Stuffed peppers with taco-flavored ground beef, onion, tomatoes and cheddar cheese topped with avocado slices, fresh cilantro, and sour cream. 

This recipe was updated on February 14, 2017.

I’ve actually published this recipe before on the blog. I think it was a year ago. People who made this recipe gave me a lot of feedback and I thought it’d share some of the very useful tips that I received on my original recipe with you in this revised version.

Stuffed peppers are usually made with beef mixture and rice. The rice can make them really extra filling. But if you want to go low carb, you don’t have to use rice. One of the good tips I received from my readers Cortney and Kathy is to add chopped zucchini to the stuffed pepper filling. Cortney also added jalapeño peppers. In order to do that, you just add the zucchini with your diced tomatoes after the beef is brown. That will do it.

Stuffed peppers with taco-flavored ground beef, onion, tomatoes and cheddar cheese topped with avocado slices, fresh cilantro, and sour cream.

In this new recipe, I am showing you how to make a very basic taco stuffed pepper recipe. If you don’t change anything, you just make it as the recipe states, it is going to be delicious. But if you want to add your own spin on it, you want to add more ingredients in the filling, you can totally do that. Here are some ideas from you guys.

James says that if you have an open flame, you char your peppers lightly before cooking. That will give the peppers a nice blackened color and smoky flavor. Great idea.

Joseph made these with ground turkey. Melanie added black beans and corn into her stuffed peppers. Michelle substituted salsa for the taco sauce, etc.

Stuffed peppers with taco-flavored ground beef, onion, tomatoes and cheddar cheese topped with avocado slices, fresh cilantro, and sour cream.

In my original recipe, I stuffed some sour cream into each pepper with the beef mixture filling before baking, reader Alex was concerned about baking the sour cream. I found that baking the sour cream makes the filling creamer. But if you’d like some cold sour cream on your spicy food like Cortney does, you can totally leave it out and just add the sour cream on top when the stuffed peppers are done.

You can find all the amazing suggestions in the comments below. I love reading and trying all the great ideas from you guys! Please keep them coming!

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Taco Stuffed Peppers

  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Main, Gluten Free
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American, Mexican

Description

Simple and delicious stuffed peppers with a taco flavor.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 6 large bell peppers, any color
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 (1 1/4 oz) package taco seasoning mix (use gluten-free taco seasoning if allergic to gluten)
  • 1 cup taco sauce or salsa
  • 1 (16 oz) can diced tomatoes or freshly diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • salt and pepper to taste

For serving:

  • Sour cream
  • Chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Avocado slices
  • Lime wedges

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. In the meanwhile, cut off tops from the bell peppers; discard seeds. Chop enough of the pepper tops to make 1/4 cup diced peppers, set aside.
  2. Cook the whole bell peppers, uncovered in the boiling water for about 5 minutes; invert and drain well. While the peppers are boiling, chop onion.
  3. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, brown ground beef with onion and chopped peppers. (Drain excess fat if there’s any.) Once the beef loses the pink color, stir in diced tomatoes, taco seasoning mix, and taco sauce or salsa. Add a dash of salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and simmer for 5 minutes. Then stir in 1/2 cup cheese until blend. Remove from heat.
  4. Now preheat oven to 350°F. Sprinkle a little salt inside the peppers, then stuff each pepper with meat mixture. Place stuffed peppers in a baking dish lined with parchment paper or foil. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Once the peppers are done, immediately sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top evenly. (It will melt quickly). Top with sour cream, cilantro, or avocado slices, followed by freshly cracked black pepper. Serve with lime wedges. Enjoy!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 795g
  • Sugar: 22.6g
  • Sodium: 1589mg
  • Fat: 40.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 14.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 46.5g
  • Fiber: 10.4g
  • Protein: 61.6g
  • Cholesterol: 175mg

Keywords: stuffed peppers

Previous post and recipe on July 28, 2015:

Believe it or not, I once went through a 24-oz bottle of taco seasoning mix in less than a year. (I wish I was kidding!) That was at the very beginning stage of my marriage life as well as my cooking life. I was trying to be a wife who could cook yummy food every day. However, with very little experience and lack of knowledge of the local ingredients at the time, my strong willingness wasn’t enough to make it happen, at least not quickly.

Stuffed peppers with taco-flavored ground beef, onion, tomatoes and cheddar cheese topped with avocado slices, fresh cilantro, and sour cream. Find the updated recipe and cooking video at https://www.delishplan.com/taco-stuffed-peppers.

I distinctively remember the day Han introduced me to taco seasoning mix. I thought that’s it. That’s what could finally make my dishes taste better. Without hesitation, I picked up the largest package that I could find in Costco and started putting taco seasoning mix on literally everything – meat, vegetables, seafood, chicken, pasta etc. You name it, I have done it.

Hey! I was fresh off the boat. Gotta start from somewhere, right?

Stuffed peppers with taco-flavored ground beef, onion, tomatoes and cheddar cheese topped with avocado slices, fresh cilantro, and sour cream. Find the updated recipe and cooking video at https://www.delishplan.com/taco-stuffed-peppers.

Fast forward to today, I have learned other ways to make delicious meals with or without taco seasoning mix. I don’t purchase the 24-oz bottle of taco seasoning mix anymore. Instead, those 1.25-oz envelopes seem to be more reasonable to have on hand when cooking at home. Duh!

