10 Grilled Bell Pepper Recipes to Fire Up Your Taste Buds

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Bell peppers come in a rainbow of colors, each with its own unique characteristics and flavor profile.

Although red, green, and yellow peppers are the most common types, there’s a whole world of pepper varieties you probably still don’t know about.

Orange bell peppers are a great example. They typically appear when red and green peppers start to ripen. Because of this, orange peppers often have a slightly sweet and tangy flavor.

Purple bell peppers are another example. They are a lot less common and have a more noticeable bitter taste than other varieties.

On top of these, there’s also a variant called chocolate bell peppers that have a sweet and smoky flavor, perfect for any grilled dish.

Since I’m not sure which types of bell pepper you can get your hands on, I’m sharing some recipes that you can make with any variety. 

1. Grilled Bell Peppers and Onions

At the top of this list, we have this grilled bell pepper and onion recipe. Here’s how to make this at home.

First of all, you need to preheat your grill to about 400°F. As your grill starts to heat up, slice two medium onions and three large bell peppers into rounds. 

Then, in a large bowl, toss your sliced veggies with your seasonings, mainly two tablespoons of olive oil, a teaspoon of salt, and half a teaspoon of black pepper.

This next step is optional, but if you want to add a slightly sweet, nutty, and spicy flavor to your dish, you can mix in half a teaspoon of garlic powder.

Once every slice is coated and your grill is hot enough, put your veggies on the grate and grill for no more than 10 minutes. 

Flip your bell peppers and onions from time to time until they get the signature grill marks on both sides.

You can eat this dish as it is, but I like to use mine as a topping for my burgers and sandwiches. 

2. Grilled Bell Peppers With Cream Cheese

This grilled bell peppers with cream cheese recipe calls for four large bell peppers. Slice them lengthwise in half, then remove the seeds and other membranes. 

Set the hollow veggies aside for a few minutes and move on to making your cream cheese filling. 

To make the filling, you need to combine 8 oz. of softened cream cheese, a quarter cup of sour cream, half a cup of shredded cheddar cheese, and two cloves of minced garlic. 

On top of this, you need to add your herbs and spices, which include a quarter cup of chopped basil, chives, and parsley. 

Sprinkle in a pinch of salt and pepper, mix together, and you have yourself a yummy cream cheese filling.

Stuff your bell peppers with this filling and place them on the grill (with the cream cheese side up) to cook for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese starts to melt and bubble.

3. Grilled Bell Peppers Side Dishes

Although the grilled bell peppers with cream cheese is an incredible side dish on its own, I have other recipes up my sleeve.

Grilled Bell Pepper and Corn Salsa

If you love Mexican flavors and spices, this grilled bell pepper and corn salsa is the way to go. It’s super simple, too. 

Start by cutting three small bell peppers into halves. Grill both halves for about three minutes until lightly charred, then dice them into tiny cubes.

Place your grilled bell peppers in a large bowl with a can of drained corn kernels.

To the same bowl, add half a cup of diced red onion, a quarter cup of cilantro and lime juice, and — of course — a pinch of salt and pepper. 

Whisk them all together, and you get a Latin-inspired grilled pepper side dish perfect for tortilla chips, grilled chicken, or even fish tacos. 

Grilled Bell Pepper With Garlic and Herb Butter

Another incredible side dish I enjoy making for my friends and family is this grilled bell pepper with garlic and herb butter. 

To start, slice four large bell peppers into half-inch strips. Then, toss them in a large bowl with two tablespoons of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste.

Once your veggies are completely seasoned, place them on the grill and cook for seven minutes to maintain a bit of crunch.

However, if you want your bell peppers extra soft and tender, feel free to leave them on the grill for another two to three minutes. 

As you wait for the bell peppers to grill, make your garlic and herb butter on the side.

To make the spread, blend together a stick of softened unsalted butter, three cloves of minced garlic, and two tablespoons of chopped parsley, basil, and thyme. 

When your bell peppers are finished cooking, transfer them to a plate, spread some of your homemade butter on top, and it’s ready to serve!

4. Grilled Bell Peppers Stuffed With Chicken Parmesan

Everybody loves stuffed bell peppers, so for this recipe, we’re stuffing our grilled bell peppers with chicken Parmesan.

Begin by cutting four large bell peppers vertically in half and removing the membranes. 

In a separate bowl, combine a cup of breadcrumbs, half a cup of grated Parmesan cheese, a teaspoon of dried basil and oregano, and half a teaspoon of garlic powder. 

Mix these ingredients until you get an even breadcrumbs mixture, then set aside.

On another note, get a pound of boneless and skinless chicken breasts, season them with salt and pepper, and cut them into bite-sized pieces. 

Dip each piece of chicken into beaten eggs, then coat them with your breadcrumb mixture. Try covering as much of the chicken’s surface as possible to get maximum flavor. 

And now, we cook!

Cook your chicken in a large skillet with two tablespoons of olive oil for six minutes or so. You’ll know it’s ready when the breadcrumbs turn golden brown and the meat is completely cooked through.

The next step is to make the rest of the filling. For this, you’ll need to mix a cup of ricotta cheese, half a cup of shredded mozzarella, and a quarter cup of grated Parmesan.

Once you’re done making the filling, it’s time to assemble. 

Spoon a layer of store-bought (or homemade) marinara sauce at the base of your bell pepper halves, and top it off with your chicken pieces and ricotta cheese mixture.

Finally, place your stuffed bell peppers on the grill grates (filling side up), and cook for another 17 minutes. 

I know this recipe is quite a handful, but it’s totally worth it. From the smoky grilled peppers to the savory chicken and rich, melted cheese, every bite is a fantastic combination of flavors.

