Bring The Heat—A Rocoto Relleno Recipe

Can you tame the wild rocoto? Would you really want to? If you’re a spicy food lover, the answer to both questions would be a resounding “yes!”

This article on, describes an experience with the heat-packing pepper. Without giving away the plot, the wicked rocoto pepper catches the author off-guard. But over time, the author figures out how to harness the extreme heat of the rocoto, and make a delicious version of a Peruvian classic dish, rocoto rellenos.

How hot, exactly is the rocoto pepper? Well it has a Scoville heat units (SHU) of 30,000-100,000. For the sake of comparison, a jalepeno pepper weighs in at 2,500-5,000 SHUs.

But you don’t have to fear the heat. The article also includes a recipe for rocoto rellenos from the cookbook of one of Arequipa’s best-known chefs, Blanca Chavez. The recipe also includes the traditional rocoto rellenos companion dish, potato gratin, a layered, cheesy potato dish.

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