Pesto-Corn Grilled Peppers

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


8 servings

Updated: Jan. 06, 2023
We grill almost daily and enjoy using fresh produce from our garden. These pepper halves filled with a basil-seasoned corn mixture is my husband's favorite recipe. —Rachael Marrier, Star Prairie, Wisconsin
Pesto-Corn Grilled Peppers Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups packed basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower kernels or walnuts
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen corn, thawed
  • 4 medium sweet red, yellow or green peppers
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. For pesto, combine 1/2 cup oil, grated cheese, basil, sunflower kernels and garlic in a blender; cover and process until blended.
  2. In a large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add chopped red pepper; cook and stir until tender. Add corn and pesto; heat through.
  3. Halve peppers lengthwise; remove seeds. Grill peppers, covered, over medium heat, cut side down, 8 minutes. Turn; fill with corn mixture. Grill 4-6 minutes longer or until tender. If desired, sprinkle with shredded cheese.

Nutrition Facts

1 stuffed pepper half: 287 calories, 19g fat (4g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 168mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 7g protein.