Orange bell peppers stuffed with rice and ground beef cut in half sitting on a white round plate with a white and brown towel behind (with logo overlay)

Taco-Stuffed Bell Peppers

Make Taco-Stuffed Bell Peppers for something different at your next taco night and save the calories of a taco shell at the same time!

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A few weeks ago we tried Poblano Peppers with a Taco Filling and they were way too spicy for me. So we decided to learn from that recipe and make some that are milder. This time we made Taco-Stuffed Bell Peppers.

I know there are some, such as Justin and my mom, who love all the spicy things. But for me, I like it mild. I like powerful and bold flavors, but not spicy. There’s a big difference. 

So, we started with bell peppers since they are a much more mild pepper than poblanos. I also made the filling different so it wouldn’t be so spicy. The filling is made almost the same as how I make it for regular taco night

Since the filling is made so similar to a taco, you could also use any leftover filling to make tacos to go with this. Or, if you’re like us and have picky eaters at home, then make yourselves the stuffed pepper and make the tacos for the kids. 

Overall, I really liked this recipe. Justin preferred the poblanos, but only because he liked the spicy kick they had. We tried to get the boys to eat these, but they were a bit reluctant. It doesn’t help that they aren’t easy to cut up without making a huge mess of it all. 

You can use a prepackaged taco seasoning mix, or make your own. If you use homemade seasoning, you’ll want about two tbsp of the seasoning. For the bell peppers, you can use any color that you prefer. We got a bunch of orange peppers in our co-op basket, so that’s why we used those. 

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When we ate our bell peppers, I topped mine with a bit of sour cream. It’s completely optional, but I like the flavor of sour cream in my tacos, so wanted to add a bit to these, too.

Taco-Stuffed Bell Peppers Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 8 bell peppers (any color)
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 4 tbsp sour cream (optional)

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375F and cook rice according to the directions.

In a medium skillet, over medium heat, brown the ground beef with the diced onions. Add the taco seasoning and stir to coat. 

Browned ground beef and diced onion in large skillet on a wooden surface

Meanwhile, slice the tops off of the bell peppers and clean out the seeds inside. Place the peppers in a casserole dish with the cut sides up. I find that bakeware with higher sides helps so they don’t fall over as easily.

Two orange bell peppers with the tops cut off and seeds removed sitting upright in a white casserole dish on a wooden surface

Put a small scoop, about one tbsp, of cooked rice at the bottom of each bell pepper.

Two orange bell peppers with the tops cut off and seeds removed with a layer of cooked rice inside sitting upright in a white casserole dish on a wooden surface

Then add a layer of the meat and onion. 

Two orange bell peppers with the tops cut off and seeds removed sitting upright with a scoop of ground beef and onions inside in a white casserole dish on a wooden surface

Place a scoop of the shredded cheese on the meat.

Two orange bell peppers with the tops cut off and seeds removed sitting upright with a scoop of ground beef and onions inside topped with shredded cheddar cheese in a white casserole dish on a wooden surface

Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Garnish with sour cream if desired.

Orange bell peppers stuffed with rice and ground beef cut in half sitting on a white round plate with a white and brown towel behind (vertical)

Recipe

Originally Published On: December 5, 2018

Last Updated On: July 31, 2023

Orange bell peppers stuffed with rice and ground beef cut in half sitting on a white round plate with a white and brown towel behind

Taco-Stuffed Bell Peppers

Make Taco-Stuffed Bell Peppers for something different at your next taco night and save the calories of a taco shell at the same time!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course:
Appetizer
|
Main Dish
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
bell pepper
|
ground beef
|
tacos
Servings: 8
5 from 6 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 8 bell peppers (any color)
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 4 tbsp sour cream (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375F and cook the rice according to the directions
  • In a medium skillet, over medium heat, brown the ground beef with the onions
  • Sprinkle in the taco seasoning and stir until coated
  • Cut the tops off of the bell peppers and clean out the seeds and insides
  • Place the peppers on a high-sided baking dish with the cut sides facing up
  • Place a scoop, about one tbsp, of rice in each pepper
  • Add a scoop of the meat and onions on top of the rice
  • Layer with a small amount of cheddar cheese
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, until the cheese has completely melted
  • Garnish with a dollop of sour cream, if desired
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Nutrition Facts
Taco-Stuffed Bell Peppers
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 446mg19%
Potassium 493mg14%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 4244IU85%
Vitamin C 154mg187%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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34 thoughts on “Taco-Stuffed Bell Peppers”

  1. 5 stars
    This looks unbelievably amazing. This is something I’m definitely going to bookmark, so I can make for my family.

  2. I am totally down with these taco stuffed bell peppers. I love spicy and chili is on the menu for tonight, but well try these stuffed peppers next time.

  3. This looks delicious, I have mever tried The peppers recipes which will be interesting for my first attempt of this recipe, thank you for sharing!

  4. This would be great to serve in parties! I haven’t tried this yet but I know this is awesome tasting! I love bell peppers. It’s easy to make this recipe so Ima give it a try.

  5. My family absolutely loves stuffed peppers. I have never thought to do a filling like this though. Taco would probably be so good!

  6. stuffed peppers are one of my favorite things to make! We have done something similar to this a few times and its so good!

  7. 5 stars
    Those peppers look so bright and delicious. I might add a veggie mix in but either way I bet it tastes divine.

  8. I love stuffed peppers but haven’t made them in ages! This recipe looks like the perfect one to try this week.

  9. With all the home-cooking we are all doing websites like yours are a must bookmark! Thanks for sharing such yummy recipes. I love this recipe has 187% vitamin C. That’s a key vitamin for the immune system.Def making these soonest ha!

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