Spanish Stuffed Peppers with Farro & Salsa Verde

Spanish Stuffed Peppers with Farro and Salsa Verde

Spanish Stuffed Peppers are easy, healthy, and best of all, delicious. They’re stuffed with a delicious beef and farro filling, packed with the smoky flavours of Spain, and drizzled with a fresh parsley salsa verde. These peppers are perfect when you want some lively spice, without too much heat.

Spanish Stuffed Peppers with Farro and Salsa Verde
Spanish Stuffed Peppers with Farro and Salsa Verde

Stuffed Peppers have always been a favorite of ours. Especially this time of year when there are  peppers in the garden. I’ve been picking the peppers a little small, so today when I had a bunch of them, I knew I wanted to stuff those little babies. They are at various stages of yellow, orange and red. I like to leave the peppers on the vine until they are at least yellow. But even better, orange and then red.

About Farro

I have fallen in love with farro, a delicious ancient grain that has a chewy, nutty taste. Farro is also known as emmer, and it is a common ingredient in Mediterranean &  Middle Eastern dishes. It’s a very healthy grain, high in fibre, protein, & nutrients, especially iron   Farro can stand in for rice, barley, bugler or any other grain in a recipe. And since I had some farro already cooked for a salad, (this delicious Farro, Pomegranate, & Belgium Endive Salad), I used it in place of rice for these stuffed peppers. The cooking time for farro depends on a lot of factors, so follow the directions on your package, or check out Never Over (or Under) Cook Farro Again.


Spanish Flavours

Spanish cooking is all about simple spices and paprika, or pimentón is frequently the star. Smoky Spanish paprika is different from Hungarian paprika. But if you can’t find the Spanish variety, you can substitute a spicy Hungarian paprika.

Parsley is also an extensive ingredient in Spanish dishes, so these stuffed peppers are accompanied by a simple and fresh salsa verde of parsley, garlic and olive oil. This dish was so easy to make, and the nutty, chewiness of the farro, with smoky paprika, sweet peppers and the bright freshness of parsley came together beautifully. A simple salad of fresh tomato and cucumber on the side made a delicious dinner.

These Spanish stuffed peppers can easily be a vegetarian option, by omitting the ground beef, increasing the farro, and adding more tomatoes.

I didn’t want to use the oven, so instead I cooked the filling in a skillet while the peppers were on the grill and I filled them afterwards. Then I left them in a skillet on the grill just long enough to soften the peppers further.

Want to try more international stuffed peppers? Check out these Moroccan Style Ground Chicken Stuffed Peppers

How to Make Spanish Stuffed Peppers

Spanish Stuffed Peppers with Farro and Salsa Verde
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Spanish Stuffed Peppers with Farro & Salsa Verde

These delicious grilled bell peppers are stuffed with a filling of ground beef and farro are seasoned with Spanish flavours, then drizzled with a fresh parsley salsa verde.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Spanish
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 410kcal
Author: Colleen


Stuffed Peppers

  • 4 bell peppers cut length wise,cored and seeded.
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 1 cup cooked farro*
  • salt and pepper to taste

Salsa Verde

  • 1 cup fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt


  • Heat grill to medium high and brush or spray with oil.
  • Put peppers, cut side down on grill and cook until cut side is just starting to char.
  • Remove from grill and place in a cast iron or other grill proof skillet, cut side up and set aside.  
  • In a skillet, heat olive oil on medium and cook onion and garlic until softened.
  • Add paprika and cayenne, and cook, stirring until fragrant.
  • Add ground beef and cook, breaking up with a spoon until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in farro, tomato, salt and pepper.
  • Spoon filling into the cut peppers, pushing with a spoon to fill each pepper, with a mound on top. Return filled peppers to the grill. Place on indirect heat and close the lid.
  • Put parsley, vinegar, garlic, olive oil and salt in a blender or food processor (I used my magic bullet) and process until you have a bright green sauce.
  • Remove peppers from the grill and serve with salsa verde.


You can soften the peppers in the oven instead of using a grill.


Serving: 2g | Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 963mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 6335IU | Vitamin C: 164mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 4.8mg

Spanish Stuffed Peppers with Farro and Salsa Verde

Spanish Stuffed Peppers with Farro and Salsa Verde


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10 thoughts on “Spanish Stuffed Peppers with Farro & Salsa Verde

  1. Oh yum! I love everything about this. Just pinned and will be giving it a go this fall! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I think salsa verde makes any dish better, and I think it really makes this one pop! I’ve never made stuffed peppers (if you can believe that), but the combination of flavors you used here are convincing me I need them in my life!

  3. mmmm. I love stuffed peppers and truthfully, I’d love to eat more grains. I do have some farro and some red peppers. I think I know what’s for dinner tomorrow night!
    Have a great weekend!

  4. Love love stuffed peppers (my favorite with tuna) and love farro! This dish has everything I like and your pics are beautiful. Nice idea to cook the stuffing aside as the peppers on the bbq ?.

  5. Mmm! Smoked paprika is so good! I like the idea of cooking these on the grill. I also applaud your use of ancient grains. Do you think I could successfully make this recipe gluten-free by replacing the cooked farro with an equal amount of cooked rice?

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