Stein Butte Hike with Tuna-Stuffed Peppers Appetizer

For a winning strategy for game day, when it comes to lower calories, try these Tuna-Stuffed Peppers. Each bite is pure delight!

Tuna-Stuffed Peppers Appetizer

Game Day (or Superbowl Sunday) is coming, Friends! You may or may not be into football, but either way, you’re going to love my delicious recipe today. I’m always looking for a “lighter” bite, something besides chips and heavy dips, and I think I came up with the perfect recipe.

I’m a tuna gal, I’ve always loved it, I used to can it (100# at a time, fresh off the Oregon coast), and it’s great in salads, sandwiches, and appetizers. So much so, I’ve included a tuna round-up at the bottom of this post. My favorite way to eat it is a tuna melt with zucchini relish on top. Oh, boy! {I just did a massive search and I’ve never posted my Zucchini Relish recipe – so it’s coming this summer!}

Stein Butte, hiking in southern Oregon

Stein Butte.

Sunday this week, my husband and our friends wanted out of the Rogue Valley fog, so we went on a beautiful hike. The trail is called Stein Butte, up past the Applegate Lake (outside of Jacksonville), and to the top, it’s about 4.9 miles. We didn’t hike the whole thing, but we plan to return when we’re better prepared to blaze the almost 10 miles.

For local readers, Stein Butte is a trail that starts at Seattle Bar, and offers hiking, horseback riding, mountain bikes or motorcycles. We only saw one other couple on the trail!

Applegate Lake trails.

Hiking at Applegate Lake offers a variety of trails. There’s Payette trail, a lakeside 9.2 mile trail. And Da-Ku-Be-Te-De trail that loops you on the edge of the 17.5 mile Applegate Lake.

Collings Mountain trail takes a loop up to the Big Foot trap. Hiking to the Big Foot trap is the easiest hike for all age groups. Going further up, Collings Mountain is open to horseback as well as mountain bikes. There’s Grouse Loop trail,  much steeper, making a loop of 2.8 miles, located just across from the entrance of Hart-tish Park.

Which ever trail you choose it offers the beauty of wild flowers, wild life (gorgeous trees!) and the view of Applegate Lake and the surrounding mountains. The trees were my favroite on our Sunday hike!

Stein Butte, hiking in southern Oregon

Good snacks. Good friends.

The Madrones and Manzanitas were fabulous, there was one view of a snow-capped mountain, we made it around and over the obstacles of fallen trees, and we stopped at the top for a snack and rest and to enjoy the beauty. We took plenty of water, tea, snacks (below–almonds and apples), and good conversation. It’s really fun to hike with good friends with whom you can talk about life.

Tuna-Stuffed Peppers Appetizer

Home to a healthy dinner, I really am trying to reach for the right foods, more water, tea at night before bed, and healthy bites! Of course plenty of exercise. This week we hiked, I went to yoga and lifted weights, and ran 4 miles (run/walk) yesterday morning with a friend. Today I’ll be doing yoga again and cardio at the gym with my friend, Cindy (who blogs at I feel very blessed every day for my health, that I can exercise, and I really want to be discliplined with what I put in my mouth (not that I don’t cheat, I mean, the Ducks were losing … so snacks tasted really good). :)

Tuna-Stuffed Peppers.

These bites today are made with tuna, plain Greek yogurt, a dash of salt, and sweet pickles. I cut some fresh thyme from our garden, and stuffed DeLallo tri-color Pepperazzi spicy, sweet peppers.

Tuna-Stuffed Peppers Appetizer

Added the toothpick, and a fresh herb.

Game Day appetizer.

One recipe makes about 16, perfect for Game Day bites, a luncheon appetizer, or keep made up in the fridge for an afternoon bite or two. I love the sweet and spicy combo, totally gluten-free, and actually I just thought of something….

Tuna-Stuffed Peppers Appetizer

It might be best to make a double batch, because they’re so good. Too good!

I’d love to hear what your favorite “tuna” appetizer is?

Tuna-Stuffed Peppers Appetizer
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Tuna-Stuffed Peppers

Makes about 16 stuffed peppers. Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate stuffed peppers. Shopping tip: Look for red or tricolor jarred sweet-spicy peppers, near pickles and olives or at the “olive bar,” in well-stocked supermarkets and specialty-food stores. I always buy DeLallo brand.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 16 bites


  • 10 oz. jar spicy-sweet peppers about 16
  • 1 6- ounce can chunk light tuna packed in water drained well
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 sweet pickles finely chopped
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  • Lay 16 whole peppers on a platter.
  • Combine drained tuna, Greek yogurt, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
  • Fill each pepper with about 1 tablespoon of the tuna mixture.
  • Grind some pepper over the stuffed peppers.
  • Place a toothpick in each bite. Chill and serve.

Tuna Round-up:

Tuna Casserole {Easy and family-friendly!}

Garden Fresh Tuna Sandwich

Egg Salad with Tuna and Pickles Sandwich

Summer Chick Pea Tuna Salad

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9 comments on “Stein Butte Hike with Tuna-Stuffed Peppers Appetizer”

  1. I can not even imagine how amazing fresh canned tuna would be….I’m a tuna-aholic :) I am going to make some today actually, love having it already in the fridge when I’m craving something to eat at lunch (or a snack – with Triscuits!). These are seriously my kind of football food! I would eat the whole plate ;)

  2. These sound so good! We love tuna in our house, and to make it a cute little mouthful…yum! Quick question – how much pickle did you put in?

  3. I love being up in the mountains! Your photos remind me of my trip to Massanutten, VA last August. I also enjoy a good tuna melt. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks Sandy and Happy Thursday :)

  4. I’m in love with canned tuna – it’s fantastic! And these little peppers are positively poppable!

  5. Oh my gosh I bet the tuna you canned was so incredible!! I love west coast seafood!

  6. What a perfect little appetizer! Want!!

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