Cuban-Style Stuffed Poblanos


Poblanos make this stuffed-pepper recipe a little firey while a sprinkling of raisins make it a little sweet. That combo plus beef, rice, and tomatoes make a mouthwatering healthy dinner. We understand if you go back for seconds. And really, at 225 calories per half, you could eat two while sticking to a healthy diet.

Cuban-Style Stuffed Poblanos
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 3 fresh poblano chile peppers*

  • 12 ounce lean ground beef

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 14.5 ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained

  • ¾ cup cooked brown rice

  • ½ cup raisins

  • ½ cup sliced pitted green or pimiento-stuffed Spanish olives

  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped almonds, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Halve peppers lengthwise, leaving stems intact, if desired. Remove seeds and membranes. Arrange pepper halves cut sides up in a 3-qt. rectangular baking dish.

  2. In a large skillet cook beef, onion, and garlic over medium until beef is no longer pink. Drain off any fat. Stir in tomatoes, rice, raisins, olives, and allspice. Spoon beef mixture into pepper halves.

  3. Pour boiling water into baking dish around peppers; cover with foil. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until peppers are tender. Sprinkle with almonds.


Chile peppers contain oils that can irritate your skin and eyes. Wear plastic or rubber gloves when working with them.


Select larger poblano chiles that are smooth and full all around.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
7g Fat
26g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 355mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 154.7mg 774%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 3.5mg 19%
Potassium 463mg 10%
Folate, total 20.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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