While visiting Oklahoma this summer, Tim’s aunt and uncle made stuffed hatch chile peppers as an afternoon snack/appetizer one day. Since they stuffed them with pork (which I do not eat), it left me wanting to stuff some hatch chiles myself so, I did! They are fabulous for game day eats alongside veggies and hummus, buffalo cauliflower, or sliders. Better though, I stuffed some poblano peppers too and, since they can fit more of the “meat”, they are a great meal on their own later in the week after you’ve had the stuffed hatches as a snack.
Due to the healthy carbohydrate (yay fiber!) and protein content, these peppers can be great snacks for athletes throughout the day too. Just watch it if you get hotter than normal peppers before practice – you don’t want an upset stomach to mess up your workout. Another option is chopping them up and adding them to eggs for a yummy scramble after a tough morning session. I am getting hungry just thinking of that!
Buying peppers in a certain shape when stuffing matters. With the hatches, the more curvy they are, the harder they will be to slice and stuff so, try to get pretty rounded straight ones if you can. For the poblano peppers, shape isn’t typically that different from one to another but, if you plan to make it a meal, get larger ones that can fit enough of the stuffing. You’ll also just be slicing those open rather than cutting them in half. Continue reading