Stock your fridge with aji amarillo peppers at Lily's Mexican Market in Columbia. They're spicy. That surprised me. I grabbed them on a whim, and I ate the first one out of the jar because it looked like a sweet yellow pepper. Shocking heat! Since then, I have used them more to zest up a meal.
Added them to greens and to pasta sauces. Sprinkled diced pepper over a salad. Cut them up for tacos. They're less spicy than jalepenos, but the real value is that that they're sort of preserved in a salty brine. Not pickled, but they have lasted weeks, and the clean, bright flavor is a great alternative to the smokey chipotle peppers that I also stock up at Lily's.
Aji amarillos are apparently a Peruvian staple. Great if you wanted to learn traditional dishes, but I recommend them to anyone because they could zip up your own food. They were a key part of the best crab cakes that I have ever cooked. You could add the peppers to almost anything -- omelets, sandwiches, hummus -- for something different and hot.
Lily's is one of the great food outlets in Howard County. Go for some takeout tacos, and you're guaranteed a good trip. Then check out the shelves for things to buy -- the fresh made tortillas, the cactus for tacos, the different peppers, the sauces, and on. Click here for all the posts about Lily's Mexican Market.