Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers

Summer gardens are in full swing with loads of produce being harvested.  One item I can’t wait to harvest is bell peppers.  I plant a couple of varieties of different shapes and flavor.  I use them fresh in salads and put up many in the freezer to use in future recipes.

One way I love to use up some of the bell peppers is to make some form of stuffed peppers.

Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers

There are several different recipes for making stuffed peppers with the traditional stuffing main ingredient being rice.  But hubby and I aren’t big fans of the rice stuffing, but we do love Mexican flavors.

Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers

When choosing peppers to stuff, make sure they are the round version so they will stand up.  As you can see in my picture above, I have both the long peppers and bell peppers growing in my garden.  I use the long peppers when I make Grilled Stuffed Green Peppers. Those are so good made on the grill and great for parties.

Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers

Sadly, even though my garden hasn’t produced the bell peppers this year, as in the past, our local farmers market had so many to choose from.

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Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins


  • 6 large bell peppers any color
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 pkg of taco seasoning or Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • 1 cup of taco sauce
  • 1 16ox can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • Sliced avocado and sour cream for garnish


  • Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cut off tops of green peppers and discard seeds and membranes.
  • Cut as much of the pepper tops up to make 1/4 cup and set aside.
  • Cook the whole bell peppers in the boiling water four about 5 minutes. Invert and let dry.
  • In a large saute pan, brown ground beef with chopped onion and bell pepper. Drain off any excess fat, if any. Stir in tomatoes, taco seasoning mix and taco sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and simmer for about 5 minutes. Then stir in 1/2 cup of cheese until blended well and remove from heat.
  • Sprinkle a little salt inside the bell peppers. Stuff each pepper with meat mixture. Place stuffed peppers in a baking dish lines with parchment paper or fail. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • When peppers are done, sprinkle with rest of cheese. Top with sour cream and avocado slices, if desired.
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I always have a jar of my own version of taco seasoning in my pantry to use with all my Mexican dishes.

Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers

Easy to make your own taco seasoning to always have on hand. It will also save your money and you know what ingredients are used.
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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Prep Time15 mins
Course: Spices


  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1   tsp salt and pepper


  • Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl and store in airtight container. It will last for quite sometime in the pantry. I usually quadruple this recipe.
  • A great side dish to serve with this meal is Refried Beans.  I like making this in my slow cooker and freeze what I don't use for later.  Making your own tastes so much better than the can version.  Much less salt and fat too.
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I also love serving my Homemade Refried Beans with all my south of the border meals.

Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers

Items I used to make this dish:

Do you have a yummy recipe for stuffing bell peppers?



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  1. Thanks for sharing this. It is a new twist for me, my MIL always served it Italian style, I bet it is delicious taco seasoning style as well!

  2. I have been thinking of making stuffed peppers but I am tired of my current recipes so I am glad to have stumbled upon your recipe. They looks delicious and tasty

  3. That’s exactly the kind of flavor I like in my stuffed peppers too. I usually do rice though, so I’ll have to try your version!

  4. I haven’t had stuff peppers in a long time! These look so perfect, I can’t wait to make this.

  5. These taco stuffed bell peppers sound so delicious. We all love stuffed green peppers and tacos here and I would never have thought of such a great idea like this one. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. I haven’t made stuffed peppers in so long. These look so delicious. Easy meal which is great for long summer days.

  7. What a super delicious idea – taco stuffed bell peppers, never even thought of doing this. I am going to give it a try!

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