Cheesy Bacon Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

How to make baked mini stuffed sweet peppers filled with cheese and bacon then topped with breadcrumbs. Jump to the Cheesy Bacon Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers or read on to see our tips for making them.

Cheesy Bacon Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

These mini stuffed peppers are a true crowd-pleaser. They are a spin-off from our bacon wrapped jalapeño peppers recipe. If you love spice, jalapeño peppers are the way to go. Spicy food isn’t for everyone, which is why these tame, but incredibly delicious poppers do the trick.

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How to Make Oven Baked Stuffed Sweet Peppers with Bacon and Cheese

These stuffed peppers are very simple to make. Mini sweet peppers are becoming more popular in the grocery stores, if you cannot find them, use jalapeño peppers with all the seeds and membrane removed. Or, if you can find them, longer mild Anaheim peppers, which are less spicy (they are light green).

How to Make Oven Baked Stuffed Sweet Peppers with Bacon and Cheese

The filling is made with cooked bacon, onion, cream cheese, goat cheese and spices. We love the combination of cream cheese and goat cheese, but substituting the goat cheese for feta cheese would also be delicious.

Mini Sweet Peppers

Once the peppers are filled, we top them with breadcrumbs and bake until the peppers have softened and the breadcrumbs are golden brown.

Recipe updated, originally posted March 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Cheesy Bacon Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

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These oven-baked stuffed peppers are very simple to make. Mini sweet peppers are becoming more popular in the grocery stores, if you cannot find them, use jalapeño peppers with all the seeds and membrane removed. Or, if you can find them, longer mild Anaheim peppers, which are less spicy (they are light green).

Makes 24 mini pepper halves (poppers)

You Will Need

12 mini sweet peppers

3 slices bacon

1/2 cup diced onion

1 garlic clove, minced

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

4 ounces goat cheese, at room temperature

1 scallion, chopped

Juice of half a lemon

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

3 tablespoons butter, melted

3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/4 cup loosely packed fresh parsley, chopped

Directions

    Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

    Slice each pepper in half lengthwise then scoop out any seeds and membrane to make space for your filling.

    Cut the bacon crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick strips and add to a pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until crisp. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel to drain.

    Add the onions to the pan used to cook the bacon. If the pan seems dry, add a splash of olive oil. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds. Remove from the heat.

    Add the cream cheese, goat cheese, bacon, onion, garlic, scallions, the lemon juice, red pepper flakes, dry oregano, and the salt to a medium bowl. Mix until well blended.

    In another bowl, combine breadcrumbs and parsley with the melted butter.

    Spoon the cheese mixture into each pepper half then place the pepper, filling side down, into the buttery breadcrumbs.

    Arrange pepper halves, filling side up on the baking sheet. Bake the peppers until they have softened and the breadcrumbs are golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Gluten-free breadcrumbs: Try ground gluten-free hard pretzels, brown rice cereal, or gluten-free Chex cereal in place of the breadcrumbs.

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AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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37 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Hannah February 15, 2016, 7:08 am

    Sounds so good. I use petite orange and yellow capsicums. Have done a slight variation on the recipe with incorporating a different mix of herbs and no chilli. (fussy eaters) I have also just stuffed the petite Capsicum and left whole. Am freezing to bake for a girls night a week from now. Am sure they will be awesome. So easy!

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  • Nichole December 10, 2015, 6:20 am

    I made this according to the recipe and other than the lemon I thought it was good. Everyone that had it felt their was to much lemon. It caked for juice and zest of 1 lemon. I don’t have a way of squeezing except by hand, so there was potential for even more juice from the lemon….and I didn’t zest it. Yet it was still way to much lemon. Just throwing it out there for anyone not expecting it to have that much.

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  • Peggy February 9, 2015, 6:54 pm

    I am having a Valentine’s cocktail party this Sat. I plan to make the Sweet Pepper Poppers by Adam. How far in advance can I make these and could I freeze them and cook later?

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    • Adam March 2, 2015, 3:03 pm

      You can definitely freeze these in advance and then partially thaw (for a few hours or overnight) and bake.

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  • Yoglabs Head Chef January 31, 2015, 6:12 pm

    Easy to prepare, wonderful to munch! Thank you so much!

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  • Tom August 29, 2014, 10:26 am

    I grew some sweet yellow peppers this season and didn’t know what to do with them. Can’t wait to try this out.

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  • carly November 14, 2013, 1:34 pm

    I love this recipe! I have made it several times for company and once for dinner because I was craving them!! Do you think it would change the outcome if I prepped them the night before and then threw them in the oven the next day? They are easy to make but I’d like to try doing it ahead of time. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. 5 stars

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    • Joanne November 18, 2013, 11:17 am

      Not at all, that is a great idea! You could even freeze them and bake another day.

