25 Bell Pepper Recipes That Make the Most of This Colorful Vegetable
Bell peppers are available year-round, but they're at their best in late summer, when they're more likely to come from a farm closer to home. Try them in everything from dips and salads to soups and stews.
What's your favorite color? Did you know that all red, yellow, and orange peppers actually start out green? The color and taste change depending on how long they're allowed to ripen on the vine. When you're choosing bell peppers, go for ones that feel heavy for their size and have glossy, smooth skin. Buy organic whenever possible because bell peppers are among the vegetables grown with the most pesticides. And when shopping for peppers to stuff, pick ones that are uniform in size and shape for even cooking. Whether you're using them raw in salad, cooking them, or stuffing them, the best way to store bell peppers is to keep them in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator in a ventilated bag for up to five days.
In the mood for a stuffed pepper? Our favorite recipes include peppers with a vegetarian filling of beans and greens, but we also have a fun and inventive bell pepper dish loaded with cooked spaghetti. Want to try something else? Stuffing is far from your only option. In fact, this versatile vegetable has many other uses, from marinated for an appetizer (try them atop bruschetta!) and starring in a frittata to playing a supporting role alongside pork chops, grilled scallops, or sausages in a tasty ragu. They also pair wonderfully with tomatoes in our Gazpacho Chopped Salad. And when it's too hot to cook, it's time for a chilled soup made with bell peppers and beets. The color is as exquisite as the taste.
Give bell peppers a chance to shine in these colorful and delicious recipes.
Beans-and-Greens Stuffed Peppers
Spicy Braised Bell Peppers and Eggs
No-Mayo Mediterranean Tuna Salad
Marinated Peppers with Mint and Sesame
Pasta Peperonata with Tuna and Olives
Cooked low and slow, bell peppers turn melt-in-your-mouth tender and sweet; when sliced thin, they'll twirl around a fork with the noodles. Almost everything in this quick pasta—jarred tuna, olives, raisins—is a pantry item, and you can even substitute canned tomatoes for fresh cherry.
Gazpacho Salad with Croutons
This hearty country dish from the Provence region of France is an easy mix of summer vegetables—bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes—gently simmered with garlic and olive oil. Enjoy a bowl of it with crusty bread, or use it as a jumping-off point for breakfast, appetizers, or pasta dishes.
Roasted Peppers with Garlic and Herbs
Grilled Pepper and Red-Onion Pizzas
Roasted Peppers with Spaghetti Stuffing
Anchovies, capers, onions, and red-wine vinegar transform simple spaghetti into a briny, umami-packed filling for a rainbow of roasted peppers. Top with fresh oregano leaves just before serving.
Bell Pepper Egg-in-a-Hole
We lightened up the classic egg-in-a-hole by swapping out the usual fried bread slices for fresh bell peppers and serving the whole thing on multigrain toast.
Broiled Pork Chops with Yellow-Pepper Puttanesca
Roasted Red-Pepper Salad with Anchovy White Beans
We love our greens, but in this salad, they're more of an accent to the tender white beans and sweet, meaty roasted red peppers.
Grilled Scallops with Blistered-Yellow-Pepper Relish
Sausage-and-Pepper Ragu Over Polenta
Roasted Red Pepper Salad
Smoky charred bell peppers get the Mediterranean treatment with a lemony, caper-kissed vinaigrette and a scattering of Kalamata olives and fresh basil leaves.
Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip
Pasta with Peppers, Squash, and Tomatoes
Bell Pepper, Yogurt, and Harissa Soup
Chorizo-Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers
Bite-size peppers take a turn for the spicy, meaty, sweet, and smoky. Pass the platter please!
Sweet Red-Pepper-Beet Soup
This tangy chilled purée gets its striking color from earthy beets and red bell peppers. They're cooked with shallots and then blended into a silken soup. Goat cheese, a traditional accompaniment for beets, lends creaminess. A squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkling of sea salt heighten the flavors.
Pork Burgers with Peppers
Flavored with fennel seeds, these pork burgers are reminiscent of sweet Italian sausage. Grill sliced onion and red and yellow bell peppers in a foil packet and serve on the mozzarella-topped burgers.
Spanish Tortilla with Bell Pepper
In Spain, tortilla refers to a hearty egg-and-potato dish that's eaten warm or cold any time of day. Red bell pepper gives this version another layer of flavor.