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  • Makes 4 stuffed peppers

Stuffed poblano chiles are classic Tex-Mex fare. Save time by stuffing them fresh and steaming them instead of roasting, stuffing, and baking. To quickly thaw corn, place it in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse with hot water. Note that this recipe calls for cooked brown rice, so be sure to have that ready to go.

Tip: Chile peppers contain oils that can irritate your skin and eyes. Wear plastic or rubber gloves when working with them. 

stuffed poblano chile peppers


  • 4 large fresh poblano chile peppers (tip, above)
  • 2 cups hot cooked brown rice
  • 1 15-oz. can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup frozen roasted corn, thawed
  • ½ cup fresh salsa
  • ⅓ cup sliced scallions (green onions)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green olives
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds (pepitas), toasted


  1. Split peppers down center, making a T. Carefully remove seeds and membranes with a small spoon, and rinse out any remaining seeds with water. In a bowl stir together the next seven ingredients (through olives). Spoon rice mixture into peppers.
  2. Place peppers in a steamer basket in a Dutch oven. Add water to Dutch oven to just below basket. Bring to boiling. Steam, covered, about 10 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle with pepitas.

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Karen3 weeks ago
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I used this as more of an inspiration recipe. I swapped out the salsa for a can of Ro-Tel tomatoes with green chilies, omitted the green olives (gross) and added 1 tsp each of cumin and chili powder. Also salt. I topped with sour cream because I’m not vegan but I think adding some vegan cheese, sour cream or avocado would be good. I’ll make this again and keep doctoring it.

Terrie Dagley3 weeks ago
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In all fairness, I didn’t use olives so they might have made a difference. The basic ingredients are great; but it needs some seasonings…such as cumin, chili powder, perhaps a little nutritional yeast. Looking forward to seeing what others recommend.

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Shelli McConnell

Shelli McConnell graduated with a bachelor of science in consumer food science and a minor in journalism from Iowa State University. She began her career as a home economist in the Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen before moving into an editorial position within Meredith Corporation. She has since freelanced for 25 years and has served as an editorial project manager for many books and magazines, including three editions of the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book. She has also developed thousands of recipes for publications including Forks Over Knives magazine; Eat This, Not That!; Diabetic Living; Better Homes & Gardens; The Magnolia Journal; and more. Shelli loves to entertain and inspire, so when she’s not in her office, she’s usually in her kitchen.

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