Have some bell pepper recipes you aren’t sure what to do with? Here’s a list of 35+ bell pepper recipes to help you use and enjoy them!
While summer hasn’t officially started, I’m sure most of you are already settling into summer mode. For me, a big part of embracing the summer season is taking advantage of all the fresh, local produce that is available.
Whether you are a part of a CSA, grow your own fruits and vegetables, or are a frequent shopper at farmers markets, I hope you do take advantage of the growing season and enjoying the fruits and vegetables that are in season now.
To help inspire and encourage you, I’m running a series all summer called “In Season Now.” Throughout the summer, I’ll bring you as many quality recipes that I can find that feature in-season fruits or vegetables.
Let’s start with bell peppers! Whether bell peppers are already in season where you live, or you are waiting patiently for them to grow, this list of bell pepper recipes will inspire you and leave you with plenty of ideas for using bell peppers for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks!
Bell Pepper Nutrition
Before I get to the recipes, let’s talk about how nutritious bell peppers are. They are worth including in your diet! Some people with arthritis are sensitive to vegetables in the nightshade family, which includes bell peppers. Please keep in mind that doesn’t mean they cause inflammation for everyone. You just need to test and see if they cause problems for you.
So let’s look at what nutrients you’ll be getting when you include bell peppers in your diet.
- Bell peppers are full of antioxidants from the phytonutrients they contain. The list is long!
- Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C.
- They are a great source of vitamin B6.
- Fiber is important for any diet, and bell peppers are a great source of fiber.
- Bell peppers are also a great source of vitamins A and E.
35+ Healthy Recipes with Bell Peppers
This is an easy dinner recipe that is a big hit with the whole family. My kids don’t like mushrooms, so they just skip those. It’s easy to adapt this to your family’s preferences.
There will be more than one stuffed pepper recipe in this round up, but the beauty is they are all different. I love these stuffed peppers because you can make them in your slow cooker! Perfect for those carefree summer days when you want dinner ready to go at dinnertime instead of spending time cooking in the kitchen. (Happy Healthy Mama recipe)
Why not roast your extra bell peppers with some tomatoes and turn them into a sauce? This sounds like the perfect summer pasta dish that the whole family will enjoy. Recipe and photo from Lauren Caris Cooks.
Skip the chips and give your nachos a healthy upgrade! These Bell Pepper Nachos are super fun and so delicious.
Red bell peppers are a perfect match in this Southwest Chicken Salad. This makes a great summer dinner, and is also a winner as a make-ahead, meal-prep lunch idea.
This salad has all the summer things going on. I’m loving the spicy profile and lime, too. Oh, and that beautiful red quinoa? Suddenly this is on my must-make list! Recipe and photo from Pass Me Some Tasty.
I’ll take lasagna flavor in any way, shape, or form. Stuffed in a bell pepper? Sounds fantastic! And just look at that cheese! Swoon. Photo and recipe from A Saucy Kitchen.
This soup is one of my all-time favorite recipes on Happy Healthy Mama. It’s really that good and I insist that you try it. It’s a perfect way to use a ton of vegetables. Wait for a rainy day if you must, but please try this soup!
This caught my eye because they are spiked with lemon juice and tangy goat cheese! This combination, along with the chicken and couscous, sounds absolutely delicious! I would probably substitute a whole grain couscous like this one. Recipe and photo from certified pastry aficionado.
I developed this recipe a few years ago when I had more bell peppers than I knew what to do with. If you love stuffed peppers but don’t want to the trouble of stuffing them, you’re going to LOVE this stuffed pepper soup. Bonus: you make it in the slow cooker!
This dip is always a big hit whenever I make it. If you’ve never tried this one, it’s so good to make for a potluck. You’ll be popular!
I make some form of a hash nearly every week. This is a super way to use a lot of vegetables, including your bell peppers, and of course includes nutritious eggs for your protein. Basically a perfect meal, my friends. Recipe and photo from Running to the Kitchen.
One pot pasta recipes are my favorite, and this one is so so good! If you love fajita flavors, you’re going to LOVE this creamy (yet not too heavy) pasta dish!
These are a fun twist on taco night! Simply made with black beans, bell peppers, and some yummy toppings, these are a breeze to make. Very kid friendly, too!
How do I stuff thee? Let me count the ways! I love trying different stuffed peppers recipes, and this one is super unique! These lovely peppers are stuffed with artichokes and chickpeas. SOLD! Recipe and photo from Veggie Inspired.
Whether you prep these for your lunch or your dinner, you’ll be happy you did! Easy, nutritious recipe that has great flavor.
The recipe includes three whole bell peppers, and I can’t think of a better quick, easy, and delicious summer meal. Add some brown rice or quinoa and you’ve got yourself a tasty vegan dinner! This could also be a great side dish for any protein, such as chicken or beef. Recipe and photo from Watch What U Eat.
