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Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

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Welcome to our vibrant and flavorful recipes section! Today, we’re sharing an exciting recipe for Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers. This dish combines the zest of taco filling with the natural sweetness of bell peppers, creating a delicious and satisfying meal. Let’s dive in!

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Ingredients

  • 3 large bell peppers
  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 (16 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2-3 cups cooked rice
  • 4 oz jalapeno cream cheese
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (my favorite is Sweet Baby Ray’s Hot and Spicy!)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Bell Peppers

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cut and Clean Peppers: Cut the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes. Rub the peppers with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then place them in a baking dish cut side up.

Step 2: Cook the Filling

  1. Brown the Turkey: In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground turkey and cook until browned and fully cooked, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.
  2. Add Seasonings: Stir in the garlic salt, black pepper, chili powder, and Cajun seasoning. Cook for another minute to let the spices bloom.
  3. Mix in Beans and Rice: Add the black beans and cooked rice to the skillet, stirring to combine. Cook until everything is heated through.
  4. Incorporate Cream Cheese and Barbecue Sauce: Stir in the jalapeno cream cheese until melted and evenly distributed. Then, add the barbecue sauce and mix well.

Step 3: Stuff the Peppers

  1. Fill the Peppers: Spoon the turkey and rice mixture into each bell pepper, packing the filling tightly.
  2. Top with Cheese: Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese evenly over the stuffed peppers.

Step 4: Bake

  1. Bake: Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the peppers are tender and the cheese is melted and golden.

Step 5: Serve

  1. Serve and Enjoy: Let the stuffed peppers cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy your Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers with a side of salsa or a dollop of sour cream!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Bell Peppers: For a colorful presentation, use a mix of red, yellow, and green bell peppers.
  • Cheese: Substitute the Parmesan with shredded cheddar or a Mexican cheese blend for a different flavor.
  • Rice: Use brown rice or quinoa for a healthier option.

Variations

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Replace the ground turkey with a mix of sautéed mushrooms and corn for a hearty vegetarian option.

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Spicy Stuffed Peppers

Add diced jalapenos or a splash of hot sauce to the filling for an extra kick.

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Italian Stuffed Peppers

Replace the barbecue sauce with marinara sauce and use mozzarella cheese instead of Parmesan for an Italian twist.

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Greek Stuffed Peppers

Use ground lamb, feta cheese, and add chopped olives and spinach for a Mediterranean flavor.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the filling and stuff the peppers up to a day in advance. Store them in the refrigerator until ready to bake.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftover stuffed peppers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Can I freeze stuffed peppers?

Yes, you can freeze the stuffed peppers before baking. Wrap each pepper in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking.

What can I serve with stuffed peppers?

Serve these stuffed peppers with a simple green salad, tortilla chips, or a side of guacamole for a complete meal.

How can I make the recipe healthier?

Use lean ground turkey or chicken, brown rice, and reduce the amount of cheese to make the recipe healthier.

Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers are a delicious and versatile dish that’s perfect for any occasion. With their flavorful filling and vibrant presentation, they’re sure to be a hit with family and friends. Enjoy making and sharing this delightful recipe with your loved ones!

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