Wondering what to serve with stuffed peppers? You’ve come to the right place!
Stuffed pepper recipes are absolutely one of my favorites. Bell peppers stuffed with ground beef, and rice topped with tomato sauce and cheesy goodness – it doesn’t get much better than that!
Plus, you can make them any way you like. There’s no end to the variety of meats, cheeses, beans, veggies, herbs, and spices you can add to this classic comfort food.
Sides for Stuffed Peppers
And while the idea of stuffed peppers for dinner always makes me happy, you can’t call it a meal without at least one companion.
But what do you serve with a timeless classic that’s already packed with flavor? Fear not! I have an entire list of scrumptious ideas that will pair perfectly with your main dish.
Here are 25 side dishes that’ll transform your stuffed pepper recipes into an unforgettable meal.
1. Ramen Noodle Asian Salad
If your pepper is already stuffed with carbs, you may want to consider a lighter side dish like this salad.
This recipe makes a healthy and delicious salad with a fun Asian twist: crushed-up ramen noodles for added crunch.
2. Cheese Platter
A platter full of natural cheeses makes for an exceptional and elegant side dish to your stuffed peppers. Natural cheeses have a mild sweetness to them, making them a perfect pair with your savory peppers.
Plus, it looks phenomenal but is easy to pull off. Have fun building your platter with your choice of ingredients.
3. Parmesan Breakfast Potatoes
Now, if your peppers aren’t stuffed with starches, you may want to serve them with something hearty, like these parmesan breakfast potatoes!
The crispy and cheesy goodness of the spuds perfectly complements the sweet and tangy stuffed peppers.
Together, they create an explosion of flavors that’ll knock your socks off.
4. Sweet Potato Fries
If you’re looking for something sweet and salty, sweet potato fries are the perfect solution, minus the guilt of regular fries.
That’s because these fries aren’t really fried, but are roasted in the oven.
Tossed with olive oil and sea salt, this recipe makes crispy and delicious fries that are healthy, to boot.
5. Zucchini and Yellow Squash
Since you’re already serving veggies as your main, why not go all out and serve veggies on the side as well?
Bell peppers, zucchini, and yellow squash form a trifecta of flavors that even non-veggie fans would love.
So, go ahead and saute that beautiful zucchini and yellow squash for a good old-fashioned side dish. Just be sure to use fresh ingredients for the best results.
6. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
When it comes to cooking veggies, roasting is the way to go.
Take these roasted Brussels sprouts, for example. Normally, sprouts are often thought of as a bland and unappetizing vegetable, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
When roasted in olive oil, the Brussels sprouts develop a crispy and caramelized exterior, while still maintaining their tender and flavorful interior.
7. Roasted Artichokes
Want more healthy side dish recipes? I got you!
Roasted artichokes are another veggie that tastes great with stuffed peppers, especially when flavored with olive oil, lemon, and garlic.
8. Roasted Cauliflower
Bring out the natural sweetness of cauliflower by roasting it and then topping it with delicious Parmesan cheese and garlic.
Or if you’d like a little spice, top it with curry. Ooh, la la!
9. Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots
Whether sauteed or fried, carrots are great no matter how you cook them.
But, if you cook them with butter and brown sugar? You’ll get a great side dish that’s so good you might just forget about the bell peppers!
10. Garlic Mushrooms
Picture this: mushrooms fried with olive oil, butter, soy sauce, and white wine.
The ingredients coat the mushrooms beautifully, creating a sweet & savory caramelized glaze.
This one’s for you if you’re looking for show-stopping side dish recipes using a few basic ingredients.
11. Garlic Bread
Garlic bread tastes great with everything, and stuffed peppers are no exception.
Its crisp and tender texture and mild sweetness give a wonderful balance to the richness of the peppers.
Not only do their flavor profiles complement one another, but the bread also works as a perfect palate cleanser.
12. Green Beans
Not just your ordinary sauteed green beans, though. Upgrade the humble vegetable into a great side dish with this easy recipe.
This side dish only calls for simple ingredients, but it’s irresistibly delicious. The secret? Bacon grease!
