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Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

Recipe By Tessa Arias
March 25th, 2013

Stuffed bell peppers are not only easy, they also make for a beautiful presentation.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 47 minutes

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Taste: The flavors in this dish are simple yet familiar and tame enough for even kids to enjoy.
Texture: The tender bell peppers are stuffed to the brim with a variety of meaty and cheesy textures.
Ease: Super duper easy and simple.
Appearance: Stuffed bell peppers are not only easy, they also make for a beautiful presentation.
Pros: Healthy, easy, and delicious. You could add or subtract just about anything you want from the ingredient list too, this recipe is open to many adaptions. You could add beans, use ground turkey instead, add whatever spices or herbs you prefer.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Yes.

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

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How to make
Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 47 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 2 minutes
Stuffed bell peppers are not only easy, they also make for a beautiful presentation.


  • 3/4 cup long-grain brown rice, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 3/4 pound ground beef chuck
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 heaping teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, grated (1 cup)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 large bell peppers, halved lengthwise, ribs and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the scallion whites and beef and cook, breaking the beef up, until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the corn, jalapeno, garlic, cumin, cooked rice, 1/2 cup of the Monterey Jack cheese, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Remove from heat.
  3. Arrange the bell peppers, cut-side up, in a 9x13-inch baking dish. Divide the beef mixture among the bell peppers, add 1/2 cup water to the bottom of the dish, cover tightly with foil, and bake until the bell peppers are soft, 30 to 40 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with the remaining cheese, and bake until browned, 5 to 7 minutes more.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together the yogurt and 1/4 cup of water. Drizzle over the bell peppers and top with scallion greens before serving.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Real Simple
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — March 25, 2013 at 5:19 am

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    Diane @ Vintage Zest — March 25, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I love stuffed peppers, and these look awesome!

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    Keegan — March 25, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Stuffed peppers are my favorite. These look great!

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    Dana — April 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    These were delicious! I had ground pork on hand, so I used that instead of beef, and added some black beans as well. Thanks so much for a great recipe!

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    Charisse Ridner — April 20, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    The terms “bell pepper”, “pepper” or in Australia and New Zealand “capsicum”, are often used for any of the large bell shaped fruits, regardless of their color. In British English, the fruit is simply referred to as a “pepper”, or additionally by color (as in the term “green pepper”, for example), whereas in many Commonwealth of Nations countries, such as India, Canada, and Malaysia, they are called “bell peppers”.”

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    Kelsey — June 28, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I wanted to cook a hollowed out bell pepper but wasn’t sure if i was going to put meat in it yet. Would i cook it the same way you described above? Thanks!

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      Tessa — June 29, 2014 at 8:01 am

      Are you asking if you would cook an empty bell pepper using the same method as this recipe? I’ve never done that before but I don’t see why not… it may take less time with nothing inside.

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