Balsamic Sauteed Tomatoes and Peppers

These balsamic sauteed tomatoes and peppers are the perfect filling for fajitas, tacos, or burritos, served over rice, or even just by themselves.

Let me just first put this out there: I cannot stop spelling it “balsalmic.” There is no second “L” but darn if I don’t want to put one in there. I put that extra “L” in when I pronounce it too, which is wrong, because it’s “ball-sam-ick,” not “ball-salm-ick.” It’s made from grapes, not salmon (and aren’t we all thankful for that?!)

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Balsamic sauteed tomatoes and peppers from janus-lane.com. The perfect filling for fajitas and tacos!Balsamic vinegar is my new obsession. I don’t know how I made it 33 years without it being a staple in my kitchen because it is delicious and so versatile.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret here too: I don’t care much for bell peppers. I love the smell of fresh ones, but if given the choice, I usually won’t eat them, but these? I actually ate a burrito with just this in it for dinner. No meat! No cheese! WHO HAVE I BECOME?!

This is one of those recipes that takes very little time, effort, or ingredients. A balsamic reduction is added to sauteed peppers, onion, garlic, and tomatoes. That’s it. That’s all there is to it. Which goes to show that sometimes the best recipes are the simplest ones.

This recipe was inspired by one I found in House & Garden’s New Cook Book, published in 1967. I love old cookbooks, and seeing what was considered a good meal 40-50 years ago. It’s fun to take those old recipes and modernize them, and occasionally to be a little bit horrified at what it’s suggesting I cook (Brains Au Beurre Noir and Apple and Marrow Pie, anyone?) Here is the recipe that inspired this dish:

pepper saute recipe from Home & Garden's New Cook Book, circa 1967Start by slicing your onion, slivering your garlic, and seeding and slicing red and green bell peppers and tomatoes. You could also use a bag of frozen onions and peppers.

Balsamic sauteed tomatoes and peppers from janus-lane.comI wish I could convey how good these smelled through your monitor.

Balsamic sauteed tomatoes and peppers from janus-lane.comMix together balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and soy sauce and let it boil for about 15 minutes.

Balsamic reduction for sauteed tomatoes and peppers from janus-lane.comThis is the consistency I like my reduction, but you can let it boil longer if you want a thicker sauce. The end goal is to have half the amount that you started with.

Balsamic reduction for sauteed tomatoes and peppers from janus-lane.comWhile the reduction is reducing, saute the peppers, onions, and garlic in olive oil on medium heat for 5-10 minutes before adding the tomatoes.
Balsamic sauteed tomatoes and peppers from janus-lane.comAdd the balsamic reduction to the pepper mixture and let simmer for a few more minutes. Serve sprinkled with sea salt, cracked black pepper, and fresh cilantro, if you are so inclined.

Balsamic sauteed tomatoes and peppers from janus-lane.com. The perfect filling for fajitas and tacos!

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These balsamic sauteed tomatoes and peppers are the perfect filling for fajitas, tacos, or burritos, served over rice, or even just by themselves.

Let me just first put this out there: I cannot stop spelling it “balsalmic.” There is no second “L” but darn if I don’t want to put one in there. I put that extra “L” in when I pronounce it too, which is wrong, because it’s “ball-sam-ick,” not “ball-salm-ick.” It’s made from grapes, not salmon (and aren’t we all thankful for that?!)

Click here to go straight to the recipe.
Balsamic sauteed tomatoes and peppers from janus-lane.com. The perfect filling for fajitas and tacos!Balsamic vinegar is my new obsession. I don’t know how I made it 33 years without it being a staple in my kitchen because it is delicious and so versatile.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret here too: I don’t care much for bell peppers. I love the smell of fresh ones, but if given the choice, I usually won’t eat them, but these? I actually ate a burrito with just this in it for dinner. No meat! No cheese! WHO HAVE I BECOME?!

This is one of those recipes that takes very little time, effort, or ingredients. A balsamic reduction is added to sauteed peppers, onion, garlic, and tomatoes. That’s it. That’s all there is to it. Which goes to show that sometimes the best recipes are the simplest ones.

This recipe was inspired by one I found in House & Garden’s New Cook Book, published in 1967. I love old cookbooks, and seeing what was considered a good meal 40-50 years ago. It’s fun to take those old recipes and modernize them, and occasionally to be a little bit horrified at what it’s suggesting I cook (Brains Au Beurre Noir and Apple and Marrow Pie, anyone?) Here is the recipe that inspired this dish:

pepper saute recipe from Home & Garden's New Cook Book, circa 1967Start by slicing your onion, slivering your garlic, and seeding and slicing red and green bell peppers and tomatoes. You could also use a bag of frozen onions and peppers.

Balsamic sauteed tomatoes and peppers from janus-lane.comI wish I could convey how good these smelled through your monitor.

Balsamic sauteed tomatoes and peppers from janus-lane.comMix together balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and soy sauce and let it boil for about 15 minutes.

Balsamic reduction for sauteed tomatoes and peppers from janus-lane.comThis is the consistency I like my reduction, but you can let it boil longer if you want a thicker sauce. The end goal is to have half the amount that you started with.

Balsamic reduction for sauteed tomatoes and peppers from janus-lane.comWhile the reduction is reducing, saute the peppers, onions, and garlic in olive oil on medium heat for 5-10 minutes before adding the tomatoes.
Balsamic sauteed tomatoes and peppers from janus-lane.comAdd the balsamic reduction to the pepper mixture and let simmer for a few more minutes. Serve sprinkled with sea salt, cracked black pepper, and fresh cilantro, if you are so inclined.

