How To Use Peppers Across Your Menu

Ancho, pasilla, guajillo, and chipotle peppers can take your menus to bold new places. The craveability of these peppers can transform dishes across menus and cuisines. Both traditional flavors and unexpected twists can be added to soups, sauces, marinades, and entrees thanks to these adventurous ingredients. 

Over the last 4 years, peppers have experienced double-digit menu penetration growth1. Diners are looking for more culinary adventure, and ancho, pasilla, guajillo, and chipotle peppers can deliver the excitement your customers are craving. 

TRES COCINAS™ Authentic Pepper Pastes offer a simple solution to adding these peppers to your menu. Skip the de-seeding and rehydrating, and mix in bold flavors without the hassle. Here are our favorite ways to incorporate these ingredients:

Ancho & Pasilla Roasted Vegetbale Salsa overhead in bowl

Traditional Mexican Dishes – These peppers are known for the layers of flavor they bring to authentic Mexican fare. Mix our Ancho & Pasilla pepper paste into roasted vegetable salsa to create a new menu favorite, or add to your marinades for craveable chicken tortas.

Bold Flavor Fusions – Our bold pepper pastes can turn any soup, starter, and entree into a more adventurous dish. Amp up chicken flatbreads with our Guajillo and Chipotle pepper pastes, or mix them into your wing sauces for an added punch.

Flatbread with Guajillo Lime Mayo and Chipotle Chicken
Fried Chicken Sandwich

One-Step Flavor Enhancers From sauces and marinades to dressings and desserts, items you already have on hand or on your menu can be given a bold boost with our pepper pastes. Our Ancho & Pasilla pepper paste can be mixed into rich aioli spreads for handhelds, or our Chipotle pepper paste can give brownies a la mode a spicy-sweet take.

Our pepper pastes can be used to add spice and simply add depth of flavor to dishes across menus and cuisines – and your guests will be seeking out the flavors they pack. Ancho, pasilla, guajillo, and chipotle peppers are hot right now – and it isn’t just due to their signature spice:

  • Ancho peppers have grown 23% in penetration over the last 4 years 1
  • Guajillo peppers are among the top 10 fastest growing peppers on menus1
  • Chipotle peppers are the 2nd most popular spicy peppers on menus1

TRES COCINAS™ Authentic Pepper Pastes take the prep work out of these bold flavors by eliminating the need for de-seeding, rehydrating, and pureeing. Instead, all you and your team have to do is mix in these adventurous flavors. 

1Datassentials MenuTrends 2020

Chicken Torta

Ancho & Pasilla Marinated Chicken Torta

With TRES COCINAS™ Ancho & Pasilla Authentic Pepper Paste, you can create a marinade that turns a simple chicken breast into a flavor adventure. Top with WHOLLY® AVOCADO Chunky Avocado.

Overhead Beef Birria Taco

Birria Beef Tacos

TRES COCINAS™ Guajillo Authentic Pepper Paste makes this tasty dish easy to make. Use it to enhance flavor when slow-cooking beef. Serve beef with melted cheese and pickled red onion, then dip into a Birria broth for extra flavor.

Simple Chipotle Brownie overhead

Chipotle Brownies A La Mode

Add a squeeze of our TRES COCINAS™ Chipotle with Adobo Authentic Pepper Paste to your brownie batter for a spicy-sweet signature. Serve warm with ice cream for the perfect balance of cool, sweet and smoky heat.