How to Freeze Peppers – Anaheim, Jalapenos, or Sweet

How To Freeze Peppers :: An Oregon Cottage

I love having all types of frozen, diced peppers available all winter long for soups, stews, casseroles and other recipes. It’s a big savings to preserve them when they are in season instead of buying them when they are more expensive.

And frozen hot peppers like mild anahiem and ancho work great in recipes that require those little (expensive) cans of green chilies. It’s true that they aren’t roasted (though you can roast them and then freeze them – I just never have time for that when all the peppers are ripening at once!), but we don’t really notice a difference, probably because the recipes all seem to have a lot of other ingredients so that the chilies are only for flavor. And these deliver on the flavor!

Freezing Hot and Sweet Peppers -

Here’s How to Freeze Peppers – it’s super simple and works with any peppers:
  1. Wash the peppers well.
  2. Stem, core, and chop them up (don’t forget the gloves when working with hot peppers!).
  3. Spread them out on a cookie sheet in an even layer.
  4. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer and freeze.
  5. When the peppers are frozen, use a spoon or spatula to break them up and place the them in freezer containers or baggies (use the straw method to remove as much air as possible from baggies). Label with the contents and the date and put them in the freezer.

By freezing the peppers flat on a sheet first, you will have sort of a home version of ‘flash frozen’ so you will be able to pull out just the amount you need easily without them clumping together.

This was a revelation to me when I first froze them years ago to deal with an overabundance of peppers and now I make sure to grow and preserve some each year! Do you freeze peppers?



  1. Lia says

    Thanks for the tips. We received a box of peppers from a church down the street and I wasn’t sure if I could freeze them or not. pretty neat blog here too :)

  2. vicki says

    I was looking for instructions to freeze my beautiful crop of peppers this year…. From 6 plants I picked 163 peppers. I have frozen them in the past just like you have but…over time ya kinda thing its okay to double check.
    Thanks for posting instructions

  3. Shannon says

    GREAT idea. My mom used to freeze green peppers but they were always like a brick of ice when we went to use them. Have you tried freezing chopped onion the same way? I’ve bought it in the past (when I had literally 15 minutes to make dinner) and am tempted to try it again since its so much less expensive to chop your own onion. Thanks!

  4. David Stansfield says

    I cook my hot Peppers in Olive Oil and then Mix with salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder. Put in 8oz. containers and freeze. I’ve had them 4, 5 years and they are as good as the day I put them in the Freezer ! Enjoy !

  5. Corrina says

    Love this blog, and this post. I was just asking my wife today if she thought we could freeze sweet peppers. We were advised year to freeze instead of dry all peppers. The pepper farmer we spoke to told us that drying peppers, especially hot peppers, reduces the oils. So, to test it out, my wife froze all of our jolokia (ghost) peppers last summer (there were only about 15, but we live in the northwest and planted too late). They pack a huge punch, are great (in extreme moderation) in all kinds of dishes, and pickle beautifully. We don’t remember the farmer’s name, unfortunately. Her stand at the local market is just known in our family as “the pepper guy”. Thanks for the great tips on sweet peppers….and snow peas….and snap peas….maybe we’ll have enough frozen fresh veggies from our garden for the winter after all…

  6. Farmer Phyl says

    Last year I froze 50 stuffed red peppers. They were stuffed with cooked hamburger, rice, onion, herbs and chopped cranberries. The peppers had tops and cores removed, NO blanching. Since the meat filling was already cooked, 6 minutes in the microwave and we had perfect peppers. Will definitely do this again.

  7. Karl says

    I still have a lot of frozen peppers from last season. Gallon bags of jalapeños bell peppers, serono, Thai and also ghost peppers. I’m Gona have to try and dehydrate some of the hot ones before my plants start producing this year. I don’t know how this will work after being frozen whole, when they defrost there kinda mushy

    • says

      Oh, I find that I just don’t use them as much if they’re frozen whole, Karl, mainly because of the mushy issue. Hope you are able to dehydrate them!

  8. Teresa says

    Hi Jamie
    Can you use frozen red/yellow sweet peppers on pizza or are they too watery? I want to try but was afraid of messing our pizza up since we don’t like the pizza to be runny at all:)

  9. maryg says

    I cut the green and red peppers in half, and flash freeze on a pan and freeze. Then I take them out, stuff with Italian Sausage, top with tomotow sauce, mozzarella cheese, parmesan and bake! YUM!

  10. Brenda says

    Thanks for the tips on snaps and peppers. I would like to share one about squash. Squash can be frozen without becoming mushy by doing the following. Use young fresh squash. Try to freeze only if you have picked when the temps are under 90.Cut fairly thickly and then either put into pint quart containers . Add one tablespoon sugar per pint then fill with water making sure they are completely covered . Alternate, cut thickly but not to thickly. Bread as for frying then place individually on cookie sheets freeze then transfer to freezer bags[regular or seal a meal . Personally I prefer seal a meal. It prevents freezer burn and condensation] Can also be shredded and frozen. Shred coarsely rather than finely. Zucchini can be done the same way. The key is not having many if any seeds and cooler temps when picking. You can also salt bigger ones. Simply soak in salt water overnight then drain and dry and freeze. Note if you have any major seeds in the fruit don’t bother it is waterlogged and needs to be used now rather than frozen. I have used this method for years and know it works.I live in a hot and very humid environment, so if it works here, it should work for you.

  11. Adrianne says

    I have a ton of Anaheim peppers from my garden I planted to can in salsa. The problem is that my tomatoes are not ready to harvest yet! Can I freeze the peppers and use them in my canned salsa in a few weeks when the tomatoes are ready to go? Thank you!

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