You probably already know that stuffing peppers and baking them until they’re just right is delicious.
But what happens when you have leftover pepper filling?
There is no better way to use leftover stuffed peppers than by turning them into burritos. This is the easiest way to add some extra flavor and protein to your next dinner. Try topping these stuffed pepper burritos with tomato salsa, avocado slices, and fresh cilantro for an awesome appetizer.
Below, we’ve put together a list of 22 great ideas for using up your leftover stuffed pepper filling after that special dinner.
What to Do with Leftover Stuffed Pepper Filling
Everybody has great recipes for stuffed peppers, but what happens when you have leftover pepper-filling for days in a row?
Here are 22 ideas on how to use up your leftover pepper filling:
If you’re making a salad, add the filling on top.
You can also mix it in with the rest of your salad ingredients and toss everything together before eating.
This is a great way to use up leftovers without having to make extra work or think too hard about what else you could do with them.
Use It As A Pizza Topping
Take the filling and use it as a pizza topping.
It’s simple: just spread some mozzarella cheese on top of your favorite pizza crust, then add the leftover stuffed pepper filling on top of that (or mix them together if you want).
Bake until the cheese is melted and starting to turn golden brown around the edges.
Then, let your imagination run wild!
Add any toppings you want—we recommend onions and mushrooms for an extra-flavorful experience!
With just a few extra ingredients, you can make a delicious casserole that your family will love.
- Stuff the pepper filling into a baking dish.
- Then cover it with shredded cheese and bread crumbs.
- Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes, or until the top is browned and crispy.
- Serve hot!
You can make a zesty wrap with the leftover filling from your stuffed peppers. The combination of flavors in this wrap is sure to keep you coming back for more!
- To make this tasty treat, first cook up some eggs and cook them until they’re just right (you know how much you like yours).
- Then add some chopped bell pepper, onion, and garlic to a pan on medium heat.
- Sauté the vegetables until they’re soft and tender—about five minutes should do the trick.
- Next comes the fun part: put everything together in a tortilla shell (or pita pocket if you prefer) along with some cheese sauce and lettuce leaves if desired.
- Wrap up the whole thing tightly in aluminum foil so it stays warm until you’re ready to eat it—and enjoy!
If you’re a fan of Mexican food, you know that quesadillas are one of the best things you can do with leftover filling from stuffed peppers.
They’re easy to make and so delicious! All you do is take the leftover filling and add some cheese to it.
Then heat up a frying pan on medium heat, place the quesadilla in there, and cook until crispy on both sides.
A delicious snack or meal that can be prepared in just minutes.
You can also use the filling to make mini taco cups.
It’s so easy.
- First, just layer the ingredients in a muffin tin—you’ll need cheese, lettuce and tomato (if you like), and then top with your leftover pepper filling.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes until the edges are golden brown and crunchy.
- Then enjoy!
Here’s a video if you’d rather watch that:
If you’re looking for an alternative way to use up your filling, try topping your baked potato with it.
Just place some shredded cheese on top of each potato half before placing them in the oven so that it melts over everything else when baked together inside its skin (or just cook them separately).
Once they’re done roasting underneath their own skins, simply scoop out any excess liquid before adding any toppings like sour cream or hot sauce if desired; otherwise just add those directly onto each cooked potato half before serving them immediately while hot!
Add It to Your Eggs for Breakfast
For a quick breakfast idea, try adding your leftover filling to scrambled eggs.
Sprinkle with some cheese if you like, and let the egg mixture cook until it’s fluffy and warm throughout—it will take about 5-7 minutes on medium heat (or until the eggs are cooked through).
Serve with some toast or biscuits on the side!
The next time you have leftover stuffing from stuffed peppers, try making some calzones!
- Roll out some pizza dough into two circles and brush one side with olive oil or melted butter.
- Place some cheese on each circle, then spoon in your leftover pepper stuffing mixture onto one half of each circle and fold over the other half like a turnover pasty (or whatever).
- Brush tops with olive oil or melted butter and bake at 425 degrees F for about 15 minutes until golden brown on top!
If you’re looking for something a little more savory than sweet, try making savory muffins.
All you need to do is combine all of your filling with some eggs and flour, then bake them in muffin tins for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F until they’re golden brown on top and crispy on the bottom.
Instead of making tacos, you can make burritos with your filling by wrapping it all up in a large flour tortilla with some more cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes (if you like).
Cook on a skillet over medium heat for about five minutes per side until crispy and golden brown on each side!
If you want an even quicker option, try making a taco salad with your leftover pepper filling!
