Taco Stuffed Peppers


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These Taco Stuffed Peppers take Taco Tuesday (and every other night) to a whole new level of deliciousness!

Florida is amazing and there a quite a few advantages to living here! We’ve got beautiful beaches, awesome theme parks and nice weather pretty much all year round. Another great thing about Florida life? All the Fresh From Florida fruits, veggies and seafood. Not only do they taste delish but thanks to Fresh From Florida farmers, we can enjoy fresh produce all year long. Plus, when we buy it we’re supporting the local farmers so it’s a win/win all around!  

Fresh From Florida vegetables

I always look for the Fresh From Florida labels when I’m shopping and right now I’m loving all the in-season squash, sweet corn and bell peppers…especially the bell peppers! I could eat bell peppers for every meal and we add them to everything from eggs to my salads. They add a ton of flavor and it doesn’t hurt that they’re good for you! I’ve found plenty of awesome new ideas on the Fresh From Florida recipe page too.  

Fresh From Florida Bell Peppers

Peppers are also one of the few veggies that both my picky girls can agree on. They love when I top rice with bell peppers and chicken and mix in a little soy sauce. However, I get the “Best Mom Ever” award when I make their favorite, stuffed bell peppers. I’m not sure if it’s because they taste so good or because they love helping me make them.

Keira helping with dinner

 

When I was checking out all the Fresh From Florida recipes for sweet corn, squash and peppers, I found this yummy looking recipe for Taco Stuffed Peppers, I knew exactly what we’d be having for dinner that night! We eat tacos and bell peppers separately all the time so putting the two together sounded like a great combo!  

Taco Stuffed Peppers

Start by cutting the tops off your bell peppers and removing all the seeds. Don’t throw away those tops though. That would be a waste of perfectly good peppers! I cut off the pepper around the stem and saved them for my scrambled eggs the next morning.

Peppers with tops cut off

Now it’s time to get cookin’. I love you can just throw all the ingredients in one pan for easy prep. Start by sauteing the onions in a little olive oil, then throw in the garlic and beef.

Beef & Onions for stuffed bell peppers

Once the beef is browned, drain it and add the tomatoes and taco seasoning.

Adding taco seasoning for taco stuffed peppers

Finally, remove from heat and stir in four ounces of the cheese.

Adding Mexican cheese for taco peppers

Now it’s time to fill the peppers. 

Filling taco stuffed peppers

The recipe says this makes three but I used medium sized peppers and had enough for four. It just depends on what size peppers you use so you’ll want to keep that in mind. 

Taco stuffed bell peppers filled with meat mixture

Top peppers with the remaining cheese.

Stuffed peppers topped with cheese

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cheese starts to bubble, then add tortilla chips and bake five more minutes.

Taco stuffed peppers topped with tortillas

Top with salsa and sour cream. I also happened to have cilantro in the fridge so I chopped a few leaves and added them as garnish too.

Taco stuffed peppers with tortilla topping

The only drawback to adding the tortilla chips is that they don’t work well for leftovers. After being in the fridge overnight, they lost their crispness. Since my girls can’t always eat a whole stuffed pepper in one sitting, next time I made them, I left off the chips.

Taco stuffed peppers from above

Yumm…I could eat these for dinner over and over. They’re SO good!

Stuffed peppers with no chips

Since we’d left the tortilla chips off, these tasted just as good when we had the leftovers for lunch the next day.

Taco Stuffed Pepper

Tortillas are perfect for scooping up any of the meat mixture that fell out. This might just be my new favorite way to eat stuffed peppers!

Taco stuffed pepper cut open

What to serve with stuffed peppers

Wondering what sides to serve with these taco stuffed peppers? Spanish rice or a small side salad are both great choices.

How long do you cook stuffed peppers

This totally varies according what you’re stuffing your peppers with. For this recipe, the meat is cooked before baking so the bake time is a relatively short 15-20 minutes.

Taco Stuffed Peppers

Yield:
4
Prep Time:
15 minutes
Cook Time:
30 minutes
Total Time:
45 minutes

These Taco Stuffed Peppers take Taco Tuesday (and every other night) to a whole new level of deliciousness!

Ingredients

  • 4 medium Fresh From Florida bell peppers
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 Florida tomatoes, diced
  • 1 package taco meat seasoning
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 ounces Mexican Blend shredded cheese
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips (optional)
  • Salsa and sour cream for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat a saute pan over medium high heat
  2. Preheat oven to 375
  3. Add olive oil to the saute pan and cook chopped onion until translucent
  4. Add garlic and ground beef to the onions
  5. Brown beef and drain excess fat
  6. Stir in the taco seasoning and diced tomatoes
  7. Remove from heat and stir in 4 ounces of the cheese
  8. Stuff each pepper with beef mixture and top with remaining cheese
  9. Place on cookie sheet and bake 15-20 minutes
  10. Top with tortilla chips and bake for an additional 5 minutes (optional)
  11. Remove peppers from oven when cheese is brown and bubbly. Let cool slightly and serve with salsa and sour cream.

The great thing about stuffed peppers is that you can fill them with just about anything! How do you like to eat your peppers?

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