I want to shout it from the rooftops. I can’t stop eating poblanos!

cheese smothered stuffed poblanos I howsweeteats.com

Today I’m embarrassing myself.

It’s embarrassing how easy these little peppers are. I’m embarrassed to show them to you. Embarrassed to even talk about them because they just… seem… so… simple. And they are.

But some times I find that I gotta share these little simple things that taste so good to me, even if I have the weirdest taste buds ever right now, because things don’t ALways need to be trashed up.

Errr, well, the kinda do. I’d love a world where they do.

cheese smothered stuffed poblanos I howsweeteats.com

I’m not a gigantic fan of traditional stuffed peppers – probably because of the tomato sauce – but I make them for Eddie a few times a year and they are totally one of his all-time favorite things. What I can get behind are these poblanos… mostly because I go crazy over poblanos and just think they taste BETTER than green bell peppers, but also because I stuffed and then smothered them with cheese. And other delicious things like jasmine rice (ugh so good) and black beans and stuff like that. And they make the most perfect side dish OR dinner OR snack, depending on if you’re into that kinda thing.

I am.

cheese smothered stuffed poblanos I howsweeteats.com

So we haven’t really had a crazy heat wave yet. Not one of those omg-it’s-so-hot-I-can’t-bear-to-turn-on-the-oven heat wave. Like maybe one or two days at 90 degrees. Which is completely awesome for the people in my life because I have been bratty and complaining. AND it means that I can still turn on the oven and it’s really no biggie.

Plus, I had a good four week run of caprese salad every night where I was like oven? What’s an oven? This was a welcomed change.

Um and can we talk about how I’m going to make these later this week again and grill them? You should probably do that. And let’s add grilled corn! Why not?

cheese smothered stuffed poblanos I howsweeteats.com


Cheesy Summer Stuffed Poblanos

Yield: serves about 4

Total Time: 1.5 hours


6 poblano peppers
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup cooked jasmine rice
2/3 cup black beans
2/3 cup freshly grated monterey jack cheese + extra for topping
2/3 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
1/3 cup freshly torn cilantro
4 green onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup sour cream
salsa for serving
sliced avocado for serving


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Slice the tops off of the poblano peppers and remove the inner ribs and seeds. Rub the outsides and insides with olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper.

In a bowl, mix together the rice, beans, cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, green onions and garlic. Add in the salt and pepper. While mixing, I sort of mashed everything together with the beans so it stuck. Stir in the sour cream until combined - helping to hold things together.

Stuff each pepper with the rice and bean mixture. Place them on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, then remove and add a few handfuls of cheese on top of the peppers. Bake for 15 minutes more. Serve immediately with salsa and avocado!

cheese smothered stuffed poblanos I howsweeteats.com

I am the person that eats all the cheese off the baking sheet too.

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77 Responses to “Cheese Smothered Stuffed Poblanos.”

  1. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — August 4, 2014 @ 7:10 am

    Love poblanos!! So much better than green bell peppers (my least favorite pepper ever). Making this ASAP.


    • Rena — August 5th, 2014 @ 2:20 am

      Honestly I never tried poblanos! Thanks for the recipe, as I’m so convinced that this is a try worth!

      xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena



  2. #
    How to Philosophize with Cake — August 4, 2014 @ 7:18 am

    Those look awesome! I love poblanos, this preparation sounds great : )


  3. #
    Bri | Bites of Bri — August 4, 2014 @ 7:20 am

    I love stuffed poblanos and I love making them at home so they aren’t deep fried. I cannot wait to make this with fresh farmers market poblanos.


  4. #
    Kim in MD — August 4, 2014 @ 7:21 am

    This looks crazy delicious! I love poblano peppers! My MIL’s garden is exploding with them right now, and now I know just what to do with them. Thanks, Jessica!


  5. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 4, 2014 @ 7:27 am

    They’re so adorable and so stuffed to the max with cheese! Love it! pinned


  6. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 4, 2014 @ 8:02 am

    I’ve never made poblanos!! I definitely need to try…especially if eating them is shout inducing.


  7. #
    Alessandra // the foodie teen — August 4, 2014 @ 8:08 am

    I’ve never had a poblano – they look incredible, though!


  8. #
    Jenn — August 4, 2014 @ 8:20 am

    Saw you on Fox and Friends this weekend! Great job! LOVED the mason jar treats!


  9. #
    Molly @ Yes to Yolks — August 4, 2014 @ 8:23 am

    Love poblano peppers! Totally agree with you on the green bell pepper thing. These look sooo gooey and cheesy and yummy. I want one for breakfast.


