Mexican-Style Stuffed Peppers Recipe
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Mexican-Style Stuffed Peppers Recipe

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We've always liked stuffed peppers, but everyone is pleasantly surprised at this mildly spicy version. For convenience, you can assemble these pretty peppers ahead of time and bake them later. —LaDonna Reed of Ponca City, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 medium green or sweet red pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 1-1/4 cups salsa, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green chilies
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 326 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 540mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 3 lean meat 3 vegetabl


  1. Cut tops off peppers and discard; remove seeds. In a Dutch oven or large kettle, cook peppers in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside.
  2. In a nonstick skillet, cook the beef, onion and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the rice, 1 cup salsa, chilies, chili powder and salt. Spoon into peppers.
  3. Place in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Add 1/4 cup water to dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until heated through. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese and top with remaining salsa. Bake 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Mexican-Style Stuffed Peppers in Light & Tasty August/September 2003, p29

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Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015


substituted black beans for rice."

Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

"This was really good! Everyone liked it"

Reviewed Jun. 11, 2013

"I only changed one thing, I used spaghetti squash instead of the husband is diabetic so I limit his carbs, got to say it was a hit with the entire family."

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

"I was trying to find a Stuffed Pepper recipe that my husband would eat and this is it. Thanks for the great recipe that is healthy!"

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"this recipe was great or as my husband put it--"killer"!! we use ground venison instead of beef and hubby requested corn in meat mixture--I also used some tomato juice in pan instead of water--loved it!!!"

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