This one is loaded with vegetables, is made in one pot, is spicy, and only takes 30 minutes. That’s a winner in my book! Recipe and photo from A Virtual Vegan.
Thick and hearty, this Vegetarian Chili is FULL of nutritious vegetables. It will fill you up and keep you satisfied!
This is a summer staple dinner for our family. It’s so easy, tasty, and satisfying! It’s also really customizable. Use whatever vegetables you have on hand or like best.
If you like dishes with Asian-inspired flavors, you’ll love this one. A bonus? It’s super fast to make!
This bright, beautiful salad may cause me to step right out of my comfort zone. I’m definitely inspired to try something new and I love when food does that to me. Food and photo from Babaganosh.
What a unique way to use your bell peppers! If you have young kids, they will LOVE this! It’s called an appetizer, but it’d also make a great snack. Recipe and photo from Finding Zest.
You can use up your bell peppers in this recipe, but the star of this show is that Spicy Avocado Dressing. You’ll be addicted after your first bite! Add some chicken or salmon for a healthy dinner salad.
Orange juice ain’t got nothin’ on this juice! Bell peppers are one of the best sources of vitamin C, so if you’re going to have vitamin C juice, it better have bell peppers in there!
To make this spicy dip, you start by roasted red bell peppers and garlic. SOLD! This dipping has got to be packing some incredible flavor. Sign me up! Recipe and photo from The Lean Green Bean.
Oh, man. Just looking at these pictures makes me drool. All the goodness of fajitas, but with portobello mushrooms instead of meat. Trust me, even the meat-lovers in your life will approve! (Happy Healthy Mama recipe)
Made with ground turkey, red bell peppers, and cheese, these are freezer-friendly! You must try!
Trust me when I say you won’t miss the meat with this vegetarian lasagna recipe. It’s so darn good!
These peppers are stuffed with ground chicken, jasmine rice, and carrots. Ground beef and turkey are standard in stuffed peppers, but I love how this recipe switches it up and uses ground chicken! Recipes and photo from Avocado Pesto.
You really can’t beat an easy dinner that results in a presentation this beautiful! Can’t you just imagine your family oohing and aaahing over this one? Recipe and photo from Taste and See.
This easy, vegan recipe is FULL of vegetables, including bell peppers. It makes a perfect summer lunch that you can make ahead of time. (Happy Healthy Mama recipe)
This restaurant-style salsa uses your garden tomatoes as well as green peppers. This one is my husband’s favorite way to enjoy salsa. It might become your favorite, too!
Here’s a recipe that will allow you to use up your bell peppers and your zucchini. It’s also vegan and gluten-free? WIN! Recipe and photo from Eat Spin Run Repeat.
This flavorful dish looks so cozy! I envision making this on a colder, rainy summer day when I am in the mood to cook. My husband’s going to love this recipe with bell peppers. Recipe and photo from From a Chef’s Kitchen.
Have you got a potluck or barbecue to go to and need a salad recipe that will be a crowd-pleaser? This one looks like it’s exactly what you’re looking for! I love all the veggies, edamame, and of course the spicy peanut sauce! Recipe and photo from Killing Thyme.
Why not use up all of your garden vegetables with this recipe for Garden Fresh Vegetable Lasagna? I’d choose veggie lasagna over meat lasagna ANY day of the week, and this one looks like a great way to use some of your bell peppers. Recipe and photo from The Rustic Foodie.
Just look at this vibrant homemade salsa! Homemade salsa is always a favorite of mine, and I especially love when it’s got extra veggies (bell peppers!) hidden inside. Recipe and photo from Stacy Homemaker.
This is another great recipe where you can use a whole bunch of your garden veggies. The spicy sauce for pasta sounds terrific, and I think you could use it for more than just pasta. Recipe and photo from Eating By Elaine.
Roasting peppers is always a good idea. The flavors! This dish utilizes roasted peppers and that makes it a winner in my book. Recipe and photo from An Italian in my Kitchen.
This is an easy, 30 minute dinner recipe that I think would be well received by my family. It uses fresh herbs to amp up the flavor–bonus if you have some growing in your garden! Recipe and photo from Longbourn Farm.
I can’t think of a better way to use up your bell peppers than these gorgeous kabobs. I always love the mix of fruit, meat, and veggies, so I think these are going to be fabulous. Recipe and photo from My Gluten-Free Kitchen.
This smoky sauce might be at the bottom of this round up, but it’s on the top of my list of bell pepper recipes I want to make. I can’t wait to try this one! Recipe and photo from Innocent Delight.
If you love cooking seasonally, you might love my other posts highlighting recipes using seasonal produce!