These easy chicken stuffed poblano peppers are packed with melted cheese, black beans and Mexican spices. They’re a low-carb, gluten-free meal with a decadent comfort food vibe.

These easy chicken stuffed poblano peppers are packed with melted cheese, black beans and Mexican spices.
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For some reason, every time I’ve ever made stuffed peppers like these bison stuffed peppers or these horrible looking but absolutely delicious cheesy mushroom stuffed peppers, I’ve used bell peppers.

I don’t know why using poblano peppers never really dawned on me, but I’m SO glad I finally did with this recipe.

Poblanos are such a better pepper to use for making stuffed peppers and thankfully, pretty much just as widely available in grocery stores.

Poblano peppers are thinner than bell peppers and because of that, cook up more quickly and emit much less water when cooking.

They’re still mild flavored (a tad bit spicier than bell peppers but by no means spicy) so those with an aversion to spice need not worry either!

Bottom line – this stuffed poblano pepper recipe is easy, delicious, healthy, gluten-free, low-carb and might just be my new favorite way to enjoy the comfort of stuffed peppers!

INGREDIENTS TO MAKE CHICKEN STUFFED POBLANO PEPPERS

Ingredients to make stuffed poblano peppers including shredded cooked chicken, cheese, black beans, tomatoes and spices.

While most stuffed pepper recipes use rice as a major filling component, these stuffed poblanos stay lower carb by relying on beans, tomatoes, chicken and of course, cheese for the filling.

Chicken – using already cooked, shredded chicken makes this a super simple meal. I highly recommend leftover rotisserie chicken just like I use in my cheddar chicken quinoa bake and turmeric chicken salad recipes for ease.

If you need a quick way to cook chicken for these peppers, try this air fryer frozen chicken breast recipe.

Black beans – one can of black beans, drained and rinsed brings some extra fiber, protein and staying power to this stuffed poblano pepper recipe.

Diced tomatoes – The easiest option here is a can of diced tomatoes that have been drained of the extra juice. You can also use fresh chopped tomatoes if you prefer.

Shredded cheese – Because there’s a bit of a Mexican vibe to these stuffed peppers with the spices used, I like to use a Mexican blend shredded cheese. Cheddar or Monterrey Jack are also good alternatives.

Spices – we’ll use garlic powder, chili powder, chipotle powder (for some kick!), salt and pepper for flavor. If you like extra spice, add a dash of cayenne. If you’re not a fan of spice at all, omit the chipotle powder and stick to the chili powder or add some smoked paprika instead.

Green onions – I prefer the delicate nature or green onions to red or white onions in these stuffed peppers. I find green onions to be a great ingredient when you don’t want to have the extra step of sautéing onions when making these.

Poblano peppers – and of course, our pepper of choice is a good old poblano chili pepper. As mentioned above, these thinner peppers are great because they don’t need to be pre-cooked like bell peppers and bake up quickly. They’re the perfect stuffing pepper!

Looking at all those ingredients, they’d be great for nachos too! If you’re more in the mood for that, check out these carne asada nachos or pulled pork BBQ nachos.

MORE DETAILS ON THE POBLANO PEPPER

You can read all you ever wanted to know about poblano peppers in this article.

But just to reiterate – no, they’re not hot!

Poblanos score between 1,000 – 2,000 on the Scoville heat unit scale. A jalapeño, for reference, is about 8,000 on that same scale.

So while poblanos many look like larger jalapeños with their dark green color, I assure you they are not!

Poblanos have gained some popularity in recent years as they’ve become the pepper of choice for lots of stuffing variations.

From egg stuffed poblanos to anything else you can imagine, a poblano has been there and done that!

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN AND CHEESE STUFFED POBLANOS

Steps on how to stuff poblano peppers before baking.

This is a surprisingly simple recipe making it great for weeknights.

Without any filling ingredients that need precooking and the easy-going poblanos, these stuffed peppers come together in under 30 minutes.

First, combine the chicken, beans, tomatoes, spices and half of the green onions in a large bowl. Stir until combined.

Next, fold in half of the shredded cheese to the mixture.

Spoon the mixture into the halved and seeded poblano peppers and place on a parchment lined baking sheet or greased baking dish.

Be generous with the filling so each pepper half has a good sized portion!

Bake the peppers at 350°F for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, top each pepper with the remaining cheese and return to the oven until the cheese is melted.

