Portillo’s Sweet Peppers Recipe – Easy Kitchen Guide

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By Dr. Leah Alexander | Published on July 18, 2023 | Last Updated on March 19, 2024

Portillo’s Sweet Peppers is a classic Italian dish that has been beloved for generations. This easy-to-make dish is bursting with bright colors and flavors, making it perfect for any occasion – from weeknight dinners to special celebrations.

It’s an incredibly versatile dish too. In just a few simple steps, you’ll have your own delicious version of this classic dish.

Try out Portillo’s Sweet Peppers and watch the smiles appear when it hits the table. With its bold colors and unique flavors, it’s sure to be a hit! Read on for a simple step-by-step guide to making this tasty dish in your own kitchen.

Portillo's Sweet Peppers Recipe

What is Portillo’s, Sweet Peppers?

Portillo’s Sweet Peppers is an Italian dish that has been a favorite for generations. This classic dish consists of bell peppers, onions, garlic, and a mix of spices that are simmered together in a flavorful sauce.

The result is a sweet-and-sour mixture of caramelized vegetables. The vibrant colors of the peppers make it ideal for special occasions, like birthdays or holiday dinners.

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What does it taste like?

Portillo’s Sweet Peppers has a unique flavor that is both sweet and tangy. The peppers are cooked until they are soft and slightly caramelized, giving them a richness of flavor. 

The red wine vinegar adds a gentle acidity to the dish, while the sugar helps to balance out the flavors. The oregano and crushed red pepper flakes give the dish an Italian flair. 

The garlic and onions add depth to the flavor, rounding out the sweetness of the peppers. It’s a truly delicious combination that is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party!

How did I first get introduced to Portillo’s Sweet Peppers?

My first exposure to Portillo’s Sweet Peppers was during a visit to their famous restaurant chain. 

I had heard about their delicious Italian dishes and decided to give it a try. I was immediately impressed by the vibrant colors, unique flavors, and incredible aroma of the peppers that filled the entire restaurant.

I could hardly contain my excitement as I tasted the sweet peppers for the first time. The combination of sweetness, tanginess, and heat was truly unforgettable. It was one of those moments that made me appreciate the power of simple ingredients coming together to create something amazing.

From then on, I was hooked! Every time I returned to Portillo’s restaurant chain, I always had to order their famous sweet peppers. I was so in love with them that I eventually decided to learn how to make them at home.

I looked up recipes online and began experimenting until I found the perfect combination of ingredients that captured Portillo’s Sweet Peppers flavor profile. After many attempts, I finally got it right. Now, whenever my family and friends come over for dinner, I always make sure to serve up Portillo’s Sweet Peppers.

It is amazing how such a simple dish can bring so much joy and flavor to the dinner table. Every time I smell the sweet peppers cooking in the pan, it takes me back to my initial visit to Portillo’s restaurant chain – that moment of pure bliss when I tasted their signature dish for the very first time.

That’s why I always enjoy making Portillo’s Sweet Peppers at home and sharing it with others – to bring a little bit of that same joy to their dinner table.

How to make Portillo’s Sweet Peppers?

Making Portillo’s Sweet Peppers is easy and can be done in just a few simple steps. Here’s what you’ll need:

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Ingredients

  • Bell peppers: This is the star of the dish. Choose a mix of red, green, and yellow peppers for a beautiful presentation and variety of flavors.
  • Onions: Slice your onions thin so they will cook quickly and evenly in the pan with the peppers.
  • Garlic: Mince or press your garlic cloves to bring out their flavor.
  • Vegetable oil: A neutral oil such as vegetable, canola, or peanut oil is best for cooking peppers.
  • Red wine vinegar: This adds a nice acidic punch to balance out the sweetness of the peppers.
  • Granulated sugar: Just a bit of sugar helps bring out the natural sweetness of the peppers and helps them caramelize in the pan.
  • Dried oregano: Oregano adds an Italian flair to the dish, but you can easily swap it out for any other dried herbs like basil or thyme.
  • Crushed red pepper flakes: A bit of heat is essential in this dish! Adjust to your taste.
  • Salt and pepper: To finish off the flavor profile!
Portillo's Sweet Peppers Recipe

Step-by-step instructions

Step 1

Prepare your ingredients:

Wash and slice the bell peppers into strips, about 1/4-inch thick. Thinly slice the onions and mince the garlic cloves.

Step 2

Cook the ingredients:

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the vegetable oil. When the oil is hot, add in the sliced onion and stir to coat with the oil. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to soften. Add the peppers and garlic cloves to the pan. Stir to combine everything and cook for 5-7 minutes until the peppers are slightly softened. Add the red wine vinegar, granulated sugar, dried oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine everything and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until the peppers are cooked through and slightly caramelized.

Step 3

Serve it:

Serve your Portillo’s Sweet Peppers with your favorite Italian dishes like pasta, pizza, or risotto.

Tips

– Make sure your skillet is hot before adding the oil so that the onions and peppers don’t stick to it.

– Use a mix of red, green, and yellow bell peppers for an attractive presentation and a variety of flavors.

– If you like a bit more heat, you can add extra crushed red pepper flakes.

