This is one of our hottest chili peppers. Its appearance is very innocent resembling a bell pepper but when you bite it your mouth is on fire. This is why Rocotos are mainly used as a condiment, just a little bit to give a kick to some dishes, but some people from the Andes swear they love to eat them like apples, straight from the plant…As a rule of thumb, the smaller the rocoto, the hotter. You have been warned.
Rocotos Rellenos, or “stuffed Rocotos” is a famous dish from Arequipa, in the south of the country. They are filled with a beef, onion and ground peanut mixture, and served with a creamy potato gratin. It´s fantastic!