Chili Stuffed Peppers |

This recipe is a fusion of two of my favorite things: Mexican food and sweet bell peppers. I love Mexican food, and my family loves sweet bell peppers. Combining both of these is a no brainer, right?

What’s a family dinner without a side of stuffed peppers? These days, you can find them in every ethnic cuisine cuisine—and almost every cuisine in between. No matter what kind of stuffed peppers you look at, they all have a common feature that sets them apart. That feature? Peppers.

This dish is always a favorite at my house. It’s quick and easy to fix and it’s a great way to make use of those leftover peppers in the fridge. It’s simple, sweet and savory.


When making comfort food, sometimes I like to combine some all time favorites. How about combining tex mex style chili and baked stuffed peppers? Sounds genius right? And it was just as delicious! This recipe for Chili Stuffed Peppers consists of green bell peppers stuffed with a saucy tex mex chili and baked until bursting with flavor.

Chili Stuffed Peppers

what are baked stuffed peppers?

Baked stuffed peppers are bell peppers stuffed with a mixture of rice, ground beef, tomato sauce and seasonings. The stuffing can vary, but this is my personal favorite. In the past I’ve made a few different variations including chili stuffed peppers, Italian stuffed peppers and BBQ stuffed peppers. No matter the stuffing choice, you’ll end up having a delicious dinner.

Chili Stuffed Peppers

what type of peppers to use

This recipe calls for bell peppers. You can use any color variety of bell pepper (they are the same pepper, just different stages of ripening). When choosing your pepper, you want to choose a firm pepper free of blemishes. When prepping the pepper, slice the top off of the pepper and remove the seeds. Stay away from peppers that have begun to soften or have dark spots on the skin. These peppers may have over-ripened and the soft spots can cook faster than the rest of the pepper, leading to overcooked spots.

do peppers need to be pre cooked before stuffing?

While peppers do take a bit of time in the oven to soften, this recipe is best made beginning with raw peppers. One of the reasons I love this recipe is that the Chili Stuffed Peppers are even better as leftovers. This is because the flavors have more time to develop and the pepper has more time to soften as the liquids redistribute.

Chili Stuffed Peppers

What type of chili to use

While there are many options for Chili Stuffed Peppers, i found myself going with a classic. For this recipe I chose a Tex Mex style of chili. This chili is saucy, has beans and is packed with a tangy flavor. For this recipe I combine all ingredients for the chili and stuff in the peppers to be baked.

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Chili Stuffed Peppers

Chili Stuffed Peppers


Michelle Boulé


Make a delicious twist on a classic comfort food with this recipe for Chili Stuffed Peppers. Peppers are stuffed with a tex mex chili!


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Prep Time 15 mins

Cook Time 45 mins

Total Time 1 hr




Course Main Course

Cuisine American



Servings 4

Calories 446 kcal




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  • 4 Bell Peppers
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ Cup Onion Diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • ½ Pound Ground Beef
  • 8 Oz Tomato Sauce
  • 11 Oz Chili beans
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 Tsp Cumin
  • 1 Cup Mexican Cheese Blend Shredded





  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Prep bell peppers by slicing off the top and removing the seeds. Place in an 8X8 baking dish and set aside.

  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

  • Add ground beef and cook until ground, breaking up the beef into small pieces as it cooks. Drain any excess fat.

  • Combine beef mixture with tomato sauce, chili beans, and cumin. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  • Spoon beef mixture into the peppers. Cook uncovered for 40 minutes or until fork tender. Top with shredded cheese. Let cool slightly, serve Chili Stuffed Peppers is a keyword that may be used to describe a variety of

All the chili stuffed peppers I’ve ever had were pretty good. They were all meaty, spicy, and full of flavor. So, when I came across a recipe for chili stuffed peppers that was only stuffed with meat, I was intrigued and ready to make them. Once I did, I realized they were just like the others, except this one was going to give me a little more work.. Read more about chilli con carne stuffed peppers and let us know what you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to cook meat before stuffing peppers?

Yes, you do.

How do you keep stuffed peppers from getting soggy?

I dont know how to keep stuffed peppers from getting soggy.

Why do you boil peppers for stuffed peppers?

Boiling the peppers helps to remove the pith and seeds, which would otherwise make them tough.

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