Portillo's Sweet Peppers Recipe

Portillo’s Sweet Peppers Recipe

Portillo's Sweet Peppers is a classic Italian dish that has been beloved for generations. This easy-to-make dish is bursting with bright colors and flavors, making it perfect for any occasion – from weeknight dinners to special celebrations. It’s an incredibly versatile dish too. In just a few simple steps, you’ll have your own delicious version of this classic dish.
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Author: Dr. Leah Alexander
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 127kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced into delicate and translucent pieces, adding a slightly sweet and aromatic flavor that complements the peppers beautifully.
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano thoughtfully selected for its earthy and aromatic qualities, adding depth and complexity to the dish.
  • 1 clove of garlic minced to release its pungent and aromatic essence, infusing the dish with a delightful and savory undertone.
  • 1/8 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes adjust to taste, skillfully added to provide a subtle heat that complements the sweetness of the peppers, adding a delightful kick to the dish.
  • 1/8 tablespoon of vegetable oil carefully chosen to provide a light and smooth texture, allowing the ingredients to cook evenly and enhancing their natural flavors.
  • 1/8 tablespoon of granulated sugar meticulously incorporated to add a touch of sweetness that balances the acidity of the vinegar, creating a harmonious flavor profile.
  • Salt and pepper to taste meticulously used to season the dish and balance the flavors, ensuring a well-seasoned and satisfying taste.
  • 3 bell peppers a mix of red, green, and yellow, thoughtfully selected for their vibrant colors and distinct flavors, providing a medley of sweet, tangy, and slightly bitter notes to the dish.
  • 1/8 tablespoon of red wine vinegar skillfully added to lend a tangy and slightly acidic note that brightens the overall taste of the dish.

Instructions

  • Prepare the bell peppers by washing them and slicing into thin strips of about a quarter of an inch thick.
  • Slice the onions finely and mince the garlic cloves for additional flavor.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, then add in the sliced onions to coat with it.
  • Allow it to cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened.
  • Add the peppers and garlic cloves, stirring to combine and cook for 5-7 minutes until the peppers are slightly softened.
  • Add red wine vinegar, granulated sugar, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to the pan; stir to mix everything together and cook for an extra 3-4 minutes until the peppers are cooked through and lightly caramelized.
  • Enjoy this delicious Portillo’s Sweet Peppers side dish with your favorite Italian dishes such as pasta, pizza, or risotto.

Notes

– Make sure your skillet is hot before adding the oil so that the onions and peppers don’t stick to it.
– Use a mix of red, green, and yellow bell peppers for an attractive presentation and a variety of flavors.
– If you like a bit more heat, you can add extra crushed red pepper flakes.
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What to serve with Portillo’s Sweet Peppers?

Portillo’s Sweet Peppers is the perfect side dish for any Italian-inspired meal. It pairs especially well with pasta dishes, pizza, and risotto. Here are a few ideas that you can serve alongside this tasty dish:

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce – The sweetness of the peppers will contrast nicely with the rich flavor of the meat sauce.

Grilled Chicken with Roasted Tomato Sauce – The sweetness of the peppers will complement the tanginess of the tomato sauce and bring out the flavor of the grilled chicken.

Baked Ziti – The flavors from Portillo’s Sweet Peppers will liven up this classic Italian dish.

Lasagna – The sweetness of the peppers will help to round out the flavors of this comforting, cheesy dish.

Garlic Bread – The sweetness from the peppers will be an excellent addition to buttery garlic bread.

Roasted Vegetables – Serve up some roasted vegetables alongside your Portillo’s Sweet Peppers for a complete meal that is healthy and delicious.

How to store leftover Portillo’s Sweet Peppers?

Leftover Portillo’s Sweet Peppers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. To reheat, simply place in a skillet over medium-low heat and stir until heated through.

They are also delicious and served cold as part of a salad or antipasti plate. But I would suggest eating them as soon as possible for the best flavor and texture.

Can pregnant women eat this?

Yes, pregnant women can eat Portillo’s Sweet Peppers. However, as with any food during pregnancy, it is always best to consult your physician before consuming this dish. 

Pregnant women should also watch their intake of red wine vinegar and crushed red pepper flakes, as both can increase the risk of heartburn and indigestion.

FAQs 

What other herbs can I use in this dish?

You can easily swap out the oregano for any of your favorite dried herbs like basil, thyme, rosemary, or parsley.

Can I make this with fresh peppers?

Yes, you can! You may want to adjust the cooking time slightly if using fresh peppers as they will take a bit longer to cook.

Can I use other types of vinegar?

Yes, you can substitute the red wine vinegar for apple cider vinegar or white balsamic vinegar. Just note that the flavor may be slightly different.

Wrapping Up

Portillo’s Sweet Peppers are a delicious and easy side dish that can be enjoyed any night of the week. With just a few simple steps, you can have this classic Italian-inspired dish on the table in no time!

So next time you’re looking for an easy and tasty side dish to accompany your meal, try making Portillo’s Sweet Peppers for a flavorful and satisfying dish.

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Dr. Leah Alexander, M.D., is a board-certified Pediatrician in New Jersey and has been working at Elizabeth Pediatric Group of New Jersey since 2000.
She also has a passion for culinary arts that extends beyond the medical realm. After completing culinary school at the French Culinary Institute, she started Global Palate, LLC, a catering firm, in 2007. She ran her own six-year-old catering company and served small group parties as an owner and executive chef.

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