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These grilled mini peppers are a quick and easy BBQ side dish. Next time you have a party, serve them as an appetizer. We promise that they’ll disappear fast!
This recipe was originally published in 2013. We've updated the post with some new photos and more information, but we've left the delicious recipe exactly the same.
These grilled mini peppers are a super tasty and easy-to-make snack for barbecue season. Not only are they cute, but they're also incredibly sweet. Serve them with our mint tzatziki for a healthy flavorful snack or side everyone will love!
Did you know you can eat the whole pepper, seeds included? Just don't eat the stem.
Why serve grilled peppers with tzatziki?
Tzatziki is a thick and tangy sauce made with yogurt, cucumbers, and garlic. It's the perfect pair for grilled veggies, like these sweet grilled mini peppers. Here are a few other reasons not to skip the tzatziki:
- Tzatziki is easy to make with just a few ingredients
- It adds a lot of bright fresh flavor
- It will use up some of the leftover mini cucumbers in your fridge
- The greek-style yogurt is high in protein to help keep you feeling fuller, longer
Here's how to make mini peppers on the grill
If you have a barbecue or cast-iron grill pan, it couldn't be simpler to make these mini peppers. Here's how to grill mini peppers in two easy steps:
- Get your grill and skewers ready. Preheat the grill, and soak your skewers in water.
- Make the tzatziki by stirring all the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Assemble the peppers. Toss them in olive oil and season them before skewering them.
- Now it's time to grill them until they're soft, flipping once. That's it!
Full recipe instructions are in the recipe card below.
Grilling tip: we recommend using two skewers to grill them because otherwise, they're tricky to flip. Flat skewers would also work if they're available to you. If your peppers are large enough that they won't fall through the spaces on your gill, you can skip skewering the peppers altogether.
These grilled mini peppers take just three ingredients! Here's what you'll need:
- Mini peppers – you can usually find these in bags at the grocery store.
- Olive oil – for coating the peppers.
- Sea salt – is a flavor enhancer here.
Here's what you'll need to make the delicious mint tzatziki:
- Greek yogurt – a plain, thick, greek-style yogurt will make this sauce really creamy
- Mint – for its fresh, bright taste.
- Cucumber – mini cucumbers are ideal because they contain less water and are naturally seedless.
- Lemon juice – sunny lemon juice brightens things up!
- Garlic – a classic tzatziki ingredient that adds flavor and a bit of kick.
- Sea salt – to enhance the other flavors and bring everything together.
I can't find mini peppers. Can I use regular bell peppers instead?
Yes, in a pinch. We'd recommend removing the seeds from the larger peppers and slicing them into quarters or thirds before grilling.
How to serve grilled mini peppers
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- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint (chopped )
- 1 mini cucumber (finely grated and squeezed of all liquid (about 2 tablespoons))
- 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice (fresh is best)
- 1 clove garlic (finely minced)
- 1 pinch sea salt
Grilled Mini Peppers
- 16 mini peppers
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- A pinch of sea salt and a few grinds of pepper
- Preheat your grill to medium-high. Soak 8 wooden skewers on a plate with a little water.
- Combine all the mint tzatziki ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl and mix well.¼ cup Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons fresh mint, 1 mini cucumber, 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice, 1 clove garlic, 1 pinch sea salt
- Toss the peppers with the olive oil, sea salt, and pepper then slide the peppers onto the skewers, using 2 skewers for each row of peppers, so they don't twirl around when you flip them.16 mini peppers, 1 tablespoon olive oil, A pinch of sea salt and a few grinds of pepper
- Grill the peppers for 5 minutes, or until they're soft and have nice grill marks on them, turning once. Serve the grilled peppers right away with the mint tzatziki on the side. Note: Don't worry about the seeds when you eat them. Just pick the pepper up by the stem and eat the whole thing (minus the stem).
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