Stuffed Anaheim Peppers Recipe

Stuffed Anaheim Peppers

Stuffed Anaheim Peppers with ground beef and cheese are a Mexican flavoured dish with just a little hint of heat.

Stuffed Anaheim Peppers
Stuffed Anaheim Peppers

About Anaheim Peppers

Anaheim Peppers are a large, mild chile pepper with a low heat level that’s tolerable for most people, even when eaten raw. And yes, these peppers get their name from the city of Anaheim, California, where they were first grown commercially.

However, Anaheim peppers actually originated in New Mexico, where they are a little hotter, and are called Hatch peppers, after a city in that state.

The canned, green chiles that you can buy are usually Anaheims.

Stuffed Anaheim Peppers
Stuffed Anaheim Peppers

Stuffing Peppers

Peppers are the perfect stuffing vessel for any type of food for a few reasons. First, you can find stuffed peppers in almost all cuisines and diets. Secondly, there’s really no limit to what you can stuff a pepper with. They’re perfect for meat, chicken, cheese, grains, seafood, as well as any kind of veggie. And lastly, although they are delicious in their raw, fresh state, peppers hold up well to all kinds of cooking methods. They can be baked, roasted, grilled or cooked in a slow cooker.

I love to stuff peppers. For instance, check out a few of my favourites : Moroccan Chicken Stuffed Peppers, or Spanish Faro Stuffed Peppers, these Black Bean Stuffed Mini Peppers.

Stuffed Anaheim Peppers
Stuffed Anaheim Peppers

Pepper Nutrition

Because we consume most hot peppers as seasonings, we don’t usually eat enough of them for any real nutritional benefit. The larger chile peppers, however, such as Anaheims, and Poblano peppers, have the same nutritional benefits are sweet peppers. Therefore, they are very high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A , Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Folate, antioxidants, and fibre.

Stuffed Anaheim Peppers
Stuffed Anaheim Peppers

Fun Facts About Chile Peppers

  • All peppers start out green, and many have several colour changes as they ripen, from green, to yellow, to red, and some even to purple or black.
  • The seeds are not the hottest part of the pepper. The part with the highest concentration of capsaicin (heat) is the white membrane which attaches the seeds to the fruit.
  • Birds are immune to chile pepper’s heat. So they can happily eat and spread the seeds.
  • November is National Pepper Month
  • The Scoville Index is a scale for measuring the amount of heat for different chile peppers. It goes from 0 to 15,000,000,000. Bell peppers are a zero, and Habaneros are 150,000 on the scale. Can you imagine the heat level of the peppers above the Habanero? Hint: they have names like “Trinidad Scorpion” and “Carolina Reaper” Check it out here.
Stuffed Anaheim Peppers
Stuffed Anaheim Peppers

How to Make Stuffed Anaheim Peppers

4.5 from 14 votes
Stuffed Anaheim Peppers
Stuffed Anaheim Peppers
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Stuffed Anaheim Peppers with ground beef & cheese. A simple and delicious meal with loads of flavour and not too much spice.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: anaheim peppers, ground beef, peppers, stuffed peppers
Servings: 4
Calories: 339 kcal
Author: Colleen
  • 4 Anaheim peppers halved lengthwise, cored and seeded
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chunky salsa mild
  • 1/4 cup chili powder mild
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • cilantro or parsley chopped
  • lime wedges for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 400°

  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, or, lightly spray with cooking spray. Arrange pepper halves, cut side up, on baking sheet.

  3. In a skillet, heat oil over medium high heat.

  4. Add onion and garlic, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

  5. Add ground beef and brown, stirring until no longer pink. 

  6. Stir in salsa, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper, combining well.

  7. Fill each pepper half with the meat mixture, dividing evenly. 

  8. Distribute cheese evenly over each pepper.

  9. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until peppers are softened

  10. Garnish with cilantro or parsley and serve with lime wedges

Recipe Notes

Substitute ground turkey or chicken for the beef, or try shredded chicken.

Chili powders can vary greatly, especially from country to country. The powder for this recipe is a typical chili powder sold in Canada and used to make chili con carne. It has lots of flavour but very little heat.

Nutrition Facts
Stuffed Anaheim Peppers
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 339 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 958mg40%
Potassium 561mg16%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 440IU9%
Vitamin C 9.6mg12%
Calcium 235mg24%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Stuffed Anaheim Peppers
Stuffed Anaheim Peppers
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