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Stuffed Mini Peppers to Knock Your Socks Off

This Mexican themed stuffed mini peppers recipe is very easy AND cheesy! These mini stuffed peppers are Weight Watchers friendly too. Make this simple dish for dinner or an appetizer – and use your choice of ground meats for filling.

Delicious stuffed mini peppers with cheese and rice

I know sometimes people say “easiest ever” and the recipe isn’t truly easy. But when I say this stuffed mini peppers recipe is the easiest ever, I mean it!

You’re cutting mini peppers in half and stuffing them with goodness, then putting cheese on top. EASY.

Mini Pepper Recipes

What I love about these mini stuffed peppers is that they are so versatile. You can make them for lunch or dinner.

And one of my favorite things about this recipe is that it’s a perfect appetizer that everyone loves. You can bring it to a game day party or serve for a casual group dinner.

The total time to make this recipe is 30 minutes, and that’s right up my alley. It’s the perfect time for a quick dinner.

These Mexican themed mini stuffed peppers will make the whole family happy . . . who doesn’t love rice and cheese??

Pick Your Meat, Rice, and Cheese

The seasoning and tomato sauce can stay the same, and you can change the meat, rice, and cheese to meet your and your family’s needs. Try ground beef, turkey, or chicken.

Choose white or brown rice – or even Mexican rice. As far as cheese, I recommend a Mexican blend or Pepper Jack if you like it a bit spicy.

Weight Watchers Stuffed Peppers

Turn this stuffed mini peppers recipe into Weight Watchers stuffed peppers recipe with just a few tweaks!

You will need to do the following: 1) use 99% fat free ground turkey; 2) use brown rice; 3) make sure to use cooking spray (no olive oil); and 4) use reduced fat shredded cheese.

That will result in 5 Freestyle Points per serving for these mini peppers.

Weight Watchers Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Stuffed Mini Peppers Appetizer

Ingredients – serves 6

  • 12 mini bell peppers
  • 1 pound of ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups of cooked rice – brown or white, your choice
  • 2 14 oz. cans of roasted garlic or Italian seasoned tomato sauce
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • pinch of parsley
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil (or cooking spray)

Instructions

Washing and cutting mini peppers

Begin by prepping your peppers (note: Trader Joes always has a great deal on mini peppers!). If they are not pre-washed, wash and let dry.

Use a paring knife to slice them in half, then a spoon to remove any seeds. Set aside. At this time, pre-heat your oven to 400º F.

Cook rice according to instructions on the package. If you’re looking for easy and fast (and want white rice), try Minute Rice.

You’ll boil water, place the rice in, and simmer for 5 minutes. They also have brown rice for those following Weight Watchers.

Cooking ground beef and parsley

Heat 1 tbsp of oil or cooking spray on medium-high heat. Place the ground meat of your choice into the pan and cook. While cooking, add in the salt, pepper, and parsley into the meat. Cook until brown.

Adding rice to a pan of ground beef

Turn heat off and stir in one can of tomato sauce and the taco seasoning. Toss in the rice and an additional cup of tomato sauce (you’ll have some left over). Mix until well combined.

Mini peppers stuffed with a rice mixture
Sprinkling cheese on mini stuffed peppers

Spread some tomato sauce around the bottom of your baking pan. Spoon the mixture evenly into your peppers and place in the baking pan. Top with the shredded cheese and place in oven at 400º F for about 15 minutes.

Take your mini stuffed peppers out of the oven; let cool. Serves six with four mini pepper halves per person.

Stuffed mini peppers in a small baking dish

If you make the full recipe you’ll need a bigger pan obviously . . . but isn’t this little baking dish cute? Mini stuffed peppers need a mini dish, in my humble opinion.

Learn how to make mini stuffed peppers
Yield: 6 servings

Stuffed Mini Peppers

This delicious stuffed mini peppers recipe is VERY easy! Make for dinner or an appetizer - and use your choice of ground meats for filling.

This Mexican themed stuffed mini peppers recipe is very easy AND cheesy! Make this simple dish for dinner or an appetizer - and use your choice of ground meats for filling. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 mini bell peppers
  • 1 T olive oil or cooking spray
  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 3 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cup cooked rice - brown or white your choice
  • 2 14 ounce cans roasted garlic or Italian seasoned tomato sauce
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 pinch of parsley
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Begin by prepping your peppers (note: Trader Joes always has a great deal on mini peppers!). If they are not pre-washed, wash and let dry. Use a paring knife to slice them in half, then a spoon to remove any seeds. Set aside. Turn your oven to 400º F.
  2. Cook rice according to instructions on the package. Minute Rice is easy because you boil water, place the rice in and simmer for 5 minutes. They have brown rice as well. However, any rice you want to use is fine.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp of oil or cooking spray on medium-high heat. Place the ground meat of your choice into the pan and cook. While cooking, add in the salt, pepper, and parsley into the meat. Cook until brown.
  4. Turn heat off and stir in one can of tomato sauce and the taco seasoning. Toss in the rice and an additional cup of tomato sauce (you'll have some left over). Mix until well combined.
  5. Spread some tomato sauce around the bottom of your baking pan. Spoon the mixture evenly into your peppers and place in the baking pan. Top with the shredded cheese and place in oven at 400º F for about 15 minutes.
  6. Take out of oven; let cool. Serves six with four mini pepper halves per person.

Notes

Nutritional information based on 99% fat free ground turkey, brown rice, and using cooking spray rather than olive oil. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

4 peppers

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 7.1gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 902mgCarbohydrates: 32.7gFiber: 4.4gSugar: 13.2gProtein: 14.4g

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anna

Friday 17th of February 2017

The first time i tried stuffed peppers, a german friend of mine made them for me. it made me quite ashamed of pie and chips or fish fingers and chips which was typical in england at the time. yes we are really coming along with our neverending new recipes. i shall try these at home, especially with the cheese on the top.