6 Ways to Pick Peppers for Dinner


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We love bell peppers. Served raw, they're a tangy and low-calorie snack and a great addition to any salad. When cooked, their natural sweetness is highlighted. We've picked a pack of pepper recipes that are both delicious and nutritious!
Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers: Who says you have to serve fajitas in a flour tortilla? Instead of serving peppers in the fajitas, I serve fajitas in a roasted pepper!

Chicken Oregano with Sweet Peppers: Serve this on top of a bed of brown rice.

Stuffed Bell Peppers: This stuffed bell pepper recipe is really delicious! You can use red bell peppers if you like that flavor better. It incorporates your protein, starch, and veggies in one neat package! Brown rice is used for an added nutritional punch.

Chicken Tostadas with Corn and Peppers: Tostadas top tacos in our book: This knife-and-fork meal lets you pile on more (healthy) toppings!

Easy Baked Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers: Whether served as an appetizer or side dish, these poppers are sure to be a hit!

Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa, Spinach and Feta Cheese: You'll love this simple vegetarian supper.

More pepper recipes & meal ideas:
What is your favorite way to eat peppers?

How do you prefer to eat peppers?

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  • 52
    I love peppers. - 7/28/2017   6:48:19 AM
  • 51
    They are expensive so I just buy them when they go on sale but that is not often. - 6/30/2017   12:49:50 AM
  • 50
    I feel like cooking peppers gives it some extra flavor but I also do like raw peppers too. - 5/10/2016   4:32:01 PM
    I'm going to start eating more red peppers since I learned how much vitamin c that they have. :) - 5/9/2016   12:52:27 PM
  • 48
    I like the equally either cooked or raw. I use them often in my cooking. I especially love stuffed bell peppers! This recipe is pretty close to how I make mine! - 5/9/2016   10:11:18 AM
    Love the orange and red ones. Yellow is also nice, but green ones don't agree with my insides. Love the orange/red ones raw - when cutting up for a salad, I end up eating most of the pieces before the salad is made. Big pieces of raw bell pepper make nice crunchies on the side for any meal. Also they make nice additions to sandwiches when raw or cooked. Or as the sandwich filling all by themselves, in good bread or rolls or pita bread, usually with vegenaise (eggless mayo) or sometimes cream cheese. Since I can't eat tomatoes very often, I use bell peppers instead in such concoctions. I also freeze pieces for cooking and tossing into blended drinks (Vitamix type whole veg/fruit juices). I make the pieces the right size for the blender and when cooking, just let them defrost enough to cut into smaller pieces (for example, to toss into pasta or rice or millet or just to add to other veggies). - 2/7/2016   10:27:49 PM
  • 46
    This sounds great- I have a freezer drawer filled with sliced & chopped pepppers from last summer's harvest. The recipes on the 6 pepper recipes blog should help me create some new meals. - 2/26/2015   6:01:51 AM
  • 45
    I love peppers any way. I can them "Italian style" when I have an overload. I also roast them for use in Ratatouille to go on top of a Cornmeal Tart (recipe on Sparkpeople) - 9/6/2014   3:30:15 AM
    we grow our own peppers - several different varieties - so we don't have to worry about pesticides. We love stuffed pepper soup and diced peppers and onions cooked with our eggs. - 9/5/2014   5:57:46 AM
  • 43
    I loved raw & stuffed bell peppers, Yummy!! - 9/4/2014   3:06:12 PM
  • 42
    I love them cooked or raw and eat them almost daily. They have a lot of vitamins so that's great! - 9/4/2014   12:30:45 PM
    They're super for freezing too! I chop up and put in air-tight jars with plastic lids and they're great using in eggs, fajitas, etc. Just throw in frozen. It helps when you can grow them in your garden like I do. Tip: If you don't put them in air-tight containers when freezing, all of your other freezer items will take on a green pepper flavor. No joke! Yep, green pepper flavor ice cream! = ( - 11/1/2013   1:57:06 PM
  • ELMA1913
    I love peppers - especially the orange, red, and yellow ones. Good tip is that for fresh eating (relish trays) pick peppers that have three lopes on the bottom - use the four lopes ones for baking, sauteing, etc. - 5/21/2013   11:07:21 AM
  • 39
    I didn't like them growing up but I do now, especially red, orange, and banana peppers, sweet or hot. I like them cooked in a lot of things, especially when they're still a little crunchy. Growing peppers in Texas is super easy. - 4/12/2013   8:12:10 AM
    a must have in my house stuffed,diced,strips all ways will work - 4/10/2013   10:52:40 PM
  • 37
    I love peppers, raw and cooked both. I love all kinds of peppers. - 4/10/2013   9:39:02 PM
  • 36
