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Kitchen Decorating with Chili Peppers

Updated on April 4, 2013

Spice Up Your Kitchen with Chili Peppers

Spice up your kitchen fiestas with decorative chili peppers!

Chili peppers are part of Southwestern culture and are a unique design element. Ranging in rich hues of golden yellow, deep green and rustic red, there are so many colorful ways you can "spice" up your home and kitchen with these sizzling hot accessories and design ideas!

Southwestern Chili Pepper Wreath

16 Inch Chili Pepper Wreath
16 Inch Chili Pepper Wreath

In the American Southwest Ristras and wreaths appear on doors, gates and entry's in the fall, after the chills turn red. It seems to represent a sign of welcome, adding warmth and tranquility to the entire landscape.


Hanging Chili Peppers

Set of Mexican Ceramic Hanging Chiles-Save 30%- Assortment *000045*
Set of Mexican Ceramic Hanging Chiles-Save 30%- Assortment *000045*

Make a spicy statement with this bright, colorful decorative chili ristra set.


Legend of The Chili Pepper

Legend of The Chili Ristra:

Legend has it, in the Southwest, that hanging chili ristras brings good luck if hung at the entrance of the home. Chilis were also used as amulets to ward off malaria, the plague, and for the evil eye (mal de ojo), bad luck, and bewitchment among Hispanics in United States, a practice imported from Mexico.

A cure for the evil eye from Coahuila, Mexico, calls for a child to be wiped with the inside of a chili. The child is patted on the head, crosses are made over the eyelids and forehead, and the child is laid on a bed with the arms outstretched in the form of a cross. The chili is wiped over the body to absorb the occult power, and then it is burned. Curanderas, "healers", often treat the hexing of adults by rubbing the inflamed areas (such as the feet) with whole eggs, a lime, and a chili, which are then thrown into a fire. Perhaps because of their fiery nature, hot peppers are thought to absorb evil influences, which are then destroyed by fire.

Chili Pepper Matching Dish Set - Hand painted and hand finished; pattern designed exclusively for Pinzon by Caleca

Chili Pepper Cutting Board

Non-Slip Flexible Cutting Board - Chili Peppers
Non-Slip Flexible Cutting Board - Chili Peppers

Treat your favorite chef to a little spice for her everyday life and a gift she'll enjoy with every chop. Thick cutting board features a vibrant fresh chili peppers design in warm gold, yellow, orange, red and green tones.


Hot Chili Peppers Drawer Knobs

Set of 2 Chili Peppers Ceramic Cabinet Drawer Knobs
Set of 2 Chili Peppers Ceramic Cabinet Drawer Knobs

Completely Sealed for Lasting Durability & Shine

Adds A Nice Finishing Touch To Any Room


Red Hot Chili Pepper Burner Set

Southwestern Chili Pepper Burner Stove Covers / Kitchen
Southwestern Chili Pepper Burner Stove Covers / Kitchen

This set of 4chili pepper stove burner covers is absolutely stunning. The covers come in two sizes, one for larger burners and the other for smaller burners. The design of the print on the covers is of multiple types of pepper (red chili, and red sweet peppers), mushrooms, basil and olives. These are made of metal tin. A great way to dress up your stove top with a southwestern theme. Can also be used to hang on walls to spruce up any decor.


Chili Pepper Bowl and Spreader

Boston Warehouse Chili Pepper Dip Bowl and Spreader Set
Boston Warehouse Chili Pepper Dip Bowl and Spreader Set

Pepper-shaped bowl and spreader, with 3 stacked plastic peppers for the handle. pair perfectly for serving dips and spreads


Chili Pepper Cookie Jar

Western Red and Green Chili Pepper Cookie Jar
Western Red and Green Chili Pepper Cookie Jar

This spicy jar will add a fabulous southwestern flair to your kitchen while keeping your countertops tidy. Great for storing your flour, sugar, coffee, pasta, snacks, cookies, and more while decorating your home all at the same time.


Roasted Chili Peppers

If you want to try roasted pepper at home, the chilies can be roasted under a broiler; outdoor grill or stove-top gas flame.

In all cases, they should be slit along one side or pierced with a fork to prevent explosions and then roasted until the skin is blistered, turning frequently for even charring.

Remove them when the skin is almost all black and the flesh underneath is cooked but not mushy. The roasting makes it possible to remove the tough, transparent outer skin of the chilies.

