Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Fiesta Stuffed Peppers

Have you ever been at that place where it's the end of the month, the grocery budget is looking a little bare, and its time to get creative?  Yeah, that's where I was at last week when I came up with these Fiesta Stuffed Peppers.  

The finished Fiesta Stuffed Peppers, in the baking dish, with the title above it.

I needed to get dinner on the table, I had no meat thawed, and basically had nothing but some pantry staples on hand.  No worries though, sometimes the best meals come from the simplest ingredients and these Fiesta Stuffed Peppers are no exception.  I can't wait to share this recipe with you so...

Let's Get Started!

Fiesta Stuffed Peppers:
*Prep Time: 20 min *Cook Time: 45 min *Difficulty: Easy *Servings: 4-6


The ingredients needed for the Fiesta Stuffed Peppers.

  • 4-6 Bell Peppers
  • 1 c. Grain Filling (I used an ancient grain blend, but you can use brown rice, quinoa, etc)
  • 1 15 oz can of Black Beans, drain and rinsed
  • 1 c. Frozen Corn Kernels
  • 2 Scallions, sliced
  • 1 10 oz. can of Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • Shredded Cheese for Topping, optional
To begin you will need to preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
**But see below for crockpot options on this meal**

The grain blend used for the Fiesta Stuffed Pepper filling in a mixing bowl.

Next you will to prepare your choice of grain and add it to a large mixing bowl.

I used an Ancient Grain blend from Aldi, but you can use rice, quinoa, barley, whatever you have on hand.

The best part is many places are offering ready made grains in their freezer sections.  you only need to microwave them.  Talk about a time saver!

Frozen corn added to the bowl with the grains.

To the mixing bowl with the grains, you will also add the corn,

Chopped scallion added to the bowl.

Sliced scallions,

Black beans added to the bowl.

Drained and rinsed black beans,

A can of diced tomato with green chile added to the bowl.

Diced tomatoes with chilies,

Lime juice being added to the bowl.

Lime Juice,

Chili powder being added to the bowl.

Chili powder,

Cumin being added to the bowl.


Salt being added to the bowl.


Garlic powder being added to the bowl.

And garlic powder.

All the ingredients in the mixing bowl mixed together

Now simply stir everything together and the filling for the Fiesta stuffed peppers is complete!

It really does look like a fiesta in your bowl, doesn't it?

The bell pepper with the insides cleaned out.

Now to prepare the bell peppers you will need to cut the "cap" off of the top of the pepper and clean out all of the ribs and seeds.

The tips trimmed off of the bottom of the pepper.

I don't remember who I saw do this, but the other day while watching The Food Network one of the hosts trimmed the tips from the bottom of their peppers to help them better stand up in the pan.  This worked splendidly, so now I'm suggesting you do the same!

The bell peppers with the filling in them.

All that's left now is to place the filling into the bell peppers and sit them into a greased baking dish.

The bell peppers with cheese on top.

You can absolutely keep these vegan, or you can add a little shredded cheese of your choice to the top.

The finished bell peppers in the pan.

Cover and let them bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, uncover and cook for 15 more minutes to let the cheese get golden brown!
Now your Fiesta Stuffed Peppers are ready!

A close up of a finished Fiesta Stuffed Pepper.

This dish is absolutely STUNNING to look at, and that flavor...Rich, smokey, and the lime juice gives it that pop of brightness. I know your entire family will love this recipe and the best part, it's actually a healthy dish that is SO GOOD FOR YOU!  Yes, who knew healthy could look and taste this good!  BUT WAIT IT GETS BETTER!!!  Don't have time to make this in the evening you say?  Well, You can assemble it the night before and PUT IT IN THE CROCKPOT!!!  That's right!  Just place the Fiesta Stuffed Peppers into your crockpot with a half cup of water and turn it on low for 8 hours or high for 4.  Ten minutes before you are ready to eat cover with the shredded cheese and let it melt.  SO EASY!  Now you have no excuses, so get in the kitchen and give these Fiesta Stuffed Peppers a try TONIGHT!  And if you like this recipe you might also like my Sweet Chili Ranch Chicken Casserole or my Tex-Mex Pot Roast!  And as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~


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