Stuffed Heirloom Peppers
30 Min

Stuffed Heirloom Peppers

According to Ayurveda, peppers — like garlic and onions — are heating vegetables, which warm and stimulate the body. This helps prepare us for fighting off infections, which is all the more reason to eat them.

This summer, given the abundance of peppers in Texas, I have stuffed them with everything from cheese to potato to ground meat. One of the most delicious combinations is sweet potato mashed with chickpea flour, which, when toasted in oil like a roux, lends an intensely meaty and nutty flavor. The peppers can be eaten straight out of the oven or topped off with a sauce or condiment.

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Cook Time

30 Minutes



Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Leaving the seeds inside the peppers, make a slit in them to allow for stuffing. Then rub with 1 tablespoon of oil, a sprinkle of salt, and set aside on a baking sheet.
Step 2
In a large bowl, place the mashed sweet potato, pine nuts, chopped oregano, red onion, black pepper, cardamom, and salt.
Step 3
In a small frying pan, heat the remaining olive oil and pop the cumin seeds. Immediately lower the heat and add the chickpea flour, constantly stirring until the chickpea flour turns golden brown and a toasted aroma emanates from it. Turn the heat off.
Step 4
Combine the cooked chickpea flour with the sweet potato mix until smooth and stuff each pepper with the filling. The chickpea will make the sweet potato mix a little stiffer, which is better for stuffing. There should be just enough filling for the peppers.
Step 5
Roast in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until the peppers are cooked through and have golden brown flecks. Turn the heat off and serve warm or room temperature with oregano sprigs.
1 pound assorted peppers (such as banana, habanada, or hatch)
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, plus more for sprinkling
1 large sweet potato, mashed (roughly 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
1 cup loose oregano leaves, chopped fine
1/2 cup minced red onions
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 cup chickpea flour
Oregano sprigs for garnish

Notes & Variations

  • Roast sweet potato in the oven at 300°F for an hour to soften or boil them.
  • Usually banana or hatch peppers are mildly sweet but can sometimes be hot, so taste one and season accordingly.
  • Instead of sweet potato, use Idaho potato or butternut squash.
  • Add half a cup of melting cheese or chèvre to the stuffing mix.
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If you love pine nuts say YEAAAAAAH.

Indian pine nuts, chilgoza, are long and thin with a deep, rich buttery flavor. They are even delicious in a shell! Used mostly to garnish biryanis and sweets during holiday time, pine nuts are among the most expensive nuts in the world.