    Definitely not a fan to eat green or red peppers - 4/10/2013   4:27:05 PM
  • 35
    My favorite way to eat green peppers is stuffed w/ Jimmy Dean's original sausage and pizza sauce poured over top, served w/ a half-cup of rice. OR Brown sausage. Dice green pepper and onion, mix w/ browned sausage, pizza sauce and rice. Put in a casserole dish, cover and bake for 30 min. @ 350. YUM. - 4/10/2013   4:14:09 PM
    I prefer to not eat them. They taste yucky! - 4/10/2013   11:48:40 AM
  • 33
    thanks for posting these. i just bought some red, orange, yellow, green and purple bell pepper plants yesterday to plant in our garden. i can hardly wait to see how the purple one's will taste. - 4/10/2013   10:42:18 AM
  • 32
    I like peppers but I will only buy the organic ones, as they are otherwise full of pesticides. Check it out on Environmental Working Group's "Dirty Dozen" - 4/10/2013   10:40:08 AM
  • 31
    These look like great recipes. I will save these and try for sure!!! - 4/10/2013   10:39:37 AM
  • 30
    I love raw bell peppers. They're great with a sandwich, in a salad, or whatever. I haven't made stuffed bell peppers in a while, but want to. They're delicious, and can be filled with just about anything.
    One thing I do when peppers are beginning to go bad. I cut them up in my food processor and freeze them flat in a freezer bag. Then when I'm cooking and need some, I just break off a piece and add it. I also do this with onions and celery. Great way not to have veggies go to waste. - 4/10/2013   10:13:31 AM
  • 29
    I like them both raw and cooked especially in a low-fat parmesan sauce with red peppers, onions and chicken. - 4/10/2013   9:13:04 AM
  • 28
    I love peppers! My mother makes the best stuffed peppers! I've tried to make mine the same way but they never come out like hers. I tried the first recipe shown here. It was OK, but it certainly didn't look as good as the picture. - 4/10/2013   9:09:55 AM
  • 27
    perfect timing - peppers were on sale and I have several in the refrigerator - now I can try some new recipes! Excellent source of Vitamin C. - 4/10/2013   1:24:44 AM
  • 26
    I had peppers for dinner, as in strips of green, red, and orange peppers on my homemade pizza. - 4/9/2013   11:23:43 PM
  • 25
    YUM!!! Lots of new ideas... I only know how to make the one where it is meat and rice and you put it in a pepper with a tomato sauce and cook it... You throw the peppers out... They are just to hold the meat/rice mixture while it cooks.. Thank you! - 4/9/2013   8:59:24 PM
  • 24
    My husband and I both love bell peppers; raw, cooked, stuffed, all are good! - 4/9/2013   6:18:05 PM
  • 23
    I actually cannot eat green peppers at all, and red & yellow in only real small quantities, they tear up my insides. - 8/11/2012   11:30:51 AM
  • 22
    I prefer my peppers cooked, buy only when reasonable and sometimes cut and freeze to add to casseroles l;ater. - 8/5/2012   11:23:47 AM
  • 21
    I wish I could eat them more often, I love them. Can't eat them raw because they REALLY disagree with me and my husband can't eat them cooked... what's a girl to do? - 8/5/2012   8:33:35 AM
  • 20
    I only WISH I could eat them - they're beautiful, and I like the "snap" of a few fresh chopped bits in salad. Too much though, and they don't like me at all. - 8/5/2012   6:15:10 AM
  • 19
    when I was a kid, I thought red peppers would be very hot and spicy. When I finally gave them a chance, I LOVED 'em! - 8/5/2012   2:20:30 AM
  • 18
    On the Worst list of the Dirty Dozen #3 are Bell Peppers
    Bell peppers tested positive for up to 15 pesticides on a single sample. So make certain the ones you use are organic. - 8/4/2012   10:00:38 PM
    I like both of them.
    - 8/4/2012   7:55:49 PM
  • 16
    great ideas! - 8/4/2012   7:55:34 PM
  • 15
    One of my favorite ingredients. Raw as strips to dip or added to sandwiches, in stir fry, in home made pasta sauces, with onions in salads or lightly sauted and served with any meat or beans or chicken, in my remake of the Country Fair Sausage Sandwich, in my all time favorite - Stuffed peppers. I grow them or buy at Farmers' Market, or splurge in the grocery store. Such a great source of Vitamin C and all things healthy. - 8/4/2012   3:17:28 PM
  • 14
    Love them anyway I can get them, stuffed, sauted with onions, mushrooms, garlic and any other veggie, or raw - 8/4/2012   2:07:00 PM
  • 13
    There's nothing sooo scrumptious as fresh sliced raw peppers from the garden!! I'll eat peppers just about any way I can get 'em, and used to love stuffing them with Spanish Rice, plus, they'll go just about anywhere onions, chives, shallots, and garlic will go, i.e. chopped up into any meal that's edible- saving deserts. LOL!! Thanks for sharing!! - 8/4/2012   1:16:09 PM
    I love raw veggies of almost any type you get there ture flavor and crunch. - 8/4/2012   11:08:19 AM
  • 11
    Eating them raw is winning?! Really?! YUCK. What is wrong with you people.

