I love dinners that can easily customized with whatever ingredients you like.
The more traditional take on the meal might include ground beef, but there are so many options with beans, straches, sauces, and plenty of meat-free choices too.
If you ever find yourself with leftovers then serving them up in peppers is a great starting point.
Here are eleven of the best stuffed pepper recipes to help curb your comfort food craving.
1. Classic Rice and Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers
There are good reasons why the classics never go out of style.
This simple take on the classic crams in lean ground beef, chopped tomatoes, and cooked rice to give you comfort bite after comfort bite.
2. Cheese and Beef Mexican Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed with rice, ground beef, and cheese, these are essentially a taco in pepper form.
So what better way to get a taste of Mexico with this take on the stuffed pepper dish?
And if you’re feeling a little bit decadent (as I always am) then you can top it all off with salsa, guacamole, and/or hot sauce.
3. Diced Tomato and Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers
One of the best things I love about stuffed peppers is the variety of color they offer on your plate.
And this assortment of reds, greens and yellows is also indicative of just how varied the ingredients are.
These stuffed peppers are topped up with mozzarella cheese to help take them to a whole other level, and can even be made with ground turkey for a (slightly) healthier take on the classic.
4. 5-Ingredient Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
If rice isn’t quite your vibe, then quinoa is a great alternative that can be a lighter and easier to use.
Fortunately, it’s nowhere as dull as some people think. It’s incredibly easy to add flavor to, and doesn’t impose on the real star of the show: The cheese.
The quinoa’s cooked in broth to help infuse it with added rich flavors, and is mixed in with melted cheese, and salsa verde.
5. Spicy Jalapeño Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers
Check out this meat-free take on the dinner dish.
With strong ingredients like jalapeños, cayenne, and cumin, there’s more than here enough here to satisfy any palette.
If you’ve ever been on the fence about how well or not vegetarian versions of traditional meat-filled meals can be, then this should settle the debate.
6. Beef & Parmesan Stuffed Peppers
Sure, traditional fillings like beef and rice are what continue to make stuffed peppers so popular.
But why stop there when you can melt parmesan on top of them?
7. Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers
For something different, this Greek take on the dish is a great alternative.
It has chickpeas and herbs thrown into the mix and is a great dairy and grain-free adaptation to try out!
8. Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers
Look at it.
How could I not include this?
This takes the beloved cheesesteak sandwich recipe and reinvents it completely in the form of stuffed peppers.
It would obviously be somewhat of a stretch to even think about calling this healthy, but the lack of bread does mean you can eat more of the real star of the show: That beef and cheese filling.
9. Beef, Sausage & Cabbage Low-Carb Stuffed Peppers
This low-carb take on the dish replaces the rice with chopped cabbage. It acts as far more than just filler, as the flavors of the cabbage work with the beef perfectly to elevate it all to another level.
Lined with added onions and spices, there’s plenty here to love!
10. Italian Stuffed Peppers
I’m originally from Florence, so the title of this recipe had my attention pretty much immediately.
And I’m certainly not disappointed!
It’s easy, it has parmesan, and is delicious. In short, it’s Italian.
11. Cream Cheese Stuffed Baby Bell Peppers
I love that this adaptation goes all in on the cheese. Forget your sprinkles of parmesan – these bad boys are filled with cream cheese.
With added green onion, walnuts, and sriracha, it has enough going on to make it really interesting. The perfect appetizer.