5. Grilled Bell Peppers Salad

Now, if you’re looking for something light and refreshing, try making this grilled bell pepper salad. The steps are pretty straightforward.

All you have to do is to julienne (or cut into strips) four medium-sized bell peppers and grill them per usual. This should take no more than five minutes to finish.

By then, you should have gathered the rest of your salad ingredients, such as four cups of mixed salad greens, half a cup of feta cheese, and a quarter cup of caramelized red onions.

Mix everything in a large wooden bowl and drizzle with the salad dressing of your choice. 

6. Grilled Bell Peppers With Balsamic Vinaigrette

Salads have a special place in my kitchen because I’m a firm believer that recipes don’t have to be complicated to be tasty. 

With salads, I can use the ingredients I already have at home without worrying about making any mistakes.

Besides my grilled bell peppers salad, another go-to recipe for me is this grilled bell peppers with balsamic vinaigrette.

For this recipe, I like to use four different kinds of bell peppers, mainly red, green, yellow, and orange. Then, I cut them all into quarters, making sure to throw away the stems and seeds.

I brush the bell pepper slices with olive oil and grill them for about four minutes on each side. 

As my bell peppers are grilling, I proceed to making my balsamic vinaigrette.

To make the vinaigrette, I whisk a quarter cup of extra virgin olive oil, two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, one minced clove of garlic, and a teaspoon of Dijon mustard. 

To this mixture, I add a teaspoon of honey and flavor it with some salt and pepper. The result is a tangy and sweet sauce, perfect for any salad recipe.

As such, I put the grilled bell peppers in a bowl and toss in other ingredients I can find in my kitchen: leafy greens, cherry tomatoes, croutons, and feta cheese. 

I top it off with my homemade vinaigrette and enjoy my meal!

7. Grilled Chicken Breast With Bell Peppers

Not a big salad eater? That’s ok. You might be more interested in this grilled chicken breast and bell pepper combo. 

This recipe is pretty healthy like the salad, but it’s also hearty, which means it can keep you full throughout the day.

So, before anything else, let’s make the marinade for the chicken. 

In a large bowl, whisk a fourth cup of olive oil, two tablespoons of lemon juice, and two minced garlic cloves. 

To this mixture, add a teaspoon of dried oregano, a teaspoon of salt, and half a teaspoon of black pepper. 

Then, get four boneless chicken breasts and toss them in the marinade until completely coated. Cover everything with cling wrap and put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. 

But if you have more time to spare, I recommend leaving the chicken to marinate longer. This will allow the meat to really absorb all the flavors of your sauce. 

In the meantime, cut two large bell peppers of any variant into strips and season them with a tablespoon of olive oil, salt, and pepper. 

Once your chicken is done marinading, remove it from the liquid, and grill for eight minutes on each side. 

During the final five minutes of cooking, grill your sliced bell peppers with your chicken until they’re both soft and perfectly charred. 

Take them off of the grill and slice your chicken into strips. You can eat this as an entrée with a side of rice and mixed veggies to complete your meal.

8. Grilled Mini Bell Peppers

Mini bell peppers are a fun and easy twist on the classic grilled bell pepper recipe. Simply toss a pound of mini bell peppers with two tablespoons of olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Then, you know what happens next: grill your mini bell peppers whole for five to six minutes. When they’re done cooking, you can eat them immediately.

Or, you can season them some more.

Since I like a lot of flavor in my food, I toss my grilled mini bell peppers in a bowl with two tablespoons of olive oil, a teaspoon of salt and garlic powder, and a pinch of black pepper.

I don’t stop there. I finish with crumbled feta cheese and a drizzle of balsamic glaze to make myself a guilt-free snack. I can probably eat this every day for a whole week.

9. Grilled Bell Peppers With Olive Oil and Herbs

Speaking of snacks, here’s another quick, easy, and healthy recipe you can whip out in just under 10 minutes. 

The same prep work follows: first, get four large bell peppers, cut them into thin strips, and set them aside.

Then, make your olive oil and herb concoction by mixing a quarter cup of olive oil, two minced garlic, a tablespoon of finely chopped herbs (basil, parsley, and oregano), and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Toss your bell pepper strips into the marinade and let them soak for 15 minutes before grilling per usual. 

After 6 minutes of cooking, place your grilled bell peppers in a serving bowl and drizzle any leftover marinade on top. 

And voila, a simple, nutritious, and delicious snack you can make on a lazy afternoon.

10. Grilled Bell Peppers Sandwich

By now, if you still haven’t found a grilled bell pepper recipe you want to try, maybe this will change your mind. 

Saving the best for last, it’s the grilled bell peppers sandwich.

Start by grabbing two large bell peppers and one large onion. Slice both vegetables into quarter-inch rounds.

Afterward, season your veggies with salt and pepper, and two tablespoons of olive oil. Grill them for eight minutes, and let them rest.

While your veggies are cooling off, cut your bread rolls vertically in half and heat both sides on the grill.

When your bread is nice and toasted, spread a dollop of hummus or cream cheese on the bottom half. Then, top it off with your grilled veggies. 

If you want to make it more flavorful, I suggest adding meats like salami or turkey ham. 

When you’re satisfied with your sandwich creation, close it up, and dig in!

Enjoy No-Fuss Grilled Bell Peppers Recipes With This List!

It doesn’t matter if you only have green, red, or yellow bell peppers in your kitchen. With this list, you can use any variant you want and still get amazing results!

Whether you’re going for a simple snack option, a light salad dish, or a hearty chicken Parmesan meal, grilled peppers are your #1 companion in the kitchen. 

Try these recipes at home, and tell me what you think! I’m excited to see what creations you come up with.

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