Here at The Chili Lab, we encourage you to do more than just make your own hot sauce. We want you to go beyond heat and enjoy the chili pepper for the unique fruit that it is. That is why we like to showcase ways you can use peppers to entertain your audiences. If you are looking up easy appetizer recipes, look no further than these pepper side dishes. They take little work on your end and will be the talk of your gathering.Cream Cheese & Sausage Stuffed Tribelli Mini Peppers
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What we love about this peppertizer is how easy it is to make a lot of them. These mini peppers come in bulk in many produce aisles. So, for just five bucks, you'll have a bunch of bases. While we love our chilies, this stuffing is where the gold is. After you read this recipe, you might want to get a couple of bags of mini peppers!
🌶 8 Morita Chili Peppers
🌶 1 pound fresh Divine Flavor Tribelli peppers (sweet mini peppers)
🌶 1 pound mild Italian sausage, cooked, crumbled, drained of fat
🌶 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
🌶 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
🌶 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
🌶 Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Get the full recipe courtesy of That Skinny Chick Can Bake.
Bell Pepper Pizza
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You had us at pizza. But then you go and throw bell pepper in there, and we're definitely sold. This recipe is another take on stuffed peppers but with everyone's favorite topping...pizza. Wait, isn't the pizza supposed to be the one with the toppings? Well, it still can with this peppertizer!
🌶 8 Morita Chili Peppers
🌶 1 large bell pepper
🌶 1/4 cup pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce
🌶 1/4 cup grated cheese
🌶 a pinch of red pepper flakes
🌶 a pinch of basil or parsley
🌶 as many toppings as you can fit
Get the recipe via Peas and Crayons.
Mini Hummus & Roasted Red Pepper Phyllo Bites
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This vegetarian appetizer will have the carnivores salivating. It has the vegan marriage made in Heaven: roasted red peppers and hummus. Roasted red peppers and hummus is the new age peanut butter and jelly, trust us.
🌶 30 Athens Mini Fillo Shells (2 boxes), defrosted
🌶 3/4 c + 3 tbsp hummus (I use Sabra)
🌶 1/2 c diced English cucumber
🌶 1 roasted red pepper (2 halves), diced
🌶 1 1/4 oz. (1/4 c) crumbled feta cheese
🌶 2 tbsp minced flat-leaf parsley
Get the recipe via Cook in Canuck.
Blistered Shishito Peppers with Sriracha Aioli
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Sriracha and Shishito? Both sides of our mouths are watering. These peppertizers are mild with a hint of heat that will make your guests keep coming back for more. So, be sure to set some aside for yourself!
🌶 1/4 cup mayonnaise
🌶 1 tablespoon Sriracha, or more to taste
🌶 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
🌶 1 clove garlic, grated or minced (see notes)
🌶 Kosher salt if desired
🌶 8 ounces (approximately 4 cups) shishito peppers; Padrón peppers may be substituted
🌶 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (grapeseed or canola oil are also good options)
🌶 1/2 medium lemon (approximately 1 tablespoon juice)
🌶 Kosher or sea salt to taste
Get recipe via Savory Simple.
Really Good Jalapeño Dip
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Every party needs a good dip. Why not kick this dip up? Literally! Sure, many people turn to the jalapeño for the tried-and-true jalapeño popper. However, there are many other uses for the jalapeño. For instance, why not give this favorite pepper the center stage as the kick needed in your dip?
🌶 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese softened
🌶 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
🌶 1 envelope dry ranch dressing mix
🌶 1 large red pepper finely diced
🌶 5 jalapeño peppers seeded and finely diced
🌶 1 bag Tostitos Scoop chips
Get the recipe by Inspired by Charm.
Learn more about the chilies you've seen today with our Hot Sauce Field Guide!