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Stuffed Peppers Recipe With Leftover Chili


Marissa is the writer of ThePracticalMommy and the blog Mommy Knows What's Best. She is a stay-at-home mom to four and was a teacher.

Recipe for chili-stuffed green peppers over rice.

Recipe for chili-stuffed green peppers over rice.

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.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

30 min

45 min

Serves 4-6 people, depending on serving


  • 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


  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.

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.

Rate this Stuffed Pepper Recipe!

© 2012 Marissa


Jo-Ann Brightman on September 12, 2014:

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

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2014:

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.

Whenihave Time on March 10, 2014:

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

Shannon on January 26, 2014:

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

Jesselyn Andersyn on January 03, 2014:

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!


Stephanie on December 22, 2013:

This sounds delish, my family would love it!

Maria Iemma on October 18, 2013:

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!


richelle leffler on August 21, 2013:

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 :)

Marissa (author) from United States on October 21, 2012:

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

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on October 21, 2012:

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).

Marissa (author) from United States on August 13, 2012:

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

Holle Abee from Georgia on August 13, 2012:

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

Marissa (author) from United States on April 30, 2012:

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. :)

Marissa (author) from United States on April 30, 2012:

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

Marissa (author) from United States on April 30, 2012:

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

kelleyward on April 29, 2012:

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

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on April 29, 2012:

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

RTalloni on April 28, 2012:

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

Marissa (author) from United States on April 07, 2012:

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!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 06, 2012:

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.

rmcrayne from San Antonio Texas on April 06, 2012:

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!

Marissa (author) from United States on April 06, 2012:

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!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 06, 2012:

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.

Marissa (author) from United States on April 03, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2012:

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

Marissa (author) from United States on April 03, 2012:

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

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 03, 2012:

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

Marissa (author) from United States on April 03, 2012:

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

hazelwood4 from Owensboro, Kentucky on April 02, 2012:

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!

Marissa (author) from United States on April 02, 2012:

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

Kathy Sima from Ontario, Canada on April 02, 2012:

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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