Stuffed Poblano Peppers… 25 Ways!

Stuffed peppers aren’t a new concept but how often do you actually add them to your dinner menu? And what do you put in them? I’ll admit, we don’t make them that often and every time we do, I say “why don’t we make these more often?!” They’re so easy and typically a lighter alternative to how you may otherwise serve the filling. Today, I’m sharing my favorite ways to prepare them, along with 25 (yes, 25!) ideas for stuffed poblano peppers.

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What kind of peppers do you use and what do you use as the filling? Well, I think while we most often see stuffed bell peppers, poblanos are my pick — thin walls, possibly a tad extra kick of heat (but still mild), and the perfect shape and depth to bake when halved and stuffed. I prepared three varieties of stuffed poblano peppers that I’ll detail but first, I’m going to share the basics of how to prepare and bake them. (You can also grill them!) It’s also worth noting that the poblano peppers I used were huge — the ones you typically find may be a little smaller ;).

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Since your filling is already cooked, the bake time is focused more on getting the pepper cooked through and tender. Here’s the general steps for any stuffed peppers.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Wash and cut peppers in half vertically
  3. Scoop out insides and discard
  4. Spoon filling of choice inside each half
  5. Place on a cookie sheet and bake approximately 25-30 minutes
  6. Garnish and serve

My favorite stuffed poblano peppers — jalapeno popper style, filled with cheese, bacon, and chives. Here’s the easy recipe.

30 Ways to Stuff Peppers -- Poblanos, Jalapenos, & Bell Peppers!

Simple, Delicious Stuffed Peppers (30 Ways!)
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Cheesy Stuffed Poblano Peppers

A variation of jalapeno poppers, these substantial stuffed poblanos with cheese and bacon are the perfect option for dinner!

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Keyword easy, stuffed peppers, summer, weeknight
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 3-4 large poblano peppers (can use 5-6 smaller poblanos)
  • 1 8 oz. block cream cheese
  • 1/2 refrigerated package bacon bits (can substitute fresh crumbled bacon)
  • 1 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2-3 scallions, finely diced


  1. Preheat oven to 350°

  2. Soften cream cheese to room temperature

  3. Cut each poblano pepper in half, lengthwise. scoop out insides and discard

  4. Combine softened cream cheese, sharp cheddar, scallions, and bacon, and stir together well

  5. Spoon filling into pepper halves and set each on baking sheet.

  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until peppers are cooked and tender.

  7. ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

If you don't have access to poblanos or prefer to make these into an appetizer, you can use jalapenos instead of poblano peppers. The filling will be enough for a full baking sheet so you will need at least 12+ larger jalapeno peppers as a substitute. 

Per the notes I added in the above recipe, this filling is great to make a big batch of jalapeno poppers, too, and make a delicious party appetizer.

Simple, Delicious Stuffed Peppers (30 Ways!)

Stuffed Poblano Pepper Ideas

So, now that we’ve talked about basic, cheesy stuffed peppers, what other ideas are there? The thing I love about these, is that there are no rules and no limits. Think of the pepper as your edible bowl — you can put just about anything inside, which makes them a great way to serve leftovers — thus locking in an easy way to mix up dinner in the weekly meal plan. The crock pot Mexican chicken that I use for tacos, then taco salads, and ultimately chicken tortilla soup (recipe HERE) — well, it is also super yummy inside a poblano pepper.

30 Ideas to Stuff Peppers for Dinner!

For these peppers, I portioned out some of the chicken mixture (an easy combo of salsa, taco seasoning, onion, and bell pepper — recipe HERE), and mixed in some corn and black beans (whatever is left, I toss into the chicken mixture that will ultimately be made into the chicken tortilla soup.) After they finish baking (again, approximately 25-30 minutes), I garnish with a sprinkle of cheese, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), and a little cilantro.

Mexican Chicken Stuffed Peppers (+ 30 Other Ways to Stuff Peppers!)

Another unexpected but yummy stuffed poblano pepper idea — sloppy joe peppers. I know not everyone loves sloppy Joe’s like we do but these are so dang good — and are a fantastic way to use up the leftover sloppy Joe meat.  Or, if your family loves sloppy Joe’s but you want to skip the bun, filling a pepper is a great lighter alternative! After they finish baking, I sprinkle a little mozzarella on top to melt.

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The peppers kind of form little personal casseroles where you can really get creative with fillings, additions, toppings, and garnishes. And just like a lot of successful casseroles can be assembled by taking a look in your fridge and pantry, the same goes for stuffed pepper fillings.

Now that I’ve shared how I approach our stuffed peppers — primarily focusing on leftovers, what’s on hand, and ways to stretch our meals — here are over 20 more ideas to get your wheels turning.

  1. Scrambled eggs & sausage/bacon
  2. Cheeseburger
  3. Barbeque
  4. Spaghetti sauce
  5. Stir fry
  6. Philly cheesesteak
  7. Pepperoni pizza (tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni)
  8. Chicken casserole
  9. Chicken & rice
  10. Tacos (a traditional stuffed pepper you’ve probably seen many times before!)
  11. Spinach & artichoke dip
  12. Pimento cheese
  13. Thanksgiving leftovers
  14. Macaroni & cheese
  15. Fried rice
  16. Green bean casserole
  17. Broccoli casserole
  18. Refried beans w/ cheese
  19. Corn dip / Mexican street corn
  20. Spinach souffle
  21. Bruschetta
  22. Caprese (tomato, basil, mozzarella and a balsamic glaze drizzle)

Here’s a look back at chicken bbq stuffed jalapeno peppers, when I shared seven ways to serve chicken bbq (HERE), but the same method would be delicious as the filling for poblano peppers.

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Stuffed Poblano Pepper Garnish Ideas

Just like the filling, the garnishes are limitless. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

  • Herbs
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Salsa
  • Greek yogurt/sour cream
  • Chives
  • Cheese
  • Crispy onions
  • Bread crumbs

Serve them as a side or as the main course, you can refrigerate the leftovers and while they will be a little more “limp” after reheating, they’ll still be delish.

30 Different Ways and Ideas to Stuff Peppers!

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  1. 7.22.20
    Cecilia from Georgia said:

    5 stars
    So happy to see something done with peppers! I have friends whose pepper plants are producing like crazy! I’ll use this and share with them.

    • 7.23.20

      Hi Cecilia, I had so much fun with this one! We love peppers of all types. Dave actually has Serrano and Jalapeno plants. Wish we were growing our own Poblanos. Maybe next year? Thank you so much for visiting and for sharing!

  2. 7.22.20
    Gretchen Thomas said:

    5 stars
    What a great post! I love the three fillings you featured and the awesome ideas for more. Describing the peppers as “little casserole dishes” is so appropriate. These will definitely be In my menu future.

    • 7.23.20

      Nan, You know how much we love our peppers. These were so much fun to create. Eliza even loved them. You can bet I will be trying different little casseroles in the future!

  3. 7.22.20

    5 stars
    Awesome!!! You have DONE it again!!! You can use these pablano for breakfast too!!! Always love your snack around the plate ideas… all your recipes!!! Thanks.. I’m gonna have a pablano pepper PARTY BAR… build your own.. server with chips/salsa & ritas!!! Great idea!!! Thanks!

    • 7.23.20

      Hi Debbie, Thank you so much. It’s amazing all of the fillings you can use. For breakfast? Absolutely! I love your party bar idea. Fun times indeed!

  4. 9.20.20
    Brigitte said:

    3 stars
    Hello made these tonight. They were ok. I think if the peppers were grilled first would be better. Sorry

    • 9.21.20

      Hi Brigitte, Thank you so much for your feedback. It is appreciated!

  5. 10.15.21
    Tim from Oshkosh WI said:

    5 stars
    Planted 5 Poblano Pepper Plants in the garden this year, so many peppers SO MANY!! Thanks for all the great ideas, tried the sausage, egg & cheese with slice of tomato & basil over the top!! So Delicious!! Will be freezing a bunch empty so I can play some more with your other great suggestions.

    • 10.18.21

      Hi Tim, Aren’t Poblano Peppers so great? It sounds like you harvested a bumper crop this year. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and for your kind note. Poblanos are our favorite!