  10. #
    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner — August 4, 2014 @ 8:43 am

    I accidentally on purpose spill extra cheese on the baking pan so I can eat it when it’s baked and crunchy. Stuffed poblanos are one of my favorite things to order from our Mexican restaurant. Yum!


  11. #
    molly yeh — August 4, 2014 @ 8:48 am

    these are like an edible version of those little confetti poppers! so cute!!!!


  12. #
    Chelsea @ Gal on a Mission — August 4, 2014 @ 8:48 am

    I couldn’t agree with you more, I am also in love with stuffed poblanos! The hubby loves either one, so I am very lucky! I love how you can put all kinds of different seasonal goodies in them, like you did!

    Yum! Hope you had a great weekend! :)


  13. #
    Stephanie — August 4, 2014 @ 8:56 am

    this is dinner tonight. but what’s weird is that i was already planning this exact meal. like pretty much exactly. get out of my head Jessica!


    • Stephanie — August 4th, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

      I wasn’t kidding. Already made them. They’re super simple and completely husband approved. Can’t wait to have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow!


  14. #
    Michelle Hill — August 4, 2014 @ 9:17 am

    oh my gosh these look devine!! I’m with you on eating the baked cheese off of the paper too!
    personally, I think you should give yourself more credit and not be embarrassed about “easy” recipes. A lot of people don’t even know where to begin sometimes and the less intimidating recipes are the ones that help them build some courage and try something new :)
    I love ALL of your recipes. Keep ’em coming!


  15. #
    Cassie — August 4, 2014 @ 9:21 am

    Total genius…super easy or not!


  16. #
    Sues — August 4, 2014 @ 9:39 am

    My husband pretends he doesn’t like black beans, but he would be so obsessed with these. I would, too!


  17. #
    avery — August 4, 2014 @ 10:06 am

    Do you eat all the food you make despite hypothyroidism?? I have chronic hypothyroidism and I have such a restrictive diet and its hard to find alternatives that are equally satisfying or at least filling!


  18. #
    Sarah — August 4, 2014 @ 10:49 am

    Yum! My poblano plant is producing so many peppers right now that I can’t keep up. This looks like an awesome way to use some of them :) Thanks for sharing this!


  19. #
    Matt Robinson — August 4, 2014 @ 11:34 am

    I wouldn’t be able to stop eating these. Amazing!


  20. #
    lisa — August 4, 2014 @ 1:27 pm

    Yum I love them too! Stuffed with eggs and goat cheese for breakfast w/ salsa. MMMM.


  21. #
    RavieNomNoms — August 4, 2014 @ 1:33 pm

    Bring on the cheese!!!


  22. #
    Michelle — August 4, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

    These look so good. I love stuffed poblanos. Has me thinking that I thought hubby planted some in the garden this summer, but I have not seen any. May have to buy some just for this.


  23. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — August 4, 2014 @ 2:31 pm

    Yum! These totally remind of those poppers you buy at like Costco and have at parties growing up!


  24. #
    Angel Reyes — August 4, 2014 @ 2:49 pm

    This looks gorgeous!


  25. #
    Kate @ Babaganosh.org — August 4, 2014 @ 3:06 pm

    These look ridiculously good. I’m have to check if my store has poblano peppers next time. If not then some other pepper is going to have to get stuffed and drowned in cheese!


  26. #
    Valerie @ Bubbles and Gold — August 4, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

    Wow. These look super delicious. When I saw this on Blog Lovin’, my first thought wasn’t Jessica. It was some other [insert famous food blogger’s name here]. But then saw it was you, and was like whaaaaaat?

    Thanks for surprising me today!


  27. #
    Calliope — August 4, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

    Gawd, these look amazing!


  28. #
    Sarah @ the gold lining girl — August 4, 2014 @ 4:24 pm

    I’m all for simple, especially when it looks like these!!! Who cares if something’s simple if it’s smothered in cheese and looks delicious?!! :) These look awesome. I agree – green peppers are just… blah. I’m feeling the poblanos so much more. Yum. Thanks for sharing.

    You were adorbs on Fox & Friends!! I was dying of excitement for you. You were great!!


  29. #
    Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blog — August 4, 2014 @ 4:26 pm

    I agree – traditional stuffed peppers aren’t out of the world, but these look like they are! The cheese was enough to make me happy.


  30. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — August 4, 2014 @ 4:42 pm

    Omg I want these! I don’t like traditional stuffed peppers either but this right up my alley!


