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

Easy Stuffed Mini Peppers

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. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 250kcal


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 out of oven; let cool. Serves six with four mini pepper halves per person.


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


Serving: 4peppers | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.7g | Protein: 14.4g | Fat: 7.1g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 902mg | Potassium: 500mg | Fiber: 4.4g | Sugar: 13.2g | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 2.9mg