Hot Pepper Pleasers Recipe
Hot Pepper Pleasers Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Hot Pepper Pleasers Recipe

Read Reviews
5 17 12
Publisher Photo
Here's a real crowd-pleaser! The banana peppers pack a subtle punch, and the pepperoni adds spice. Have knives, forks and napkins ready so folks can eat them up neatly. —Darius Kovacina, Acme, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 10 banana peppers
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 112 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 158mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein


  1. Cut peppers in half lengthwise; open and lay flat. Remove seeds if desired. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and egg until blended. Stir in the cheddar, mozzarella, onion and pepperoni. Spoon into peppers.
  2. Place in two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans and drizzle with oil. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Yield: 20 appetizers.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Hot Pepper Pleasers in Country Woman August/September 2009, p29

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

Reviews for Hot Pepper Pleasers

5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Please Log In or Join to add a rating and review.
Click stars to rate
Any changes to your rating or review will appear where you originally posted your review
Loading Image
Sort By :
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

"This is great! Made them on the grill, low and slow. Kept warm this way The go fast. I freeze peppers all the time. They are best used in recipes where they will be cooked somehow later. This one went into the personnel cookbook."

Reviewed Aug. 3, 2012

"[quote user="buffalonana"] If this isn't possible, how can a freeze them for use at a much later date?[/quote]

I think you could halve and seed them, freeze them individually (like on a cookie sheet) and then take them out, fill them frozen and bake them.  I don't think I'd freeze them filled, the cheese might not play nice with the freezer."

Reviewed Aug. 3, 2012

"I'd love to make this recipe for a party at the end of this month. The hot peppers are  "ready" NOW.  How can I keep them fresh until I want to use them?  If this isn't possible, how can a freeze them for use at a much later date?"

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"Wonderful!!! Did not have pepperoni (thanks hubby), did not have onion, but had all other ingredients and they were wonderful!!! Absolutely will make again - maybe with all the ingredients next time."

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2012

"I have made this a few times already, and will make it again. If you like it HOT, leave the seeds in! this is soooo good!"

Loading Image