By Mary Claire Lagroue
July 18, 2019

Dine on stuffed peppers and these sides till you're stuffed, too.

Filled with some combination of grains, meat, cheese, and veggies, stuffed peppers hold their own as a meal. But blistered, bursting-with-filling stuffed peppers taste even better with sides that complement their flavors. Here are the sides we'd match with 10 of our most popular pepper recipes.

You'll appreciate the simplicity of this 5-ingredient spinach dish, ready in a speedy 15 minutes. Try it with Chef John's Beef and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers.

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Pair up Bolognese Stuffed Peppers with a side of zucchini, tomatoes, and sweet onion — not to up your veggie intake (though we support that) but because these dishes would mesh really well.

Aromatic cilantro, lime, jalapeno, and charred corn kick red cabbage up more than a notch. Serve it alongside Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa.

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Yes, stuffed bell peppers can be dense, but that wouldn't stop us from serving these Orzo and Chicken Stuffed Peppers with battered, fried, cumin-spiced cauliflower to bring out their stuffing's slight hint of cumin.

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No need to be on a low-carb or paleo diet to know how delightful meat and veggies taste without grains or legumes, thank you very much. Match these Stuffed Peppers with Turkey and Vegetables with this spinach, artichoke, and prosciutto side.

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When baked, these Healthier Stuffed Peppers and this ratatouille each make a light red sauce. You won't, however, read far into either recipe's reviews before coming across a home cook who recommends adding more tomato sauce, so keep that in mind if you're a sauce fiend. Put these two together for a light and healthy meal.

Pasta coated in this top-rated pesto would enhance the flavors of creamy goat cheese and Havarti in these Chicken-Stuffed Peppers, which is just how home cook Lona Kristine Mason served them.

Delicate but rich in flavor, this classic Greek dish would taste even better with Greek Stuffed Tomatoes and Peppers roasted to peak sweetness.

"I'm not one of those Italians who I hear considers broccoli rabe beloved, but preparing it like this could make me change my tune. To temper its bitterness, I added some chopped red bell pepper, which introduced some nice color, too. For a little kick, I added a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes," naples34102 writes. Serve this veg dish with these Stuffed Peppers Italian Style that credit their flavor to chopped anchovies.

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Balance the heat of these Chorizo Stuffed Bell Peppers with crispy fried plantains dunked in a cooling, creamy avocado dip.

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