    I guess it is like East Coast people liking raw onions in salad. Awful...

    Peppers are for cooking and seasoning. Not eating raw. - 8/4/2012   11:00:57 AM
  • CHRIS25521
    I love to make stuffed peppers and pepper steak. - 8/4/2012   9:50:48 AM
  • 9
    I grow one sweet bell pepper each summer. I freeze them as they mature. At the end of summer, I pick all off the plant before it freezes. Last year I picked 40 in various degrees of ripening from the one plant. I gave frozen peppers away to family/friends.
    I still don't know why there were so many more this one year. - 8/4/2012   7:55:01 AM
  • SUNSET09
    I could and do eat them both ways. The place I eat lunch had them all cut up together raw, so I get a large spoonful of them. I also like stuffed peppers without the meat; or with chicken or turkey. Moe's have them cooked and I add them everytime. Now that's eating! - 8/4/2012   1:55:12 AM
  • 7
    They are my favourite vegetable apart from aubergines onions and garlic!!!
    I hope everybody knows they freeze very well, no blanching required and can be de-seeded and frozen whole, to stuff later - 8/4/2012   1:32:21 AM
  • 6
    My gawd these look delicious! - 8/3/2012   8:32:29 PM
    I grow them; can't wait to coat them with olive oil, roast them on open fire, cool them and toss them in a salad. - 8/3/2012   7:55:16 PM
  • 4
    I'm so glad there is a recipe for quinoa stuffed peppers. I had something similar to this at a potluck and have been dying to find a recipe. - 8/3/2012   7:54:18 PM
  • 3
    Thank goodness this appeared today! We are being "attacked" by a bumper crop of peppers this year. Now I have some new recipes to try with them. Thanks, Spark People- you always come through just when I need you! - 8/3/2012   7:12:44 PM

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