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St. Patrick's Day Recipes...with a Kick!

At the end of every rainbow might not be a pot o' gold, but this St. Patrick's Day you may find a pot of peppers. Whether you are looking for St. Patrick's Day appetizers recipes or traditional Irish St. Patrick's Day food, we have it all for you. And you know us, we even have a make your own hot sauce recipe. You know we can't resist. 

Corned Beef Stuffed Peppers

Image via Chili Pepper Madness

It wouldn't be traditional Irish St. Patrick's Day food without corned beef. And it wouldn't a Chili Lab post without chilies! So, we married the best of both words...or actually, Chili Pepper Madness did with these Corned Beef Stuffed Peppers.


🌶 2 bell peppers
🌶 1-1/2 cups shredded cabbage
🌶 1 small onion chopped
🌶 1 habanero pepper – or use a milder pepper if desired
🌶 2 cloves garlic
🌶 Dash of olive oil
🌶 10-12 ounces cooked corned beef chopped or shredded
🌶 ½ cup shredded Swiss cheese
🌶 3-4 tablespoons Thousand Island Dressing plus more for serving

Get the recipe via Chili Pepper Madness


Guinness BBQ Sauce


Guinness BBQ

Image Via The Messy Baker

As the makers of the Homemade Hot Sauce Kit, we felt pressured to deliver on a St. Patrick's Day make your own hot sauce recipe. Well...has does a HOT BBQ sauce sound? The best part? You can alter the heat to your liking. 


🌶 1 tablespoon canola oil
🌶 1/4 cup green pepper, finely chopped
🌶 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
🌶 2 garlic cloves, minced
🌶 1 1/2 cups Guinness
🌶 1 cup ketchup
🌶 1/3 cup brown sugar
🌶 1/4 cup molasses
🌶 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
🌶 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
🌶 1 teaspoon ground mustard

🌶 salt& pepper

Get the full recipe via The Messy Baker.


Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie


Vegetarian's Shepherd's Pie

Image Via Delightful-Delicious-Delovely

Sure, this might not be the most traditional Irish St. Patrick's Day food. However, this vegetarian recipe gives a new spin on an old classic. Plus, it features the  jalapeño pepper...which we love. 


"Meat" Filling

🌶 1 block of extra firm tofu that has been frozen, then thawed, and shredded to the appearance of ground meat
🌶 1 large onion, chopped
🌶 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
🌶 1/4 teaspoon of thyme
🌶 1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander seeds
🌶 freshly ground pepper to taste
🌶 3/4 cup of walnuts, toasted and chopped
🌶 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
🌶 2 tablespoons of soy sauce

Veggie Layer:

🌶 3 carrots, diced
🌶 10 Brussels sprouts, chopped
🌶 1 fennel bulb, chopped (optional)
🌶 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced (optional)
🌶 olive oil 
🌶 salt and pepper to taste

Jalapeño Mashed Potatoes:

🌶 2 large Russet potatoes
🌶 3 jalapeño peppers (or to taste)
🌶 4 T butter
🌶 4 oz cream cheese
🌶 salt and pepper to taste
🌶 more butter for browning 
🌶 parsley, chopped as garnish 


🌶 3 T butter
🌶 1/4 cup flour
🌶 1 1/2 cup vegetable stock
🌶 2 T soy sauce
🌶 1/2 tsp pepper

Get the full recipe via Delightful-Delicious-Delovely.


Creamy Potato Casserole with Bacon and Poblano Peppers

Creamy Potato Casserole


Image Via The Heritage Cook

You had us at creamy potato casserole. Throw in some poblanos and we're sold! Then, bacon? Come on now! Oh, and this is dish and gluten-free too. So, creamy, delicious, and traditional Irish St. Patrick's Day food all in one. Check it out!


🌶 6 to 8 strips of bacon, cooked until medium-crisp, drained and crumbled
🌶 4 Poblano peppers
🌶 4 large Russet (or Idaho) potatoes, scrubbed and peeled
🌶 1 tbsp organic olive oil
🌶 Kosher or sea salt
🌶 Freshly ground black pepper
🌶 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or Italian parsley
🌶 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
🌶 1/3 cup heavy cream or half and half

Get the full recipe via The Heritage Cook.


Potatoes O'Brien


potatoes o'brien

Image Via: Savory Experiments

When it comes to traditional Irish St. Patrick's Day food, potatoes take center stage...even at The Chili Lab. However, we make sure we find recipes with chili peppers in them. Case in point, this take on Potatoes O'Brien. The name was created by an Irish cook who was tired of the same ol' fried potatoes. If you're tired of the same ol' too, give them a new type of seasoning with our Garden Blend Chili Flakes.


