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Taco-Stuffed Pepper Cups

From Spearville, Kansas, Pat Habiger shares her pretty stuffed peppers. "When green, red or yellow bell peppers are plentiful, they create a colorful container for this spicy taco mixture that's ready in record time," she promises.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 medium green peppers
  • 1/2 pound ground beef or lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomato


  • Cut tops off peppers and remove seeds. In a large kettle, cook peppers in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the beans, tomato sauce and taco seasoning; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes or until heated through.
  • Spoon into peppers. Place in an ungreased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until peppers are tender. Top with sour cream, cheese and tomatoes.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 261 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 823mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 7g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • Docsbob
    Jun 9, 2015

    Very tasty.

  • astarzynski
    Aug 18, 2014

    Excellent!! Definitly will make again.

  • ChrystalM
    Nov 15, 2012

    I made extra to have the next day. I would advise not stuffing all of the peppers until you are ready to eat. We substituted ground turkey for Boca crumbles and pinto beans (made from dry bean) for the kidney beans. I made my own taco season.

  • laurasellars04
    Aug 15, 2012

    I was not a fan of stuffed peppers until I tried this recipe. These are only lightly parboiled which allows the peppers to keep their crispiness and eliminates the bitterness some peppers get when cooked too long. I find Traditional stuffed peppers have a bitter sogginess to the pepper from overcooking. This is a very easy tasty recipe which everyone in my house loves. Even the vegetable haters eat them!

  • msladonna
    Jan 13, 2012

    To make it lower in calories will not use beans. Very good meal!

  • mandamarie74
    Oct 16, 2011

    My family LOVES this recipe, even the kids. I love that I can stay on my diet, and make something that the whole family is clamoring for

  • katm88
    Aug 29, 2011

    I used a full package of taco seasoning... gives it an amazing kick :)

  • katlaydee3
    Jul 5, 2011

    This recipe was great and simple to make. I just served it with a side of long-grain and wild rice. I will keep this one for sure.

  • gratefulservant_AZ
    Feb 24, 2010

    This was good. I thought it could use a bit more heat. Next time I would either replace the tomatoes with salsa, or add salsa in addition to the other toppings, or add a bit of jalapeno or something. It was very good though

  • hildybean
    Oct 27, 2009

    Was never a fan of stuffed peppers, but thought I'd take a chance on this. Love it! Have made it a number of times to use up peppers from the garden!