Sweet and Savory Stuffed Banana Peppers

Kim Biegacki


Trying hard to come up with new recipes for "Meatless Monday's" at our house.
Well, to me barley is a grain that is meaty in texture & very filling too. Plus, I love barley and mushrooms together. So, I thought let me try stuffing some peppers with a barley mixture.
Of course, my husband doesn't do "shrooms" so I made a 2nd version of the savory stuffed peppers. lol
I had some hot peppers too and I thought they would taste good with something sweet. Hence, the sweet filling.

Well, I know this is certainly not traditional but it is very tasty if you like barley and/or pineapple too.

Please know these measurements are all approximates. Please when making your filling taste and adjust to your liking.
Let me know what you think of my stuffed banana pepper creations.

★★★★★ 2 votes
makes 16 - 20 peppers
15 Min
40 Min


servings of barley cooked according to pkg
1/2 medium
onion, diced
bay leaves, dried
2 Tbsp
dried basil
16 medium
banana peppers and/or hot peppers, sliced and cleaned out


1/2 pkg
of cream cheese
2 Tbsp
pineapple, crushed and drained
2 Tbsp
coconut manna
1 Tbsp
cream of coconut
2 tsp
cinnamon blend mixture
2 Tbsp
pecans, chopped


add half of your barley in a bowl
1/2 small
can of sliced mushrooms, chopped
2 Tbsp
parmesan and romano cheese
1 Tbsp
cream cheese
1/8 tsp
garlic powder
dash of salt and pepper


add other half of barley in a bowl
4 Tbsp
mexican blend shredded cheese
3 Tbsp
chopped roasted red peppers
1/8 tsp
dash of salt and pepper


sweet a spinkle of cinnamon and extra pineapple on top if desired
for savory 1 tbsp of sour cream and dash of pepper


1Saute your onions and set aside.
Prepare your barley as directed and add your bay leaves while cooking barley and then remove when cooked. Add your 3 tbsp. of butter, sauted onions and dried basil.

These are ingredients for the sweet stuffed peppers.
2Prepare you sweet ingredients; mix together all ingredients. Make sure that doesn't have too much liquid. If so, add more cream cheese or coconut manna. Now stuff your hot peppers and/or sweet banana peppers.
3Prepare your savory ingredients No. 1; mix your barley, mushrooms, parmesan, romano, and cream cheese. Also add your salt, pepper and garlic.
4Prepare your savory ingredients No. 2; mix your barley, cheese, roasted reds, cumin, salt and pepper. Now stuff your peppers.
5Cook for 350 for 40 to 45 minutes. Check on them at 30 minutes.
6Add garnish if desired. This is one sweet and one savory with the mushrooms.
7Upclose of the sweet stuffed hot peppers with garnish of cinnamon.
8Upclose of savory with Mexican cheese blend and spices.
9So, I had leftovers and the next morning I was trying to think what to do with them. Well, I sauteed some diced potatoes added a stuffed pepper and got that all nice and hot then added 2 eggs, cream and adobo sauce blended together and combined. Wow, what an amazing omelet. Barley stuffed pepper & potato omelet. I was so glad it worked and was super yummy too.

Oh, added a little Frank's Hot sauce and sour cream on top.

About Sweet and Savory Stuffed Banana Peppers

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy