Calling all green thumb enthusiasts with a surplus of banana peppers! These Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites are the delicious solution you’ve been craving. Bursting with flavor and incredibly easy to make, this recipe is your chance to transform your bountiful harvest into a delightful appetizer.

Get ready to love them so much, you’ll be wishing your banana pepper patch was even bigger!

Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites

Are you ready for some football?

I am. But not for the reason you think.

There is nothing more fun that tailgating with friends before the big game.

I don’t so much care for the actual game.

I’m definitely a football widow at this time of year, as my husband adores the game, but not me. Nope.

But give me some good food and some friends and I’m good to go.

This weeks #SundaySupper is all about tailgating food and there are some pretty amazing treats in store for you today!

(list is at the bottom).

Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites

I chose these banana pepper bites because as I’ve mentioned before, my pepper plants are flourishing this year. 

I have an overabundance of these babies.

I’m pulling about 5-10  day and I’ve pickled some, frozen some and made banana pepper poppers at least a dozen times and I’m running out of ideas.

That’s where these little Pepper Bites come in.

Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites

Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites were born!

One afternoon after the three youngest had returned back to school, I had my two oldest teens at home and we were hungry.

 We REALLY needed to get to the store for some lunch meat and other groceries.

Time was not on our side, and I’d been so busy I hadn’t gotten there.

So time to come up with a solution that DID NOT require a trip to the store at that moment.

Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites

That morning I had pulled an entire bunch off, and I had everything else I needed to make some banana pepper bites.

I let my cream cheese soften for about 30 minutes.

Then I tossed it in my mixer, added a whole bunch of stuff (see the recipe) and then baked these babies up.


We’ve made them about a half dozen times since.

They were a huge  hit and my kids LOVE them and request them often.

And yes they can be made in an air fryer.

I recommend doing some trial and error to adjust time and temperature.

Air fryer’s are all so very different from one another.

Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites

We make them with bacon sometimes, so feel free to add some if you’d like.

I didn’t in this particular recipe.

You do it whichever way you’d like!

That’s what makes recipes like these so great! 

Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites

These are great anytime, but would be especially awesome for tailgating.

We took them to an event recently, and I just filled up a huge plastic soup thermos.

Okay, I actually filled three of them with these little bites and it kept them warm until we got there and served them.

Perfect snack!

We like popping them in our mouth all by themselves.

But you can have some fun with dips or dressings to dip them in.

Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites

Let’s make Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites!

Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites
Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites

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Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites

Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites

Nicole Cook
If your garden is full of an over abundance of banana peppers, these delicious Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites are the perfect way to use them up. Full of flavor and so easy to make, you will make them again and again. 
4.53 from 21 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizers, Snacks and Small Bite Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 40
Calories 53 kcal


  • 15-20 banana peppers
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3 Tablespoons green onions finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced (or garlic powder)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • pinch salt & pepper
  • ¼ cups bacon chopped (optional)
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 8 ounces panko
  • seasoning for panko if desired


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Clean the peppers. Chop the top and bottom off.
  • Gently remove the seeds and rinse clean to get any hidden seeds.
  • In a bowl, thoroughly combine the cream cheese, green onions, garlic, paprika, salt & pepper. Add the bacon if you are using it.
  • Spoon the cream cheese mixture into a sandwich bag and seal tight.
  • Snip off one corner and pipe the mixture into each banana pepper. Sometimes it doesn’t get all the way down, that’s okay you’ll get it filled in moment.
  • Once each banana pepper is filled, slice into desired amount. We cut ours into quarter slices to make them easily bite size, but you could cut them in half. If you notice they don’t have any cream cheese in them, just go ahead and fill them up now that they are cut.
  • Take two bowls, put the beaten eggs in one and the panko in the other. If you want to mix some seasoning into the panko for added flavor, do that now. (I use Old Bay Seasoning, about 1-2 teaspoons)
  • Dip the pepper coins carefully into the beaten egg.
  • Spoon the Panko over the banana pepper bites to cover as completely as possible.
  • Place the pepper bites onto a baking sheet covered in foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve warm with dipping sauce.


Calories: 53kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 73mgPotassium: 38mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 155IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword easy appetizers
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  1. These are genius, Nicole! I adore everything about them. The pepper, the cheese filling, the crunchy baked outside. The food is my favorite part of any game watching gathering too!

  2. Sooo happy to have these gems as a go-to for delicious appetizer food for parties and get-togethers. Thank you, Nicole!

    P.s. Do you agree that being a football widow is not such a bad thing? It’s a perfect time to escape for some retail therapy while football fans are yelling at TVs =)

  3. You had me at cream cheese and peppers Momma! Wow what a great little snack! I’ll have to try them ASAP, I’m like you, not a fan of the game, but a big fan of the food and friends part 🙂

  4. Love me some banana peppers. Stuffing them with cheese then baking for a crispy, crunchy bite is fabulous!! Only problem is waiting for them to cool down enough to eat. I’d probably burn my mouth by not wanting to wait.

    1. Can you freeze these? I have am abundant supply of peppers this year! This sounds like something my husband would love!

      1. I have never freezed them, so I cannot actually answer that. But I believe it might work. I’d worry mostly about the consistency of the cream cheese staying the same when thawed. If you do decide to try it, let us know how it works out. I’d be curious to see. I have a ton this year too, I usually just freeze the actual pepper lol

  5. What a great use for your pepper bounty! Sounds like it’s a recipe that endlessly adaptable based on what filling ingredients you might have on hand. And I really like how you made them into “bites” instead of whole stuffed peppers.

  6. So I have 3 banana pepper plants and I am so annoyed that they are producing the peppers so randomly. I have 3 I can pick but the rest are tiny. We have been craving banana poppers for a while but I just can’t seem to produce enough to make a full batch. I wonder if I could freeze the filling and just use it as the peppers grow.

  7. Have had a bumper crop of HOT banana peppers this year
    tried these last night and they were awesome
    I just went ahead and sliced my peppers in bite size pieces 1st and put cheese mixture in with a small spoon. Worked great.

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