Southwestern Stuffed Bell Peppers

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

Simple preparation & delicious taste! Use a mixture of red, green, yellow & orange peppers for a colourful presentation. Taco Seasoning Mix instead of store-bought taco seasoning mix--it makes this dish even better!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine beef, onion, seasoning mix and egg in a large bowl.
  2. Add rice and mix well.
  3. Cut peppers in half lengthwise; remove seeds and membrane.
  4. Spread tomatoes on the bottom of an ovenproof 12 X 9 inch baking dish. The liquid from the tomatoes will reduce during cooking so if (like me) you like lots of sauce, add about a cup of water. This also helps make the peppers softer.
  5. Place peppers, cut side up, on top of the tomatoes.
  6. Spoon beef mixture into peppers, mounding as necessary.
  7. Top each pepper with salsa.
  8. Bake in preheated 375°F oven for 40-45 minutes or until beef is cooked thoroughly and peppers are soft.
  9. Cover each pepper with cheese and return to oven, under the broiler, until the cheese melts- less than a minute, so watch carefully!
  10. Serve with sour cream and additional salsa.


Most Helpful

This recipe is so delicious, easy and economical - just the way it is. Next time I will tweak the recipe for my personal taste by adding a tin of tomato soup to the can of diced tomatoes to make more sauce, adding bay leaves and a teaspn of sugar(helps to cut down the acidity of the tomatoes).I did add seasoning, minced garlic, chili flakes and parsley to the mince when I made it - so would do this again. I would omit the salsa (I did not feel that it needed it - the dish is very tasty on its own). The sour cream is a nice addition. I can't wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow - something I rarely say. Thanks for the great recipe!

Ivana* January 28, 2004

These peppers are goooooood! I have always made a meatless stuffed pepper recipe and was sceptical about the amount of meat...ground turkey in my case. It went together very, very easily, which I loved. I used my own combination of chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and some roasted tomato salsa; it was just perfect. Adding cheese was a final wonderful touch and I just put the cheese on the top for the final 10 minutes so that it was all melted when the peppers were done. This one goes in my cookbook to stay CountryLady...thanks.

Geema January 27, 2004

DELICIOUS!!!! These peppers are so good and I don't really even like peppers lol The flavors of the meat and rice definitely blend well with the pepper, which was my problem with the "old" stuffed pepper recipe, it always seemed like the meat mixture was bland and the taste of pepper completely overpowered it but not this one!! The only things we did differently was to use brown rice, homemade canned tomatoes and sf salsa and boy was it good:)

Sarahcw80 March 09, 2004

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