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Mexican-Style Stuffed Peppers

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: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


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


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook and crumble beef with onion and celery over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Stir in seasonings, green chiles, 1 cup salsa and rice.
  • Cut off and discard tops from peppers; remove seeds. Fill peppers with beef mixture. Place in a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Add water to dish.
  • Bake, covered, until peppers are tender and filling is heated through, 45-50 minutes. Top peppers with remaining salsa and cheese. Bake, uncovered, until cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 stuffed pepper: 322 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 506mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.

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  • AllisonO
    Aug 12, 2019

    A delicious and spicy way to eat your veggies! You can easily dial the heat/spiciness up or down depending on your preference/tolerance level. The meat mixture easily makes enough for 7 or 8 good-sized peppers so it's also a great recipe for a crowd.

  • tennis-twin
    Oct 10, 2016

    These were very good - I took a short cut and made a boxed spanish rice instead of the onion, celery & rice. Easy and tasty!!

  • greatwithoutgluten
    Sep 25, 2016

    So good! I used ground chicken and beans instead of rice. We really enjoyed this meal. I will definitely make this again.

  • Sue460
    Jun 17, 2015

    excellent!substituted black beans for rice.

  • Firefly 3044
    Apr 27, 2014

    This was really good! Everyone liked it

  • TaniaW
    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.

  • stacr83
    Jan 7, 2013

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  • scsvatek
    Nov 16, 2012

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    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!

  • SuziT
    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!!!