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Spicy-Sweet Pepper Botana Boats – Recipe

Spicy-Sweet Pepper Botana Boats – Recipe

In Mexico, appetizers are called “botanas” and these mouth-watering little teasers made from yellow peppers look like small boats stuffed with creamy spicy-sweet cheese, topped with the crunch of toasted pecans.

Filled with antioxidants, vitamin C, and calcium, these are treats for the taste buds that are good for you, too!


12 sweet banana peppers, or 6 very small yellow bell peppers
One 24-ounce container of ricotta cheese, thoroughly drained
2 large cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon orange juice
Salt to taste
1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans, for garnish

1. Wash and split peppers lengthwise. Remove all seeds and veins. Set aside. Blend the ricotta, garlic, Gorgonzola, red pepper flakes, and orange juice in a medium bowl with a fork. Season with salt.

2. Fill the pepper halves with the cheese mixture and garnish with the toasted pecans. Serve cold. (May be made up to 8 hours prior to serving.)

Makes 12-24.

Read more: Food, All recipes, Appetizers & Snacks

Adapted from “The Pepper Harvest Cookbook” by Barbara Ciletti (Taunton Press, 1998). Copyright (c) 1998 by Barbara Ciletti. Reprinted by permission of Taunton Press.
Adapted from “The Pepper Harvest Cookbook” by Barbara Ciletti (Taunton Press, 1998).

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8:21AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Thanks for the recipe.

12:38PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Thank you

5:43PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

2:44PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

This sounds good!

12:40AM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

Yummy! Thanks.

3:45PM PDT on Jul 24, 2011


1:25AM PST on Jan 26, 2010

Wonderful Article, can't wait to try these recipes, Thanks so much! I love botana of all kinds so I know I would enjoy this recipe.
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