If you’re interested in a meal that looks as good as it tastes, look no further than Mexican-style stuffed peppers. This dish combines the bright richness of bell peppers and brings the heat using your favorite Member’s Mark salsa.
Stuffed peppers are a great choice for both parties and family dinners. No matter what the event is, Mexican-style stuffed peppers will stand out on the table without taking hours in the kitchen.
Stuffed peppers are a mouthwatering combination of creamy cheese, savory meat, and spicy salsa. They’re a great way to eat your veggies and deliver unforgettable flavor. Chefs of any level can dress up this dish with their favorite taco toppings including Member’s Mark salsa, ground meat, rice, beans, and corn.
Whether you’re trying to satisfy picky kids or impress party guests, stuffed peppers are a great option. This dish is also highly customizable and allows you to use up leftover cans in the pantry or any veggies that are going bad. Mexican-style stuffed peppers are a delicious and sophisticated dish that you can prepare with ease.
How to Make Stuffed Peppers
Even though stuffed peppers look professionally made, they can be prepared with a few simple steps. They are filled with a variety of ingredients to mix it up according to your tastes. Packed full of carbs, protein, veggies, and more, stuffed peppers create a party in your mouth. The rich Member’s Mark salsa takes the dish to the next level by turning up the heat. Follow this simple recipe to have Mexican-style stuffed peppers on the table in as little as an hour.
Step 1: Prep Bell Peppers
Bell peppers act as the vessel for this dish. We recommend either red or green peppers to add a bit of sweetness. Begin by cutting the bell peppers in half lengthwise and removing all of the seeds. Lay each half pepper flat in a baking dish with the open side up.
Cooking Tip: If you prefer soft peppers, blanch them in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes. Or stuff them without pre-cooking for a bit of crunch.
Step 2: Prepare Filling
The filling is where you have a chance to experiment and make the dish your own. Although any fillings will work, we suggest combining beans, corn, rice, ground turkey, and taco seasoning. Be sure to cook the rice and ground meat beforehand according to directions. Adding Member’s Mark salsa to the mixture is a great way to add moisture and dial the heat up depending on your taste.
Step 3: Stuff & Bake Bell Peppers
Finally, it’s time to stuff the bell peppers. Fill each half of the bell peppers with the prepared mixture. Keep the filling level with the top of the pepper for a good ratio of filling. Add ¼ cup of water to the baking dish to help steam the peppers. After the oven is heated to 350°F, bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven, sprinkle cheese over the peppers, and bake for another 10 minutes until the cheese is melty.
Cooking Tip: Use toasted bread crumbs on top for extra texture.
FAQs About Stuffed Peppers
What can I serve with stuffed peppers?
Although stuffed peppers can be a meal on their own, you can also add complexity with other sides. Guacamole, a leafy salad, mashed potatoes, or broccoli are healthy options that complement the dish well. Another option is to use tortilla chips or dinner rolls to scoop up all the leftover filling.
What substitutions and add-ins work with stuffed peppers?
Stuffed peppers are a great weeknight option because of the easy flexibility. If you don’t have time to hit the grocery store, many pantry items can be used in the filling. In addition, leftover veggies such as onions, celery, carrots, or green chile peppers can bring freshness to the dish.
Along with a whole host of add-ins, chefs can make substitutions to make the stuffed peppers healthier or put your own unique spin on it. Brown or wild rice can replace Mexican rice for a healthier option. The dish can be made vegetarian using tofu crumble instead of ground meat. If store-bought flavors aren’t cutting it, stuffed peppers can be made more special using homemade salsa and taco seasoning.
How do I store stuffed peppers?
Mexican-style stuffed peppers can last up to four days in the fridge, using an airtight container. You can enjoy the leftovers by heating them up in the microwave or oven the next few days. Alternatively, you can freeze the extra peppers for a quick meal later down the road. For a quick meal prep option, stuffed peppers can be assembled ahead of time, left covered in the fridge, and baked at a later date.
This delicious recipe for Mexican-style stuffed peppers is sure to impress both family and friends. You can also scale the recipe up for delicious party food that will keep guests coming back for more.
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Flavorful Mexican-Style Stuffed Peppers Recipe
- 4 large bell peppers (red or green)
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 cup Member’s Mark salsa
- 2 cups rice
- ½ cup corn
- 1 ½ cups black beans
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
- 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Cook rice and ground turkey according to directions.
- Combine black beans, corn, rice, ground turkey, cheese, and salsa in a large bowl.
- Add taco seasoning and season lightly with salt and pepper.
- Cut bell peppers in half and remove seeds.
- Place bell pepper halves face-up in a baking dish.
- Stuff each half bell pepper with the prepared filling.
- Add ¼ cup of water to the baking dish.
- Bake covered for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese over the top.
- Bake uncovered for another 10 minutes or until peppers are tender.
- Remove from oven and serve while hot.