Southwestern Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

by Rachel Gurk on May 2, 2013 · 18 comments

in Appetizers/Snacks, Sides & Vegetables, Vegetarian

Southwestern Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers |

These little buggers are one of my latest favorites. They are so good and so addicting. Little tiny (and might I add, adorable) sweet peppers stuffed with spiced-up gooey cream cheese and topped with crunchy panko breadcrumbs? I mean, really–what could go wrong in this scenario?

Did I add that they are unbelievably easy to make? Granted, prepping the peppers and stuffing them is slightly on the time-consuming side, but let me tell you–they are worth it!

And soooo adorable! These stuffed mini sweet peppers would make the perfect appetizer for a Cinco de Mayo party, or any other party for that matter.

Or for a midnight snack. Or a morning snack.


Southwestern Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

These stuffed mini peppers have a perfect touch of the southwest. Spicy, creamy, crunchy and so tasty! What more could you want?


  • 1/2 pound of sweet mini peppers
  • 8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar (I used white cheddar)
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cup peppers in half, leaving stems on. Remove seeds and ribs.
  3. In a bowl, mix together cream cheese, cheddar cheese and taco seasoning with a fork. Fill each pepper half with this mixture, so it is level with the edges (not heaping). Place pepper half on a large rimmed sheet pan and continue until all peppers are stuffed.
  4. In a small bowl, pour melted butter over panko crumbs and mix to combine. Top each stuffed pepper half with these bread crumbs, lightly patting down to adhere. Return to sheet pan.
  5. Bake peppers for 15 minutes, turn oven off and turn broiler on. Broil for 2-3 minutes or until breadcrumbs are browned. Watch carefully! Cool slightly before serving.


Verdict: Better than potato chips. Wait, did I just say that? No really, these things are so stinkin’ tasty.
Husband’s take: Loved them! So did my mother-in-law and everyone that tried them.
Changes I would make: Make more next time.
Difficulty: Slightly time consuming, but easy!


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tracey May 2, 2013 at 8:26 am

These really are the cutest, I love them! The peppers are so fun and colorful, I need to find minis!


2 Cassie | Bake Your Day May 2, 2013 at 8:52 am

I could probably eat the whole pan of these!!


3 Ali | Gimme Some Oven May 2, 2013 at 8:55 am

Fun!!! I love that you used the mini sweet peppers for these. So colorful! :)


4 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen May 2, 2013 at 10:00 am

We love these little sweet peppers and the filling sounds wonderful!


5 Bev @ Bev Cooks May 2, 2013 at 10:01 am

Oh my gosh! I buy big bags of sweet peppers and also wonder, “what else could I do with these.”

So, thank you.

I’ll take 354534645.


6 Meagan @ A Zesty Bite May 2, 2013 at 10:13 am

Ahh the taco seasoning is in full swing this week. Love this recipe.


7 Ashley May 2, 2013 at 10:30 am

I was just thinking that I needed an app for this Sunday that was more creative than chips and salsa – thanks for solving my problem!! :)


8 Carla @ Carlas Confections May 2, 2013 at 10:49 am

I love the addition of the taco seasoning! They look great :)


9 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen May 2, 2013 at 11:04 am

There is no way I can NOT make these. Loooooooooooove!!


10 Sarah @ The Chef Next Door May 2, 2013 at 11:41 am

YUM! These look amazing. Definitely make some for Cinco de Mayo! :)


11 dixya| Food, Pleasure, and Health May 2, 2013 at 11:55 am

these are MUST to every party


12 Bree {Skinny Mommy} May 2, 2013 at 1:27 pm

What a great idea-yum, yum, yum!


13 Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) May 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Ohh like jalapeno poppers but sweet! AWESOME! :)


14 claire @ the realistic nutritionist May 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Wow these look fantastic!! What a fabulous spring app!


15 Kathryn May 3, 2013 at 8:18 am

Love how dinky these are!


16 Nutmeg Nanny May 6, 2013 at 11:39 pm

I see bags of those mini sweet peppers in the store and always wonder what they could be used for…besides just cutting up. I love your idea of stuffing them like a mushroom. So tasty! I bet they would be good with a little chorizo thrown into that mix too…yum!


17 mom May 16, 2013 at 11:13 am

I wonder if you could put the cream cheese filling in a sandwich bag and pipe it into the peppers…


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