Cooked taco-stuffed poblano peppers in a white casserole dish with a white and brown towel behind all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Taco-Stuffed Poblano Peppers

If you like spicy foods, then Taco Stuffed Poblano Peppers is the perfect meal! Delicious taco filling in an open pepper for a kick of heat!

When we do our local fruit and vegetable co-op, we never know what we are going to get. One of our baskets recently had a bunch of poblano peppers in it. So we decided to make some Taco-Stuffed Poblano Peppers.

I don’t eat many peppers, usually just bell peppers. Even though I like the taste, spicy foods don’t agree with me. I wasn’t setting out to make a spicy dinner, but this ended up very spicy. 

Justin really enjoyed it, but it was too much for me. For that reason, we didn’t even give any to the boys. 

The poblanos themselves didn’t have much heat, but the filling sure did. So, if you agree with my mom, the spicier the better, then this recipe is for you. 

Now, if you don’t like spicy, then you may want to try a different filling. I really don’t know what made it so spicy. None of the ingredients are really spicy in themselves, but it must have just been the combination. 

I tried to eat it; I really did. Even after smothering mine with cheese and adding some sour cream I just couldn’t do it. That being said, Justin ate all of his that night and reheated some the next day. 

So, just because I wasn’t able to eat this particular recipe, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. And it doesn’t mean I won’t try stuffed poblanos again, just with a different filling next time. 

If you don’t like spicy, you can always try some Taco-Stuffed Bell Peppers. They are milder than the poblano peppers.

Step by Step

Preheat the oven to 400F and chop up all of your vegetables. Prepare the rice according to the directions. 

In a large skillet, over medium heat, warm the oil. Then add the onion, bell pepper, and minced garlic. Let this cook for about 10 minutes so it gets really soft. 

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked rice, beans, and chopped tomato.

Then add the onion mixture from the pan, along with all of the seasonings.

Pour in half of the cheese. Stir until everything is well mixed together.

Place the halved peppers with the sliced side facing up in a baking dish.

Fill each with a few scoops of the filling mixture and top with the remaining cheese. 

Bake the stuffed peppers for about 20-25 minutes, until they are soft. You want the cheese to be melted but not start to brown. Serve your Taco-Stuffed Poblano Peppers immediately.


Originally Published On: October 17, 2018

Last Updated On: March 24, 2020

Cooked taco-stuffed poblano peppers in a white casserole dish with a white and brown towel behind all on a wooden surface

Taco Stuffed Poblano Peppers

If you like spicy foods, then Taco Stuffed Poblano Peppers is the perfect meal! Delicious taco filling in an open pepper for a kick of heat!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beans, peppers, tacos
Servings: 4 peppers
4.67 from 3 votes


  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 can pinto beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 poblano peppers (halved and seeds removed)
  • 2 cups mexican cheese (shredded)


  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Prepare the rice according to the directions
  • In a medium skillet, heat the oil to medium and add the chopped onion, bell pepper, and minced garlic
  • Cook for about 10 minutes, until the vegetables are soft
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked rice, beans, and chopped tomato
  • Add the onion mixture to the rice and beans along with the seasonings, then stir to combine
  • Mix in half of the cheese and save the rest for the topping
  • Slice and deseed the poblanos and place them, sliced side up, in a glass baking dish
  • Fill each pepper with the filling mixture and cover with remaining cheese
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until the peppers start to soften but before the cheese starts to brown
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Nutrition Facts
Taco Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Amount Per Serving (1 pepper)
Calories 481 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 722mg30%
Potassium 497mg14%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 1548IU31%
Vitamin C 78mg95%
Calcium 419mg42%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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12 thoughts on “Taco-Stuffed Poblano Peppers”

  1. Clean, easy staple ingredients ~ yum! If you aren’t a fan of poblano, try anaheim peppers; shape is basically the same and a bit bigger, but less on the scoville scale 😉 At least four dishes per week in my house has peppers; definitely going to give this a go for my kids.

  2. I pretty sure baking it just enhances the spicy and makes it take over everything in the dish. Yogurt might have worked better than sour cream but minimally. Sucks that it was too spicy for you. Spice hasn’t agreed with me for a while and it’s not fun at all.

  3. This looks so yummy and super easy to put together. I will definitely make this on a get together we are planning to have with our friends this weekend. I am sure they will love the burst of flavors.

  4. Wow, oh wow! This dish is making my mouth water. It looks incredible. I’ve just started getting brave about eating peppers and trying new things and this dish would be a great one to try!

  5. I never would have thought to stuff peppers with taco fillings! That is so clever. Even though the stuffed peppers = the only thing in common, this makes me think of a Mexican dish called chiles en nogada – peppers stuffed with a mixture of meat and fruits, then covered in a creamy walnut sauce and garnished with pomegranate seeds.

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