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Ten savoury stuffed pepper options

Easy to make, looks good, tastes great, it makes for a great appetizer or side dish to the main meal.


Stuffed peppers are one of those meals where no matter how simple the preparation process was, the end result always looks like you’re pretty much a gourmet chef. This is something that triathletes will appreciate, especially those who feel like a less than talented cook at the best of times. Easy to make, looks great, it makes for a great appetizer or side dish to the main meal.

Stuffed peppers also come in all dietary requirements–gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, or whatever it is that your heart (or digestive system) desires.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best-stuffed pepper recipes out there:

1) Ground turkey sweet potato stuffed peppers

Ground turkey instead of beef offers a leaner option in this delicious dinner, without sacrificing taste. Likewise, sweet potato instead of regular potato amps up the nutrition factor as well. This recipe is ready in 45 minutes, making it a great weeknight option.

2) Mexican quinoa stuffed peppers

Described by the recipe author as “a fiesta for the eyes and mouth,” this is a vegan and gluten-free meal that is perfect for when you’re craving Mexican. If you have leftovers, they make for a great packed lunch.

3) Potato and egg stuffed peppers


For avid fans of breakfast-for-dinner, this recipe will already have your mouth watering. This recipe is made with ingredients you likely already have in your fridge or pantry but takes them to a whole new level.

4) Quinoa black bean crockpot stuffed peppers

Crockpot meals are a huge time saver–perfect for those nights when you’re running after work and want to walk in the door to a ready (and nutritious!) meal. These bad boys are a protein-packed vegetarian delight.

5) Pesto chicken stuffed peppers

Pesto and stuffed peppers may not be to flavours you’d immediately conflated with each other, but upon seeing this recipe, you’ll be thoroughly on board. This recipe only takes five ingredients, making it ideal for those of us who may not be the most gifted in the kitchen (ahem, guilty).

6) Bell pepper pizza

If you’ve ever justified pizza by pointing at all the veggies you pile on top, you can take that logic a step further with this recipe that actually turns pizza into a vegetable. These make for a great appetizer or finger food for a crowd.

7) Three cheese macaroni stuffed peppers

Just got back from a cold, hard long-run and in serious need of some comfort food? Give these macaroni stuffed peppers a try–your favourite childhood indulgence made gourmet. Yes, it’s a decadent meal (one, two, three kinds of cheese!), and yes, you earned it.

8) Cheesy chicken stuffed peppers

Ready in just 30 minutes (prep time included) these stuffed peppers are a speedy weeknight meal. To make this meal vegetarian-friendly, double the couscous and omit the chicken.

9) Slow cooker stuffed peppers


These ground beef with brown rice stuffed peppers are another slow cooker option for the plan-ahead runner. Tastes like a taco, but with better nutrition values. You can also sub quinoa for the brown rice, depending on your personal preference.

10) Tex-Mex stuffed peppers

Protein? Check. Complex-carbohydrates? Check. Spicy? Check. Vegetarian? Check. Delicious? Check.