Hummus-Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

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These hummus-stuffed mini sweet peppers are bite-sized game day snacks that pops right in your mouth. They are bursting with flavor and work for everyone since they are vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and refined sugar free. Whether you are serving these yummy bites on game day or any gathering they are sure to please a crowd while still being healthy.

I’m a huge fan of easy-to-pull-together nutritious finger-food. These Mini Peppers Stuffed with Roasted Sweet Pepper Hummus are delicious bite-sized pop-able party appetizers. They are also vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and contain no refined sugar. With the Super Bowl right around the corner, I thought this recipe would provide some inspiration for a fun, colorful plant-based appetizer to serve on game day. Your guests will go crazy over these adorable little bites stuffed with creamy hummus that is bursting with roasted pepper flavor.

The recipe starts with colorful mini sweet bell peppers (aka Tribelli peppers grown by Divine Flavor). They are adorable. They fit in the palm of your hand and come in vibrant red, orange and yellow colors. To prepare this recipe you simply roast them in the oven, use them to make the hummus and then stuff the Tribelli peppers with the hummus. Garnish if desired and serve!

If you are short on time you could prepare the hummus and simply serve that with chips, pita bread or veggies. It really just depends on your preference and how much time you have. If you do opt for the stuffed peppers, the perfect little bite-sized portions are easy to serve to your guests. I provide instructions for all these options in the recipe below.

These bite-sized appetizers are always a huge hit when throwing a party. Plus, this recipe makes so many that you are sure to have enough for everyone!

This post is sponsored by Divine Flavor, a Mexican family-run and grower-owned fruit and vegetable distribution company based out of Arizona. Divine Flavor believes in growing better food for a better world meaning taking care of both its people and the environment. As such, the company produces fresh, non-GMO foods grown in nutrient-rich, never over-farmed soil.


Hummus-Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers
 
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Recipe Type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • ½ pound (~11 mini peppers) Divine Flavor Tribelli Peppers (for roasting)
  • 1, 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup ice cold water
  • ¼ cup raw tahini (runny not hardened)
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1.5 pounds Divine Flavor Tribelli Peppers (~33 mini peppers), halved lengthwise with seeds removed (for stuffing)*
Instructions
  1. Roast the peppers: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line one large baking sheet with parchment paper. Once the oven preheats, place ½ pound of peppers on the baking sheet. Leave the peppers whole for roasting (no need to remove stems or seed them at this point). Bake on middle rack for 20-25 minutes until the skin is lightly charred and soft. The peppers should slightly collapse. Remove baking sheet from oven and allow peppers to cool before handling. Once cooled, the stem should easily pop off along with the seeds. These peppers do not have many seeds and it is okay if some seeds remain. Discard the stems and any seeds and place the roasted peppers in a large food processor. There is no need to remove the skin off the peppers.
  2. Make the hummus: To the food processor, add the garbanzo beans, water, tahini, garlic, salt and pepper. Process for at least one minute. For an even smoother hummus, continue to process another couple minutes if you have time. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. You can serve this hummus on its own with raw veggies, chips, crackers or pretzels. If serving as a dip, place hummus in a bowl and garnish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, fresh parsley and a sprinkle of smoked paprika. Or, you can use the hummus to stuff additional peppers for a fun, bite-sized, easy pick-up appetizer.
  3. Stuff the peppers: If stuffing the peppers, halve them lengthwise, remove seeds and gently fill with hummus using a small spoon. Sprinkle each mini pepper bite with a small drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of fresh parsley and smoked paprika (as shown in pictures).
Notes
*You can leave the stem on the stuffed mini peppers for serving (as pictured). Additionally, you can roast the mini bell pepper "boats" prior to stuffing if desired. I find the recipe even more flavorful this way if you have time. Simply toss them with 1 tablespoon olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Roast them on a parchment lined baking sheet skin side up for 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow to cool before handling them, then stuff with the hummus and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of parsley and smoked paprika.

 


Elaine Gordon

Elaine Gordon is the creator of EatingbyElaine.com, a nutritious recipe blog with plant-based, gluten-free and allergy-friendly recipes. "I am a certified health education specialist and care deeply about nutrition. My recipes are low in sodium, refined sugar, cholesterol and saturated fat. I use fresh, whole ingredients and stay away from all things artificial. I love to experiment with fresh ingredients and fragrant herbs to make the most of each meal. I take comfort in knowing that what I am eating is improving my health.” ~ Elaine

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