07/16/2012 10:11 am ET Updated Aug 06, 2014

27 Ways To Make Your Bell Peppers Less Boring

We know it's easy to buy bell peppers any time of the year in the supermarket, but summer is the season when these sweet peppers are the best. If you grow your own peppers, you know what we're talking about.

These awesome fruits (yes, peppers are a fruit) are so commonplace, however, that all too often they can be taken for granted. But with a sweet flavor, crunchy texture and myriad colors -- red, yellow, orange, green and even purple -- peppers should not be underrated. Bell peppers are irreplaceable in certain recipes, like fajitas or stir-frys, and add a serious zing to others, like salads, pastas, curries or soups. They're versatile and easy to work with, too.

One of our favorite ways to cook with bell peppers in the summer is to char them outside on the grill, so that their skin peels right off and you're left with a sweet and smoky inside. If you don't have a grill, you can get the same effect by putting peppers directly on top of a gas stove or under the broiler. Roasted or raw, peppers should be one of your go-to ingredients this summer, and trust us, they can be far from boring.

Here are 28 bell pepper recipes that let this underrated FRUIT shine.

27 Bell Pepper Recipes
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