Stuffed Poblano Peppers | The Recipe Critic

Stuffed Poblano Peppers are loaded with southwest seasoned ground beef, rice, veggies, and cheese for a satisfying dinner with just a little bit of a kick! Everybody raves about this twist on classic stuffed peppers!

Stuffed peppers are one of our favorite weeknight meals! They are lower in carbs and a great way to get kids to eat more vegetables. Some of our other favorite versions are Turkey Stuffed PeppersMexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers and Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers!Stuffed poblano peppers on a plate next to a bowl of crema.

Easy Stuffed Poblano Peppers

We love these stuffed poblano peppers because the fun presentation always means perfect portion sizes and empty plates. Serve them up with a pitcher of creamy, ice cold horchata for a laid-back meal that is great for relaxed entertaining since all of it can easily be made in advance.

The southwest flavors of the smoky, mildly spicy poblanos and pepper jack cheese go really well with the hearty filling of ground beef, rice, and spices. Ground turkey, chicken, or pork can also be used in place of the ground beef. You can even make a vegetarian version of this dish! Simply use a can of drained and rinsed pinto beans or cooked quinoa in place of the ground beef!

Eight stuffed poblano peppers topped with melted cheese on a baking sheet with lime wedges.

Are Poblano Peppers Spicy?

Poblano peppers are actually quite mild, with much less heat than jalapenos. Compared to red and green bell peppers, which aren’t spicy at all, poblano peppers have more of a kick, but it’s nothing in the realm of “mouth-on-fire” kind of spicy. Even our picky eaters can handle the level of heat in these stuffed poblano peppers.

How to Make Stuffed Peppers:

It’s a cinch to throw these stuffed peppers together, especially if you already have some leftover rice on hand. Roasting the peppers before filling them is important because they won’t have enough time to soften otherwise. While poblano peppers can be eaten without roasting, we think these are much better when the peppers are roasted first while the filling is being made.

  1. Roast the peppers: Slice the peppers in half down the middle and remove seeds and membrane. Rub the peppers with a little olive oil, then bake for 12 minutes in a 350 degree F oven to soften.
  2. Brown the meat: While the peppers cook, heat a little olive oil n a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic, sauteing until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the ground beef and spices, cooking and stirring until the meat is browned and cooked through.
  3. Make the filling: Add cooked rice, fire roasted tomatoes, beans, corn, and half of the cheese. Stir to combine.
  4. Stuff peppers: Divide the filling between the roasted poblano peppers, mounding in the center, then sprinkling with the remaining cheese.
  5. Bake: Heat the stuffed poblano peppers for 10 minutes until heated through and the cheese is melted on top. Sprinkle with a little chopped fresh cilantro and serve with crema or sour cream drizzled over the top.

A collage of images showing how to make stuffed poblano peppers.

Can Stuffed Poblano Peppers Be Made Ahead?

Sure! You can assemble the stuffed poblano peppers up to 1 day in advance. Store them in the fridge, then bake when you are ready. Or if you have already baked them, store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. They reheat really well in the microwave for a minute or two, or in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

You can even make these stuffed peppers are a freezer meal. Once completely frozen, the peppers can be wrapped in two layers or plastic wrap and stored in a large zip tight bag or container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Bake from frozen by adding 10 additional minutes or so to the bake time, or thaw first in the fridge overnight. You may want to cover them with foil though so the cheese doesn’t burn on top before the filling in the middle is hot all the way through.

Three stuffed poblano peppers on a plate with a bowl of crema and lime wedges.

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Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 22 minutes

Total Time 37 minutes

Author Amy Nash

Servings 4 servings

Stuffed Poblano Peppers are loaded with southwest seasoned ground beef, rice, veggies, and cheese for a satisfying dinner with just a little bit of a kick! Everybody raves about this twist on classic stuffed peppers!

  • 4-6 poblano peppers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 (15-ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Nutrition Facts

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Amount Per Serving (4 g)

Calories 567 Calories from Fat 243

% Daily Value*

Fat 27g42%

Saturated Fat 12g60%

Cholesterol 108mg36%

Sodium 906mg38%

Potassium 990mg28%

Carbohydrates 41g14%

Fiber 8g32%

Sugar 4g4%

Protein 43g86%

Vitamin A 1056IU21%

Vitamin C 101mg122%

Calcium 365mg37%

Iron 5mg28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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