Southwestern Stuffed Peppers
These Southwestern Stuffed Peppers are flavored with taco seasoning. If you were never that impressed with the flavor of stuffed peppers you need to try this recipe. Add in some fresh Florida tomatoes, sweet corn and black beans and you have a perfect meal that cooks in one skillet and is on the table in less than 40 minutes.
This months featured produce on the Fresh from Florida site are Florida Bell Peppers I love cooking with bell peppers. Usually they are added as an ingredient to flavor soup, stews, chili and mexican food. In this Southwestern Stuffed Peppers recipe they play a starring role.
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Each month on the Fresh from Florida site you can find featured recipes just like this Southwestern Stuffed Peppers recipe using the featured produce of the month. There are usually two featured recipes . There is also a Fresh from Florida archive of recipes featuring Fresh from Florida produce.
My Southwestern Stuffed Peppers recipe was inspired by this months Taco-Stuffed Florida Bell Peppers recipe.
This is a very easy family recipe to make. It is made in one skillet then stuffed into the peppers and baked for about 20 minutes. You can get dinner on the table in less than 40 minutes!
How to make Southwestern Stuffed Peppers
You will need to brown the ground beef, onion and garlic.
Add the taco seasoning, some water, the corn, beans , tomatoes some shredded cheese.
Let the mixture cook for a few minutes. Remove it from the burner to cool enough to add the remaining shredded cheese.
Fill the bell peppers, top with cheese and bake for about 20 minutes until the filling is heated through and the cheese is melted.
Top with sour cream, crushed tortilla chips and salsa if desired.
- 6 Florida Bell Pepper, halved and seeded
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 large onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced finely
- 1 large or 2 medium Florida tomatoes, diced
- 1 package taco seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups shredded Colby jack or cheddar cheese
- ½ cup black beans
- 1 ear Florida Sweet Corn, kernels cut from the cob
- ⅔ cup water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- sour cream
- crushed tortilla chips (optional)
- In a large skillet sauté the diced onion until translucent.
- Add the ground beef and garlic to the skillet and sauté until the meat is cooked through.
- Drain grease from the pan.
- Add tomato, corn, and black beans.
- Sauté for 3 minutes.
- Add the taco seasoning and water to the pan.
- Stir well and cook for 3 minutes.
- Remove pan from the burner and cool.
- Add 1 cup shredded cheese and stir well.
- Stuff each pepper half. Place each pepper half on a cookie sheet that has been lined with aluminum.
- Top each pepper half with the remaining cheese.
- Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 10-20 minutes until cheese topping is melted.
- Serve with sour cream, salsa and some crushed tortilla chips.
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