Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos

Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos

Mix up your nacho game with my low carb Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos recipe!

Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos recipe

Hi guys!

I’ve professed my love for nachos before sharing my all-time favorite 6 Ingredient Vegetarian Sheet Pan Nachos recipe very early in my blogging days.  Those nachos are something the Hubs and I have made since we first started dating over 10 years ago.  We’d make them almost every weekend when we watched football games.  I’d open a can of black beans, fresh pico, and cheese.  Then get out a big sheet pan of the salty nachos… filling little bowls on the side with extra salsa, plain greek yogurt, and guacamole.  We’d put them on a tv tray between us and munch throughout the game.  Now we just make them on special occasions and I always feel a bit nostalgic when I do.

I know a big tray of chips isn’t exactly healthy… even with healthier toppings… so I’ve wanted to come up with a better nacho alternative for you guys for years.

So finally this year I did it.  This is my healthy, low carb and gluten-free version of vegetarian nachos made with mini-bell peppers instead of chips.  It’s is pretty darn delicious in its own right.

NOW… please don’t think I think there is anything wrong with indulging in a tray of piled high regular nachos.  There isn’t and I promise you at least once this football season the Hubs and I are going to binge on a pile without regret.

BUT it is nice to have another alternative.  And this Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos recipe is it!



Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos recipe

This Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos recipe is perfect for game day!

Traditional nachos might have meat, but mine are kept vegetarian using simple canned black beans instead of beef or chicken.  I love how easy the canned black beans are.  All I do is rinse them and pile them into the bell peppers.

The other toppings are fresh pico, and sliced jalapenos.  The entire pan is then topped with just enough tasty Mexican cheese that melts perfectly in a hot oven.

Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos recipe

The only tricky part about this recipe is cutting the peppers in half.  All you do is slice them lengthwise.  It takes a little time but it is worth it.

These mini-bell peppers are usually sold in a plastic bag of assorted colors.  I often find them at a great deal at ALDI. <— not sponsored.

Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos recipe

Ingredients in this Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos recipe

  • Mini Bell Peppers
  • Black Beans
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Mexican Cheese
  • Jalapenos
  • Cold toppings: cilantro, avocado, salsa, ect.


Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos recipe

How to make my Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos recipe…

  1. Cut the mini bell peppers in half.
  2. Fill the bell peppers with the toppings.
  3. Bake until the cheese melts.
  4. Add optional cold toppings like cilantro, green onion or avocado.


Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos recipe

These tasty little bites totally hit that nacho craving without all those chips!  I promise you are going to love them.


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Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos recipe


Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos recipe

Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos recipe

Low carb and gluten-free this Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos recipe is the perfect healthy swap for nachos.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 2
Calories 422 kcal


  • 16 ounces mini bell peppers
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican Cheese, vegan option in notes
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • toppings: green onion, greek yogurt, guacamole, cilantro, extra pico or salsa.


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Cut the mini bell peppers in half and remove the seeds. Lay skin side down on a sheet pan lined with foil.
  • Carefully put the black beans and pico into the bell pepper cups. Top with the cheese and sliced jalapenos.
  • Bake for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese starts to melt.
  • Serve hot with the toppings!


To make vegan use dairy-free cheese or omit and add extra avocado on top after they bake.


Calories: 422kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 27gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 844mgPotassium: 974mgFiber: 16gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 7771IUVitamin C: 301mgCalcium: 691mgIron: 4mg
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Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos recipe


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By | 2020-07-29T16:05:08-04:00 September 16th, 2019|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Side Dishes, Snacks & Appetizers, Vegetarian Meals|11 Comments


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  2. Kaleigh @ Lively Table September 27, 2019 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Yumm! What a great idea, these look so delicious!

  3. Lesli Schwartz September 24, 2019 at 11:57 am - Reply

    5 stars
    So clever, Julie! I love roasted bell peppers and trying to cut down my carbs so this will work just fine!

  4. Brian Jones September 23, 2019 at 3:35 am - Reply

    5 stars
    This was delicious, simple and so colourful, loved it, thank you!

  5. jay joy September 20, 2019 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    These Vegetarian Mini Bell Pepper Nachos look so inviting! I just want to dig in! They are so colorful and refreshing looking! What a great alternative to real nachos1

  6. Michelle September 18, 2019 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Using bell peppers for the nachos is such a great and healthy twist to regular nachos. This is the perfect party dish. They disappear fast! Everyone loved them.

  7. Beth Neels September 18, 2019 at 10:17 am - Reply

    5 stars
    These were so delicious! My husband and I gobbled up the whole tray! Can’t wait to make them again!

  8. Wendy September 17, 2019 at 7:28 am - Reply

    These look so yummy and colorful! Pinned and tweeted! I’m a born and bred Chicago fan, but I will pull for the Packers. I know it’s wrong but my heart is in Wisconsin…

  9. Lisa Ballantyne September 16, 2019 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Anything containing bell peppers has me sold from the start!

  10. Deborah Brooks September 16, 2019 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    well you know i love these! All of my fave foods the spicier the better. Football season is all about yummy food

  11. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real September 16, 2019 at 10:30 am - Reply

    I’m now kicking myself for not buying the mini peppers at the store yesterday! I was contemplating between the mini ones and normal ones. Next time I’ll have to get the minis to make this!

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