Bell peppers are another one of those annoying things to cut up if you aren’t quite sure how to tackle it. If you start by hacking off the sides, you usually end up with a mess of seeds everywhere and you have to figure out how to get out the white ribs. Sometimes I’d rip them out with my fingers, other times, I’d trim them off one by one.

It’s like when I saw a girl at her 21st birthday party chug a hot coffee with a shot of Baileys because she thought it was like a car bomb. It may be awkward, a bit messy, and you certainly don’t want to tell your friends about it, but it gets the job done.

On the weekends, I make a large batch of something like fajitas to eat as leftovers during the week. Fajitas are relatively easy, healthy, and always delicious, but they take a decent amount of prep work. Not for the lazy at heart. Before I learned this approach, I wasted a lot of time futzing around with bell peppers (and onions too for that matter!) but now fajitas are manageable even on my laziest of nights.

Ok, maybe most lazy nights…

How to Quickly Cut a Bell Pepper

How to Quickly Cut a Bell Pepper Cut off Top
1. Cut about 1/3″ to 1/2″ off the top to get the rounded part of the pepper off. This makes the rest easier to cut. Don’t worry, we won’t waste anything you cut off!
How to Quickly Cut a Bell Pepper Cut Off End
2. Flip the pepper around and cut off enough of the bottom so you can see the inside of the pepper through all four sections. You won’t waste anything you cut off here either.
How to Quickly Cut a Bell Pepper Cut Down Side
3. Stand the pepper up and cut down through one side with the tip of your knife. Don’t cut through the middle of the pepper.
How to Quickly Cut a Bell Pepper Cut Out Inside
4. Gently pry open the pepper, lay your knife against it, and cut through the white ribs.
How to Quickly Cut a Bell Pepper Inside Removed
5. This gets rid of the whole middle of the pepper. No mess!
How to Quickly Cut a Bell Pepper Cut into Strips
6. Lay the pepper skin side down and cut strips.
How to Quickly Cut a Bell Pepper Cut Strips Again to Dice
7. If you want diced pepper, rotate the strips around and cut again.
How to Quickly Cut a Bell Pepper End Result Diced and Sliced Bell Pepper
8. Pop the stem out of the top of the pepper. Now you can cut strips out of the top and bottom. No mess and no waste!
How to Quickly Cut a Bell Pepper

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