Stuffed peppers are the unsung heroes of dinner prep. Even though they’re quick and easy to prepare, store and travel well, and can be adapted for any occasion, they never seem to get the attention they deserve.
We’re here to help you add stuffed peppers into your meal plan. Read on for eight easy stuffed pepper recipes your family will love, from Southern-inspired plant-based stuffed peppers to cheeseburger-inspired peppers, and everything in between.
If you’re counting the days until Taco Tuesday, try these Mexican-inspired stuffed peppers in the meantime. They’re loaded with all the flavors you love, savory ground beef, zesty salsa and, of course, McCormick Original Taco Seasoning Mix. They’re also topped with crushed tortilla chips for an irresistible crunch.
Picadillo — a blend of ground beef, rice tomatoes, raisins and Spanish olives, flavored with a blend of spices — is a traditional dish in several Latin American cuisines, including Cuban cuisine. And it’s also an ideal stuffing for peppers. Our Cuban-inspired recipe features plenty of warming and savory notes, thanks to the trio of onion powder, garlic powder and cumin. It's all finished off with a sprinkle of slivered almonds.
Stuffed peppers don’t get more kid-friendly than this — and if you’re looking to add more veggies to cheeseburger night, this is the ideal recipe for you. Infusing ground beef with ketchup, mustard, relish and Worcestershire sauce adds all the burger-inspired flavor you love, while an American cheese and crispy jalapeno topping brings the creaminess with a kick of heat.
Delicious home cooking starts with balancing contrasting flavors, and these savory, salty and sweet stuffed peppers are a perfect way to flex your culinary skills. Don’t worry, it’s easy: just mix ground beef with brown rice, add crumbled feta for salty flavor and golden raisins for pops of sweetness. A blend of cinnamon, rosemary and oregano add contrast to the meal, too, for a North African-inspired dish you’ll want to make again and again.
Speaking of Mediterranean flavor, these Italian-inspired stuffed peppers are a must-try. They couldn’t be easier: just combine onion, peppers and ground beef, add your fave store-bought tomato sauce and use McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning for convenient, complex flavor. Add a little melty mozzarella, and you’ve got the perfect dinner.
If you’re looking for stuffed peppers to please your guests — or your social media feed — these tri-colored “stoplight” peppers are a picture-perfect entrée. Green, yellow and red bell peppers help this recipe pop with color, while a sausage and portobello mushroom filling will keep you feeling cozy when the temperatures dip.
Got leftovers from your BBQ cookout? This stuffed pepper recipe is the ideal way to use up leftover brisket. Just combine chopped or pulled brisket with bubbly cheddar cheese, then top each pepper with an easy homemade coleslaw. Since you’re using leftovers, it comes together quickly, allowing you to get dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Thanksgiving entertaining often leaves you with a fridge full of leftovers, and these stuffed peppers are a delicious way to use ‘em up. They’re easy to make: Just chop your turkey into bite-size pieces, and mix it with the rest of your leftovers — stuffing, potatoes, corn and gravy — then drizzle with warmed cranberry sauce for a sweet and savory dish. Best of all, this recipe is adaptable, so feel free to throw in other leftovers, like your Green Bean Casserole, too.
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