Mexican Stuffed Peppers

There are some things that I know my family eats on a regular basis. When I go to prepare a meal, instead of just making enough for that dish, I often prepare extra and freeze it. Seasoned ground beef for tacos is one of those foods that I always double or triple the amount that I make. While I can eat tacos on a regular basis sometimes it’s nice to make something different. I had been planning on making traditional stuffed peppers when I noticed the package of frozen seasoned ground beef. If you can stuff a pepper with ground beef and rice why not stuff them Mexican style!

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Mexican Stuffed Peppers
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Serves: 4
 
These stuffed peppers can be baked in the oven at 425 F for 30 to 40 minutes or you can cook them in the crockpot on low for 6 to 7 hours.
Ingredients
  • 4 green, red, yellow or orange sweet bell peppers
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 cup prepared brown or white rice
  • 1½ cups salsa
  • 1½ cups shredded Pepperjack cheese (or cheese of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons Penzeys taco seasoning (or your favorite taco seasoning mix)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Cut the tops of the peppers and remove the seeds. Rinse and set aside.
  2. In a skillet brown the beef until no longer pink. Drain.
  3. Mix the rice, salsa and taco seasoning into the browned beef. Add in ¾ of shredded cheese. Spoon into peppers.
  4. Place peppers into a 8 X 8 pan and pour about a cup of water into the bottom of the pan. If using a crockpot stand the peppers up inside of the crockpot and pour the water around them.
  5. If cooking in the oven bake at 425F for 30 to 40 minutes or until peppers are tender.
  6. If cooking in the crockpot cook on low for 6 to 7 hours or until peppers are tender.
  7. Top with remaining cheese and cilantro.

FREEZER TIP: These peppers can also be made in bulk and frozen before being cooked. I usually take them out a day before and allow them to thaw in the refrigerator (cuts down on cooking time). Then bake them or put them in the crockpot as directed.

WLS TIP: if you want to make these peppers even lower in carbs leave out the rice. The are just as tasty being an all beef stuffed pepper.

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One Response to Mexican Stuffed Peppers

  1. these look amazing! I love mexican recipes, so good!
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