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Cream Cheese & Sausage Stuffed Mini Peppers

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Cream Cheese Stuffed  Mini Peppers with Sausage are an easy, impressive appetizer! Perfect for game day noshing or entertaining at home. 

I used to go all out when entertaining at home. But I’ve grown wiser over the years. A stress-free hostess is a happy hostess! This stuffed peppers recipe is both simple to make and delicious!

Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers with Sausage on a square plate with a bowl of mini peppers

Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers with Sausage

The focus on entertaining should be on getting dear friends and family together, not setting the perfect table and serving a 12 course meal.  Though I still aim to serve excellent food, I’d rather be a relaxed hostess than a crazy woman trapped in the kitchen! These super easy, cream cheese stuffed mini peppers with sausage are a cinch to prepare and will be the hit of any gathering!

Unbaked Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers with Sausage on a baking sheet

Easy Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Every year, I host my book club, dinner club and have a 4th of July neighborhood party. Plus there are those family holiday gatherings as well as having friends over for coffee, food demos, and of course, dinner. I’ve learned a few tricks for easy entertaining.

  • Be interactive in the kitchen. That’s where everyone gathers, so why not have your guests lend a hand.
  • Set your table the day before. No need for fine china and crystal. My everyday white plates show off colorful foods like these gorgeous stuffed peppers beautifully!
  • Supplement your menu with dinner rolls from the bakery, chunks of cheese and crackers from the grocery store, and never refuse when one of your guests asks to bring a dish!
  • If you have some homemade refrigerator pickles in the fridge, they’re nice for a briny contrast to richer appetizers.
Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers with Sausage on a round white plate with a red handled fork

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Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers with Sausage

Mini peppers stuffed with spicy Italian sausage, cheddar and cream cheese makes for a delicious starter for any meal!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 15 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Mixing, Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 pound fresh 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


Cut peppers in half lengthwise and remove ribs and seeds. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Make the filling by mixing the sausage, cream cheese, cheddar and Parmesan together until well combined. Taste filling and add salt and/or pepper if needed.

Fill the peppers with the sausage mixture. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Serve warm.


If any of the pepper halves won’t sit upright on the baking sheet, remove thin slices of pepper from their bottoms to make them stable.


  • Serving Size: 2 stuffed peppers
  • Calories: 193kcal
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 353mg
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 46mg

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45 comments on “Cream Cheese & Sausage Stuffed Mini Peppers”

  1. These little peppers are stuffed with cheese heaven! I love them!

  2. These stuffed peppers look so inviting!

  3. I bet these are very addictive!

  4. An appy that’s right up my alley! Love me some stuffed ‘penos and I still haven’t played with the mini colored peppers… Gotta get on that soon:@)

  5. Very attractive peepers . Feeling everything beautiful & neat.

  6. What a neat idea, love the idea of sausage, and particularly Italian sausage. Different flavor profile than you usually find with cheese-stuffed peppers! A nice change — thanks.

  7. My husband would go nuts for these Liz! So pretty and colorful and I bet they are tasty too.

  8. Hi Liz, these mini peppers are perfect for entertaining, love the color and the fact that these can be made ahead of time. Pinned!

  9. I always eye those little peppers in the store with the intention of creating a perfectly compact bite of deliciousness – just like this! Gorgeous. GREG

  10. My dad would love these! He’s all about stuffed peppers!

  11. These peppers look wonderful, Liz. I love it that they are not breaded, why add the extra calories? I know exactly what you mean about going overboard hosting, I planned and prepared a sit-down dinner for about 10 (JT’s birthday) and I was literally in the kitchen for 14 hours. I was so exhausted at night that I hardly enjoyed the gathering. Now, I do things in stages, preparing days before so I’m not too tired to enjoy the festivities. We also have hired a lovely woman to help with receiving, making sure the plates are full and cleanup, I feel like a guest at my own party! I’ll have to keep my eyes open for these gorgeous peppers in April when we return to Arizona! 🙂

  12. These colorful peppers are so festive! I bet they didn’t last long once guests arrived.

  13. Those little peppers are so awesome to have on hand – we go through 1 to 2 bags every single week!

  14. Yum what a great appetizer and so colorful too! Actually anything with cream cheese I’m a sucker for.

  15. Put a plate of these in front of me and they would disappear in about 10 minutes. And they are so pretty!

  16. This is a perfect appetizer recipe, Liz! Excellent combination of palatable ingredient which make this dish a must try! 😉

  17. My family eats peppers like they are going out of style! I cannot wait to try this recipe!

  18. I love stuffed sweet peppers. Such a great app!

  19. This looks amazing!! I rarely buy peppers because I always forget about them at the back of my fridge. I need to start it up again!

  20. I have stuffed mini peppers before, but never with sausage!! YUM! What a fantastic idea. Perfect for football party season!!

  21. Liz, I’m with you – the hostess deserves to be happy too! And I know the guests would be happy with these gorgeous little bites! Wish I had a couple right this minute.

  22. Thumbs-up for these stuffed peppers, dear! Posted something similar before but mine are wrapped with bacons. Love the yummy treats!

  23. I always have those peppers on hand – what a fun way to serve them up!

  24. These peppers look yummy. They would be perfect for serving at a party.

  25. I could keep popping those in my mouth over and over and over!

  26. These little peppers are good on their own but you took them to another delicious level. Great appetizer for the big game!

  27. Well we were headed down the same path recently. I stuffed mini sweet peppers with chorizo and sour cream a few weeks ago. Love you combination of Italian sausage with cream cheese. Will make these next.

  28. These look great. I actually bought a pack of the big sweet peppers – one of each red, yellow and orange. We’re both going to have one whole pepper each so two halves stuffed with this delicious looking mixture with a side of salsa rice on the side. That’ll make a yummy dinner. Thanks for sharing.

  29. It’s in the oven right now. We can hardly wait! We went with brown rice with salsa mixed in it for our side. I may have added a tiny bit more cheddar than the half cup lol. Thanks again for the recipe, Liz. Will let you know how we like it. I can’t imagine us not liking it though.

  30. Sorry I didn’t know if I could edit so I’m double posting haha. Anyway my fiance said to let you know that this meal was hubby approved and he definitely wants it added to the list of meals I make regularly! Delicious!

  31. These make the perfect, low carb snack or meal! I love it, thank you!

  32. How is this “make ahead” when you still have to bake them before serving.
    Maybe I missed words about doing this ahead??? Thanks for any help.
    Or, maybe you mean do this a day ahead and then refrigerate and pull out to serve the next day????? Yes, I am confused, sorry about that. Please advise. Thank you.

    • LOL, I’m confused, too! I don’t see where I wrote that these could be made ahead (please let me know and I’ll add this information :)). But they certainly can be prepped the day before, placed on a baking sheet, covered with plastic wrap and stored in the fridge until you’re ready to make them. I’d add a couple minutes to the baking time to make sure the peppers get a chance to cook and soften and the filling is warmed. Hope this helps.

  33. I’m all about being a stress free hostess! These are so yummy!

  34. These little peppers filled with cheese are just simply ADDICTIVE. Made them for a gathering over the weekend and they were the first to disappear. YUM!

  35. These were a total hit! So creamy and satisfying.

  36. My kids really enjoyed them! So delish!

  37. I make these as my party appetizers all the time!

  38. These were a hit and my best friend’s party last weekend! This is such an easy and delicious recipe!

  39. I made these for me and my hubby and they were delicious. I am making them again tonight for a party. I am sure everyone will love them.

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