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Stuffed Peppers Recipe With Leftover Chili

Updated on January 05, 2017
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Recipe for chili-stuffed green peppers over rice.
Recipe for chili-stuffed green peppers over rice. | Source

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5 stars from 6 ratings of Stuffed Peppers with Leftover Chili

It seems like whenever my husband and I make a pot of chili, we always have a lot for leftovers. Instead of serving it straight up as a leftover one night, I decided to change things a bit.

This recipe is fast and simple to follow. It is perfect for any kind of chili leftovers and it can even be used as an alternate stuffed peppers recipe. The recipe can even be prepared the night before and is great for busy families.

The buttery crumb topping on the peppers is a fabulous addition, giving the chili a crunchy, savory texture. A dollop of sour cream on top (optional) is great as well.

Some of the ingredients: green peppers, Ritz crackers and butter.
Some of the ingredients: green peppers, Ritz crackers and butter. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Serves 4-6 people, depending on serving

Ingredients

  • 4 green peppers, (will make 8 stuffed peppers)
  • leftover chili
  • 1-2 cups Ritz or saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, Mexican blend, cheddar, or other of your choice
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • rice, cooked, white or brown
  • sour cream, optional

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Make rice and set aside.
  2. Clean peppers. Halve them and remove seeds. Place them in greased casserole baking dish.
  3. Spoon enough chili into the peppers to reach a half inch near the top of the pepper.
  4. Place peppers in the oven, covered with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. While peppers are baking, prepare crumb topping. Melt butter in a microwave safe container. Mix the crushed crackers into the melted butter until all crumbs are covered.
  6. Remove peppers from oven. Top with cheese and crumb topping. Return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes, or until the crumb topping is slightly brown.
  7. Serve immediately over cooked rice.

Step-by-Step Photos

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Clean and halve peppers. Make sure to remove all seeds.Fill each half with approx. 1 cup of chili. Cook for 20 minutes in oven. Top the stuffed peppers with shredded cheese.Top once more with cracker crumbs and butter mixture.Finish cooking peppers for approx. 10 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown.Finished product.Finished product over rice. Enjoy!
Clean and halve peppers. Make sure to remove all seeds.
Clean and halve peppers. Make sure to remove all seeds. | Source
Fill each half with approx. 1 cup of chili. Cook for 20 minutes in oven.
Fill each half with approx. 1 cup of chili. Cook for 20 minutes in oven.
Top the stuffed peppers with shredded cheese.
Top the stuffed peppers with shredded cheese.
Top once more with cracker crumbs and butter mixture.
Top once more with cracker crumbs and butter mixture.
Finish cooking peppers for approx. 10 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown.
Finish cooking peppers for approx. 10 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown.
Finished product.
Finished product.
Finished product over rice. Enjoy!
Finished product over rice. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information, Approximate

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 stuffed pepper, 1 cup of rice
Calories 516
Calories from Fat279
% Daily Value *
Fat 31 g48%
Carbohydrates 40 g13%
Sugar 13 g
Fiber 15 g60%
Protein 17 g34%
Cholesterol 70 mg23%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Notes About Nutritional Information

  • My chili was made with beef, veggies, and beans.
  • I used sharp cheddar shredded cheese.
  • I used brown rice.
  • I used salted butter.

© 2012 Marissa

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      Jo-Ann Brightman 2 years ago

      This is a different way to use leftover chili and should make the stuffed peppers even better than usual. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Susan Haze 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I never thought of using leftover chili this way. I will definitely be trying your recipe. I just wouldn't be able to resist. It contains two of my favorite foods.

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      Whenihave Time 2 years ago

      Wonderful recipe. I love stuffed peppers...another one to try!.

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      Shannon 3 years ago

      What great use of leftovers! Thank you for sharing with us!!!!

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      Jesselyn Andersyn 3 years ago

      Thank you... and WOW: both chef-tested and all glowing reviews - this goes to the top of my "Must Try" List.

      Who hasn't found themselves with leftover Chili (and I tend to make "Chili" out of any and all leftovers I have in the fridge (using common sense of course!)

