8 Reasons Stuffed Peppers Are the Most Versatile Dish Ever

Peppers in all their forms and colors are wondrous things, ripe with variations in sweetness, heat, and flavor. They’re also perfectly suited for filling with all kinds of ingredients and cooking, whether baking, frying, or braising in the sow cooker. Here are 8 recipes that show off the versatility of filled peppers, from traditional stuffed bells to spicy jalapeño poppers.

1. Slow Cooker Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers

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Healthy and bright-tasting, this recipe is good for vegetarian and omnivore alike—it’s something everybody can come together over. Letting them cook gently for 4 hours in the crockpot turns everything tender (and makes the peppers easy to peel), and makes the cook’s life manageable, too. Get our Slow Cooker Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers recipe.

2. Stuffed Peppers with Feta and Herbs

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Basmati rice conspired with cream cheese and feta to yield the most tender, creamiest filling for bell peppers. What’s more, golden raisins and fresh mint give this vegetarian entrée an intriguing Mediterranean quality. Get our Stuffed Peppers with Feta and Herbs recipe.

3. Couscous-Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Pearl-shaped Israeli couscous is the main stuffing medium here—it’s substantial, hard to overcook, and carries other flavors beautifully. In this case, those other flavors are Parmesan cheese, garlic, and basil. Get our Couscous-Stuffed Bell Peppers recipe.

4. Chipotle-Chorizo Jalapeño Poppers

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Jalapeño poppers go from bar to spectacular when you get creative with the fillings. Here, standard cream cheese filling is enhanced with cooked Mexican chorizo and canned chipotle chiles. The results are rich, meaty, smoky, and spicy. Get our Chipotle-Chorizo Jalapeño Poppers recipe.

5. Stuffed Poblanos with Black Beans

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Mildly spicy, flavor-steeped poblano peppers are the frame that sets off a zesty filling of black beans, cumin, Cotija cheese, and tomatoes. It’s a pretty and unusual entrée for a Mexican-themed dinner party, and though it contains cheese and sour cream, a pretty healthy one, too. Get our Stuffed Poblanos with Black Beans recipe.

6. Caribbean Pelau-Stuffed Peppers

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Pelau is a coconut milk–based pilaf from Trinidad, interpreted here as a vegetarian dish. It contains healthy and delicious butternut squash, so it’s a good choice for fall entertaining. And the black-eyed peas boost the nutritional factor. Get our Pelau-Stuffed Peppers recipe.

7. Chiles Rellenos

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Mexico’s classic dish (in all its variations) is the grandmother of all stuffed pepper dishes. Here’s perhaps the most familiar version, stuffed with cheese, dipped in a light egg batter, and shallow fried till it’s crisp and golden brown. Get our Chiles Rellenos recipe.

8. Bacon and Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers

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Bacon and sharp cheddar cheese are one of the great marriages in all of food. Here, we introduce them to the classic jalapeño popper, a spicy, green-tasting frame that sets them off beautifully. Get our Bacon and Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers recipe.

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