Stuffed Mini Peppers

Serve these stuffed mini peppers as a crowd-pleasing party appetizer, or pair them with smoky chipotle pinto beans and enjoy them for dinner!

Stuffed Mini Peppers

These stuffed mini peppers are the perfect summer party appetizer! They’re bursting with bright, zesty flavor, they’re easy to make, and they’re just so darn cute. I already have an affinity for miniature things, so when miniature vegetables come into the picture, I’m automatically on board.

I always love making stuffed red bell peppers and stuffed poblanos in the summertime, so when I saw these Organic Mini Sweet Peppers at ALDI, I immediately knew that I wanted to make a stuffed mini peppers recipe. They take everything I love about regular stuffed peppers and shrink it into a miniature, shareable size. We’ve been making this recipe for guests all summer long, and I’m happy to report that these little guys are fun to cook and even more fun to eat!

Recipe ingredients

Stuffed Mini Peppers Ingredients

Unlike traditional stuffed peppers filled with ground beef, melted cheese, or even cream cheese, these stuffed mini peppers are super light and fresh. To make them, I slice mini sweet peppers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and ribbing. Then, I thread the pepper halves onto skewers and cook them on the grill until they’re nicely charred. Cooking them this way makes them extra sweet and juicy. It’s hard to resist eating them all before you add the filling!

But if you can hold off, it’s worth the wait. These components combine to make a simple, zesty filling that takes the grilled peppers to a whole new level:

  • Cilantro Lime Rice – Just like Chipotle’s, but so much better! It’s a bright, flavorful mix of your favorite rice (white, brown, and cauliflower rice all work great), cilantro, scallions, and lime juice and zest. Add diced jalapeño or a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little heat!
  • Pineapple Salsa – It adds the perfect sweet and spicy finish to these stuffed mini peppers! Mango salsa or pico de gallo would be delicious here too.

Top each pepper with a spoonful of rice and a scoop of the salsa, and enjoy!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Mini sweet peppers on skewers Mini Sweet Peppers on a grill

Stuffed Mini Peppers Serving Suggestions

On their own, these stuffed mini peppers make a fantastic bite-sized appetizer! If we’re having friends over, I often serve them with margaritas, chips, guacamole, and my go-to tomatillo salsa.

But sometimes, I start craving this recipe when we’re not entertaining. Then, I serve the peppers as a full meal. To make them heartier, I pair them with my 2-ingredient chipotle pinto beans, which I’ve included in the recipe below. The smoky, spicy flavor of the beans balances perfectly with the sweetness of the peppers and the pineapple salsa. In fact, I love this pairing so much that I also use it in my vegan burrito bowl recipe!

So often, putting together a menu for entertaining can get pricey, but everything here came from ALDI and was insanely affordable. Plus, I was able to pick it up quickly and get back to grilling! These ingredients are pretty diet-restriction-friendly, too, 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!

Stuffed Mini Peppers with chipotle beans

More Favorite Grilling Recipes

If you love these stuffed mini peppers, try one of these grilling recipes next:

Then, check out this post for more delicious appetizer ideas!

5.0 from 2 reviews

Stuffed Mini Peppers

 
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Filled with cilantro lime rice and pineapple salsa, these stuffed mini peppers can serve as a full meal or a fun party appetizer.
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Recipe type: Main dish, appetizer
Serves: 4
Ingredients
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
  • Cilantro Lime Rice
  • Pineapple Salsa
Instructions
  1. Make the beans: In a small bowl, mix the pinto beans with the chipotle peppers. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

    I came to this through Bree Hester, and the layout, pictures and recipes are excellent. I even checked my library for the new cookbook and they have it, which is how I can check and see if it’s one I want to buy. But a big turn off are the Target ads in the middle of the recipe. I don’t mind ads at all, but the cooking sites I stick with don’t have ads where you’re putting them.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.22.2019

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

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