  31. #
    Sarah — August 4, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

    I am so glad you posted this! Im so excited to try this recipe, I will be making this ASAP


  32. #
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — August 4, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

    Always love a good stuffed poblano!!


  33. #
    Megan in MI — August 5, 2014 @ 7:56 am

    So yummy! I do love stuffed peppers, but Poblano stuffed peppers sound way better!!!

    What baby wants, baby gets (P.S. we need a belly shot once a month please…and I do mean “need” )!!



  34. #
    Nubia — August 5, 2014 @ 10:27 am

    This is such perfect timing! My husband planted a ton of poblano peppers in his garden and stuffing them with more than just cheese is a great idea!


  35. #
    Mary Gerush — August 5, 2014 @ 10:35 am

    I love the way you prepped the poblanos! I just made stuffed poblanos last night and determined to find a better way to stuff them without them ripping to pieces. It’s brilliant to cut off the top and remove the seeds and ribs before roasting them! And you didn’t peel them which is interesting. Must try this technique. Thank you!


  36. #
    Cody | Cody Uncorked. — August 5, 2014 @ 11:05 am

    OMG making these ASAP. Also, eating the cheese off the baking sheet is an absolute must.


  37. #
    Gina F — August 5, 2014 @ 11:05 am

    Hi, you know my mother in law used to call them “chiles pobres” meaning ‘chiles for the poor’ because the ingredients were cheap and easy to find in your fridge ( most of the Latin moms have any kind of chiles in it) and also because easy to make, just stuffed them with cheese and put it in the oven to melt!
    Thanks for bringing back memories!
    Gina F


  38. #
    Mercedes@SatisfyMySweetTooth — August 5, 2014 @ 1:12 pm

    I LOVE poblanos in any form and I adore this idea for a simple yet delicious dinner!


  39. #
    Lauren — August 5, 2014 @ 1:29 pm

    Oh yum. These look so tasty!! I’m loving it.


  40. #
    Larry — August 5, 2014 @ 2:33 pm

    Damn, these look amazing! AMAZINGGGGGGGGGG so much better than traditional stuffed peppers! Give me all the Tex-Mex in the world (yes, you better eat those with chips and salsa) and I will be a happy camper.


  41. #
    Heather @ My Overflowing Cup — August 5, 2014 @ 4:37 pm

    I am in complete agreement with you both on the love of poblanos and not loving traditional stuffed peppers. I usually drizzle them in olive oil, sprinkle with coarse salt, and grill, but this is an actual meal! The black beans and cheese sound like a wonderful combo with the peppers. Love it! Pining it now – thanks so much.


  42. #
    Mary Frances — August 5, 2014 @ 5:43 pm

    I don’t blame you for being hooked on them, these little peppers look addicting!


  43. #
    Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen — August 5, 2014 @ 9:29 pm

    OMG, these sound ah.ma.zing. These would’ve totally been on my menu repertoire while I was preggo b/c I wanted nothing to do with meat *NUTH-ING* Meat was like the grossest thing on the planet to me. I would order veggie subs and eat those all the time. VEGGIE SUBS!!! Who does that?!?


  44. #
    Sherri — August 5, 2014 @ 10:25 pm

    I ate chilis rellenos (made with poblano peppers) almost everyday for lunch while I was pregnant with my second child. He’s 16 and can’t get enough hot and spicy food. I ate Mediterranean food during my pregnancy with my first son. He’s 22 and adores Greek food. Go figure. Good luck with your pregnancy!


  45. #
    Helen @ Scrummy Lane — August 6, 2014 @ 6:59 am

    Don’t be embarrassed … these are like my most difficult recipes … haha!
    They look beautiful. I love the cheese and sour cream oozing out of them!


  46. #
    Alex @ Kenzie Life — August 6, 2014 @ 9:40 am

    Oh yeah, these look awesome! Especially with a margarita on the side!


  47. #
    Jackie — August 6, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    I made these last night and they were delicious! All my cheese melted off the peppers and onto the baking sheet though, so I had to try and peel the cheese off the sheet and eat it that way :). I will definitely make these again!


  48. #
    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — August 6, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

    OMG I seriously NEED to make these! My little backyard garden has been going crazy with peppers this summer so I was thinking of what to do with all the peppers, and girl, I now know I need these for dinner!!!


  49. #
    ATasteOfMadness — August 6, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

    I have never tried poblanos before, but !! This looks amazing!


  50. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — August 6, 2014 @ 3:39 pm

    JESS! are you coming to NYC? I have pre-ordered Seriously Delish and my fingys are crossed you will be coming my Manhattan way – let a sista know!!!

    ps – loves these.



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