These Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers are a hit at any party, because they’re perfect finger food, and the flavor from the bacon and onion cream cheese is craveworthy.
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Mixing up the filling for these peppers is super easy so you can have extra ready for a second batch, if you find yourself running low on these tasty appetizers.
For a party, I’ll mix up extra filling and keep it in a bowl in the refrigerator so I can easily fill more peppers, if necessary. This is where the air fryer really comes in handy, because you can cook them in just 6 minutes in the air fryer, if you have one.
What You’ll Need
These mini pepper cream cheese appetizers are easy to make, with just a few simple ingredients.
Mini peppers – The peppers we use for this are mini sweet peppers, with no heat to them. You will want to remove the seeds and ribs, but that’s not due to heat, like with jalapenos. If you prefer more heat, you’ll want to use jalapenos instead – then you can vary the heat based on how many seeds and ribs you leave in.
Cream cheese – It’s best to use a full fat cream cheese. Philadelphia cream cheese is great. You can even use a variation, like garlic and herb or garden vegetable.
Cheddar cheese – Shredded cheese helps bind together the cream cheese filling so it doesn’t just pour right out of the peppers. You can use yellow or white cheddar, or Monterey Jack or Mozzarella.
Bacon – Just 2 slices is all that’s needed. Cook it to well done so it’s easy to crumble.
Green onion – You could also use chives. I don’t like to use raw white onion because the flavor is overwhelming to the filling.
Seasonings – Dried oregano, cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper
How to Make Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers
Cut the peppers in half and remove the seeds and ribs. I like to leave the green stem on the peppers, but it’s just for show. You can remove the stem if you want.
In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, crumbled bacon and green onions. Stir it all together until it’s well combined.
You can store the cream cheese mixture for up to a day before using it, in case you’re prepping ahead for something. Otherwise, go ahead and fill each pepper half with the cream cheese filling. I like to put in enough just to the top of the pepper, but don’t overfill. The excess will end up bubbling over in the oven.
Place the peppers spaced out on a baking sheet. Cook at 400°F for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned on top. At this point, the pepper is still a little bit crunchy and it holds up well when you pick up a pepper. If you want the peppers to be completely cooked through, you can continue cooking for another 4-5 minutes. But they will be hard to pick up.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should the peppers be pre-cooked before stuffing?
No, these peppers are so small that they cook along with the filling. If you pre-cook them, they will be soggy and overcooked.
Can I use bell peppers instead of mini peppers?
Yes, if you can’t find mini peppers, you can cut up a bell pepper into slices and use those as “boats” for your cream cheese filling. However, the filling won’t stay on the pepper as well, so larger slices are recommended.
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Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers make a great appetizer that are very quick to whip up.
- 8 mini peppers
- 6 ounce cream cheese
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 2 green onions, chopped
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Cut the peppers in half and remove the seeds and ribs.
In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, crumbled bacon and green onions. Stir until well combined.
Fill each pepper half with cream cheese filling.
Place the peppers spaced out on a baking sheet. Cook at 400°F for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned on top.
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