Southwestern Stuffed Bell Peppers

"Simple preparation & delicious taste! Use a mixture of red, green, yellow & orange peppers for a colourful presentation. Recipe #2642 instead of store-bought taco seasoning mix--it makes this dish even better!"
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  • Combine beef, onion, seasoning mix and egg in a large bowl.
  • Add rice and mix well.
  • Cut peppers in half lengthwise; remove seeds and membrane.
  • 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.
  • Place peppers, cut side up, on top of the tomatoes.
  • Spoon beef mixture into peppers, mounding as necessary.
  • Top each pepper with salsa.
  • Bake in preheated 375°F oven for 40-45 minutes or until beef is cooked thoroughly and peppers are soft.
  • Cover each pepper with cheese and return to oven, under the broiler, until the cheese melts- less than a minute, so watch carefully!
  • Serve with sour cream and additional salsa.

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  1. Ivana
    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!
  2. Geema
    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.
  3. Sarahcw80
    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:)
  4. Derf2440
    Very nice change from the usual stuffed peppers, the taco seasoning mix is a nice twist as is the salsa, both add lots of taste. I didn't have any sour cream in so we did without it. Other than scaling the recipe for two I made them just as instructed, they were delicious. Thanks for sharing, will be making them again.
  5. Amy P.
    I was skeptical about taco seasoning and salsa, but I went with it - even added minced cilantro and jalapeño - and OHH was it GOOD!! Best stuffed peppers I have ever had. We cooked the beef before adding it to the rice, and also we put foil over the peppers so the steam would soften them faster. The sour cream was a heavenly touch. Will definitely make again!


  1. smnthgvldn
    I have never had stuffed bell peppers before and wanted to try a new recipe for dinner. I came across this recipe and the reviews were pretty impressive, so I decided to try it. It was easy enough to make, but I wasnt overly impressed like most others were. Then again, I have nothing to compare them to so maybe that had something to do with it. They were good, but not as good as I was expecting. it reminded me of eating tacos, only no tortilla. I think they tasted a lot better as leftovers. I also tweaked the recipe based on some of the reviews. Instead of beef I used ground turkey. I used fire roasted canned tomatoes for a little extra flavor and also added 1 cup of water and a small can of tomato sauce. After halving the peppers and cutting out the membranes, I boiled them in salted water for five minutes to ensure the peppers would be soft. Will keep this recipe for future use just to have something different for a meal every once in a while.
  2. DaisyFunnel
    Delicious! Easy to make. I made a few changes to the recipe. I used basmati rice, for the taco seasoning I used, 1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp tex mex seasoning, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper and 1/4 tsp salt. Instead of an egg, I used 2 tbsp of liquid egg white and 1 tbsp of canola oil, this is a substitution I find works well for eggs in recipes. Besides that, I followed everything else. They were wonderful and I will be making them again!
  3. Lucky in Bayview
    These came out great!I have never made stuffed peppers before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I used some leftover chicken that I had made for soup instead of the beef, brown rice and added some leftover queso dip. I also used Rotel spicey tomatoes for the base of the pan. They gave a nice kick. The peppers were very filling. I used 3 peppers so I had 6 halves. We ate 2 halves and wrapped the rest to store in the freezer for a "I don't want to cook night". Thanks for posting.
  4. Chef de Sucre
    This is a great recipe! I have made it twice now, and once with barley instead of rice. Thanks!
  5. 3cranes
    Great Vegetarian Option using the 16oz. package of Morning Star Crumbles instead of the ground beef. I also like to pre-cook the peppers by boiling briefly to reduce the cooking time. Follow the recipe but add a little more liquid. I suggest using Rotel tomatoes instead of the salsa. These get even better the next day.


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