Protect your hands from burning when preparing chilies by wearing rubber gloves or coating your hands with shortening or other solid fat; don't touch your eyes or other sensitive areas after handling chilies.

If you want milder chilies, remove the seeds and trim the veins from the chilies before roasting.

To broil, preheat broiler.

Place chilies on a foil-lined tray or cookie sheet 3 to 6 inches below the broiler unit; leave oven door open.

On an outdoor grill, place the rack close to the charcoal (or select high heat setting on a gas grill); place chilies on rack, when briquettes have an even white coating. You can add soaked wood chips if you like a smoke flavor.

If you want too freeze the chilies, cool them and bag them without peeling; they will peel easily after they've been defrosted.

If you want crisper chilies, plunge them into ice water directly after cooking and before peeling.

For softer chilies, place in a bowl or pan and cover with a towel, or place them in a paper bag and close loosely, to steam until they're cool enough to handle. Peel the chilies from the stem end down.

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      Vicky 2 years ago

      Gosh, I wish I would have had that inoirmatofn earlier!

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      espressoman lm 4 years ago

      There is nothing like adding a bit of spice to your life and chili peppers are a perfect way to do that.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh my, I had ran a search this morning for Chili Pepper Decor lenses and nothing showed up so I went ahead and created one and now I am finding several of them. Ours are somewhat different even though we do have some of the same products. I am going to learn not to depend on the search tool.

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      casquid 5 years ago

      I use chili peppers so much, they grow in my garden.

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      irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

      Amazing how much nice stuff there is with Chili peppers on! Thanks for a colorful lens.

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      Success_At_School 5 years ago

      They're so colorful I can feel the warmth coming off them.

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      CreativeExpress 5 years ago

      I lived in the Southwest for most of my life, and I can't live without chili! I'm also designing a chili pepper kitchen currently, so coming across this lens was a bit of synchronicity. Great job!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      I have had dried peppers hanging in my kitchen for probably 20 years! (Different peppers of course). It's a great theme and so has this lens! 'liked' it!

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      Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

      I love this lens. My son made some dried chili peppers in my oven several years ago. The fumes ran us out of the house. Be sure to keep the windows open when doing this!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      One can even decorate the Christmas tree with chili peppers.

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      Those are some cool chili pepper ideas. I remember my sister doing her kitchen in chili peppers at one point.

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      xenoc 6 years ago

      cool n really fresh while cooking thanks for the ideas..i like the cutting board really nice kitchen..make us fresh while cooking..thank for sharing, my lens also about kitchen decor..Kitchen Wall Decor

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      Coffeebreak9am 6 years ago

      yes and I love the color!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great Lens,I like Chilli Peppers and enjoyed my visit!

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      Craftybegonia 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens! We have some red ceramic chili peppers in our kitchen.

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      Gamganny 6 years ago

      My husband loves peppers!! Wonderful lens. Blessed :)

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Just a pinch with chili powder.

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      Some kinds. No the real, real hot ones.

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      davis66 7 years ago

      Chili peppers are not only a great ingredient for cooking but for design as well! Nice lens!

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Oh heavens yes, do I ever love chili peppers! Just ask hubby ... he thinks I'm a little spicy too. ;)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have a ristra of faux chilies to let me know when I am about to hit my head on the place where I hit my head in the kitchen. Wish it would work for the trunk lid of my car. Nice lens, thanks.

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      palaceofglass 8 years ago

      What a great lens! Your style is very appealing. Keep up!

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      koolmom lm 8 years ago

      Chili peppers are a great decoration. I love these designs.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Beautiful lens. Great picks for your items, they're very unique. Squid Angel blessed!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Very nice lens with many colorful decorating suggestions. Last night my husband made an Italian fish stew with a hot, hot pepper that one of our friends grew in their garden. It was good, but we sure drank a lot of water. I'm lensrolling to my chili pepper lens. Squid Angel Blessed!

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      marsha32 8 years ago

      This is very cool stuff...I hope to have a kitchen to decorate the way I want soon.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Welcome to the Culinary Favorites From A to Z group. Don’t forget to come back and add your lens to the link list so that it will appear on the group page!

      Your beautiful page is blessed tonight by a SquidAngel.


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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very cool, errr HOT lens! I love these!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very nice recipe.Awesome lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks for joining the Rainbow Fashion colors group.

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from France

      Great lens, those chilli peppers are really good. Welcome to the Interior Design, Soft furnishings and Decor Group