Need an Easy Weeknight Dinner? Try These 8 Creative Stuffed Pepper Recipes

These stuffed pepper recipes are healthy and simple.

Egg and Potato Stuffed Peppers to Perfection

Stuffed peppers are a classic weeknight dinner for a reason! When you halve healthy bell peppers and remove the ribs and seeds, they become the perfect vessel for grains, ground meat, or whatever you can dream up. Stuffed peppers are an efficient way to feed a crowd a nutritious meal, and they're beautiful thanks to the bright red, orange, yellow, and green hues of the veggies.

Whether you have vegetarians, vegans, or omnivores around your table, there's room to tweak this popular dish so that everyone is satisfied. Here are our suggestions for stuffed pepper recipes. No matter which variation packed with flavorful, wholesome ingredients you choose, we promise you'll have dinner on the table in no time.

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Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Corn, long-grain rice, and kidney beans make a hearty and protein-packed filling for the broiled peppers. Get the recipe. Marcus Nilsson

These peppers are best served at room temperature, which makes them a great make-ahead option. The combination of corn, kidney beans, and goat cheese is nourishing and light.

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Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

Take a cue from the Southwestern United States for this hearty, colorful meal. Fill the peppers with a combination of ground beef, rice, scallions, corn, and green chilies spiced with cumin, and melt some Monterey Jack cheese on top. Salsa and scallions are a great final touch if you're looking for a bit of brightness.

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Couscous-Stuffed Peppers

Couscous-stuffed Peppers
David Prince

Play on the natural sweetness of bell peppers with a generous amount of chopped, dried apricots in the filling. The ground beef, couscous, and feta are protein-rich and satiating, while the apricots and scallions offer freshness and flavor. With a short grocery list and minimal effort, this recipe yields a healthy meal worthy of entertaining guests.

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Greek Stuffed Peppers

A medley of ground beef, spinach, rice, and feta inside peppers makes for a delicious, savory, Greek-leaning dish. If you don't eat meat, chickpeas are a great alternative to beef.

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Egg and Potato Stuffed Peppers

Egg and Potato Stuffed Peppers to Perfection

Who doesn't love a breakfast potato hash? This clever recipe borrows beloved American diner flavors for a stuffed pepper dish that could be breakfast, lunch, or dinner—it's up to you!

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Turkey-Stuffed Peppers

With ground turkey as your base, you can go in all sorts of directions with flavors, including the tried-and-true pairing of garlic and onion. Sauté onion and garlic, then add turkey until cooked through, seasoning as you go. Combine with cooked rice, fill up your bell pepper shells, and melt some grated Cheddar cheese on top.

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Polenta-Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Polenta-Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Dana Gallagher

Corn and poblano peppers go together beautifully; corn is sweet and fresh while poblanos are earthy and smoky. This preparation doubles up on the corn, with both polenta and corn kernels, for a light, comforting dinner.

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Vegan Stuffed Peppers

The trick to vegan stuffed peppers is a celebratory filling packed with your favorite vegetables, grains, and vegan protein sources. One suggestion is going the Italian route, cooking an assortment of veggies (think zucchini, mushrooms, etc.) with oregano and red pepper flakes, then mixing them with cooked rice and lentils. A spoonful of marinara sauce on top before baking and a sprinkle of chopped basil afterwards gives the stuffed peppers an Italian touch.

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