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15 Easy Anaheim Pepper Recipes

If you’re looking for a list of Anaheim pepper recipes, you’ve come to the right place. I may have only included 15 on this list, but they’re 15 of the very best. 

Before we get to them, though, let’s back up for a second. Let’s talk about why you’d even want to cook with Anaheim peppers.

What’s so special about them, anyway?

Stuffed Anaheim Peppers with Beef and Beans
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Anaheim peppers are also known as California or New Mexico peppers. They’re great additions to any Latin, Central American, or Tex-Mex dish.

They’ll add bright pops of color (green or red) and have a great flavor.

Additionally, they’ll add a nice bit of heat but aren’t too hot. They’re mild and delicious. 

Suppose you’re in the mood for Mexican-American flavor but don’t want to set your mouth on fire. In that case, give these Anaheim pepper recipes a try.

1. Southwest Anaheim Stuffed Peppers

Anaheim peppers are an excellent choice for stuffed peppers.

They’re a bit spicier than bell peppers but aren’t too spicy to enjoy. Plus, they’re the perfect size for stuffing. 

They’re cheesy and meaty and have the perfect spice blend for maximum flavor. Since you’ll make them with ground turkey, they’re pretty healthy, too. 

2. Chile Relleno

If you’ve never had chile Rellenos before, they’re a lot like stuffed peppers. In fact, they are stuffed peppers – just very specific, fried stuffed peppers. 

Really, they’re just peppers, cheese, and crunchy crust. Simple, but heavenly. 

3. Deep-Fried Chiles Rellenos 

If your favorite part of chiles Rellenos is the deep-fried crust, you’ll prefer this recipe. It has the same spicy, cheesy pepper inside. 

The outside, though, is extra crispy. Of all the stuffed peppers on this list, this one certainly has the most satisfying crunch.

4. Tomatillo Green Chili Salsa (Salsa Verde)

If you can’t get enough salsa verde, you should learn to make your own. This recipe can help you do that.

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It’s refreshing and yummy and takes less than 30 minutes to pull together.

You’ll need fewer than ten ingredients to make it. Plus, it lasts up to 10 days in the fridge. 

Note: The recipe as written calls for jalapenos. That’s sometimes a bit too spicy for some people, though. 

If that’s the case with you, use Anaheim peppers instead. You’ll get the same great flavor but only a fraction of the heat.

5. Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Anaheim Peppers

These look like a messy pepper explosion on your plate, but they’re insanely good.

With shredded chicken, feta cheese, and Creole seasoning, they’re super tasty. 

You’ll get a spicy, tangy, zesty, and cheesy flavor all rolled into one.

These are also surprisingly filling, so much so that you could make a complete meal out of them.

6. Caldo de Queso (Mexican Cheese and Potato Soup)

Is there anything more comforting and heartwarming than a hot bowl of soup on a cold night?

This full-flavored cheese and potato soup is one of my favorites. 

You’ll fill it with herbs and veggies, so it’s chunky as well as creamy. (If you want to keep the broth lighter, don’t add the milk.)

It takes less than an hour to make, and the whole family is sure to love it. 

7. Mango Corn Salsa

This seven-ingredient salsa takes just 5 minutes to make! It’s fantastic as a dipping sauce or on top of an otherwise bland or dry protein.

It’s bright and colorful and perfectly balances on the line between sweet and savory. If you like to get adventurous with your salsa choices, you’ll love it. 

8. Santa Maria Style Pinquito Beans

Including soaking time, pinquito beans take some time to make – almost 12 hours! However, the process for cooking them is painfully simple. 

They’re like barbecued baked beans, only spicier. They’re rich and feature the flavors of onions, garlic, tomatoes, and ham.

Underneath, there’s a light sweetness, too. 

If you’re having a backyard barbecue or cook-out, these are the ideal side dish.

9. Roasted Hatch Chile Chicken Soup

This 30-minute soup is another comforting option for the cooler nights of the year. The chicken is tender, the beans are filling, and the spice blend is perfect. 

You’ll get all your favorite New Mexico flavors but hardly any heat. It’s a fantastic choice for those who love ethnic dishes but can’t handle their usual spice.

10. Chile Rellenos Casserole

Casseroles are a favorite in most households because they’re flavorful, filling, and easy to make.

This one gives you all the flavor of chile rellenos in a heartier package.

It’s a triple-layer dish that combines chiles, cheese, and egg batter one on top of the other.

The top layer is light and fluffy. The following two layers are gooey, cheesy, and spicy (but not too spicy).

You can eat it as a standalone dish or dip it with sturdy tortilla chips. 

Another option is to wrap it in flour or corn tortillas and turn it into a taco or burrito. Either way, it’s a delightful meal that’ll have you coming back for more. 

11. Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Anaheim Peppers

And because you can never have too many stuffed peppers recipes, here’s one more! These spicy, cheesy peppers are similar to the first recipe on our list. 

The biggest difference, of course, is the juicy, salty bacon wrapped around each one.

Making eight takes a little less than an hour, so they aren’t the quickest appetizers. 

They are, however, some of the most delicious. Everyone who tries them will love them.

12. Chicken Tortilla Soup

This flavorful, chunky soup is like minestrone but with a South of the Border twist.

It’s full of beans, fresh veggies, and tender chicken. You could easily make it vegetarian-friendly, though.

It’s hot and spicy in all the right ways and is relatively healthy, too!

It’s low in calories and net carbs (12 per serving) and pretty high in protein (20 per serving). 

It freezes well, too. If you freeze it before adding the garnishes, it should last for at least 3 months.

Finally, thanks to all the peppers and spice, it’s useful for soothing summer colds.

13. Pork Chile Verde

Succulent braised pork swimming in refreshing chile verde sauce – it’s lip-smackingly good. 

It’s a hearty, pepper-heavy dish. It’s also an excellent choice if you’re in the mood for something filling and flavorsome.

It’s a thick, stew-like dish that tastes great alone or with tortillas or chips.

If you like, top it off with sour cream, cheese, or cilantro. You can also pour it over rice if you prefer.

14. Stuffed Anaheim Peppers with Creamy Cilantro Tahini Sauce

This is the last stuffed pepper recipe on the list; I promise!

If you have the sun-dried tomato crumble and tahini sauce pre-made, you can have them ready in just 20 minutes.

If you have to whip up those things from scratch, it’ll take a bit longer.

Either way, it’s entirely worth the effort. The taste is out-of-this-world amazing, and they’re incredibly filling, too. 

And did I mention they’re vegan-friendly and gluten-free? Yep! These are an all-around hit, no matter your dietary restrictions.

15. White Chicken Chili

This recipe for white chicken chili may not be as thick as you’re used to eating. Even so, it’s lightly spicy, full of flavor, and effortless to make. 

It takes about 30 minutes to get everything ready. After that, you’ll load it into your slow cooker and let it do its thing.

Top it with cheese and chives before serving, and you’re all set for a scrumptious, healthy meal.

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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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