Stuffed peppers with taco-flavored ground beef, onion, tomatoes and cheddar cheese topped with avocado slices, fresh cilantro, and sour cream. Find the updated recipe and cooking video at https://www.delishplan.com/taco-stuffed-peppers.

There are a few things that often remind me of how I started this crazy cooking life, and taco seasoning mix is certainly one of them, especially when there is ground beef involved. About two weeks ago, I tried a stuffed pepper recipe from my go-to recipe site Food.com and it immediately became my favorite way of making stuffed peppers because as long as you have got the pepper cooking method right, you can create several different versions of the filling. That’s how these Taco Stuffed Peppers were born.

Stuffed peppers with taco-flavored ground beef, onion, tomatoes and cheddar cheese topped with avocado slices, fresh cilantro, and sour cream. Find the updated recipe and cooking video at https://www.delishplan.com/taco-stuffed-peppers.

Instead of cutting the peppers lengthwise, we slice off the top, creating the maximum capacity to hold more stuff. Cooking them in boiling water prior to baking is going to ensure they turn out soft and tender. Once you get this little technique handled, I encourage you to be bravely creative for your filling.

Stuffed peppers with taco-flavored ground beef, onion, tomatoes and cheddar cheese topped with avocado slices, fresh cilantro, and sour cream. Find the updated recipe and cooking video at https://www.delishplan.com/taco-stuffed-peppers.

For me, I went for a classic taco route for this recipe by combing an envelope of taco seasoning mix in addition to some taco sauce with ground beef, onion, diced tomatoes and cheddar cheese. The cheesy meat mixture was stuffed into the pepper bowls together with a very generous amount of sour cream. After baking, the stuffed peppers were topped with more cheese and avocado slices. A touch of freshly ground black pepper finished off the dish nicely.

Stuffed peppers with taco-flavored ground beef, onion, tomatoes and cheddar cheese topped with avocado slices, fresh cilantro, and sour cream. Find the updated recipe and cooking video at https://www.delishplan.com/taco-stuffed-peppers.

These visually stunning Taco Stuffed Peppers are very very big on flavor as well. Don’t underestimate them. They can stuff you pretty fast. As a result, consider them as an unconventional main dish. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Stuffed peppers with taco-flavored ground beef, onion, tomatoes and cheddar cheese topped with avocado slices, fresh cilantro, and sour cream. Find the updated recipe and cooking video at https://www.delishplan.com/taco-stuffed-peppers.

Additionally, here are a few more ideas for the filing.

  • Add 1 cup cooked rice into the meat mixture. Allow the rice to absorb the flavor before stuffing your peppers. In this case, omit the sour cream or serve it on the side.
  • Other than taco flavor, fajita flavor would be my next try. Or just simply season the beef with salt, pepper, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. It can never go wrong.
  • Green onions and black olive slices would go great with the meat mixture.
  • Want some heat? Add red chili pepper flakes or chop up some jalapeños and throw them in the meat mixture.
Stuffed peppers with taco-flavored ground beef, onion, tomatoes and cheddar cheese topped with avocado slices, fresh cilantro, and sour cream. Find the updated recipe and cooking video at https://www.delishplan.com/taco-stuffed-peppers.

Alrighty, if you do get a chance to make these stuffed peppers, I would love to know how you put together your filling. Leave a comment below, or if Instagram is your cup of tea, post a photo and tag #gourmetpersuasian. Happy cooking as always!

Stuffed peppers with taco-flavored ground beef, onion, tomatoes and cheddar cheese topped with avocado slices, fresh cilantro, and sour cream. Find the updated recipe and cooking video at https://www.delishplan.com/taco-stuffed-peppers.

Taco Stuffed Peppers (Old Version)
Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 40 minutes | Total time: 50 minutes
Serving: 3

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 large bell peppers, any color
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (1 1/4 oz) package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 cup taco sauce
  • 1 (16 oz) can diced tomatoes (I used petite cut)
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Lime wedges for serving

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. In the meanwhile, cut off tops from the bell peppers; discard seeds and membranes.
  2. Chop enough of the pepper tops to make 1/4 cup, set aside.
  3. Cook the whole bell peppers, uncovered in the boiling water for about 5 minutes; invert and drain well. While the peppers are boiling, chop onion.
  4. In a large sauté pan, brown ground beef with onion and chopped peppers over medium-high heat. (Drain excess fat if there’s any.) Once the beef loses the pink color, stir in diced tomatoes, taco seasoning mix and taco sauce. Add a dash of salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and simmer for 5 minutes. Then stir in 1/2 cup cheese until blend. Remove from heat.
  5. Now preheat oven to 350°F. Sprinkle a little salt inside the peppers, then stuff each pepper with meat mixture and a generous spoonful of sour cream (about 2 tablespoons). Place stuffed peppers in a baking dish lined with parchment paper or foil. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Once the peppers are done, immediately sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top evenly. (It will melt quickly). Top with avocado slices, followed by freshly cracked black pepper. Serve with lime wedges. Enjoy!

About the Author

Sharon Chen is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, an author and a sous vide fanatic who believes food not only brings healing but also connection. As the creator of StreetSmart Kitchen, she's on a mission to help you find balance, ease, joy, and simplicity in the kitchen as you improve your well-being.