From Latin America all the way to Asia, rice and pepper recipes can be found all over the globe. With so many manners of preparing these two ingredients it’s no surprise that rice and peppers are a worldwide hit. 

In this guide, we are going to take a look at some of our favorite recipes that you can prepare using peppers and Mahatma® Rice. Before we get into all the delicious possibilities, let’s learn how to actually cook our peppers.

How to Cook Peppers

There are a few different ways of cooking peppers,but here are the 2 most common ways:

Frying Peppers

First you’ll want to heat a little oil in a skillet, meanwhile cut your peppers into small slices. One thing to note is that the larger the peppers slices, the longer they will need to cook. Add peppers to the skillet and fry them until they are tender. 

Cooking Tip: To avoid burning the skins, you’ll want to constantly stir them.

Roasting Peppers

Start by preheating your oven and lining a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Once your preheated oven is ready, place your peppers on the baking sheet. Coat them with a little cooking oil so they don’t stick to the pan and cook for around 40 minutes. Once your peppers are roasted, leave them to cool down for a few minutes and then serve. 

Cooking Tip: Cut your peppers into smaller pieces to reduce cooking time.

Best Ways of Serving Rice and Peppers

Now that we know how to cook our peppers, let’s take a look at some interesting ways we can serve them up with Mahatma® Rice.

Stuffed Peppers

Over the years, stuffed pepper recipes have become an all-American favorite.

Recipes like these Rice and Turkey Stuffed Peppers made with Mahatma® Whole Grain Brown Rice provide an interesting way to combine rice and peppers. 

Customization Tip: To make this a vegetarian dish, try substituting the turkey for beans.

Pepper Flakes

Red pepper flakes are an excellent way of adding a dash of heat to your meals. Made with Mahatma® Jasmine Rice, this Spicy Air Fryer Rice will leave you satisfied when you’re craving something spicy. If this recipe is just a bit too much for your tastes, try adding in some cucumber to neutralize the flavor a bit. To make this an even more filling dish, try replacing the egg with chicken or beef. 

Air Fried Rice

Meal Prep Tip:  You can even make a big batch of this recipe and enjoy it throughout the week.

Peppers as a Mix in for Rice

Peppers are an excellent mix-in for rice dishes, being able to turn a side into a main dish. Made with Mahatma® White Rice, this Mexican Rice Recipe simply needs some chopped peppers folded in! 

You can also try mixing in some serrano peppers to this other Classic Mexican Rice recipe to add a bit of spice. Feel free to customize this recipe in any way you want, for example if you are following a vegetarian diet, try swapping out the chicken broth for vegetable broth instead. You can cook this dish in a rice maker or an instant pot, whichever you prefer.

Mahatma® Ready to Heat Chipotle Jasmine Rice

You can also try this Grilled Chicken and Chipotle Rice which features Mahatma® Ready to Heat Chipotle Jasmine Rice, a speciality rice which comes pre-prepared with chipotle peppers already mixed in. You also have the option of mixing in some bell peppers as well for a bit more diversity in flavor. For  a vegetarian variation on this recipe, try this Chipotle Rice Bowl With Veggies.

Grilled Chicken_and_Chipotle_Rice

Alternatively if you are craving seafood, you can also try this smoky Chipotle Rice With Shrimp recipe which is also made with Mahatma® Ready to Heat Chipotle Jasmine Rice. If you are trying to fit more vegetables into your diet, try adding in your favorite leafy greens to this dish.

Sauces with Peppers

Another way to enjoy peppers as part of a sauce, for example this Moroccan Rice and Chicken Salad made with Mahatma® Basmati Rice, lemon juice and spicy harissa sauce which is loaded with peppers. This recipe is loaded with Middle Eastern flavors; however, if you want to add some sweetness to this spicy dish, try adding in some pomegranate seeds as well.


There are plenty of ways to mix up your rice and pepper plates; follow Mahatma® Rice for even more ways to explore your favorite ingredients.

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