Spicy Sweet Pepper Poppers


These poppers work perfectly as an appetizer or adapted as a main meal by using regular bell peppers. The spicy sausage mixture compliments the sweetness of the peppers and pairs well with a glass of chilled milk.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
30 poppers


  • 15 miniature multi-colored sweet peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds removed

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ red onion, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 pound ground mild Italian sausage

  • 5 button mushrooms, diced

  • ½ cup tomato paste

  • ½ cup tomato sauce

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • teaspoon dried thyme


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute. Add Italian sausage and mushrooms; cook until meat is browned, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain.

  3. Place drained sausage mixture in a large mixing bowl along with tomato paste, tomato sauce, crushed red peppers, oregano, rosemary, black pepper, and thyme. Mix until well combined.

  4. Fill each pepper half with mixture and place on prepared baking sheet.

  5. Bake in preheated oven until cooked through, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Pair with a glass of chilled, organic whole milk.

For a main meal, the meat mixture will fill 4 regular sized peppers. Additionally, the meat mixture freezes well.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

110 Calories
8g Fat
6g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 110
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 364mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 3mg 17%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 212mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.