The chili pepper is the fruit of plants from the genus Capsicum .
Chili peppers are widely used in many cuisines as a spice to add heat to dishes.
The substances giving chili peppers their intensity when ingested or applied topically are capsaicin and related compounds known as capsaicinoids.
Some notable dishes with chili peppers are:
Arrabbiata sauce from Italy is a tomato-based sauce for pasta always including dried hot chilies.
Stroncatura ammullicata, from Calabria, is pasta dish usually seasoned with peperoncino (Calabrian chili), olive oil, garlic, black olives, anchovies, parsley and toasted breadcrumbs.
Puttanesca sauce is tomato-based with olives, capers, anchovy and, sometimes, chilies.
- Very hot taste