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Italian Tuna Stuffed Mini Peppers

Italian Tuna Stuffed Mini Peppers

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As a kid Italian Tuna (a.k.a. tonno) wasn’t something found everyday.  If you came from an Italian family like me, your mother took special trips to specialty stores that sold Italian products.  Many of the popular Italian foods we have readily available today were not always available.   Back then my mom didn’t always get Italian style tuna, so she would buy regular tuna and give it an old world makeover.  Even though many of my friends ate tuna slathered in mayo, I enjoyed my simple tuna with olive oil, red wine vinegar, olives and chopped onion. 

Yellowfin Genova Tuna Salad

I received a complimentary gift pack of Yellowfin Tuna from Genova Seafood. As always opinions and suggestions are my own.

Lucky for me, it’s easier to be Italian these days, so picking up Italian tuna packed in olive oil is super easy.  In fact, I can find my favorite Italian tuna made by Genova Seafood right at my local supermarket. And even luckier for me, the good folks over at Genova recently sent me a complimentary gift pack of their Yellowfin Tuna packed in olive oil.  Yay me!

Although I was thrilled to receive the tuna (which was packed in the most adorable gift box), you will usually find at least one can of Genova Tonno in my pantry.  It’s not only great tasting, but it’s a low fat source of protein packed in pure olive oil.  

Genova Yellowfin Tuna

As a way to say “thank you” to Genova for sending me this adorable gift pack, I wanted to share a fun and flavorful recipe that would be perfect this time of year. I decided to make one of my favorite tuna salads and stuff them inside of sweet mini peppers.  All I can say is totally adorable and YUM!

This salad is so easy to make and all you need to do is mix most of the ingredients together in a bowl and refrigerate overnight.  This gives all the flavors a chance to come together.   

Mini Pepper Tuna

The next day when you are ready to serve, rough chop some arugula and mix into the tuna.  Take the mini peppers and slice them in half horizontally (you do not have to leave the stems on for aesthetics like I did).  

Mini Bell Peppers

Then scoop the tuna into the pepper half and layer on a serving platter.  You can garnish with additional lemon wedges and serve at your next summer gathering. 

Mini Peppers Stuffed with Genova Tuna

Aren’t they so cute! They taste so good too.  Mini Peppers are sweet and easy to eat, so they make the perfect little bowl for these healthful, tasty bites. I hope you’ll give them a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Now A’magiare – Let’s eat !

Mini Peppers Stuffed with Genova Tuna

Italian Tuna Stuffed Mini Peppers

Cuisine Italian


  • 1 5oz can Genova Yellowfin Tuna Packed in Pure Olive OIl
  • 1 cup Chickepeas
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup black olives quartered and diced
  • 1 handful of chopped Italian Parsley
  • 1 handful of chopped arugula
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 lb sweet mini peppers sliced in half, horizontally
  • 1 Lemon cut into wedges


  • In a bowl mix together the tuna, chickpeas, red onion, black olives, chopped parsley, black pepper, lemon juice and olive oil. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Clean mini peppers and slice in half. Remove any extra seeds and set aside until ready to fill.
  • Right before stuffing the peppers, add the chopped arugula to the tuna salad and combine. Using a spoon stuff each mini pepper half with tuna salad. Place the halves on a serving platter with additional lemon wedges.
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