Mini Stuffed Peppers with Pineapple Salsa

I love all things mini, so of course I can't resist these delicious mini stuffed peppers with sweet/spicy pineapple salsa & smoky chipotle beans. So cute!

Mini Stuffed Peppers with Pineapple Salsa

This summer, more than any other, we’ve really taken advantage of cooking outside on the grill. It’s warm, it’s breezy, and charred food is always delicious. With pretty much every vegetable I’ve come across in the past few months, I’ve thought “how can I grill that?”

Mini Stuffed Peppers with Pineapple Salsa

Consequently, when I saw these multicolored Organic Mini Peppers at ALDI, I immediately knew that I’d skewer and grill them! I always love making stuffed red bell peppers in the summertime, but how cute are these mini stuffed peppers?? I already have an affinity for miniature things, so these little guys were fun to cook and, of course, even more fun to eat.

Before tossing these little guys into the fire, I recommend making the tasty fresh pineapple salsa. In summer, I love to use fresh fruits to balance out my meals with a little sweetness. I was blown away by the options ALDI offered, but this pineapple was the perfect choice for a sweet & spicy salsa. It also makes extra, because having fresh salsa in the fridge is what summer is all about (right?).

Mini Stuffed Peppers with Pineapple Salsa Mini Stuffed Peppers with Pineapple Salsa

The peppers are grilled, stuffed with cilantro-lime rice, and served with chipotle pinto beans on the side. The beans, by the way, couldn’t be simpler – just mix pinto beans with smoky chopped chipotle peppers.

I highly recommend that you serve these components together as a complete meal because they complement each other perfectly. The spicy/smoky pinto beans play so well with the cool cilantro rice-stuffed peppers and the sweet pineapple salsa. Just add margaritas!

Mini Stuffed Peppers with Pineapple Salsa

So often, putting together a menu for entertaining can get pricey, but everything here – including the beautiful, fresh organic produce – came from ALDI and was insanely affordable. Plus, I was able to pick up everything super quickly and get back to grilling. Everything here is pretty diet-restriction-friendly, so you won’t have to worry if one friend is gluten-free and the other is vegan.

I’ve been continually impressed by the produce and affordable groceries at ALDI, so let me know if you give it a try and what you think!

And if you need ideas for what to do with your leftover pineapple salsa, make these vegan nachos or these burrito bowls! And a fun variation on the rice would be – cauliflower rice!

5.0 from 2 reviews

Mini Stuffed Peppers with Pineapple Salsa

 
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Serve these components together as a full meal, or prepare the peppers on their own for a fun summer appetizer!
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Recipe type: Main dish, appetizer
Serves: 4
Ingredients
Pineapple salsa: (makes extra)
  • 2 cups diced fresh pineapple
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ½ jalapeno, diced
  • Juice and zest of lime
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon Stonemill Sea Salt
Cilantro lime rice:
  • ½ tablespoon SimplyNature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • ¼ teaspoon Stonemill Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Specially Selected Jasmine Rice
  • heaping ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • freshly ground Stonemill Black Pepper
Chipotle pinto beans:
  • 1 can SimplyNature Organic Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 to 2 chipotle peppers from a can of Pueblo Lindo Chipotle Peppers, diced*
Peppers:
  • 1 pound organic mini sweet peppers, sliced in half, seeds and ribbing removed
  • SimplyNature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
  • Stonemill Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. Make the pineapple salsa: In a medium bowl, combine the pineapple, red onion, jalapeño, lime juice and zest, cilantro, garlic, and sea salt. Season to taste and chill until ready to use.
  2. Make the cilantro lime rice: Cook the rice according to package directions. In a medium bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, green onions, lime juice and zest, salt, and pepper to taste. Fold in 2 cups of the cooked rice and the cilantro. Season to taste and set aside.
  3. Make the beans: In a small bowl, combine the pinto beans with the chipotle peppers. Set aside.
  4. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Thread the peppers onto metal skewers, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with pinches of salt and pepper. Grill 2 minutes per side or until charred and tender but not collapsed.
  5. Remove the peppers from the skewers and fill each pepper with rice and top with pineapple salsa. Serve with the pinto beans and extra pineapple salsa on the side.
Notes
*use 1 pepper for a mild flavor, 2 peppers for spicier beans.

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  1. Norma
    06.21.2018

    I added a little queso fresco to the peppers. Nice and tasty for the summer.

  2. Sabrina from newkitchenlife.com
    06.21.2018

    great summer grill recipe, love it, love all of these others too like the spicey green soup, thank you

  3. I just bought a big bag of mini peppers and this is the perfect way to get my salsa fix without buying a bag of tortilla chips! Delicious. Thanks for the great recipe, as always!!

  4. Lori
    06.23.2018

    Friend doing Whole 30 – think I could use cauliflower rice? It looks delicious!

  5. Kelley Jo
    06.25.2018

    I had a party this weekend and I made the salsa, sans the cilantro (cuz I’m not crazy about it). . .this was a total hit! I didn’t make the rice, but did char 3 skewers of the peppers on the grill. Delish!!!

  6. Great Information,it has lot for stuff which is informative.I will share the post with my friends.

  7. Karen Scott
    07.19.2019

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    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.22.2019

      Hi Karen, thanks for your feedback, I hope you enjoy the recipes.

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