substitute for jalapeno : Easy finds

People across the world use many types of peppers to make their food tasty, spicy and hot with more flavor to it. one of the popular type of pepper is jalapenos which you will find in many types of Italian food items prominently besides other cuisines also. here we will discuss about substitute for jalapeno to use them when you are out of jalapenos in your kitchen and nearby market.

people use jalapenos to make jalapeno cheese poppers, jalapeno pickles, fried jalapenos, jalapeno fritters in air fryers etc. people across the world use jalapeno now days due to its hot and sweet taste which enhances the dish flavor. they comes in red and green color with hotness range from 2500 to 8000 SHU (Scoville heat unit) to measure the hotness of peppers.

substitute for jalapeno

These jalapenos substitutes will help you make tasty recipes whenever you want by adding a quotient of hotness and spiciness in the dishes. you can use different substitute for jalapeno in various dishes as per the requirement to give them unique and good flavor for everyone i your friends and family to enjoy with you.

jalapeno substitutes and alternatives

Fresno pepper

Fresno peppers are a good alternative to jalapeno due to the similarity in looks and flavor. it can go up to 10000 SHU in hotness range. so if you want something hot and spicy to replace your jalapeno then this is for you to try out and see if your taste buds like it or not.

they possess fruits and Smokey in them and works great with dishes like chili, soups, salsa etc. to make then spicy and hot. add gradually to get the hotness up to the level that you can take in and dishes don’t get too hot.

bell peppers

bell peppers seems to be a good alternative for jalapeno for people who want something not to spicy as it comes with mild flavor. if you want low heat and low hotness in dishes then this the pepper to add in your dishes in place of jalapenos. they are crispy like jalapenos and have thick walls resembling them.

Hot sauce

normal hot sauce can be used as alternative to jalapeno peppers if you don’t have them as hot sauces already contains peppers in them and would help you make your food spicy. you can buy hot sauce of any brand from super market including popular ones like tabasco’s etc. to get your spicy flavor in the favorite dishes.

Anaheim Pepper

Anaheim peppers come with sweet taste and milder hotness than jalapeno peppers making it an good substitute for people wanting less spiciness in their dishes. the heat range in this peppers is from 500 to 3500 Shu

it is longer in size than jalapenos and give similar taste to them with less hotness. you can chop them or dice them to add in your pies, taco’s, salsa etc.

serrano pepper

it is quite similar taste with jalapeno peppers making it a good substitute for the same. the hotness range in these peppers varies from 10000 to 24000 SHU.

they are green in color and originates from mountain areas of Mexico which makes it it little less popular but if you get it then you can try it to replace your jalapenos and have a great spicy recipe with serrano peppers.

cayenne pepper powder

It is easy to find in market can be used in place of jalapenos when you don’t have them. the hotness level of this powder is at 50000 SHU making it much hotter and spicier than jalapenos. the amount of powder required in any recipe would depend on your hotness tolerance level and how much spicy you want to make your dishes.

in general about 1/2 spoon cayenne pepper powder should be added in recipes in place of 1 jalapeno pepper.

banana peppers

banana peppers also serves as a good alternative for jalapeno peppers. They are mild in taste and comes with little tangy flavor. they are medium size and comes in yellow color or sometimes red or orange. they are less hot and spicy and comes with hotness index ranging from 0 to 500 SHU.

it is not hot so can be used in dishes and recipes in which you don’t want hotness and spiciness of jalapenos. you can also freeze banana peppers to to store and use later when you require to add them in place of jalapenos in your dishes.

smoked paprika powder

it can also be used in place of jalapeno as its mild in hotness and gives good flavor along with color to our dish. it is made from grounding the dried paprika to make the powder. its it will help you make tasty salsa, sauces and other similar dishes.

cubanelle peppers

cubanelle peppers is also a alternative to jalapenos used by some people. they are called cuban peppers in local language. they are little sweet and mild peppers with hotness level not similar to jalapenos making it good substitute if you want something mild for your dish. their outer layer is thinner than bell peppers and comes in yellow and green color which may turn red upon ripening completely.


they are also mild in terms of hotness and spiciness with hotness index at 100-500 SHU. they are also popularly called as Tuscan peppers and more popular in us region in many dishes like pickles, tacos etc. you can find them easily in market as they are not expensive, in super markets you can also find them in pickle jars which you can buy if you like them. they are are mild and will complete your food to give it a good pairing for it when eaten together if you are looking something of mild hotness.

Frequently asked Questions

can i use red pepper to replace jalapenos?

yes you can use fresh red pepper and red pepper flakes in your meals to ad spiciness in absence of jalapenos but keep in mind they can make the dish hot if used in access so use in moderation or gradually. with red peppers can also make use of sumac with or without jalapenos to make the dish more tasty and tangy.

can i use green chilies to replace jalapenos?

yes you can replace jalapenos with green chilies. they are little mild than jalapenos so you can add more if you like spicy and hot food. green chilies look similar to jalapenos but are thin in structure so they form a good substitute for jalapenos.


hope you liked our collection of jalapeno alternatives to make your dishes and recipes spicy and hot with its substitutes at hand. let me know which one you like the best and in which all recipes you use it in comments below.

share this post with all your hotness and spice lovers friends in dishes to help them make spicy recipes at home without any issues when the jalapenos are absent from fridge.

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