Pizza Pepper Poppers

These bite-size stuffed peppers are perfect for watching the big game or a quick snack for the kids after school. Ready in just 30 minutes, you can quickly put these together and have them ready for kick-off while you're preparing your drinks or other appetizers. Filled with cheese and pepperoni, these mini peppers become the perfect gluten-free appetizer.

Pizza Pepper Poppers
Photo: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christina Daley
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 serves


  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened

  • 3 ounces pepperoni, finely chopped (about 2/3 cup)

  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, divided

  • 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 12 multicolored baby bell peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds removed


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, stir together cream cheese, pepperoni, mozzarella, 1 tablespoon basil and salt. Fill each of the bell pepper halves with about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture.

  3. Arrange peppers on prepared baking sheet and bake until cheese is beginning to bubble and brown, 18-20 minutes. Garnish with remaining basil. Let cool slightly before serving.

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