🌶 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
🌶 3 large red potatoes chopped into 1 inch pieces
🌶 1/2 cup red bell pepper chopped into 1 inch pieces
🌶 1/2 cup green bell pepper chopped into 1 inch pieces
🌶 1/2 cup onion chopped
🌶 Fine Sea Salt & Pepper
🌶 1 T Worcestershire sauce

Get the full recipe via Savory Experiments.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with The Chili Lab. Tag us in your posts on social media. Want a hot sauce for every occasion? Check out our Hot Sauce Field Guide to make your next get-together a bit more flavorful.


    Peppertizers - Easy Pepper Appetizers That Everyone Will Love

    Here at The Chili Lab, we encourage you to do more than just make your own hot sauce. We want you to go beyond heat and enjoy the chili pepper for the unique fruit that it is. That is why we like to showcase ways you can use peppers to entertain your audiences. If you are looking up easy appetizer recipes, look no further than these pepper side dishes. They take little work on your end and will be the talk of your gathering.

    Cream Cheese & Sausage Stuffed Tribelli Mini Peppers

    Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers via That Skinny Chick Can Bake

    Image via That Skinny Chick Can Bake

    What we love about this peppertizer is how easy it is to make a lot of them. These mini peppers come in bulk in many produce aisles. So, for just five bucks, you'll have a bunch of bases. While we love our chilies, this stuffing is where the gold is. After you read this recipe, you might want to get a couple of bags of mini peppers!


    🌶 8 Morita Chili Peppers
    🌶 1 pound fresh Divine Flavor Tribelli peppers (sweet mini peppers)
    🌶 1 pound mild Italian sausage, cooked, crumbled, drained of fat
    🌶 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
    🌶 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    🌶 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    🌶 Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

    Get the full recipe courtesy of That Skinny Chick Can Bake.

    Bell Pepper Pizza

    Bell Pepper Pizzas via Peas and Crayons

    Image Via Peas and Crayons

    You had us at pizza. But then you go and throw bell pepper in there, and we're definitely sold. This recipe is another take on stuffed peppers but with everyone's favorite Wait, isn't the pizza supposed to be the one with the toppings? Well, it still can with this peppertizer!


    🌶 8 Morita Chili Peppers
    🌶 1 large bell pepper
    🌶 1/4 cup pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce
    🌶 1/4 cup grated cheese
    🌶 a pinch of red pepper flakes
    🌶 a pinch of basil or parsley
    🌶 as many toppings as you can fit

    Get the recipe via Peas and Crayons.

    Mini Hummus & Roasted Red Pepper Phyllo Bites 

    Mini Phylo Bites via Cook in Canuck

    Image Via Cook in Canuck.

    This vegetarian appetizer will have the carnivores salivating. It has the vegan marriage made in Heaven: roasted red peppers and hummus. Roasted red peppers and hummus is the new age peanut butter and jelly, trust us. 


    🌶 30 Athens Mini Fillo Shells (2 boxes), defrosted 
    🌶 3/4 c + 3 tbsp hummus (I use Sabra)
    🌶 1/2 c diced English cucumber
    🌶 1 roasted red pepper (2 halves), diced
    🌶 1 1/4 oz. (1/4 c) crumbled feta cheese
    🌶 2 tbsp minced flat-leaf parsley

    Get the recipe via Cook in Canuck.

     Blistered Shishito Peppers with Sriracha Aioli

    Blistered Shishito Peppers with Sriracha

    Image via Savory Simple.

    Sriracha and Shishito? Both sides of our mouths are watering. These peppertizers are mild with a hint of heat that will make your guests keep coming back for more. So, be sure to set some aside for yourself!


    Sriracha Aioli

    🌶 1/4 cup mayonnaise
    🌶 1 tablespoon Sriracha, or more to taste
    🌶 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
    🌶 1 clove garlic, grated or minced (see notes)
    🌶 Kosher salt if desired

    Blistered Shishito Peppers

    🌶 8 ounces (approximately 4 cups) shishito peppers; Padrón peppers may be substituted
    🌶 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (grapeseed or canola oil are also good options)
    🌶 1/2 medium lemon (approximately 1 tablespoon juice)
    🌶 Kosher or sea salt to taste

    Get recipe via Savory Simple.

