These cheesy stuffed mini peppers are a sweeter, less spicy version of a jalapeno popper. A spinach and artichoke mixture is used in place of the cream cheese filling for a healthier vegetarian stuffed pepper that everyone will LOVE!
Stuffed mini peppers make the perfect bite-size healthy appetizer that everyone will go crazy for! Trust me! They are the first thing to go to at every party.
By now, you know that I am a big fan of stuffed peppers due to the easy way you can customize them, plus make them filling and healthy. My go-to stuffed pepper recipe is these taco-stuffed peppers that my family just cannot get enough of!
They are also obsessed with my healthy spinach artichoke dip, which is why I decided to combine the two and create these spinach and artichoke mini-stuffed peppers that you are going to love!
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Perfectly cheesy in all the right places!
- A Bite-size, creamy, and flavorful appetizer that everyone will love!
- A vegetarian stuffed pepper that is also filling and so delicious!
- So easy to make with only a few simple ingredients.
- Healthy and low in carbs.
Ingredients needed for stuffed mini peppers
- Mini sweet peppers – you can find these at almost any grocery store. They make the perfect bite-size vessel for the cheesy filling in this stuffed peppers recipe.
- Spinach – fresh spinach for the filling. You can also use frozen, thawed spinach with the excess water pressed out of it.
- Garlic and shallot – add incredible flavor to the filling.
- Artichoke hearts – canned or jarred, store-bought artichoke hearts. I like to use the marinated ones for extra flavor but you can use any you like.
- Olive oil – is used to cook the shallots and garlic.
- Cheese – a combination of grated parmesan cheese and soft goat cheese.
- Lemon – adds a zesty, bright flavor to the filling.
- Salt and pepper
How To Make Mini Stuffed Peppers
- Prepare the mini peppers. Slice each pepper in half, lengthwise, and scoop out the ribs and seeds.
- Make the cheesy filling. Cook the garlic and shallots over medium heat then add in the artichokes and spinach. Set that aside to cool, then combine it with the cheese, lemon, salt, and pepper.
- Fill the mini peppers. Evenly divide the spinach and artichoke filling between the peppers, making sure not to overfill them.
- Bake the mini peppers. Place the stuffed mini peppers onto a baking sheet and bake them at 375 degrees F for about 17 minutes until they are golden and the cheese is nice and melty.
- Serve. Serve hot straight out of the oven with a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese.
Tips for Success
- Use mini peppers that are wider rather than thinner. Mini peppers usually come in a bag with a bunch of peppers in it, so look over them to make sure they are all a similar size and are wider so you will have more room for the filling. I got mine at Trader Joe’s and they were perfect. You need about 12 mini peppers for this recipe.
- Make sure to use softer goat cheese. You want the goat cheese to be softer so it is easier to mix with the rest of the filling ingredients. So choose a cheese that comes in a log like Chevre, which is what I used.
- Add enough filling. Fill each mini pepper with a good amount of filling but make sure not to overfill them. You should have just enough filling for about 24 pepper halves.
Substitutions and variations
- You can use softened cream cheese in place of goat cheese.
- Kale works in place of the spinach but you would need to chop it into smaller pieces.
- Herbed Chevre goat cheese adds some great flavor to these stuffed mini-peppers.
- If you like them cheesier, you can top them with some shredded mozzarella cheese.
- If you prefer them to be spicer then add some chili paste to the filling.
Serving these mini-stuffed peppers
Mini stuffed peppers pair great with so many other recipes since they make a wonderful appetizer. Here are a few other appetizers to serve with them.
Storing and reheating
- To store: these stuffed mini peppers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- To reheat: easily reheat them in the oven at 350 degrees F or in the microwave until warmed through.
More Healthy Appetizers to try!
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