Pimento Substitutes

Pimento Substitutes

This article provides an overview of pimento, what it tastes like, its availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make for great pimento substitutes.

What is Pimento?

Pimento is a variety of chili pepper that is red, sweet, and heart-shaped. They are commonly stuffed into olives and are a key ingredient in the appetizer pimento cheese. ‘Pimiento’ is the Spanish word for ‘pepper,’ which is where the name ‘pimento’ originated.

What does Pimento taste like?

Pimento has a succulent, mild, and sweet taste and is more aromatic than regular bell peppers. Pimentos do not have much heat to them and are often an ingredient in paprika. Pimentos are popular in Spanish, Mexican, and American cuisines.

Is Pimento readily available in Supermarkets?

Pimentos should be available in major supermarkets, often found in jars with the olives and pickles or as their fresh version. As they are not as common as other chili peppers, you may struggle to find them in smaller local stores and markets.

What are some alternative names for Pimento?

Pimentos are often referred to as cherry peppers and may also be spelled as pimiento.

What is a good substitute for Pimento in recipes?

Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for pimentos. These include:

  • The best substitute for pimentos is bell peppers as they are much more readily available and have a similar taste and texture
  • In fact, any sweet red pepper would work, including:
    • Piquillo Pepper
    • Como di toro Pepper
    • Italian Sweet Pepper