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Chili Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

Chili stuffed bell peppers are delicious! Perfect for dinner or make when you have leftover chili the next day. Healthy vegetarian dinner even my kids love.

chili stuffed bell peppers recipe

So we love chili, and stuffed bell peppers. The other day when we made a big pot of the best vegetarian chili there was a bit left over the next day so I thought I would make chili stuffed bell peppers. They were a hit! Even the kids loved them. (originally published 8/17, affiliate links present)

It was my husband’s favorite dish that his grandma made when he was a kid. When we married he taught me how to make them and they were great! I used the same idea where you blanche the bell peppers, but instead of filling them with the rice and meat mixture I opted to fill it with chili! This is what I did.

how to blanch bell peppers

I know….yummy right??!! If you have a favorite chili recipe you can use that, use canned chili, or or mild chili recipe is very popular too. All in all it is a pretty low fat stuffed peppers recipe and lower in carb than those using rice.

Once you have your chili, or leftover chili, preparing the rest is easy peasy.

  • If you have never blanched anything before it isn’t as difficult as it sounds.
  • You just remove the ribs and seeds, bring to a boil over medium heat, cover and simmer until they’re tender really.
  • It takes all of 15 minutes or so
  • It’s really quite easy, I will share how to do it below. 

Have your muffin tin baking dish ready so you can pop them right in when they’re done.

How to blanche peppers

Chili Stuffed Bell Peppers

  1. Cut the tops off peppers and remove seeds inside
  2. Blanch your bell peppers <—— instructions here if you’ve never blanched anything
  3. Put each pepper into the hole of a large muffin tin (easiest way to keep them from not falling over)
  4. Put chili mixture into peppers, no more than 3/4 of the way full. Use canned, leftover chili, or 5 ingredient crockpot chili.
    1. Want it a bit spicy? Add some chili powder into the mix!
  5. Put in oven at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until chili is warmed

Top with cheese and diced jalapeno if desired and leave in oven for 5 more minutes. Can increase oven to 400 to get tops nice and brown.

chili stuffed bell peppers

You can leave the tops of these chili stuffed bell peppers when cooking or use them as a sort of steamer and leave them on. I don’t blanch those so typically we don’t eat them with the meal but either way works.

  • You are just warming the chili back up and letting it soak into the inside of the bell pepper in the oven really. It’s a great healthy chili meal idea!

Other recipes to try are:

  1. Instant Pot stuffed peppers or Crockpot stuffed peppers
  2. Lasagna stuffed bell peppers
  3. This Instant Pot stuffed pepper casserole is great. NO large skillet required for this, instead it is a one pot meal that cooks in no time.
  4. We love bloody mary chili

Chili stuffed peppers

Chili Stuffed Bell Peppers

Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bell peppers, chili
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 148kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

  • 6 bell peppers
  • 5.5 c chili or enough to fill each pepper 3/4 of the way full
  • 1 c mozzarella cheese
  • water to blanch peppers

Instructions

  • Cut the top off your bell peppers and remove seeds inside. Blanch your peppers following the instructions in the link above.
  • Put each pepper into the hole of a large muffin tin, this is the easiest way to keep them from not falling over.
  • Fill peppers 3/4 way full with chili (canned, leftover chili, or any version.
  • Put in oven at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until chili is warmed. Top with cheese and diced jalapeno if desired and leave in oven for 5 more minutes until melted, then Serve!
Nutrition Facts
Chili Stuffed Bell Peppers
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 134mg6%
Potassium 708mg20%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 5161IU103%
Vitamin C 350mg424%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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