Balsamic sauteed tomatoes and peppers from janus-lane.com. The perfect filling for fajitas and tacos!

Linking up to these parties.

Balsamic sauteed tomatoes and peppers from janus-lane.com. The perfect filling for fajitas and tacos!
Balsamic Sauteed Tomatoes and Peppers
Sauteed bell peppers, onions, garlic, and tomatoes are simmered in a balsamic reduction for a healthy side dish or filling for your favorite Mexican food.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Balsamic sauteed tomatoes and peppers from janus-lane.com. The perfect filling for fajitas and tacos!
Balsamic Sauteed Tomatoes and Peppers
Sauteed bell peppers, onions, garlic, and tomatoes are simmered in a balsamic reduction for a healthy side dish or filling for your favorite Mexican food.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
Vegetable prep & saute
  1. Slice the onion, sliver the garlic, and seed and slice red and green bell peppers and tomatoes to the desired size. You can also use a bag of frozen onions and peppers. Heat the oil in a large skillet before adding the peppers, onion, and garlic. Saute for 5-10 minutes (depending on how crunchy you want the peppers), then add the tomatoes and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 3-5 minutes before adding the balsamic reduction, stirring well to coat the toms and peppers. Add salt and pepper to taste. Optional: Serve with fresh cilantro, basil, or other fresh herb of your choice.
Balsamic Reduction
  1. Mix together balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Boil for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until you have about 2 ounces of fluid remaining. It should be thick enough to coat a spoon when dipped in it.
Recipe Notes

Regardless of quantity, a balsamic reduction is made by halving the amount of liquid you began with. Four ounces will be reduced down to 2 ounces, and so on. It is traditionally made with only balsamic vinegar, but other ingredients such as brown sugar or citrus will impart additional flavor to the reduction. This can be made for this recipe with only the balsamic vinegar, but I enjoy the slightly-sweet flavor that the brown sugar provides.

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  • https://bphotoart.com/ Betsy @ BPhotoArt.com

    Looks delicious! We went on a bell pepper binge a while ago, as our supermarket had a “buy 11 for $10″ deal. Challenge accepted.

    thanks for sharing at #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup …hope to see you again!

  • heidi

    It’s funny how our tastes change sometimes. I find myself eating foods I never would have eaten years ago.

  • https://www.mrsbrechtl.blogspot.com/ All that’s Jas

    Yum, yum! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

  • https://lifewithlorelai.com/ Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

    Sounds wonderful! What a great side for a BBQ. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week. :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

    • https://www.allthevs.com/ Stephanie Volkert

      It would definitely be great with a BBQ. Good idea!

  • https://www.pluckys-secondthought.com Jess

    This sounds SO delicious! I’ve pinned it!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  • lucy B

    These look so yummy. My two little girls love fajitas so I will be trying this shortly.

    • https://www.allthevs.com/ Stephanie Volkert

      You’ll have to let me know what you think!

  • 60-TheNew40.com

    Those vegetables look so inviting and healthy, not cooked too much. Very nice recipe.
    Thanks Kathleen
    Fridays Blog Booster Party

    • https://www.allthevs.com/ Stephanie Volkert

      Definitely a lot healthier than using a processed mix like I use to do.

  • Clairejustineo

    These look tasty :)

    Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop..

  • Nikki Ranson 

    That looks so yummy and I will so have to try this! Linking by from Claire Justine’s Weekend Blog Hop, I blog over at Hooked In The Heart!

    • https://www.allthevs.com/ Stephanie Volkert

      Thanks Nikki!

  • https://www.grammietime2.blogspot.com/ Michelle

    I ususally just saute in a little olive oil and seasonings. This looks scrumptous. Must try!

    • Steph

      That was what I would do before too, but I really needed something with flavor for me to really enjoy peppers. Balsamic to the rescue!

    • https://www.allthevs.com/ Stephanie Volkert

      That’s what I would do before, but they were just still too bland for me. Not anymore!

  • Sandra L. Garth

    Yay, no more naked peppers for me!

    • Steph

      Haha, I think peppers do better when dressed up a bit :)

    • https://www.allthevs.com/ Stephanie Volkert

      Haha, peppers do best when covered up LOL

  • https://www.sweetinspirationsbyjpdesigns.blogspot.com Sweet Inspirations by JP desig

    Oh, wow…your recipe sounds delicious! I love balsamic and will be trying your recipe…a glaze is my absolute fav!

    • Steph

      Thanks! Hope you like it as much as I do!

    • https://www.allthevs.com/ Stephanie Volkert

      I’m new to glazes and am learning just how great and versatile they are. Let me know what you think of it!

  • Debbie-Dabble

    Thanks so much for stopping by!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

  • travelanimalDr

    mmm this looks really good.

  • LZ Cathcart

    Yum! If there was one thing I could take with me on a deserted island it would be balsamic. I seriously think it can be used with both both veggies and fruits. Have you ever had a salad with strawberries, almonds, other salad fixings and then balsamic? OH man… it’s amazing!

    • Steph

      I haven’t. I’m a weird person that doesn’t like fruit in my salad. I do plan to experiment with making balsamic dressing though.

    • https://www.allthevs.com/ Stephanie Volkert

      I haven’t! I should try it though!