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27 Ways To Make Your Bell Peppers Less Boring

These recipes prove that bell peppers are anything but expected.
07/16/2012 10:11am ET | Updated August 6, 2014

We know it's easy to buy bell peppers any time of the year in the supermarket, but summer is the season when these sweet peppers are the best. If you grow your own peppers, you know what we're talking about.

These awesome fruits (yes, peppers are a fruit) are so commonplace, however, that all too often they can be taken for granted. But with a sweet flavor, crunchy texture and myriad colors -- red, yellow, orange, green and even purple -- peppers should not be underrated. Bell peppers are irreplaceable in certain recipes, like fajitas or stir-frys, and add a serious zing to others, like salads, pastas, curries or soups. They're versatile and easy to work with, too.

One of our favorite ways to cook with bell peppers in the summer is to char them outside on the grill, so that their skin peels right off and you're left with a sweet and smoky inside. If you don't have a grill, you can get the same effect by putting peppers directly on top of a gas stove or under the broiler. Roasted or raw, peppers should be one of your go-to ingredients this summer, and trust us, they can be far from boring.

Here are 28 bell pepper recipes that let this underrated FRUIT shine.

1
Tea-Smoked Tofu With Pepper And Pork (Yan Dou Fu Gan Zhao Cai)
Maren Caruso
2
Baked Eggs In Stuffed Peppers
FoodieCrush
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3
Pasta Salad With Grilled Sausages And Peppers
Con Poulos/Food & Wine
4
Beef Stir-Fry With Peppers And Pea Shoots
The Clever Carrot
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5
Roasted Red Pepper And Walnut Dip
New Media Publishing
6
Easy Chicken Fajitas With Cheesy Enchilada Rice And Spicy Tex-Mex Special Sauce
Half Baked Harvest
7
Stuffed Pepper Soup
Skinny Taste
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8
Spicy Sausage And Pepper Pasta
Two Peas And Their Pod
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9
Steak Fajita Stuffed Baked Potatoes With Avocado Chipotle Crema
Half Baked Harvest
10
Quinoa Burrito Bowls
A Beautiful Mess
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11
Homemade Harissa (Spicy Red Pepper Sauce)
Half Baked Harvest
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12
Linguine With Roasted Red Peppers, Crabmeat And Basil
Alexandra Cooks
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13
Green Olive Pesto Pizza With Roasted Red Peppers And Feta Stuffed Crust
Half Baked Harvest
14
Pan Bagnat: Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich
Food52
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15
Roasted Red Peppers
Jodi Moreno
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16
The Best Baked Beans
The Girl Who Ate Everything
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17
Mom’s Stuffed Bell Peppers
Simply Recipes
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18
Roasted Red Pepper Potato Soup
Simply Recipes
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19
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper And Chicken Sausage Pasta
FoodieCrush
20
Cilantro Lime Salad
The Faux Martha
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21
Sausage Red Pepper And Spinach Pesto Pizza
Bev Cooks
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22
Vegan Roasted Red Bell Pepper Pasta
Minimalist Baker
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23
Grilled Bell Peppers With Halloumi
Food52
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24
Shells With Red Pepper-Tomato Sauce
Alexandra Cooks
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25
Homemade Focaccia + Roasted Red Pepper And Arugula Sandwiches
Alexandra Cooks
26
Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
A Beautiful Mess
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27
Red Pepper Shrimp Scampi
A Beautiful Mess
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