This Mexican Stuffed Peppers with Ground Beef recipe is so flavorful, filling and simple to make. It makes a comforting all-in-one meal that is hearty, healthy and gluten-free. Learn how to make the best homemade stuffed peppers with this quick and easy recipe that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
You are going to love these colorful stuffed bell peppers with a fun Mexican twist. They are loaded with protein, vegetables and grains, so they provide the nutrition you need for a healthy, satisfying and balanced meal.
Tips for Making Mexican Stuffed Peppers
In this recipe, the bell peppers are cut in half, rather than the traditional way of cutting off the tops. This results in a smaller cavity to fill, which means that it takes less time for the filling to heat through in the oven. Halving the peppers rather than leaving them whole also allows for better portioning and the green stem makes a nice presentation.
I always like to parboil the bell peppers for a few minutes before stuffing and baking them. This helps speed up the cooking process and prevents the need to bake them in the oven for an hour to get them to soften up.
These baked beauties are a fantastic make-ahead meal, because they freeze really well. So, you could make a batch and then store it in the freezer. That way, the stuffed peppers are ready to go on nights when you just don’t feel like cooking.
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This recipe uses lean ground beef as its main source of protein. I always prefer to use grass-fed, humanely-raised meat instead of standard, factory-farmed meat. This is because organic, naturally-fed meat is much more healthy, sustainable and flavorful than conventional meat. And for the best grass-fed and organic meat, I highly recommend signing up for ButcherBox.
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More Healthy Ground Beef Recipes
Looking for more good-for-you ground beef recipes? Here are some dishes you will love:
For this Mexican Stuffed Peppers Recipe, I recommend:
Here are some kitchen tools I suggest using to make this recipe:
- Ultra Chef Express Food Chopper – This is the one I have and it is one of my most-used kitchen tools. I use mine all the time to quickly chop up vegetables. I especially love using it to dice onions, because it saves me from all the tears!
- Pyrex Glass Bakeware and Food Storage Set – I love the versatility of this set, because you can use the same dish to bake, serve and store your food.
If you make this easy Mexican Stuffed Peppers recipe, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating ★ below, because I love hearing from you! ♡
Healthy Mexican Stuffed Peppers Recipe with Ground Beef
- 6 bell peppers, any color
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
- 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
- 2 medium tomatoes, diced
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup frozen corn, defrosted
- 1/2 cup shredded Mexican-blend or Cheddar cheese
- Optional toppings: Chopped green onions or fresh cilantro
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
- Cut the peppers in half vertically right through the middle of the stem and the bottom of the pepper. Remove the membranes and seeds.
- Parboil the peppers in the pot of water for 3–4 minutes until slightly softened. Drain and place the peppers cut side up in a large baking dish.
- In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 4 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute further.
- Add the ground beef and cook, stirring constantly to break up the meat, for 5 minutes or until browned.
- Stir in the chili powder, cumin, green chiles, cooked rice, tomatoes, black beans and corn. Season generously with salt and pepper.
- Spoon the ground beef rice mixture into the peppers and sprinkle the tops with cheese.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until peppers are tender and cheese is bubbling. Serve warm, garnished with green onions or cilantro if using.
- If you want more heat, feel free to add a few splashes of hot sauce (such as Tabasco) to the filling.
- For best results, I highly recommend using organic, grass-fed ground beef from ButcherBox for this recipe.
- Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days or in the freezer for up to three months.
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Sheena @ Noshtastic says
I love your stuffed peppers, they’d be perfect for lunch!
Thanks Sheena! Stuffed peppers are great because you don’t really have to make any side dishes to go along with them, since they have vegetables + protein + starches all-in-one!
Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says
My husband loves stuffed peppers! Will have to give this recipe a try!
Thanks Kimberly! I am sure he will love these ones!! 🙂
Kate | My Little Larder says
Yum!! I love anything that has Mexican flavours in it and I love anything I can make easily on a weeknight. My family will love this recipe Alia. Just a quick question, is there anything I can use in place of a jar of green chilis? We have jars of pickled jalepenos here in New Zealand but I’ve never seen just plain green chilis.
Hi Kate! I have never tried pickled jalapenos before, but you could definitely use fresh jalapeno peppers instead. I find them to be quite a bit more spicy than canned green chiles, so I would remove the seeds and membranes to tone down their heat. If you want something more mild, you can use some chopped green bell pepper. Or you could just omit them from the recipe, there is enough flavor from the rest of the ingredients, so you wouldn’t miss them too much. Let me know if you have any other questions! 🙂
I’m so happy I read the comments first because I just went out to buy the ingredients and forgot the chiles! I’m so sad but I’m sure itll be great with some hot sauce to spicen things up 🙂
Hi Ashley! Sometimes I make this recipe without the diced green chiles, and it always turns out fine, so I wouldn’t worry about it. But yes, I definitely recommend adding a bit of hot sauce if you like heat. 🙂