    Really Good Jalapeño Dip

    Really Good Jalapeno Dip

    Image Via Inspired by Charm

    Every party needs a good dip. Why not kick this dip up? Literally! Sure, many people turn to the jalapeño for the tried-and-true jalapeño popper. However, there are many other uses for the jalapeño. For instance, why not give this favorite pepper the center stage as the kick needed in your dip?


    🌶 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese softened
    🌶 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    🌶 1 envelope dry ranch dressing mix
    🌶 1 large red pepper finely diced
    🌶 5 jalapeño peppers seeded and finely diced
    🌶 1 bag Tostitos Scoop chips

    Get the recipe by Inspired by Charm.

    Learn more about the chilies you've seen today with our Hot Sauce Field Guide!

    Pepper of the Week: Morita Pepper

    The Morita Pepper is one of the most popular chili peppers in Mexican cuisine. Typically used died, Morita chili peppers pack a lot of heat. While Morita chili peppers have a kick, they back up the bite with a ton of flavor.

    Morita Pepper

    A Morita pepper has a nutty profile that boasts a lingering smoky afterbite. Popular with the Aztecs and with a long line of fanatics today, let's shed the spotlight on the Morita Pepper. 

    What is a Morita Pepper?

    Morita chili peppers received their name as a loose Spanish translation to "pepper black berry." Many liken their looks to that of a mulberry. These resemblances are much in thanks to the dried chilies' dark red/purplish hue. Like the mulberry, the Morita has a bit of a sweet flavor. This fruity nuance bursts through the initial heat you experience when biting into a Morita pepper. 

    While it may look like a berry and have citrusy nodes, the Morita Pepper is actually a member of the jalapeño family. These fruits develop their chocolate-like aromas when they passed the ripening stage, becoming red. At its highest heat, the Morita pepper can boast a Scoville level of 10,000 SHU. 

    How to Use a Morita Pepper?

    Being such a celebrated staple of the Mexican community, you can use the Morita pepper in a litany of tantalizing dishes.

    Morita chili peppers are typically used in:

    🌶 Moles

    🌶 Stews

    🌶 Hot Sauce

    🌶 Salsas

    🌶 Adoboes

    🌶 Soups

    As you can see, the versatile flavors of the Morita pepper offer this fruit as a great accompaniment to any dish. Here are some of our favorite recipes involving the Morita pepper.

    Pork Tenderloin

    with Morita Chili Pepper Salsa

    Pork and salsa? This is an authentic Mexican dish made to make your mouth-water. The spiciness and fruitiness of the salsa bring great balance to the juicy pork tenderloin. Check out the recipe courtesy of Que Rica Vida.

    Pork Tenderloin

    🌶 8 Morita Chili Peppers
    🌶 3 Garlic Cloves
    🌶 2 cups of Water
    🌶 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
    🌶 1 tsp Ground Cumin
    🌶 2 tsp Powdered Seasoning
    🌶  Sea Salt, if necessary
    🌶 3 lbs Pork Tenderloin
    🌶 1 T Olive Oil
    🌶 6 Slices of Pineapple

    Get the recipe via Que Rica Vida.

    Smoky Spicy Amaretto

    After a long day, a stiff drink is much needed. A great way to unwind is to sweat out the stress. Enjoy the decompression process with this biteful, spiteful, and delightful drink! Courtesy of Well Preserved



    🌶 Chili Syrup
    🌶 1 cup of Sugar
    🌶 2-3 Dried Morita Peppers 
    🌶 1.5 ounces Amaretto 
    🌶 1 ounce Chili Syrup 
    🌶 1 ounce Lemon Juice
    🌶 Ice
    🌶 Thin Slices of Lime, Lemon, Morita Peppers

    Get the recipe via Well Preserved

    Celebrate the Morita Pepper

    Can't get enough of the Morita pepper? We don't blame ya one bit! That's why it's our Pepper of the Week. Join us on Instagram @TheChiliLab. We'll cover all things Morita Pepper including how to make your own hot sauce. 

    Want to take your love for food to the next level. Try our DIY Hot Sauce Kit. This Hot Sauce Making Kit has everything you need from bottles, strainers, to chili flakes. Artisan hot sauce...but homemade!


    Pepper of the Week: Raja Mirchi


    Pepper of the Week

    Raja Mirchi/Ghost Pepper

    We're used to going bold each #POW, but this week we just went bolder. It's the ghost pepper, Raja Mirchi.

    This pepper commands respect from foodies...and their taste buds. Once dubbed the "hottest chili pepper in the world," people keep coming back for more.

    Why are they hooked on the ghost? Let's dive a bit deeper in the Raja Mirchi, ghost pepper. 

