The piquillo pepper's name refers to the fact that it resembles a bird’s little beak, or "piquillo" in Spanish.
The piquillo pepper has a sweet, spicy and smoky flavor. When it is ripe, its color is a vibrant red. After harvesting, these peppers are roasted and peeled to prepare them for commercial sale. Piquillo peppers usually come in jars or cans packed in either olive oil or in the peppers' natural juices.
In Spanish cuisine, piquillo peppers are typically used in tapas, soups and salads. Piquillo peppers stuffed with different meats or seafood are other popular dishes.Learn more about Substitutions