Take the peppers out of the oven, garnish with the rest of the chopped green onions and serve warm!

You can watch my web story on how to make these chicken stuffed poblano peppers too for more info.

HOW TO SERVE STUFFED POBLANOS

Cheesy baked stuffed poblano peppers with chicken, black beans, tomatoes and Mexican spices.

While these chicken stuffed poblanos can double as a main course or appetizer (they’re great for a game day option!), we tend to enjoy them most as the main dish.

Their cheesy, Mexican spiced filling doesn’t need much else but a nice simple salad on the side.

A sriracha kale caesar salad is a good option or just a simple creamy cucumber salad is great too.

Of course, a side of rice for a more filling meal and an easy roasted vegetable like roasted romanesco or some jicama fries (to go along with that Mexican theme) makes for a delicious meal as well.

A side of simple fried plantains or plantain chips and some pineapple guacamole make this a fun spread too if you want to lean into the Mexican vibe.

Chicken stuffed poblano peppers are an easy, comforting, low-carb and decadent meal with a Southwestern/Mexican vibe.

CAN I FREEZE THE PEPPERS?

Typically, stuffed peppers will freeze well. Especially, poblano peppers.

If you choose to do this, I suggest stuffing the peppers and freezing them individually.

Use fresh cheese to top them with before baking as cheese tends to melt better when fresh.

Making a double batch of these, one to eat and one to freeze is a great meal prep idea!

CAN I MAKE DAIRY FREE STUFFED PEPPERS?

Absolutely! If you have a plant-based or vegan cheese alternative you use and love, go for it!

I tend to like Miyokos brand for alternative cheese products but use whatever you like to make these dairy free stuffed poblanos.

The recipe is already gluten-free so this simple swap would make it accessible to even more dietary restrictions.

MAKING THE RECIPE VEGAN

To that end, if you wanted to make these stuffed poblano peppers without the chicken for a plant-based stuffed pepper recipe, omit the chicken and just add some more beans!

An extra can of black beans or pinto beans (along with the cheese alternative) would be a great way to enjoy a vegan version of these stuffed poblanos.

Enjoy these cheesy stuffed poblano peppers as a gluten-free, comforting and easy meal!

CAN I MAKE THESE AHEAD OF TIME?

To prep the peppers ahead of time, I’d suggest filling the poblanos and placing them on the baking sheet or dish before baking.

You can do this and keep them covered in the refrigerator up to 1 day in advance of baking them off.

The stuffed peppers are best enjoyed hot out of the oven though so I suggest baking them right before eating.

There’s nothing like that hot out of the oven melted cheese pull!

Spicy stuffed Mexican poblano peppers with chicken, black beans, tomatoes and lots of melted cheese are an easy weeknight meal everyone will love!

MORE RECIPES LIKE THESE CHICKEN STUFFED POBLANOS YOU MAY LIKE:

Spinach sausage and ricotta stuffed peppers

Lentil stuffed eggplant

Bruschetta hummus stuffed zucchini

Cheesy chicken stuffed eggplant

Roasted red pepper and feta stuffed potato skins

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Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
cheesy chicken stuffed poblano peppers
These easy chicken stuffed poblano peppers are packed with melted cheese, black beans and Mexican spices for a low-carb, gluten-free meal.

Ingredients 

  • 4 poblano peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, cheddar, Monterrey Jack or Mexican blend, divided
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced and divided
  • 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease a large baking dish.
  • Combine the chicken, half the shredded cheese, half the sliced green onions and all remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Spoon the mixture into each pepper half filling it generously and place in the baking dish.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, top with the remaining shredded cheese and bake again until cheese is melted, about 5 more minutes.
  • Remove from oven, garnish with remaining green onions and serve warm.

Nutrition

Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 402kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 30gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 1247mgFiber: 13gSugar: 5g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican
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  1. I’m crazy in love with your CHEESY STUFFED POBLANO PEPPERS. I made them first on March 15th, 2024, and since there is only one of me, I had one on the 16th and will eat the third one tonight (the 17th). At the end of my meal on the first night, I sent both my daughter and a good friend of mine a cell phone photo of the dish, a copy of the recipe, and your email address.

    Thanks for the tasty meals.

  2. 5 stars
    The whole family loved these. It was a great change from our usual stuffed peppers. Thanks for sharing.

  3. 5 stars
    Oh yum!! These chicken stuffed poblano peppers look fantastic! I especially love all that melted cheese over the top.