Portillo's Italian beef sandwich | Source: Facebook/portillos.hotdog
Portillo's Italian beef sandwich | Source: Facebook/portillos.hotdog

Portillo’s Sweet Peppers Recipe — Recreate This Bold Side Dish at Home

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Jan 15, 2024
09:40 A.M.
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Side dishes elevate meals, adding a touch of sweetness, spice, or tanginess to complement the main dishes. For those seeking the ultimate trifecta in a side dish, look no further than Portillo's sweet peppers. In fact, they are easy to make at home!

Portillo's, a famous American chain since 1963, is known for its Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef, and more. With over 70 locations, it's a culinary icon in Chicago, famous for its unique flavors.

In addition to their iconic dishes, Portillo's sweet peppers bring joy to the palate. If the boldness of this side dish entices you, we've got a recipe for you to try!

Sliced peppers | Source: Pexels

Sliced peppers | Source: Pexels

Portillo's sweet peppers have a mild spicy taste. They come in small slices, yet they pack a delightful combination of sweetness, tanginess, and spiciness. They are seamlessly mixed into the iconic restaurant's menu of hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, and French bread.

Whether enjoyed as a topping or infused into various dishes, Portillo's sweet peppers will take your taste buds to the next level! Making this popular side dish at home is not only possible, but it's also a fun and delightful culinary experience! Here is the recipe.

Portillo's Sweet Peppers Recipe


  • 6 bell peppers (a mix of red, green, and yellow)
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Wash the bell peppers, remove the stems, seeds, and membranes, and cut them into thin strips. Set them aside.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and minced garlic, and sauté the mixture until it becomes soft and translucent.
  4. Add the thin bell pepper strips to the skillet and cook for about five to seven minutes until they soften.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the red wine vinegar, sugar, dried oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  6. Pour the vinegar mixture over the bell peppers and onions in a skillet and stir well. Cook for an additional two to three minutes.
  7. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and spread it out evenly.
  8. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 30-35 minutes until the peppers are tender and slightly caramelized.
  9. Remove from the oven and let the dish cool down for a bit before serving. Enjoy!

Portillo's sweet peppers complement other dishes seamlessly. Upgrade your hot dog game by tossing in some sweet peppers, onions, and mustard for a total boost of flavor. And, If you're a fan of BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, adding these sweet and smoky peppers is a game-changer.

If you want to spice up your vegetable wrap, add these peppers for extra flavor, as well as some dressing for a tasty touch. Consider mixing it in your grilled chicken salad for a refreshing and spicy kick.

There are fascinating cuisines to explore beyond our favorite go-to meals. If you want to try a unique recipe at home, consider recreating this Malatang recipe. This Chinese soup provides comfort during cold weather.

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