Spicy Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Ground beef, black beans, and corn are cooked with Mexican spices and then tucked inside fresh bell peppers to create a cheesy, flavorful filling for these Spicy Mexican Stuffed Peppers.

It is a well-established fact that my husband and my oldest son love stuffed bell peppers. They would happily eat Spicy Italian Stuffed Peppers every week if I made them that often.

Mexican Stuffed Peppers with spicy beef, black beans, and corn are a hit!

Anytime bell peppers go on sale, I jump at the chance to make those Stuffed Peppers or Crock-Pot Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup.

As always, when my family really likes a meal, I start thinking about other ways I can incorporate those ingredients into different meals.

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

This time I decided to play with some Mexican flavors and the meal was a hit. Mexican spices are a natural pair to peppers and we were all thrilled with the results.

You can adjust the spices easily and make these as mild or hot as you like. I used my Mexican spice mix for this recipe, but your favorite taco seasoning will work as well.

I recommend a seasoning mix that has plenty of cumin, garlic powder, oregano, and onion powder.

Spicy ground beef, black beans, and corn are tucked inside these Stuffed Peppers

How to Make Stuffed Peppers

Much like the Zucchini Boats I shared a couple of weeks ago, bell peppers become vehicles for delivering a filling of spiced ground beef, black beans and corn to your mouth in this stuffed pepper recipe.

To make stuffed peppers, start by cutting your bell peppers in half lengthwise and removing the seeds. Brown ground beef in a skillet, then add corn, beans, spices, and green onions.

I like to stir in about half the cheese at this point, to help the filling hold together a bit as I’m stuffing the peppers – and also because more cheese throughout a dish is always a good thing, right?

Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers

After scooping the prepared filling into the bell pepper halves, cover with foil and bake the stuffed peppers for about 50 minutes – or until the peppers are fairly tender.

Sprinkle a little cheese (or a lot of cheese if you’re like my family!) on top of the peppers and continue baking for another few minutes until the cheese melts.

Pepperjack cheese is my favorite cheese variety for this recipe. It has just the right amount of tang and sharpness to complement the spiciness of the beef.

Alternatively, you can use shredded cheese or thin slices. Just make sure to choose a cheese that will melt nicely. Feel free to adjust the amount of cheese to suit your preferences.

Cheesy Stuffed Bell Peppers

I like to top the finished peppers with chopped fresh cilantro and a few more green onions. These stuffed bell peppers turn out spicy, cheesy, and delicious every time.

Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers

These make a great weeknight meal, served the peppers with a simple side of Roasted Broccoli. They would also be delicious with Chipotle Lime Rice or Spanish Rice.

Feel free to prep the filling in advance and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake the peppers. Double the filling recipe to eat in tacos, burritos, on nachos or in taco salads throughout the week as well!

Mexican Stuffed Peppers with Black Beans and Corn

This recipe makes enough to serve 4-5 hungry folks but if you have good eaters in your family or more folks to serve, it can be doubled or tripled with ease. Stuffed Peppers make a great meal for company!

There’s no shortage of other Mexican food recipes on this site. My family has never turned down a meal packed with Mexican inspired flavors and ingredients.

Beyond stuffed peppers, Cheesy Mexican Baked Pasta and Creamy Mexican Chicken and Corn Soup are favorites that might not immediately come to mind when you think of Mexican food.

For another spin on this stuffed pepper recipe, try Spicy Mexican Unstuffed Peppers. You might also enjoy Valerie’s Kitchen’s Green Chile Chicken Smothered Burritos and these Vegetarian Italian Stuffed Peppers from Cookin’ Canuck.

Stuffed Peppers with Black Beans and Corn

Mexican Stuffed Peppers Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, season it with Mexican spices while it is cooking.

  2. When the meat has browned add the beans, corn, and the white and light green portions of the sliced green onions. Stir to combine. Add half the shredded cheese to the beef and stir again.

  3. Place the bell pepper halves on a large sheet pan and then scoop the beef mixture into the bell pepper halves. Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes.

  4. Remove from the oven, uncover and top with the remaining cheese. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Sprinkle with remaining green onions and cilantro before serving.

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Mexican Stuffed Peppers with Black Beans and Corn

Spicy Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Spicy beef, black beans, and corn in a flavorful and cheesy filling for roasted bell peppers.
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 4 bell peppers halved with seeds removed
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2-3 tablespoons Mexican spice mix or taco seasoning adjust to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans or 1 can rinsed and drained
  • 2 ears corn kernels removed or 1 1/2 cups canned or frozen corn
  • 1 bunch of green onions sliced thinly, dark green tops reserved for garnish
  • 2 cups freshly shredded Pepperjack or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves chopped small

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, season it with Mexican spices while it is cooking. Start with just 2 tablespoons of the spices and wait to add more after the rest of the ingredients are combined and you have tasted it. Adjust the amount of spices according to your heat level preference.
  • When the meat has browned add the beans, corn, and the white and light green portions of the sliced green onions. Stir to combine. Add half the cheese and stir once more.
  • Place the bell pepper halves on a large sheet pan and then scoop the beef mixture into the bell pepper halves. Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, uncover and top with the remaining cheese. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Sprinkle with remaining green onions and cilantro before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 453kcal · Carbohydrates: 22g · Protein: 28g · Fat: 28g · Saturated Fat: 14g · Cholesterol: 93mg · Sodium: 360mg · Potassium: 642mg · Fiber: 6g · Sugar: 6g · Vitamin A: 3041IU · Vitamin C: 104mg · Calcium: 302mg · Iron: 3mg
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{originally published 5/13/13 – recipe notes and photos updated 2/17/20}

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  1. Jenn says

    Okay, this may end up making me change my mind about stuffed peppers. I always have the image of the green peppers my mom used to stuff and it gives me fright! These stuffed peppers look amazing!!!

  2. Sue/the view from great island says

    I go crazy for stuffed peppers. I think they're the ultimate comfort food. I usually stuff mine standing up, but I think it's a better idea to put them on their side, like you have…more space to pile on that gooey cheese!

  3. Monet says

    These look delicious and Ryan loves stuffed bell peppers too. We are always happy to add some Mexican flair to our dinner dishes, so we'll be making this soon! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Christine Farrell says

    Filling is excellent!! Cooling before eating as I type…much better than the traditional stuffed peppers with rice! Easy healthy meal. I used young serrano peppers in filling and homegrown bell peppers for stuffing. Seasoned as recommended, voilia! May try filling in a taco casserole recipie, quite versatile!!

  5. Patricia L. Barichivich says

    Delicious! I made these using ground turkey breast (instead of beef) and reduced fat cheese (I’m on WW). They were delicious! I will continue to make these. I bet you could stuff mini peppers with the same mixture as appetizers or hor d’oeuvres.5 stars