Southwest Stuffed Peppers are a multi-color delicious weeknight meal. These peppers are loaded with southwest flavors, are nutritious and super easy to make. They’re baked to perfection and make a weeknight meal a breeze.
Stuffed peppers are such a delicious meal in and of themselves. There are a variety of ways you can customize them too! You can substitute the ground beef for ground turkey or make them Philly cheesesteak style. What other ideas do you have?
How about changing the entire recipe and finding a new dinner that your entire family will love? These Southwest Stuffed Peppers will be that NEW meal that you family will be begging for more of.
What Do You Need to Make Southwest Stuffed Peppers?
The ingredients are simple, so be sure to grab them on your next grocery run.
- Peppers (Mixed Colors)
- Cream Cheese
- Ground Beef
- Chipotle Seasoning
- Greek Yogurt
- Shredded Cheese
- Crumbled Bacon
How Do You Make Southwest Stuffed Peppers?
This is one of the easiest recipes that I’ve used for stuffed peppers. You need just a few minutes of prep, bake and then they’re ready to enjoy. Plus, this meal already has veggies and protein, so you’re golden to just serve this and not have to make a variety of sides.
- First you’ll want to preheat your oven, and have it ready to go. This saves time when its time to bake these delicious stuffed peppers.
- Next, brown your ground beef and drain is thoroughly. Set it aside.
- Now, in a small bowl, add ground beef, cream cheese and chipotle seasoning and mix together. If you’d like, you can add some sliced peppers in there too!
- Take 3 of your peppers and cut them in half. Remove the seeds and wash them. This recipe will make 6 stuffed peppers, so be sure to cut a few extras and make a little more of the mix if you need more than 6.
- Put your stuffed peppers on your baking sheet (I like to put parchment paper down and use a rimmed pan).
- Add ground beef mixture to the washed peppers and then top with shredded cheese and crumbled bacon.
- Bake until cheese is melted and peppers are warmed through. Garnish with cilantro and serve with a spoonful of greek yogurt.
Can I substitute anything for the ground beef?
Of course, I’ve used ground turkey in its place and the recipe is super delicious. Just prepare the recipe as normal, be sure to drain the ground turkey and you’re golden!
Are there any ingredients that are optional?
Yes, the greek yogurt, cilantro and crumbled bacon are optional ingredients in case you don’t have those on hand or don’t like one of them. Just omit them from the garnish. This dinner is amazing with or without those ingredients.
Can I boil the peppers to make them softer before baking?
If you like softer peppers, you can absolutely place them into a pot of water and boil. I prefer to sprinkle the peppers with salt before boiling, too, but that is optional.
Boil the sliced peppers for about 5 minutes and then remove and drain. Then, proceed with the recipe as normal.
How long do I bake the stuffed peppers?
In a 350° oven, you’ll want to bake these for about 15 minutes. If you’ve boiled them, 15 minutes will be more than enough time to make them tender. If you like a crunch, skip the boiling and just bake for 15 minutes.
Can I prepare these in advance?
I recommend prepping up to 1 day in advance of when you’re going to serve. If you like to meal prep, definitely boil the cut peppers for about 5 minutes first before stuffing them with the prepared filling. Place them in your baking dish, cover and refrigerate.
Before you bake, remove them from the refrigerator, uncover and let them rest on the counter at room temperature while the oven preheats. Then, increase the baking time for about 10 minutes since they’ll be cooler than freshly prepared ones.
Can I add rice?
Yes, you can add rice to this recipe if you’d like. You can add white rice or brown rice, whatever your preference is. Just be sure to add a bit more cream cheese to make the mixture creamy before you add it to the stuffed pepper. I’d start with about 1/2 cup of prepared rice for 6 peppers.
More Weeknight Dinner Ideas
- Slow Cooker Vegetarian Black Bean Soup
- Savory Mustard Mushroom Gravy & Pork Recipe
- Crock Pot Chicken Gravy Recipe
- Slow Cooker Potato & Hamburger Casserole!
- Bacon Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Chicken
- Slow Cooker Frito Chili
What are some of your favorite dinner recipes?
Southwest Stuffed Peppers are a multi-color delicious weeknight meal. These peppers are loaded with southwest flavors, are nutritious and super easy to make. They're baked to perfection and make a weeknight meal a breeze.
- 5 peppers, mixed colors
- 1 lb ground beef
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 Tbsp chipotle seasoning
- Greek yogurt (optional)
- Fresh cilantro
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- Crumbled bacon
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Brown ground beef, breaking apart as you cook. Drain thorougly.
- In a medium bowl mix together cream cheese, ground beef and chipotle seasoning.
- Cut 3 peppers in half, remove seeds and wash. Place peppers on prepared baking sheet (parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet). Dice the remaining 2 peppers and add to the mixture.
- Fill the peppers with the ground beef mixture.
- Top with shredded cheese and bacon.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
- Garnish with fresh cilantro and greek yogurt.
- Substitute ground turkey for ground beef.
- You may omit the greek yogurt, cilantro or bacon if you prefer to.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 487Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 131mgSodium: 1939mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 33g
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