Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers


  • 4 bell peppers halved with seeds removed
  • 1 pound ground beef, chicken or turkey
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or 2 to 3 tablespoons Homemade Taco Seasoning (to taste)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, lightly rinsed and drained or 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can corn, drained or about 1 1/2 cups frozen
  • 3/4 cup cooked rice
  • 1 (15 ounce) can Rotel or Fire Roasted tomatoes (choose one with green chilis for most flavor)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, about 4 ounces, Colby, Cheddar or Colby Jack
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup diced pickled Jalapeno, plus a few slices for garnish, optional
  • a little juice from the pickled Jalapeno, to taste, optional
  • a little hot sauce to taste, Cholula preferred, optional
  • 8 slices thickly sliced Pepperjack or cheese of choice to top; grated will work, too, about 4 ounces or more if desired
  • Preferred taco toppings, optional, if desired. Cilantro, green onion, sour cream, salsa, hot sauce, etc.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a Dutch oven, brown ground beef, chicken or turkey. Add a little oil if needed. Break up as it browns, drain if necessary, and sprinkle with the taco seasoning. Add about a 1/4 cup of water and cook, stirring, until the water has evaporated and the meat is nicely coated.

Remove from heat and add the beans, corn, cooked rice, and grated cheese. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired. For additional spice, add chopped pickled jalapeno, a little of the juice from the jar, and a little hot sauce all as desired and to taste.

Fill bell peppers and place on sheet pan or in a large casserole. Cover with foil and bake to desired tenderness (keep in mind they will cook a few more minutes when cheese is added to top), about 50 minutes for crisp tender. Remove from oven, remove foil and add cheese. Bake for an additional 5 to 7 minutes until cheese is melted. Garnish with additional pickled jalapeno if desired.

Serve as is or serve with favorite taco toppings.

Note: You will likely have leftover filling. You can make more peppers, freeze the filling to use another time, or make tacos, burritos, or quesadillas. All are wonderful with this filling and a little extra cheese.

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