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 Grilled Peppers With  Tomato Sauce Recipe – simple vegetarian meal, appetizer or a side dish, perfect for summer.

Grilled peppers-with tomato sauce recipe in a bowl

Hey guys! Can’t wait to share this Grilled Peppers With Tomato Sauce Recipe with you. Today I have another summer grilling recipe. Light and fresh, full for wonderful flavors, these peppers are perfect for the veggie lovers out there.

If you love peppers, just as much as I do, make sure you check these recipes out:

My mom makes these all the time. I love them! The thing is – I hate peeling peppers! But since I’ve been craving them forever, I decided to finally make them. Plus another addition to my summer grilling recipe collection. I’m hoping those of you, who love grilling will like these grilled peppers. And yes, this is a Bulgarian recipe.

Grilled peppers with homemade tomato sauce recipe in a bowl

The most important thing here is to make your own tomato sauce, from fresh tomatoes. Can you use canned tomatoes or store-bought tomato sauce? You certainly can!

But the truth is – this dish tastes best with freshly made tomato sauce. It is very easy to make, ready for under 30 minutes, you just need to follow some simple steps.

Grilled peppers with tomato sauce recipe on a baking dish

We usually use green Cubanelle peppers in this recipe. These peppers are sweet with rich flavor. Perfect to serve raw, because of their crunchy texture.

They have thinner flesh than bell peppers, they are longer and also get amazing, rich peppery flavor when grilled. You could use red peppers, if you’d like. I just prefer the combination of Cubanelle and tomato sauce. They are popular in Cuban, Spanish and Slavic cuisine. I can recall at least a few dishes from my childhood, made with these peppers.

Can you roast the peppers, instead of grilling them? You sure can! Roast them in the oven for  around 25-30 minutes at 350 F. Since it is summer and I’m obsessed with grilling, I couldn’t justify turning the oven on…

Serve these Grilled Peppers With Homemade Tomato Sauce for any party or just make them for dinner on a weeknight, when you just want to cook something different, but very tasty.

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Grilled peppers with tomato sauce recipe
5 from 1 vote


Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 10 Cubanelle peppers, , washed
  • 4 extra large ripe tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, , pressed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar or honey
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp oregano



  • Preheat gas grill to medium heat (400 F). Clean grates.
  • Grill peppers for 3-4 minutes per side (or longer, if needed), until charred on all sides, but not burned.
  • Place in a bowl with lid, or if you don't have a lid, cover with plastic wrap. Let peppers cool to room temperature. Peel peppers.


  • To peel the tomatoes: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Make a small cross cut ( 1/4 in x 1/4 in) at the bottom of each tomato. Drop tomatoes in boiling water for 1 minute, until skins start to wrinkle.
  • Place tomatoes in a bowl with cold water for a few minutes, until cool enough to handle.
  • Peel tomatoes, cut into small cubes.
  • In a saucepan, combine tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, salt, sugar, basil and oregano. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium and cook for 20-25 minutes, until thick, stirring frequently. Taste sauce and add more seasoning, if needed.
  • Season peppers with salt. Serve topped with the tomato sauce. Garnish with parsley.


Calories: 99kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 591mg, Potassium: 364mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 1110IU, Vitamin C: 38.2mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: bulgarian
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Hi! I'm Mira.

I share simple, mostly low-carb and Keto recipes, that don't take a lot of time to make and use mostly seasonal, easy to find ingredients. I'm a supporter of healthy eating, but you'll also find some indulgent treats too.

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  1. Wow! What a lovely and delicious looking peppers, Mira. Love how beautifully you have paired them with tomato sauce. They will sure make a perfect party dish. Wish you a lovely weekend! 🙂

  2. Mira, I love this recipe for this weekend!!! We are for sure firing up the grill! love this summer grilling recipe! and love that you are grilling peppers! yum!!!!

  3. O yes, I’m familiar with grilled peppers. In Croatia we love them too 🙂 Same as you, I hate peeling papers but when September comes I just can’t resist grilled papers. Your recipe sounds fantastic. Tomato sauce looks absolutely delicious, love tomato sauce made from fresh tomatoes. The whole dish looks amazing. Yummy! Sharing this off course. Have a wonderful weekend Mira 😉

  4. I love peppers, like I LOVE them so this sounds all kind of amazing! I will look at these and pretend it’s still summer, it’s so dark here right now 🙁

  5. Wow. I’ve got to try this! I love cooked peppers with anything tomato. Clearly, I should be spending more time getting acquainted with Bulgarian cuisine!

  6. I knew this would be a Bulgarian recipe, Mira! Yummy!

    Really reminds me of something you’d find in Greece… but of course!

    Looks really delicious. I ‘might’ not be able to resist adding a bit of feta on top (well, ok then, more than might!)

  7. Between my pantry and my garden I can whip this up right now! Yummed. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Enjoy your week.