Recipes » Main Dish » Stuffed Poblano Pepper Christmas Trees
T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies


Avocado salsa

  • 7 tomatillos, quartered
  • 1 ½ avocado, diced
  • 10 sprigs of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 3 green onion, white and green parts, roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, diced (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Soy sour cream

  • 1 pack silken tofu
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Wash the poblanos and place them on a baking sheet. Roast them for approximately 30 minutes (flip as needed) until charred on all sides. Transfer them to a covered bowland let them steam for 20 minutes.
  • 2. For the avocado salsa, add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  • 3. For the soy sour cream, blend all the ingredients until smooth. Set aside.
  • 4. Clean the poblano peppers by rubbing the skin off with your fingers under running water. Carefully make a cut on one side and remove the seeds and veins. Leave the stem. Pat dry with paper towels.
  • 5. Stuff peppers with mashed potatoes.
  • 6. Place the stuffed peppers on a platter. Bathe the peppers with the avocado salsa and decorate with the soy sour cream and pomegranate seeds right before serving.

Cooking Tips

  • 1. You can roast peppers directly over an open gas flame or electric stove.
  • 2. If you don’t want the spiciness, use Anaheim peppers.
  • 3. If you are in a hurry, roast the peppers under the oven broiler until blackened and blistered, about 5 minutes.
  • 4. Use gloves to clean the roasted peppers. If you don't have gloves, make sure you clean your hands right away after cleaning the peppers and don't touch your face.
  • 5. Be careful not to roast the poblano peppers too much. If you do, the skin will get too thin and will break easily.
  • 6. Try to decorate right before you serve them so the decoration will be pretty when served.
  • 7. You can serve this dish cold or warm.

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