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  • Heathersmist September 20, 2013, 9:45 pm

    Absolutely adore this recipe! I am part of a close neighborhood, and I shared the poppers when first made, then the recipe due to everyone asking for it!
    Very tasty! I used turkey bacon for the only change because I do not eat pork or red meat for that matter and a little extra red pepper flakes for an extra kick.
    The topping I will use again and again on other items, and this recipe is a mainstay in my arsenal for entertaining. Thank you!

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    • Joanne September 22, 2013, 10:26 am

      Nice! We love these poppers so much.

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  • Sarah July 15, 2013, 11:59 am

    A big hit! I substituted feta for the goat cheese as I did not have enough of the latter on hand, and it was very tasty. Especially for a group of adults, the (salty) flavor of the feta added an extra boost to everything. This crowd likes a kick, so I used ~ 1/2T of red pepper. Our peppers from the garden were not so mini, so the recipe made about six whole, 12 halves, just perfect. Thanks! (And it’s the summer of 2013 — this 2011 recipe definitely lives on!)

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  • Angela April 25, 2013, 3:59 pm

    Making these tonight 🙂 Your picture certainly won me over the rest.. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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  • Alima February 3, 2013, 9:22 pm

    Just made these for the superbowl. They were AMAZING! Probably the best appetizer I’ve ever made!

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    • Joanne February 4, 2013, 9:41 am

      Woo hoo!

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  • Jen August 29, 2012, 8:54 pm

    Found these on Pinterest – didn’t have all the ingredients, but they still turned out AMAZING! I’m so glad I can make my own poppers now!

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    • Adam August 30, 2012, 11:46 am

      Hi Jen — so happy you enjoyed them!

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  • Kim August 28, 2012, 8:15 am

    Made these last night & they were awesome! Used the cheese I had which was cream cheese, shredded mozzerella, & shredded cheddar & it was really good. Also didn’t have breadcrumbs so I used some zatatans fish fry breaking that I had… Gave it a little kick! Delicious!

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    • Adam August 30, 2012, 11:46 am

      Hi Kim — Love your use of the fish fry!

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  • Tams August 4, 2012, 1:51 am

    These are so delightful! I was in a hurry so I skipped the breadcrumbs and they are still good.

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  • Diana July 31, 2012, 9:26 am

    These sound delicious! I have made these before, but I have my own version- brown sausage and drain, mix with 1 brick of cream cheese (or just a little less), stuff the mix into the peppers with the top cut off (and seeded of course!), then wrap each pepper with a third or half slice of turkey bacon. I sprinkle a little bit of finely shredded cheddar before popping into the oven and they are delicious! I have to say, I DO love the sound of a buttery breadcrumb topping though!

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  • Lindsey August 16, 2011, 10:11 pm

    I made these for a family dinner last night and they were a hit!! Costco didn’t have any mini peppers (they were my favorite!!), but they did have new “baby” bell peppers… worked perfect!! So delish and easy to make!! I love your blog!! Keep the beautiful pictures and recipes coming!! 🙂

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    • Joanne August 17, 2011, 10:07 am

      Lindsey, we are so glad you liked them!!

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  • Miri Leigh March 12, 2011, 9:27 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing. These peppers are beautiful and look SO tasty!

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  • Ashley @perfectleypeared March 10, 2011, 1:43 pm

    These look so great! And, they can be super inexpensive! You can get a whole bundle of these peppers at the 99 cent store!! They are actually great quality too. 🙂

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    • inspiredtaste March 14, 2011, 9:12 am

      Hi Ashley, you are right, this did not rack up a huge grocery bill for us at all, not to mention each pepper you buy, turns into 2 poppers! Thanks for commenting!

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    • Tara February 12, 2013, 9:03 pm

      haha, thats exactly where i got my beautiful peppers. if it werent for them i wouldnt have found this post. i bought them and wanted to find a recipe! great find and they taste incredible.

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  • julia March 10, 2011, 10:48 am

    These look super good, and easy. Love it!!! I just bought a bag of mini peppers at Costco and was trying to figure out what to do w/ them, score, thanks!

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  • Suzanne March 10, 2011, 2:12 am

    Gorgeous photos, and love the recipe. I made some jalapeño poppers with panko bread crumbs and they turned out so crispy we loved them. these would be great for the people who can’t take the heat.

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    • inspiredtaste March 10, 2011, 8:11 am

      Thanks, Suzanne! These went down well with our family. A few of us love heat, others stumble on black pepper – these are tasty enough to keep everyone happy.

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