What type of peppers does Mezzetta use? Cascabellas!

Mezzetta Peppers: Cascabella

What type of peppers does Mezzetta use?

Mezzetta™ Hot Peppers (those spicy yellow jars of pickled peppers) are made from Cascabella peppers. The hot and delicious yellow peppers that they put into jars of Mezzetta Hot Chili Peppers are grown in Northern California, but did you know that you can grow them in your own backyard?

They're easy to start from Cascabella seeds!

The bonus to homegrown Cascabella peppers is that you can ensure that they are organic (Mezzetta doesn't offer organic versions of their Hot Chili Peppers), and you can also pickle them without any additives like preservatives and food coloring (Mezzettas have Calcium Chloride, Sodium Metabisulfite, FD&C Yellow #5, Turmeric in addition to the vinegar and salt! Hope they start taking this sort of stuff out of our food products in the future, all-natural is the way to go!)

So making your own homegrown version of pickled Mezzetta hot peppers is a great way to eliminate preservatives and food colorings from your diet.

Copycat Mezzetta Hot Pepper Recipe:

(no preservatives, refrigerator style)

~ 1 pound of Cascabella Peppers
(we make as many as we have on hand!)

2-3 Cloves of Garlic, smashed and peeled

3 cups Distilled White Vinegar

2 cups Water

2 tablespoons Kosher or Pickling Salt (no iodine)

Sprinkle of Turmeric (for color, optional, gives them a nice golden glow)


Boil the vinegar, water, salt, turmeric (optional) in a pot, stirring to dissolve. Rinse the Cascabella peppers, peel garlic, and add to clean disinfected jars (boil jars to disinfect). Use a spoon to ladle vinegar water mixture over peppers. Put lid on top, let cool, put in refrigerator for up to 1-2 months.

We think these are best as refrigerator pickles, as they're super crisp!


Cascabella Peppers - the ones used in Mezzetta Hot Peppers!

More about Cascabella Peppers:

Cascabella peppers are typically eaten fresh in the yellow stage and are often pickled. Because they are so easy to grow, and productive many home gardeners pickle these whole or sliced in rings. If you enjoy jalapeños, you will love these little yellow chiles! 

Expect heavy yields of tart and crisp 2” long conical-shaped Cascabella peppers. The peppers have thick wax-type skin, which is perfect for pickling, and they mature from creamy-yellow to orange, and then red when fully mature. Sturdy plants grow 18-24” tall with dark green leaves.

Check our our Cascabella Seeds »