      Anywy, I am always looking for new ways to use leftover Chili (and a lot of other ground beef casseroles as well. Right now I have all the ingredients on hand (including the Chili!) I just need to brave the cold and snow and get to the market to buy some nice big green peppers!

      Thanks.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago

      This sounds delish, my family would love it!

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      Maria Iemma 3 years ago

      I love this recipe - I often half just a bit of leftover chili and it is not enough for a meal but with your idea of stuffing the peppers I can certainly stretch it out for it to feed the family. Thanks!

      iemmafamily@yahoo.com

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      richelle leffler 3 years ago

      oh wow that looks so good i love stuffed peppers never seen them made this way and it looks so delicious i need to try this out sometime . We have tacos all the time so would have the leftover taco meat already :)

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      2patricias, I've never tried it with different colored peppers, so let me know how it tastes if you try it! Thanks for reading! :)

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      2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      I always make enough chili for about 3 meals - or more. This hub is so helpful, because it gives me another way to serve chili. I think it would also be good with red or orange peppers.

      I've voted this hub Up and useful - and I am adding it to my Recipe Index for HubPages (under peppers).

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      habee, thanks so much! I'm glad you like this idea. :D

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      I love remaking leftovers, and this is a great idea - 5 stars-worth! Voted up, up, up!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      kelleyward, thanks for reading and for voting up! I'm glad this might be a good recipe for a diabetic. I'm sure it could be modified to be even more low carb. :)

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Sharyn, thank you very much! The crumb topping adds a great texture to it all. :)

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      RTalloni, thank you very much for your kind comment! It is a great meal to have after having too much chili. ;)

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Yum this looks great and low carb which is something I look for as a diabetic. Voted up! Take care, Kelley

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Marisa, this is a great idea! I love it! The crumb topping is a great touch and the presentation here is awesome!!!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      This is a recipe for a contest. It would be worth making extra chili just to have plenty for this meal!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      rmcrayne, I'm sure it would work with vegetarian chili! That's awesome that you have organic vegetables delivered to you. We don't have that here; I'd have to visit a farmer's market to get produce like that. Sounds like an interesting program, though.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks! To think that we put all the time and effort into writing hubs just to have them hijacked and published elsewhere is disheartening. To think that one site is doing this wholesale with most of our hubs is even worse. I hope that HP does something about this since it is one major abuser who has obviously been identified.

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      rmcrayne 4 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      What a great idea, and easy too! I think it would even work with vegetarian chili. I subscribe to a local organic vegetable delivery program. Last year I really underutilized my peppers. This year I'll be armed and ready!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Peggy, thank you so much for alerting me to this! I already had to file 2 other DCMA complaints for this crook. When is it going to end? I definitely will let you know if I see any of yours!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I hate to tell you this...a thief has stolen this hub on Big Ezine. com (purposely not giving them a link) and it is on page 8 (today, April 6th) and was published on April 2, 2012. I recognized it as yours since I had already commented on yours. This rotten thief supposedly joined that site on April 2, 2012 and already has 220 articles. Just a bit fishy, wouldn't you say?

      You might wish to file a complaint. Many are writing about how to do this. If you ever see one of mine, please let me know. This is terrible!!!

      Sharing this with my followers. Hopefully we can all help one another fight this site and get it removed if enough people start complaining.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Peggy, they were really good! :D Thanks for reading and for your comment!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Good looking stuffed peppers! Wish I had some right now to eat. Thanks for your recipe and instructions. Voted up!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      randomcreative, I too love peppers; that's why I enjoyed making this recipe! ;) Thanks for reading and for commenting!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love peppers and would definitely enjoy this. Thanks for sharing!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      hazelwood4, thank you so much for your comment! Certainly let me know what you think when you try it. :D

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      hazelwood4 4 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

      This leftover chili recipe sounds awesome! I am a real big fan of stuffed roasted bell peppers.:) Thank you for sharing, and I am going to have to give this recipe a try very soon!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      savingkathy, thanks for your comment! If you try this recipe, come back to let me know what you think. :)

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great idea to make leftover chili a little more interesting! I think I will have to try this the next time I make a big batch of chili. Thanks for sharing!

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