Cheesy Taco Stuffed Red Peppers

What to do with leftovers? How about using them to make a delicious main dish that is both Tasty and Low Carb? We had leftover seasoned taco meat (beef) from our recent Taco Salad. Joanie came up with a Cheesy Taco Stuffed Red Pepper main meal that solved the leftover dilemma. The combination of the sweet red bell pepper and the spicy taco meat was wonderful. We love stuffed peppers and know this recipe will be perfect for your low-carb lifestyle.

Low Carb Taco Stuffing is Delicious!

Red bell peppers are from the same plant as green, yellow, and orange peppers. The red version are simply more ripened. This is why they often cost a bit more – green ones are actually picked prematurely. That means less time to market and lower cost. However, the longer the pepper is growing on the vine the sweeter the peppe, and the nutrients are enhanced. So, red peppers are better for you than green peppers. Green bell peppers are also slightly bitter.

Peppers are excellent sources of fiber, antioxidants, and Vitamin C and red bell peppers have more of these nutrients than the green version. We use both, but prefer the red ones.

Now you are a pepper aficionado!

Stuffing Ingredients

We had two cups of extra seasoned ground beef from our Taco Salad, extra red onion and some cherry tomatoes. This became the starting point for Joanie’s pepper stuffing. She combined that with 8 ounces of softened cream cheese, Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, and some extra taco seasoning. Very simple and easy to mix in a large bowl. It will look even cheesier and creamier when cooked.

We use our homemade taco seasoning and recommend that over the pre-packaged brands that contain fillers, preservatives, and even added sugar. Until we post about our taco seasoning, you can find the recipe by clicking the link for taco seasoning. Like all spices, it will keep a long time.

Garnish with Cilantro!

Preparation and Cooking Tips

Joanie sliced the peppers in half and removed the seeds and membranes (they are the bitter part) and used a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. The stuffing will fill the peppers and they will bake for 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven. The dish was covered with foil before baking. We like our peppers with a bit of crunch. If you prefer less crunch cook a few minutes longer.

You should also garnish with some extra cheddar cheese once the dish is removed from the oven and the foil is removed. It will melt quickly, but adds a nice creamy touch. We also used cilantro as a garnish. A few chunks of fresh avocado on the side would also be tasty, creamy, and add some color. Adding a dollop of guacamole on the side would a;so be perfect! Our guacamole recipe can be found by clicking this link.

Creamy – Cheesy – Spicy Taco Filling!

The taste of this recipe is fantastic. The kick of the seasoned taco meat is tempered by the cream cheese and cheddar, so adding some extra taco seasoning was a good idea. However, there is no need to use rice as a filler in this dish. That is often done in stuffed pepper recipes. The cheese filling is all you need to add to the beef for a delicious main meal. Once again, Joanie prepared a perfect Tasty Low Carb meal using “leftovers!”

Cheesy Taco Stuffed Red Peppers
5 from 3 votes

Solve the "leftover" dilemma by turning yesterday's taco salad into Cheesy Taco Stuffed Red Peppers!

Print
Course Meat
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 372 kcal
Author Joan and Chris

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Seasoned ground beef taco seasoned
  • 8 ounces Cream cheese softened
  • 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese grated
  • 4 ounces Cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 teaspoon Taco seasoning
  • 8 ounces Cherry tomatoes chopped
  • 4 ounces Red onions chopped
  • 4 Red bell peppers halved

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Slice the peppers in half and remove the seeds and membrane. Place in a 9 x 13 baking dish.

  3. Add the seasoned beef, cream cheese, Monterey Jack, Cheddar in a bowl with tomatoes, onions, and additional taco seasoning. Combine thoroughly.

  4. Spoon the beef mixture into each half of the peppers.

  5. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 45 minutes.

  6. Garnish with a bit of extra Cheddar cheese on top and cilantro. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

You can also garnish with some fresh avocado chunks or our fresh guacamole.

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Taco Stuffed Red Peppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 372 Calories from Fat 245
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27.2g 42%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Trans Fat 0.6g
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 350mg 15%
Potassium 431mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 7.2g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1.1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 24.7g 49%
Vitamin A 92%
Vitamin C 196%
Calcium 19%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Comments Are Appreciated