Tuna-Stuffed Piquillo Peppers with Romesco-Style Sauce
Gluten free & dairy free
  • 6oz can tunadrained
  • 1/4cup parsely
  • 1tsp lemon zest
  • 1Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2tsp black pepper
  • 11 or 12 piquillo or sweet red peppers(drained contents of 9 1/2 oz jar)
  • 2Tbsp whole hazelnuts
  • 1Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1tsp sweet Spanish paprika
  • 1 garlic clovepeeled
  • 1/2tsp sherry vinegar
  • 2tsp honeydivided
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. In small bowl, with fork, mix together tuna, parsley, lemon zest and juice, and black pepper. Set aside.
  3. Remove whole peppers from jar and set aside 6 to be stuffed. In bowl of food processor, place remaining peppers with hazelnuts, olive oil, paprika, garlic, sherry vinegar, and 1 tsp honey, and pulse to blend into a sauce. The texture will not be completely smooth.
  4. Add about 2 Tbsp of sauce to tuna mixture and stir through. Spoon remaining sauce into small baking dish to make a base for stuffed peppers.
  5. Stuff tuna mixture into 6 piquillo peppers and place them on top of the sauce in baking dish. Drizzle with remaining 1 tsp honey and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Per serving: 345 calories; 27 g protein; 17 g total fat (3 g sat. fat); 20 g total carbohydrates (17 g sugars, 1 g fiber); 410 mg sodium

Pepper proficiency

Piquillo means “little beak” and refers to the small triangular shape of the pepper, which is perfect for stuffing. These peppers, originating in northern Spain, are sold in cans or jars and have little heat but a deep sweet and smoky flavor compared to regular jarred peppers. Sodium levels can vary between brands, so look carefully at the label when choosing if sodium is a concern.


If you can’t find piquillo peppers, look for sweet red peppers, which often have the same shape. Jars labelled “roasted peppers” will often contain a pepper larger than piquillos. If you decide to use these instead, simply slice the pepper to make a flat surface and roll the stuffing mixture inside.