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Mexican Beef-Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Mexican Beef-Stuffed Peppers Recipe

I grew up eating stuffed peppers and thought my husband would immediately love them as well. He didn't at first, but then I created this slow-cooked recipe. He loves fajitas and tacos, so I created these peppers with all of his favorite flavors tucked inside. —Nicole Sullivan, Arvada, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours YIELD:4 servings


  • 4 medium green or sweet red peppers
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package (8.8 ounces) ready-to-serve Spanish rice
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups salsa
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro


  • 1. Cut tops off peppers and remove seeds; set aside. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  • 2. Stir in the rice, 1-1/2 cups cheese, salsa and pepper sauce. Spoon into peppers. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Pour water around peppers.
  • 3. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until peppers are tender and filling is heated through. Top with remaining cheese; sprinkle with cilantro. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 stuffed pepper: 646 calories, 37g fat (19g saturated fat), 133mg cholesterol, 1241mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 5g fiber), 40g protein.

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ajcarl User ID: 2171817 269491
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2017

"I do a bit different but basically the same idea. I cook both rice and meat (sometimes half beef half Mexican chorizo)about 3/4 they finish cooking in peppers. I add green chilis in tomato like rotel. Use differently colored peppers and or poblano and Anaheim or hotter. Pour past of sauce over top only 1/3 of the cheese."

Debglass11 User ID: 6300479 261040
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2017

"A nice change of pace from traditional stuffed peppers. I used cooked regular long grain rice because that's what I had on hand. And since I was using plain rice, I added some diced onion and taco seasoning to the ground beef mixture. Kept everything else the same.....except I melted American cheese on top. Family enjoyed this and I like the fact that it's a slow cooker meal, too!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 256452
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2016

"Peppers turned over very good. I used Uncle Ben's ready to serve rice in the pouch. I think maybe a tad more salsa was needed. I like a previous reviewers suggestion of using enchilada sauce instead of water and may try that next time."

Myneth-BitterFairy User ID: 8906854 252262
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2016

"Im cooking this recipe now and i used turkey instead since its supposed to be better for you.

any advice on what to do with the left over stuffing? because i have a lot of it since my dad brings me stuff from SAMs"

gunslinger User ID: 544392 247854
Reviewed May. 4, 2016

"I had some leftover beef and Spanish rice from where I had made tacos and this recipe turned out perfectly using my leftovers to make a totally new meal. Peppers were tender and not dried out, the filling was delicious!"

Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 246077
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2016 Edited Mar. 29, 2016

"I'm completely in agreement with Tommorrow.

Sounds like a terrific meal. I will make it as stated.
My tastebuds have always preferred green bells, really don't care for reds myself...however, doing a poll on a foodie website reds won overall.
Question for Nicole: by ready to serve Spanish rice I think you are speaking of boxed that you whip up on the stove in a saucepan first. Please LMK if I'm wrong. I'm looking forward as I have all ingreds except the bells-
Ok. bells bought.... my assessment:
used Zat's brand of Spanish rice, nice rich flavor. to me there was too much of the rice compared to the amount of beef, so I added more meat. I also chopped some onions fine and tossed in to cook with the beef as I wanted more crunch to the inside mixture. personally I liked this dish > unfortunately my husband didn't much care for it. I am glad I made it though. I do thank you for sharing."

tommorrow User ID: 7248530 246074
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2016

"Great ideas. Much appreciated. I cannot wait to try this out."

Sfcollins User ID: 7951672 244572
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2016

"Excellent recipe -- family loved it. quick and easy."

Guttermandj User ID: 8705984 243094
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2016

"Super delicious! Highly recommend you try it."

gram-9 User ID: 5719750 242819
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2016

"I made this with HOT Italian sausage instead of beef - followed the directions and it was very tasty. Will be making again."

Magieraville User ID: 8587759 237800
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2015

"My family loved it. I just baked mine in the oven with water in the bottom of the baking dish. Turned out wonderful!"

paul3303 User ID: 1713232 234016
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"Really good recipe but I used enchilada sauce instead of water."

CowpokeBob User ID: 6210496 224127
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2015

"These were easy to prepare and quite tasty. Added a bit more hot sauce because I like it with a little more kick. Had some extra stuffing since my crock pot wouldn't hold all the peppers. Saved it and ate as leftovers with some tortillas."

popoaggie User ID: 2713833 213404
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014

"I love this recipe. I use red bell peppers and also add a cup of black beans to the mixture."

cmb1940 User ID: 1028862 198528
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2014

"Very good and easy to prepare. I used Uncle Ben's Ready to Serve rice. I was only able to fit 3 peppers in my slow cooker so I froze the rest of the stuffing mix for another use. I am not a fan of stuffed peppers and I even liked these. I also eased up on the hot sauce. Husband loved them."

auntpickels User ID: 7681711 139167
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"Love peppers"

plainpatty User ID: 5986130 122786
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

"This sounds delicious. I have a question...Is it necessary to cook the hamburger? I make stuffed peppers often and none of my recipes requires cooking the hamburger before baking the peppers."

swinny User ID: 1858482 195468
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

"Excellent and easy. I used 2 yellow peppers and 2 red peppers and ground turkey. Turned out great!!!"

Julianoann User ID: 6760658 187722
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2014

"Great I really love it"

cristinalema User ID: 1318845 200181
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2014

"Great recipe and so easy to make."

slo_cook User ID: 5004100 198527
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2014

"This is almost identical to something I've been making for several years the only difference being that I use home made Mexican rice. My partner is from Mazatlan and we eat Mexican food 2 or 3 times a week at least. I make enough Mexican rice so I have left overs for a couple of more meals. I make mine with lots of chopped Serrano peppers so yes it is blistering hot, the way we like it. I always use very large Red Bell peppers because I don't care much for the taste of cooked green bell peppers. Served along side a big spoon full of very cheesy refried beans and Mexican corn and we're pleasingly stuffed and read for the good old food coma."

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