Spanish Champiñones, Pimientos y Ajo (Mushrooms, Peppers and Garlic)

Sauteed mushrooms
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 2 to 3 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
159 Calories
14g Fat
8g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 3
Amount per serving
Calories 159
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 197mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 69mg 346%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 359mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These garlicky mushrooms and peppers are an easy vegetarian side dish that makes a great accompaniment to eggs or meats, while also being a great filling for sandwiches, wraps, and pitas. Three vegetables, olive oil, and salt are all that you need to make this dish, plus 15 minutes from beginning to end. This is a fairly common dish in Spain and it has many variations with greater or lesser ingredients, though garlic is ever-present. It gives such a nice pungent flavor and aroma to these and all vegetables. Serve as a side dish, or top white rice, potatoes, or even pasta with this delicious mixture. Keep refrigerated for up to three days and eat hot or cold.

As there are very few ingredients in the recipe, try finding the best quality vegetables. There's no masking bad flavors when what you serve is just quickly sautéed fresh vegetables and fungi. When choosing peppers, go for the vegetables with shiny skins, without blemishes or bruises, and that are firm and feel heavy for their size. Choose peppers with green and healthy stems and, if needed, swap the red peppers for green if you can't find good ripe red ones—they are, after all, the same vegetable, and the red one is just a ripe green pepper. Use white or brown mushrooms and pick firm, smooth fungi that look dry and that have no blushing, brown, or mushy spots. For this recipe, baby Bella, white, cremini, or sliced portobello work really well.

Serve this mixture on top of rustic bread as a tapa. Stuff focaccia with brie or Camembert and top with the hot vegetables for a quick vegetarian sandwich. Mix with rice and tempeh for a vegan stir-fry, or serve cold alongside a charcuterie plate with cured meats and cheeses. These champiñones are very versatile and can be part of any meal. Serve with steak strips and make tacos, use with grilled chicken breast, or top steamed fish fillets. These measurements make 2 to 3 servings, but the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. Other vegetables can be added for bulk and flavor: broccoli florets, asparagus spears, or perhaps shaved Brussels sprouts. Experiment with herbs like dry thyme, oregano, or rosemary for an earthy touch that balances out the bright pepper flavor.


  • 1/2 pound mushrooms, white or brown

  • 1 whole red pepper

  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • Salt, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Rinse mushrooms under cold water. Trim stems of mushrooms and slice them thinly.

  3. Rinse red pepper and remove the stem. Cut peppers in half lengthwise, remove seeds and devein peppers. Slice in thin strips.

  4. Peel garlic and thinly slice.

  5. Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into a large, heavy-bottomed frying pan. Heat on medium. When the oil is hot, add mushroom, pepper and garlic slices. Sauté until vegetables are soft, being careful not to burn the garlic or overcook the vegetables. Serve warm.

  6. Enjoy!


This recipe makes four servings as a side dish so if you want more, double the recipe.