    What is a Raja Mirchi Pepper?

    This beautiful pepper means a lot to many cultures. The Raja Mirchi brings a delicate heat to so many Asian delicacies. From curries to chutneys, the Raja Mirchi's spice is slightly offset by the fruit's sweet flavor. That complexity is the charm that keeps the locals hooked on this ghost pepper! 

    Raja Mirchi

    Image via Down to Earth

    The popularity of this chili pepper has earned this fruit many monikers. Therefore, you might see these peppers in specialty produce stores...and might not even realize you're looking at them!

    The long list of names for the Raja Mirchi Pepper includes:

    🌶 Naga Jolokia (Serpent Chili)

    🌶 Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Chili)

    🌶 Bih Jolokia (Poison Chili in Assamese)

    🌶 Raja Mirchi (King Pepper in Hindi)

    🌶 Pasa Kala (Chief Chili in Mishmi)

    With such revered names, you can see this scorcher is well-respected. So, why does the Raja Mirchi command such respect? Let's look a little closer this week's #POW.

    Characteristics of a Raja Mirchi Pepper:

    🌶 Heat intensity: Hot

    🌶 Size: 2 -3 inches 

    🌶 Scoville Units: 800,000 to 900,000 SHU

    🌶 Flavor Profiles: Subtly Sweet, Grassy Nodes

    As you can see, despite the heat, the Raja Mirchi has quite a nuanced flavor. Its subtle sweetness makes for a burn you can long for. 

    History of the Raja Mirchi Pepper

    This pepper's history is far entwined with Indian culture and cuisine. While natives have long heralded the heat that comes from the ghost pepper, the Raja Mirchi didn't rise to foodie prominence until the early 2000s.

    Raja Mirchi Pepper

    Image via The Better India

    A London, England-based restaurant called the Cinnamon Club carried a dish known as the world's hottest curry. This meal is brandished the Bollywood Burner.

    The lamb-based dish contained seven of the deadly hot peppers in its creamy gravy. Those who chose the dish have to sign a waiver before being served!

    Since its debut in the mainstream, the heat behind the Raja Mirchi has come to light. In fact, Indian military is tinkering with using this pepper in their weapon arsenal! In the meantime, this aromatic fruit is also used as a deterrent to protect elephants and crops in Asia. 

    Raja Mirchi Pepper Recipes

    Think you can stand the heat? Then get in the kitchen. There are so many ways to use King Pepper in your everyday life. Here are a few!

    King Chili Chutney

    Chutney is such a versatile tool in the kitchen. You can use it as a glaze for your meats. However, it's also a great accompaniment to toast in the morning. What's fun about chutney is you can add a little spice to the sweetness. To make it even easier, we just happen to have this recipe courtesy of Roots and Leisure here

    King Chili Chutney

    Image via Roots and Leisure


    🌶 1 King Chili Pepper (Raja Mirchi)
    🌶 1 Large Tomato
    🌶 1 Clove of Garlic
    🌶 Salt to Taste

    Look simple enough? Get the recipe courtesy of Roots and Leisure here. 

    Naga Style Pork Raja Mirchi

    Perhaps no other meat complements the complexity of Raja Mircho more than pork. It's flavored get lost within the pork's fibers, bringing out more nuances with each bite. Your mouth-watering yet? Then check out the recipe courtesy of First Post here

    Pork Chili

    Image via First Post


    🌶 1 T Salt
    🌶 Pork
    🌶 1 Raja Mirchi Pepper
    🌶 4 Dried Red Kashmiri Chillies

    🌶 8 Cloves Garlic
    🌶 1 tsp Salt

    To get the complete recipe, check out First Post here.

    Celebrate Pepper of the Week

    Don't ghost us all week long on the ghost pepper. Follow us on Instagram @TheChiliLab as we celebrate all things Raja Mirchi Pepper.

    These recipes get your mind turning? Try making some sauce at home. It's now easier than ever with our Homemade Hot Sauce Kit. 


    Pepper of the Week: Bulgarian Carrot Pepper

    Pepper of the Week:
    Bulgarian Carrot Pepper

    This week's #POW brings the pow as Bug Bunny does to Elmer Fudd. We're talking a carrot pepper. Our Pepper of the Week is the Bulgarian Carrot Pepper. Also known as shipka, the Bulgarian Carrot Pepper can be used a variety of ways. From salsa recipes to hot sauce...heck, even bread, we've got you covered. Let's get to know a bit about the Bulgarian Carrot Pepper. 

    What is a Bulgarian Carrot Pepper?

