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Fiery Stuffed Poblanos Recipe

Fiery Stuffed Poblanos Recipe

I love Southwest-inspired cuisine, but the dishes are often unhealthy. As a dietitian, I try to come up with nutritious twists on recipes, which is how my stuffed chili dish was born. —Amber Massey, Coppell, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. + standing Bake: 20 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 8 poblano peppers
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ancho chili pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream


  • 1. Broil peppers 3 in. from the heat until skins blister, about 5 minutes. With tongs, rotate peppers a quarter turn. Broil and rotate until all sides are blistered and blackened. Immediately place peppers in a large bowl; cover and let stand for 20 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, coarsely mash beans; set aside. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook and stir zucchini and onion until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the corn, tomatoes, rice, seasonings and beans. Remove from the heat; stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Set aside.
  • 3. Peel off and discard charred skins from poblanos. Cut a lengthwise slit down each pepper, leaving the stem intact; remove membranes and seeds. Fill each pepper with 2/3 cup filling.
  • 4. Place peppers in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 18-22 minutes or until heated through, sprinkling with green onions and remaining cheese during last 5 minutes of baking. Garnish with sour cream. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 stuffed pepper: 223 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 579mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 7g fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 fat.

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mrs._white User ID: 7182927 253405
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2016

"Left out the rice and zucchini, and added ground beef. They were quite good."

dollargirl User ID: 939213 212473
Reviewed May. 3, 2013

"This is a delicious recipe. However, each time I make it, the peppers get too soft. Perhaps I should let them 'sweat' less?"

lucysue12 User ID: 5329366 194837
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"Excellent meatless meal. I added Chilpote Tabasco to kick it up. Everyone loved it! I will be making this again. I will aslo try using smaller peppers to use as a first course or appetizer."

stpetegirl User ID: 5939669 177982
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2011

"Mild flavor can appeal to all levels."

[email protected] User ID: 3913704 132107
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2011

"There are so many delicious ingredients in here, but the end result just wasn't exciting enough for us. We're spice fiends, so it may just be that I needed to add a jalapeno or some cayenne to the filling to give it that extra oomph. I did sub half the Mexican cheese blend with pepper jack, but it wasn't enough to satisfy our spicy tooth."

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