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Mini sweet pepper poppers.

Tailgate recipe: Mini sweet pepper poppers

Published on September 4th, 2013 | by Whitney Packebush

The best part of any tailgate (besides the football of course) is the smorgasbord of tasty eats. But the average fan takes in 1,200 calories in just one sitting—not good for your health. Instead of overloading on fat and calories, lighten up with sizzlin’ grilled grub that sticks to your ribs (not your waistline). One of my favorite recipes uses mini sweet peppers – they’re on the same heat level as a bell pepper, but the same size and shape of a jalapeno. Word of warning: wait 10 minutes after grilling to bite into these bad boys – you don’t want to burn yourself before the game starts!

Mini Sweet Pepper Poppers

Makes approximately 20 poppers

Total time: 30 minutes


1 bag mini sweet peppers

8 ounces fat-free cream cheese

10 – 15 slices bacon


Directions: Cut a small slit in peppers and fill with cream cheese. Cut bacon slices in half and wrap pepper; secure with toothpick. Grill over indirect heat for 10 to 15 minutes, turning occasionally, or until bacon is cooked and peppers are lightly charred.

Nutrition information per popper: 64 calories; 3.6 g fat; 1.2 g saturated fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 257 mg sodium; 3 g fiber; .3 g fiber; 5 g protein

Also tryShow your spirit with Cyclone green chili or Herky salsa


About the Author

Whitney Packebush, RD, LD, is a dietitian for Fareway Food Stores. For more information or other questions, contact Whitney at

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