Stuffed Poblano Peppers

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20 min
30 min
Stuffed Poblano Peppers

A fiesta of flavors and colors, these stuffed poblano peppers are delicious, gorgeous, and surprisingly easy to make.


  • Olive oil spray
  • 4 poblano peppers medium-sized, 1 pound total weight with refuse, 12 ounces cleaned weight
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tomatoes medium, diced (10 ounces)
  • ½ onion medium, diced (4 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon  kosher salt 
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups cooked chicken breast shredded (10 ounces)
  • 1 cup part-skim mozzarella shredded (4 ounces)
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar shredded (2 ounces)


  • Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a large, rimmed oven and broiler-safe baking sheet with foil and spray it with oil.

  • Rinse and dry the poblanos. Cut a thin slice off the tops and remove the core and seeds. Cut a slit all the way down the side of each pepper. Set aside.

  • Prepare the filling: Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomatoes, onion, garlic, salt, oregano, and cumin. Cook, stirring often, until the liquids have evaporated, 5-7 minutes. Off heat, stir in the chicken, mozzarella, and cilantro, mixing well.

  • Divide the filling among the peppers, adding it from the top and pressing it to fill the entire pepper. Pack the filling into each pepper to prevent it from spilling onto the baking sheet.

  • Place the peppers on the prepared baking sheet, slit side up. Lightly spray them with olive oil. Bake until the poblanos are soft and charred in places, about 30 minutes (the smell will be amazing!).

  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and switch the oven to broil. Top the peppers with the cheddar cheese, sprinkling the cheese on the open part where you've cut the slit.

  • Broil the peppers 6 inches below the heating element (not directly below) just until the cheese is melted, 1-2 minutes. Let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.


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