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Mexican Stuffed Peppers

With ground beef, melty cheese, rice, and jarred salsa cooked in one pot, this Mexican stuffed peppers recipe is like a healthy taco in a bell pepper shell.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6


  • 6 bell peppers stems and tops removed then seeded
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 24 oz salsa your favourite type
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • cilantro optional
  • sour cream optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350° F
  • Brown the ground beef in a large fry pan over medium high heat until cooked almost through. Add the onion cook until softened. Stir in the jarred salsa, chile powder, and cumin.
    Add the white rice and water, season with kosher salt and bring to a boil, then reduce to medium low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender, adding more water if necessary.
  • While the meat and rice are cooking, cut off the tops of the peppers, spoon out the ribs and seeds, then rinse. Lightly sprinkle the inside of the peppers with kosher salt and place in a microwave safe dish with 1/4 cup water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 5 minutes or until they soften but still hold their shape.
  • Transfer the peppers to a 3 quart baking dish. Fill the peppers with the hot meat and rice mixture.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until peppers are tender. Sprinkle with cheese and heat for an additional minute or two until the cheese has melted. Garnish with the chopped cilantro and sour cream if you’d like, and serve.