    This heirloom pepper has a unique flavor profile. It's a tad bit sweet with the bite of spice we know and love from jalapeño. As the name implies, at its full maturity, the Bulgarian Carrot Pepper resembles a carrot. 

    Bulgarian Carrot Pepper

    Image via Mad Meat Genius

    Characteristics of a Bulgarian Carrot Pepper:

    🌶 Heat intensity: Medium to Hot

    🌶 Size: 2 -5 inches 

    🌶 Scoville Units: 5,000 to 30,000 SHU

    🌶 Flavor Profiles: Sweet, Tangy, Bit of Heat

    This pepper brings a nice pop to your plate. Its versatility allows you to spice up a breakfast omelet, bring some crunch to a lunchtime salad, or a savory bread perfect to dip into your soup!

    History of the Bulgarian Carrot Pepper

    The modern-day Bulgarian Pepper is believed to be cross-between habanero pepper commonly found in the Caribbean and an old-school Bulgarian pepper. This pepper was known as the Shipka. 

    Shipka is a term to describe a range of prickly shrubs. In particular, Bulgarians have dubbed wild roses as shipkas. Based on the color of the original Bulgarian Carrot Pepper resembling rose hips, it earned the shipka name. Although, others also say the name came from the small town of Shipka that lies in the center of Bulgaria. That's the mystery that comes along with history!

    The pepper stayed around the Black Sea and Greece until the 1980s. This orange-hued pepper found its way to the Caribbean region when the pepper was smuggled out of the Iron Curtain.

    Winston Churchill came up with the term, "Iron Curtain" to describe the divide of a post-World War II Europe.

    Winston Churchill, Iron Curtain Speech

    Winston Churchill "Iron Curtain Speech

    Image via Missouri State Archives

    One side was aligned with the States, while the other was under Soviet rule. Sometime during the 1980s, the peppers crossed the sea. While they still thrive in colder areas, Bulgarian Carrot Peppers can be found in the States today!

    Bulgarian Carrot Pepper Recipes

    Now that you know a thing or two about this unique pepper, let's give you some Bulgarian Carrot Pepper recipes!

    Bulgarian Carrot Pepper Bread

    Nothing compliments a hot soup, makes better use of spaghetti sauce, or hold together a sandwich like a delicious bread. This savory recipe courtesy of PermaCulture News will have your mouth watering and your belly satisfied!


    🌶 1- 8oz Package Cream Cheese (Softened) 
    🌶 2 Large Farm Fresh Eggs
    🌶 4 cups Mozzarella Cheese
    🌶 2-3 Bulgarian Carrot Peppers 
    🌶 2 cups Almond Flour
    🌶 2 tsp. Aluminum-free Baking Powder

    Get the full recipe at PermaCulture News. 

    Bulgarian Carrot Pepper Salsa

    Salsas are great because you dip chips, dress up your eggs, or add a kick to your baked chicken breast. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to tag us on Instagram @TheChiliLab! Here is the recipe courtesy of Feed Your Skull

    The Salsa Recipe

    Image via Feed Your Skull


    🌶 2 - 14.5 oz cans of Muir Glen Diced Tomatoes (No Salt)
    🌶 1 cup Lightly Packed Cilantro, Chopped
    🌶 1 cup Diced Onion
    🌶  4 Cloves Garlic, Minced

    🌶 1 Bulgarian Carrot Pepper
    🌶 1/2 Lime
    🌶 1 1/2 Teaspoons of Sea Salt

    For an extra kick, add a little citrus burst with The Chili Lab Grove Blend Chili Flakes. Get the recipe via Feed Your Skull here.

    Bulgarian Carrot Chile Sauce Recipe

    Seeing as we have our own At-Home Homemade Hot Sauce Kit, we can't help but share a hot sauce recipe for this week's Pepper of the Week! Let's take a look at this recipe courtesy of the Mad Meat Genius.

    Bulgarian Chile Hot Sauce

    Image via Mad Meat Genius


    🌶 ½ pound of Bulgarian Carrot Pepper 
    🌶 ½ Small Onion, Chopped
    🌶 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
    🌶¼ cup of Vinegar
    🌶 ½ cup of Water
    🌶 1 Tablespoon Sugar (Honey)

     Get the complete recipe at Mad Meat Genius.

    Celebrate Pepper of the Week

    Now that you know the 4-1-1 on the Bulgarian Carrot Pepper, join in on the fun. Follow us @TheChiliLab on Instagram and celebrate all things Bulgarian Carrot Pepper all week long!