Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers

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Cream cheese stuffed peppers make the perfect appetizer or even quick meal. Mini peppers stuffed with a cream cheese and bacon mixture come together to make a dish everyone will enjoy.  

We love serving these stuffed peppers along with bacon wrapped water chestnuts and vegetable pinwheels for a full appetizer table. 

Stuffed mini peppers on a plate


 

These stuffed mini peppers are sure to be a hit with family and friends. They have a stuffing similar to crack dip with bacon, ranch and cheese. 

Why you will love these Sweet Peppers Stuffed with Cream Cheese

Quick – They can be made in about 20 minutes. 

Tasty – This combination of flavors is always a winner. 

Great appetizer – I love serving this appetizer at the holidays, football games, potlucks and more. 

Cream Cheese Peppers ingredients

  • Mini bell peppers – These can typically be found in a bag in the produce section close to the bell peppers.
  • Cream cheese – Be sure to let the cream cheese soften before mixing.
  • Bacon – Cook bacon slices and crumble or use bacon bits. 
  • Ranch seasoning – Use prepackaged or homemade seasoning. 
  • Shredded cheese – Use you favorite like shredded cheddar or colby jack. 
  • Green onion – Dice green onion or substitute with chives. 

Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers Recipe Variations

Mini peppers can be stuffed with a variety of ingredients. Here are a few of our other favorite combinations.

Italian – Replace bacon with cooked, crumbled Italian sausage and mozzarella cheese. Replace ranch with 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning. Dip in your favorite marinara sauce.

Mexican – Use shredded chicken or ground beef, cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese and taco seasoning.

Greek – Use ground turkey, cream cheese, Greek seasoning blend and goat cheese. 

How to make Cream Cheese Sweet Peppers

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  1. Prepare: Clean and slice the peppers in half. Remove the seeds and set pepper halves aside.  
  2. Mix: Using a mixer, beat cream cheese until softened. Mix in ranch seasoning to combine. Mix in bacon pieces, onions, and shredded cheese. 
  3. Stuff: Stuff each pepper half with cream cheese mixture. Top with extra shredded cheese and place on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake: Bake at 400 degrees F for 5-7 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve warm. 
mini peppers, bacon, cream cheese, shredded cheese, ranch

Can I make Cheese Stuffed Peppers in the Air Fryer?

Yes, prepare and stuff the peppers according to directions. Top them with cheese and place the stuffed peppers in the air fryer basket. Cook at 380 for about 3 minutes or until cheese melts. 

Can I make Stuffed Peppers with Cream Cheese ahead of time?

Yes, if you are making these for a party, they can be made the day before. Stuff the peppers according to directions. Cover with plastic wrap or place in airtight container in the refrigerator overnight. 

When ready to serve, top with shredded cheese and bake according to directions. 

Cream Cheese Peppers Recipe Tips

  • Be sure to let the cream cheese soften at room temperature. This helps make it nice and creamy. 
  • Don’t over stuff the peppers or the filling will leak out when baked. Each pepper size is different so it’s hard to give an exact amount but stuff to the top of the opening. 

How to store Stuffed Peppers with Cream Cheese

Let them completely cool and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Warm up in the oven, microwave or air fryer. 

Hand holding stuffed pepper

Cream Cheese Sweet Peppers FAQs

Should peppers be precooked before stuffing?

These appetizer peppers don’t need to be precooked before stuffing.

Why are my stuffed peppers soggy?

Peppers can become soggy if they are cooked too long in the oven.

What can I use instead of bacon?

If you don’t have bacon, you can replace it with cooked ground sausage or ground beef.
You can also make these mini peppers vegetarian by leaving out the bacon.

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Stuffed mini peppers on a plate
4.96 from 25 votes

Sweet Peppers stuffed with Cream Cheese

By Heather
Cream cheese stuffed mini peppers with bacon make the perfect appetizer or meal.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 24

Ingredients 

  • 12 mini peppers, cut in half
  • 1 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon ranch seasoning
  • 5 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded cheese
  • 3 green onions, chopped

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  • Clean and cut peppers in half. Remove the seeds.
  • Whip cream cheese in bowl with an electric mixer. Stir in ranch seasoning, 1 cup shredded cheese, onions, and bacon.
  • Stuff each pepper half with cream cheese mixture and place on prepared baking sheet. Top each pepper half with remaining shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 5-7 minutes or until cheese melts.

Video

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Nutrition

Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 493IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
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24 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Very yummy and easy to make! Prep of these little peppers takes a bit but it’s pretty worth it when you bite into one. Paired it with a baked gnocchi dish and it was an excellent veggie option in the winter.

  2. I have made these many times, and everyone enjoys them. The only thing I do differently is to cook them longer, so the peppers are soft. Still a hit no matter the time of year.