• Yes, it’s that time of year … THE Chile Pepper Awards! Everyone’s favorite and most coveted award is now taking entries. As usual, Chile Pepper gives you the most for your bang for your buck. It’s more than just the prizes, it’s exposure to 200,000 avid chileheads...

  • The quest to make the spiciest hot sauce is an endless one, as is the quest to conquer the hottest sauce.

  • Baby bellas aren’t just good for you (they’ve been found to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease as a result of the high levels of conjugated linoleic acid they contain), but they also make for an almost meat-like texture. For this recipe, we incorporated...

  • Don’t sweat it if you don’t have a pasta machine; a rolling pin and some muscle will do the trick for these little treats. A ravioli mold will save you time, but if you don’t have one, take the time to firmly seal the edges...

  • The Cajun Trinity replaces the French mirepoix in this twist on a classic. The addition of blackened seasoning adds the right amount of kick to this delicious soup. YIELD 4–6 servings ZEST FACTOR Mild PREP TIME 15 minutes COOK TIME 25 minutes 2 tablespoons olive...

  • The olives are the star of this take on the famous New Orleans sandwich. YIELD 6–8 servings ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 1–2 hours COOK TIME none For the vinaigrette: ½ cup olive oil 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 3...

  • The classic lasagna we all know and love gets a complete Cajun makeover. YIELD 4–6 servings ZEST FACTOR Medium PREP TIME 20 minutes COOK TIME 30–40 minutes 12 lasagna noodles 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 cup cottage cheese 1 (16-ounce) jar étoufée sauce...

  • Traditional mole sauce has a rich flavor from the many ingredients used. Our red mole is more streamlined and calls on bacon to help impart a smokier flavor. The chicken is rubbed in the mole paste, and is perfect with a side of Spanish rice...

  • A classic comfort-food favorite with a smoky, spicy spin. We’re using one pepper two ways—a fresh poblano and the dried form, the ancho—for an extra depth of flavor. YIELD 8 servings ZEST FACTOR Mild PREP TIME 45 minutes COOK TIME 40 minutes 5 cups beef...

  • Who doesn’t love a good old hearty pot pie? I brought the heat to this one, trust me. Be prepared for a meltdown of flavor. by Vic Clinco YIELD 4 Servings ZEST FACTOR Hot PREP TIME 20 minutes COOK TIME 40 minutes 2 tablespoons oil...