Banana Peppers Stuffed With Vienna Sausages (Or Hot Dogs)

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

The heat and flavor of the peppers blends with the sausages and tomato sauce. We eat these like pickles or as appetizers. I also give the jars as Christmas gifts. The green peppers in the red sauce makes for a colorful gift. The recipe originally came from my ex-grandmother-in-law.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix tomato juice, vinegar, sugar, ketchup and garlic.
  2. Cook 30 Minutes.
  3. Cut stem end off of banana peppers and remove seeds (use rubber gloves if making hot peppers).
  4. Stuff 1 Vienna sausage (or hot dog) into each pepper.
  5. Pack peppers tightly into pint or quart jars.
  6. Bring sauce to boiling.
  7. Pour over peppers.
  8. Wipe rims of jar with a clean cloth; place llids and screw on rings fingertip-tight.
  9. Set the jars on lids for 5 minutes and then set right-side up until lids pop.**.
  10. **This is an heirloom recipe that uses the inversion method, which is no longer recommended by the USDA/NCHFP (National Center for Home Food Preservation) because it can affect the ability of the lid to form a good, secure seal to the jar. Current guidelines recommend pressure canning items containing meat for optimum shelf-stable storage safety, but at the very least the jars should be processed in a boiling water bath and left to cool, upright and undisturbed, on a cloth-protected counter for 24 hours. Check for seal and if the jar hasn't sealed, either re-process the jars within the 24 hours or refrigerate and use first.
Most Helpful

I have to ask how safe would it be eat? I did try another recipe like this but it called for the jars to be processed in a hot water bath. BIG PROBLEM: The hotdogs got bigger and bigger THEN the jars exploded. What a mess I had and I should have known better. I know others who have canned peppers with hotdogs with good results, but if you add more then 2 or 3 hotdogs to a quart they will swell until they burst, but if you use 1 or 2 to a jar it isn't worth trouble to can them? Also after the jars cool they are only 1/3 full.

TROUBLE4U2 August 18, 2004

I used those little smokies, they were awsome! Although I will process my jars in a boiling bath for about 20 min next time, I thought the peppers were a little tough, when I didn't process them.

cowgirlsuzie October 15, 2010

While this recipe is written in an old-fashioned way, it is perfectly safe if processed using modern standards. Meat needs to be processed in a pressure canner in order to assure safety, although home pickling of sausages is no longer recommended. If you are unfamiliar with these techniques, please go to for the current information.

zeldaz51 September 05, 2012