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.
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).
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.
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
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).
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
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.
- Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.