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Healthy Mexican Stuffed Peppers

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Sometimes, dinners don’t turn out the way you plan. This recipe started out as one of pure necessity, but ended up being a totally delicious and easy weeknight meal! I didn’t set out to make stuffed peppers – I didn’t have any dinner plan really. It was one of those nights that ended up being super busy with the kids, and 8pm rolled around and the husband and I realized we had nothing to eat for dinner! We didn’t want to order takeout – both of us were craving something homemade and healthy. In the fridge I had: 3 bell peppers, refried beans, cooked brown rice, corn, cheese and salsa. No other fresh produce except a few herbs! Initially I was thinking – Tacos? Burritos? But I didn’t really feel like a wrap-situation. So I decided to try to make Mexican Stuffed Peppers out of what we had in our fridge!

healthy mexican stuffed peppers

It was such a simple recipe, but turned out to be absolutely delicious. I gave it to the kids the next day for dinner and they gobbled it up too! I just had to cut it into super small pieces for Ayan, since he’s only 17 months, and has only 8 teeth 😂

Thanks to a bunch of spices and roasting the peppers before hand, this dish had great texture. The next time I make it I’ll probably add some chopped spinach into the corn filling – for some additional veggies. And I’ll be topping it with guacamole for sure in addition to salsa, and maybe even layering the refried black beans in between the corn & rice mixture – in addition to putting on the sides of the peppers. I might even switch up the brown rice for quinoa!

There are tons of options with the filling of this dish, but no matter what you do with it, it’s guaranteed to be delicious. The recipe is below – I’m sure you will love it as much as we did!

healthy mexican stuffed peppers

Ingredients

  • 3 bell peppers (I had one yellow, one orange and one red – but any colors will do)
  • 1 15oz can refried black beans
  • 3/4 cup cooked brown rice
  • 6 tbsp Mexican cheese blend
  • Your favorite salsa (for topping
  • 3/4 cup corn kernels (either frozen/defrosted or fresh)
  • Cumin, chili powder, ancho chili powder, paprika to taste
  • ~1/2 tbsp Taco seasoning (I like the one from Trader Joe’s)
  • Salt to taste

healthy mexican stuffed peppers

Directions

Step 1: Roast the peppers under a broiler (350 degrees for 5 min – or until the top of the peppers begins to blacken). At the same time, cook the brown rice (if it’s not already pre-cooked).

healthy mexican stuffed peppers

Step 2: Cut off the tops of the peppers, take out the seeds/etc. Set aside.

healthy mexican stuffed peppers

Step 3: Heat the corn in a microwave safe bowl (or on the stovetop). Once warmed, stir in ~1/2 tsp cumin, ~1/2-1 tsp chili powder and 1/8-1/4 tsp salt. Set aside.

healthy mexican stuffed peppers

Step 4: Heat the refried black beans on the stove, add taco seasoning to taste.

healthy mexican stuffed peppers

Step 5: Spread the black beans at the bottom and along the sides of each pepper.

healthy mexican stuffed peppers

Step 6: Top with corn mixture, then with brown rice, then with corn again. Spoon 1-2 Tbsp Mexican cheese blend on top of each pepper.

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Step 7: Broil at 350 degrees on low for 5 min until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with salsa and/or guacamole. Enjoy!!

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Healthy Mexican Stuffed Peppers

These bell peppers are full of Mexican flavors and are perfect for a weeknight meal.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 3
Calories: 271kcal
Author: The Picky Eater

Ingredients

  • 3 Bell Peppers (red, yellow or orange)
  • 3/4 cup Refried Black Beans (about 1/4 cup per pepper)
  • 3/4 cup Cooked brown rice
  • 6 tbsp Mexican shredded cheese blend
  • 6 tbsp Your favorite salsa for topping, 2 tbsp per pepper
  • 3 tbsp Guacamole for topping, 1 tbsp per pepper
  • 3/4 cup Corn kernels (either frozen & defrosted, or fresh)
  • 1/2 tbsp Taco seasoning (or more to taste, I like the one from Trader Joe's)
  • Cumin, Chili Powder, Ancho Chili Powder, Paprika to taste
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Roast the peppers under a broiler (350 degrees for 5 min - or until the top of the peppers begins to blacken). At the same time, cook the brown rice (if it's not already pre-cooked).
  • Cut off the tops of the peppers, take out the seeds/etc. Set aside.
  • Heat the corn in a microwave safe bowl (or on the stovetop). Once warmed, stir in ~1/2 tsp cumin, ~1/2-1 tsp chili powder and 1/8-1/4 tsp salt. Set aside.
  • Heat the refried black beans on the stove, add taco seasoning to taste.
  • Spread the black beans at the bottom and along the sides of each pepper.
  • Top with corn mixture, then with brown rice, then with corn again. Spoon 1-2 Tbsp Mexican cheese blend on top of each pepper.
  • Broil at 350 degrees on low for 5 min until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with salsa and/or guacamole. Enjoy!!

Nutrition

Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 41.5g | Protein: 10.6g | Fat: 9.1g | Saturated Fat: 3.8g | Sodium: 844mg | Fiber: 7.1g | Sugar: 2.9g
These Healthy Mexican Stuffed Peppers are the perfect weeknight meal! They're super filling, delicious and kid-friendly too!

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4 responses to “Healthy Mexican Stuffed Peppers”

    • Thanks so much Melissa!! One whole pepper is a serving size here – which is a huge portion for not that many calories!

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