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Roasting and Freezing Chili Peppers

July 18, 2019 (Last Updated: June 27, 2020)

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Roasting and Freezing Chili Peppers – How to roast and preserve peppers to last year round. Step by step directions on how to roast chili peppers on a gas grill and how to freeze roasted peppers. 

Fresh jalapenos, anaheims and poblano peppers in a white bowl.

Harvest season is a busy time of year for us. Everything seems to ripen at the same time.

We are busily trying to get everything picked, cleaned, canned, dried or frozen.  This week I picked the last of our peppers; jalapenos, anaheims and poblanos.  Since we can’t possibly eat all of these peppers fresh, I roast and freeze them to last throughout the year.

Anaheim peppers, jalapeno peppers and poblana peppers in a pile.

Why roast chili peppers?

Roasting peppers brings out an amazing flavor of the pepper.  It also makes it easy to remove the outer layer or skin of the pepper so you are just left with the meaty part of the pepper.

If you’ve ever been to a farmer’s market in the southwest you may have seen and smelled roasting peppers.  New Mexico is famous for their Hatch green chilies.  They are roasted in a huge caged drum over a hot fire.  The drum rotates slowly so that all the peppers are evenly roasted.

The smell of these chilies roasting is amazing.  Since I don’t have such a contraption, I’ve had to improvise.  I use my gas grill, but I can achieve delicious results.

A BBQ grill filled with chili peppers.

What type of peppers can I roast and freeze?

You can roast just about any type of pepper. Make certain the pepper isn’t too small or there may not be enough meat on the pepper.

Some of my favorites include:

  • Jalapenos
  • Pablanos
  • Anaheim peppers
  • Sweet bell peppers

Jalapeno peppers on a gas grill.

How do I roast chili peppers on a gas grill?

  • Turn all burners to high
  • Allow grates to heat up for at least 5 minutes
  • Place chilies on grate
  • Turn every 3-5 minutes
  • Continue rotating until peppers are charred on all sides

How do I use roasted peppers right away?

To use fresh, roast the chilies.  When they are done, place them directly into a paper bag (lunch bag size) and fold bag closed.  

Roasted jalapeno pepper being placed into a paper bag.

Leave peppers in bag for about 10 minutes.  This allows the chilies to sweat which makes the skins easier to remove.

A paper bag on a white board with a a pair of tongs next to the bag.

To remove skins place a roasted pepper on a cutting board, cut off the top and slice the pepper open lengthwise.  Scrape off all the seeds.  Then peel off the skins with your fingers or a small knife.  It’s okay to leave a bit of skin on the pepper.

How do I freeze roasted chili peppers?

To freeze, leave peppers whole and freeze on a lined baking sheet.

A tray full of roasted chili peppers.

Place the entire tray in a freezer for at least 1 hour until frozen solid. 

Frozen chili peppers in a pile on a white board.

 Then move the peppers to a freezer bag.  

Roasted peppers in a freezer safe bag.

How do I use frozen peppers?

When you need a pepper, just take the amount you need out of the freezer and run each pepper under warm water.

A roasted anaheim pepper held under running water in the sink.

The skin  just slips away and you’re left with just the meat of the pepper. Pull off the top of your pepper and slice the pepper open (often you can do this with your fingers and you don’t need a knife.)  Continue rinsing until the seeds are removed.

Anaheim pepper with roasted skin peeling off pepper.

What recipes include roasted peppers?

Some of my favorite recipes include Tortilla Pinwheels, Enchilada Bake, Green Chili Sauce and White Chicken Chili.

roasted anaheim peppers on a baking sheet.

Additional recipes preserving food –


Roasted anaheim pepper without skin or seeds.

Don’t forget to PIN for later! Poblano peppers on a grill.

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An assortment of peppers from the garden. Learn how to roast and freeze chili peppers.

Roasting and Freezing Peppers

Tips on roasting and freezing fresh chili peppers
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Freeze Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Vegetable
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 1 batch
Calories 16 kcal


  • 5-10 whole Chili Peppers (you can use any amount of peppers you have on hand.)


  • Place whole peppers on a hot gas grill over high heat.
  • Rotate peppers every couple of minutes so you achieve a char, but not a burn. You want to achieve a char on all sides.
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place baking sheet directly in the freezer for 1-2 hours until peppers are frozen,
  • Remove frozen peppers from baking sheet and place in a freezer bag.
  • To use, remove desired amount of peppers from freezer.
  • Place under warm running water. The skins will slip right off and the seeds will rinse out.
  • Cut off the top and use the meaty part of the pepper.


You can use any kinds of chili pepper. Roast the amount you have on hand.


Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 16kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1325IUVitamin C: 1.6mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword freezing anaheim peppers, freezing chili peppers, how to freeze peppers, what to do with extra chili peppers
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Update Notes: This post was originally published in September 2015. The post and pictures have been updated.



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  • Reply
    October 26, 2020 at 6:43 am

    Don’t forget to wear gloves! I processed a bushel of roasted medium hatch green chilies yesterday and my hands literally burned for hours afterward. I won’t make that mistake again!

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      October 26, 2020 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks for the tip! Some peppers are hotter than others and some people are more susceptible to the heat. Gloves are a good idea!

  • Reply
    Michelle Severe
    October 4, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    I pull the skins when cool enough to handle, clean the seeds out scraping with a knife, then chop them up & freeze on a lined cookie sheet using an ice cream scoop! Throw in a gallon zip lock bag, perfect portions or freeze spread out, then use what you need!

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      October 4, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      Great idea! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    July 22, 2019 at 8:56 am

    5 stars
    So many great tips! Love roasted peppers and love the idea of freezing some to have all year long ๐Ÿ™‚ !

    • Reply
      July 26, 2019 at 5:20 pm

      There’s nothing better in the middle of winter than finding a bit of summer in your freezer!

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