicken. I like to blend it smooth for glazing.

Authentic Patatas Bravas

Rating: 4 stars
Spanish tapas are tasty small plates that when combined can create a light supper or serve as a great appetizer. Patatas Bravas are tasty fried potato cubes served with a smoky, spicy dipping sauce.

Chinese Peppered Green Beans

Rating: 4.19 stars
Bright, crisp and spicy with crushed green peppercorns, fresh red chile pepper and garlic, these green beans will add lots of flavor and color to your meal. If you can't find Chinese yardlong or 'snake' beans, then regular green beans will do just fine.

Panang Curry with Chicken

Rating: 4.74 stars
Panang curry with chicken represents the diversity of Thailand's southern region. Panang refers to the island of Penang in Northern Malaysia bordering southern Thailand. Use 4 tablespoons curry paste from a fresh curry paste recipe or 5 tablespoons pre-made curry paste if time does not permit making your own paste

Cindy's Thai Hot and Sour Soup

Rating: 4.33 stars
This is very good! It's worth it going to the Thai market to get the extra ingredients. I used to order this at a restaurant and I came home and come up with my own version of it. Everyone loves it that tries it. A lot of ingredients but very easy to make. Serve over rice!

Inspiration and Ideas

Kashmiri Lamb
Rating: Unrated
"Really, really good. It tastes very rich, yet doesn't feel heavy." – Doughgirl8
Cinco de Chili Chocolate Cupcakes
Rating: Unrated
"I had to try these because they were unusual. I love them! They're not spicy at all...just a hint in the finish. The frosting is super-yummy!" – Pinkstreaks

Pork Stir Fry

Rating: 4.4 stars

Quick stir fry using fresh veggies and cheap ingredients you probably have stocked in your cabinet already.