We love Potbelly’s Hot Peppers!!! This fan page has the best info for Potbelly Hot Peppers fans to share the love. And if you live where there’s no Potbelly Sandwich Shop,
like we are here in Orange County, California there’s one location in Irvine, California, the entire state… if only Potbelly would open an online store for Potbelly Hot Peppers!
What exactly is in Potbelly Hot Peppers mix? Potbelly Hot Peppers are their in-house version of Chicago-style Giardiniera. Wikipedia’s entry for Giardiniera:
Chicago giardiniera is commonly made “hot” with sport peppers or “mild” without, along with a combination of assorted vegetables, including bell peppers, olives, celery, pimentos, carrots, cauliflower, serano peppers and gherkins, and sometimes crushed red pepper flakes, all marinated in vegetable oil, olive oil, soybean oil, or any combination of the three.
Buy Potbelly Hot Peppers via Amazon – [note: premium price]
Potbelly’s Giardiniera Is the Most Underrated Condiment of All Time (Bon Appetit, June 2017) – <<They’re called “hot peppers” though, and they need to be on everything you eat. Everything.>>
But the truth is, the best giardiniera I’ve ever tasted—the one I buy four jars at a time—comes from Potbelly Sandwich Shop, the airport-and-food-court stalwart…
Potbelly’s hot peppers (The Record, August, 2013) by Elisa Ung – “… the chain’s standout hot peppers. They’re really more like a jardinière — a mixture of serranos, jalapeños and red bell peppers packed in oil with carrots, celery, cauliflower and green olives. The sharp, fiery-tangy flavor jazzes up more than just sandwiches — I have a jar in my fridge and like to spoon the oil over eggs.”
Taste Test: The Best Hot Giardiniera @ (SeriousEats.com, Nov 2013) by Nick Kindelsperger – Potbelly Hot Peppers ranked #3 out of 16 Chicago-style Giardiniera
My love & hate relationship with Potbelly’s hot peppers @ rebeccageller (November 2010)
Potbelly Secret Menu / Underground Menu @ Thrillist
It’s just a Potbelly’s Wreck (ham, turkey, roast beef, and salami) COMBINED WITH AN ITALIAN (salami, pepperoni, capicola, and mortadella) with Provolone and nearly every topping on the menu.
It’s just like a Wreck (ham, turkey, roast beef, and salami), but with meatballs. And Swiss cheese. And mayo. And lettuce. And tomato.
A little meatball here, a little cheddar there, a little chili also here, a little hot pepper also there… then throw in the name of our favorite villain from The Running Man, and boom, you’ve got the Fireball.
Meatballs, cheddar, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, and pickles, served on a bun that is decidedly ketchup-free. How very Chicago of it.
They’ll take an Italian and then add meatballs, mushrooms, marinara, Provolone, hot peppers, and mafia ties.
Black and Bleu
Not just our FAVE Backstreet Boys album; this sandwich has roast beef, bleu cheese (?!), lettuce, and tomato.
Chicken Cordon Bleu
With grilled chicken, ham, and Swiss, it’s a sandwich so good they named Le Cordon Bleu school after it (right?).
If all you think about when reading Animal Farm is eating all the animals, the Barnyard is for you (a Wreck plus Nueske’s bacon, meatballs, mayo, lettuce, and tomato).
Long live the King, which’s packed with peanut butter, Nueske’s bacon, and bananas… much like Elvis’ stomach.
Turkey. Ham. Bacon. Prov. Ranch. Yes. Please.
Toasty Turkey BLT
Like a regular BLT but… with toasty turkey.
* Caveat: some locations may not know how to make these specials cf. midtownlunch.com/downtown-nyc/2011/10/10/trying-to-order-from-potbellys-underground-menu-did-not-end-well/
photo credit: Mr.TinDC