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Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.


8 servings

This nutritious yet economical summer meal makes the most of my home-grown peppers. I like to top it with sour cream and serve with tortilla chips and salsa, but it’s wonderful on its own, too. —Kimberly Coleman, Columbia, South Carolina
Mexican Stuffed Peppers Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
  • 1 envelope (5.4 ounces) Mexican-style rice and pasta mix
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 8 medium sweet peppers
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large skillet, cook and crumble beef over medium heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes; drain. Stir in tomatoes, rice mix and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until liquid is absorbed, 6-8 minutes.
  2. Cut and discard tops from peppers; remove seeds. Place peppers in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Place 1/3 cup beef mixture in each pepper; sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons cheese. Top with remaining rice mixture. Bake, covered, 25 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, until cheese is melted and peppers are crisp-tender, 5-10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1 stuffed pepper: 301 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 797mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • Brent
    Apr 19, 2019

    This has quickly become one of our favorite dishes to make. Super easy and fast, great tasting recipe. Wish I thought about making these earlier.

  • Claudia
    Jan 7, 2019

    I stuff my peppers with Chorizo bulk sausage, white rice. ...some enchilada sauce...add either Cheddar or a Fiesta blended cheese

  • Lavoie71
    Nov 22, 2016

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  • Ewankowich
    Jun 18, 2014

    DeLummox, don't give a recipe one star because you can't follow the directions! You cook the rice and pasta in with the beef after you brown and drain it. This sounds delicious, can't wait to try it!

  • DeLummox
    Apr 27, 2014

    When do you insert the beef mixture into the pepper??

  • voodoowitch
    Apr 7, 2013

    Eating this right now. Very good. I added some onion when I browned the burger and used Knorr Fiesta Sides Mexican rice. Has a nice spice to it. I think next time I might add a can of diced chili's since we like things pretty spicy.

  • shirleygmills
    Jun 11, 2012

    This is my favorite way to make stuffed peppers! I have used different brands of rice mix, including Rice-a-Roni. You could even use different flavors, ie. beef or chicken, if you wish.

  • itsazoohere
    Apr 23, 2012

    Made this last night - the whole family loved it. Used left over brown rice & taco seasoning instead of rice/pasta mix, omitted the water & added chopped mushrooms, corn & mixed veggies. Used Orange Bell Peppers as they were on sale.

  • JKcooks
    Mar 26, 2012

    Made this last night with some leftover spanish rice.I added about 2 tbs.of black bean and corn salsa and some taco meat.Fabulous!! I will be making this again and again. Also served a salad with more of the taco meat and salsa with gr.onion,tomato and santa fe tortilla strips.

  • andriapayne78
    Feb 21, 2012

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