Mini Pepper Nachos with Tempeh

Plate with mini pepper nachos and sour cream

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Super easy. Super delicious. Packed with protein. And, can be easily made vegan.

  • Author: Kristine
  • Prep Time: 12 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizers



12 mini sweet peppers, stem removed, cut in half lengthwise and seeds removed (mine ranged from 3 to 4 inches long each)

2 teaspoons olive oil

8 ounces tempeh, crumbled

1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, dairy or vegan (about 3 ounces)

1 large mango, peeled and diced, about 2/3 cup (my favorite are honey or Ataulfo mangos)

1 small ripe avocado, diced, about 1/2 cup

Salsa or pico de gallo, optional

Sour cream, dairy or vegan, optional

Cilantro, chopped, optional


  1. Prep peppers and arrange them on large cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add crumbled tempeh.
  3. Cook, stirring often and breaking up big chunks with a wooden spoon, until evenly golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Add soy sauce and chili powder to tempeh and stir until evenly coated.
  5. Preheat broiler to high.
  6. Spoon seasoned tempeh into peppers.
  7. Sprinkle with cheese.
  8. Put peppers under broiler and cook for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  9. Top with mango, avocado, salsa, sour cream, and cilantro as desired.


If you have trouble getting the pepper halves to lie flat, you can take a thin horizontal slice off the bottom. Just be sure not to cut too deep so the pepper “cup” is intact and can hold the filling.

Nutrition facts include the mango and avocado toppings but not the salsa, sour cream, or cilantro.

The recipe makes 24 nachos. 8 of them is a filling serving, but even if you decided to eat half the recipe instead of a third, the portion would be very reasonable. 12 nachos would only be 545 calories and deliver 37 g protein.


Keywords: mini pepper nachos, vegetarian nachos, tempeh nachos