13. Baked Zucchini Fries
Here’s another fantastic alternative to fried potatoes – baked zucchini fries. This recipe makes a healthy option, and more importantly, it’s delicious!
Oh, and they make for a great companion to stuffed peppers, too.
14. Corn Grits
Also known as creamy polenta, this dish is easy to make and customize. You can either turn it into a sweet or savory side dish to match the flavor of your stuffed peppers.
Top it with some cheese and bell peppers for a sweet and creamy polenta you’ll surely love. You can also add a bit of honey and butter and get a mushy cornbread-ish treat!
15. Corn Fritters
Speaking of corn, here’s another idea: corn fritters. Fry them until golden brown and you’ll get soft, creamy, and cheesy delights perfect with your stuffed peppers. These cakes are to die for!
Want to give your stuffed bell pepper meal a Cuban flair? This easy recipe has your name on it.
Simply boil some yuca, top it with cheese, and you’re done!
17. Arugula Salad
This next recipe makes an easy side dish that goes perfectly with stuffed pepper.
It’s a refreshing arugula salad with arugula, cherry tomatoes, carrot ribbons, and shavings of parmesan cheese.
It’s crisp and peppery, with a tangy lemon balsamic dressing that makes a perfect balance of flavors.
18. Quinoa Salad
This quinoa salad is another easy side packed with flavor and nutrition.
A blend of cucumbers, bell peppers, onions, chickpeas, and quinoa, it’s hearty yet refreshing, and absolutely tasty.
The ingredients are tossed in a tangy dressing of garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice to make their flavors pop even more.
19. Ina Garten Pasta Salad (Easy Side)
If you don’t like quinoa in salads, how about pasta? This easy side dish is another one for the books.
It’s a combination of pasta, sun dried tomatoes, olives,& feta. That in itself is already inviting, but wait until you hear about the dressing.
Made with red wine vinegar, sun dried tomatoes, capers, black pepper, parmesan, & more, the dressing bursts with savory flavors that’ll bring any boring salad back to life.
20. The Best Sauteed Spinach
This recipe is evidence that a fantastic side dish doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s a simple dish of sauteed spinach with garlic, onion, soy sauce, olive oil, and butter.
Together, these simple ingredients give the humble spinach a perfect balance of flavors – savory and peppery with a little bit of sweet and salty.
21. Paula Deen’s Broccoli Salad
This broccoli salad is healthy and tasty, and pairs perfectly with virtually any main dish.
It features broccoli, cheese, raisins, tomatoes, onion, and bacon, creating fun colors, flavors, and textures.
Plus, that creamy and tangy mayo dressing brings all the flavors together to make one perfect side.
22. Cornbread Muffins
These cornbread muffins are another great side for stuffed peppers for many reasons.
First, their sweetness perfectly complements the savory peppers.
Next, their crumbly texture provides a nice contrast to the crisp-tender peppers.
Lastly, they’re easy to make and can be customized with various add-ins, such as cheese, jalapenos, or even lemon juice.
23. Celery Salad with Apples
Try this celery salad with apples for yet another light and satisfying side.
Here, crisp and crunchy celery ribs are paired with sweet and juicy apples, creating a delightful contrast of textures and flavors you’ll love.
The salad is then dressed with a zesty blend of white wine vinegar, dijon mustard, and maple syrup, which complements the natural flavors of the celery and apples.
24. Lemon Balsamic Lentil Salad
Healthy doesn’t need to be bland, and this lentil salad with lemon balsamic dressing is proof.
This salad is a combination of lentils, cucumber, red pepper, and spinach, making it a perfect choice for a wholesome side everyone will love.
But what makes it stand out is the dressing, which is a blend of lemon juice, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, & agave syrup.
And last, I don’t want to end this list without a beverage. When it comes to drinks, a cold glass of beer is perfect to round out your stuffed bell pepper meal.
The bitterness in the ale pairs very well with the natural sweetness of the bell pepper.
Plus, you don’t have to worry about finding a recipe or ingredients for this one. Just pop open your favorite beer and you’re all set.
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