Deliciously caramelized sauteed peppers and onions are a crowd-pleasing side dish for just about any meal! Made with herbs, seasonings and a splash of red wine vinegar. (gluten free, paleo, vegetarian, vegan)
Sauteed peppers and onions are the perfect side dish to go with just about every meal. Made from sweet bell peppers, red and yellow onions, a touch of olive oil and flavorful herbs and spices, this quick and easy vegetable recipe will add beautiful colors to you dinner plate.
And don’t even get me started on how healthy and nutritious they are. Just one serving of these veggies is filled with healthy fats, fiber and an impressive amount of vitamin C!
Besides the typical salt and pepper seasoning in most peppers and onions recipes, I’ve added in some red pepper flakes and dried oregano for extra flavor.
The end result isn’t spicy at all, so don’t worry if you’re sensitive to spicy foods. If you prefer a little spice, I recommend doubling the amount of red pepper flakes.
How to make sauteed peppers and onions
Slice 4 bell peppers, 1 red onion and 1 yellow onion into strips. (photo 1)
Add them into a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat along with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. (photo 2)
Add in the salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes and dried oregano. (photo 3)
Stir everything together and cook for 15-17 minutes, until the veggies are softened and caramelized. Add in 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and cook for 1 more minute. (photo 4)
Remove from heat and serve.
Tips and Tricks for the best peppers and onions
If the peppers and onions are starting to burn, turn down the heat on your stovetop just a little and adjust from there. We want caramelized peppers and onions, not burned peppers and onions.
If you’re not using a non-stick skillet, you may need to add in a little more olive oil. The veggies shouldn’t really stick to the bottom of the skillet, so add in more olive oil if needed.
Make sure to add in the minced garlic at the end so it doesn’t burn. If you add it in the beginning with all the seasonings, it’ll burn and that’s no bueno!
Ways to use Sauteed Peppers and Onions
Looking for different ways to eat these veggies throughout the week? Here are some of my favorite ideas!
- in burrito bowls with chipotle chicken and cilantro lime rice
- on burgers like this sweet potato black bean burger
- in tacos like these easy chicken tacos
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- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 medium bell peppers, sliced into long strips
- 1 medium red onion, sliced
- 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
- 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add in olive oil, sliced bell peppers and sliced red and yellow onions.
- Add in the salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper and dried oregano.
- Stir to coat the vegetables with the olive oil and seasonings. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15-17 minutes until the peppers and onions have softened and started to caramelize.
- Add in the red wine vinegar and minced garlic. Mix together and cook for 1 more minute. Taste and season with more salt if necessary.
- Remove the peppers and onions from the heat and serve.