Just layer everything in a bowl with lettuce or cabbage as your base, then add your cheese and tomatoes on top before topping with your leftover pepper filling.
Serve with tortilla chips if desired.
Add It to A Soup
You can add the leftover filling to any soup recipe that calls for ground beef or turkey as an ingredient—just follow your normal recipe as usual but replace one pound of ground beef or turkey with one pound of leftover stuffed pepper filling instead.
If you’re looking for a way to use up your pepper filling that has more of a comfort-food feel, why not whip up some macaroni and cheese?
It’s delicious on its own, but adding some leftover pepper filling makes it even better!
- Just toss together cooked pasta noodles with 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or however much your heart desires), 1/4 cup milk or cream, salt (to taste) and pepper (to taste).
- Stir until combined and then add in your leftover stuffed pepper filling.
- Bake at 350 degrees F until heated through (about 15 minutes).
How about an egg-cellent idea?
You can also use up your stuffing by making an omelet!
Just cook up some eggs as usual, then add some leftover pepper filling on top of them when they’re done.
The best part is that after eating this for breakfast, you’ll be ready for another delicious stuffed pepper for lunch!
You can also easily turn it into an open-faced sandwich (or two) with a few slices of bread and some mayonnaise or ranch dressing on top!
- Just spread on some mayo or ranch dressing on one slice of bread and add your leftover pepper filling on top of that (or vice versa).
- Next, place another piece of bread on top and cut into triangles to serve as appetizers at your next party or event!
Use It as A Pasta Sauce
If you’re looking for something that’s even easier, try using your pepper filling as a pasta sauce.
- Just combine cooked pasta with your filling and then add in Parmesan cheese, or whatever other cheese you’d like to use!
- Cook this until everything is heated through, then top with parsley if desired before serving.
Mix It with Cream Cheese and Make a Dip
This is one of the easiest ways to use up leftovers from stuffed peppers and make them last even longer!
Simply mix together the remaining pepper filling and cream cheese in a bowl until well-combined, then serve with crackers or breadsticks as an appetizer (or snack).
You can also add some chopped olives or other veggies if you want more flavor!
Spoon the Mixture Over Baked Chicken Breasts or Chicken Thighs
This is a great way to turn leftovers into lunch-box staples or an easy dinner!
See Also: 10 Best Herbs and Spices for Baked Chicken
Just heat up some chicken breasts or thighs in a skillet or bake them in the oven, then spoon on as much of your pepper mixture as you want!
Make Stuffed Pasta Shells or Manicotti with It
If you’re looking for something more substantial, try making stuffed pasta shells or manicotti with your filling.
- Just cook up some pasta shells or manicotti noodles according to package instructions and stuff them with your favorite cheese sauce (or whatever sauce was used on the peppers).
- Then bake them in an oven at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes until they’re golden brown on top and crispy around the edges!
Speaking of manicotti, check out these easy manicotti recipes.
Make It a Frittata
For an easy egg dish, simply mix together your leftover pepper mixture with some eggs and veggies, then bake in an oven-safe skillet at 350 degrees F until done.
This makes a great breakfast or lunch!
Make Another Batch of Stuffed Peppers
If you don’t want to turn leftovers into tacos or another meal, you can always bake them up again as stuffed peppers!
- Just mix together your favorite ground meat, seasonings and spices with some cheese (if you’d like) then stuff those babies full of goodness until they’re ready to burst their seams!
- Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes until they’re nice and crispy on top.
What to Do with Leftover Stuffed Pepper Filling (22 Ideas)
- Add It to A Salad
- Use It As A Pizza Topping
- Add it to a Casserole
- Make A Zesty Wrap
- Make Quesadillas
- Make Mini Taco Cups
- Use it to Top Baked Potatoes
- Add It to Your Eggs for Breakfast
- Make Calzones
- Make Savory Muffins With Your Leftover Filling
- Make Burritos
- Make a Taco Salad
- Add It to A Soup
- Make Macaroni and Cheese with it
- Make an Omelet
- Make Open-Faced Stuffed Pepper Sandwiches
- Use It as A Pasta Sauce
- Mix It with Cream Cheese and Make a Dip
- Spoon the Mixture Over Baked Chicken Breasts or Chicken Thighs
- Make Stuffed Pasta Shells or Manicotti with It
- Make It a Frittata
- Make Another Batch of Stuffed Peppers
- Pick your favorite idea from this list to use up your stuffed pepper filling.
- Prepare the rest of your meal.
- Be ready to munch in no time!
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