Easy and Healthy Taco Stuffed Peppers. A healthy dinner recipe that is bursting with flavor and nutritious ingredients.
Hello, my friends! Today I finally have some time to share with you a delicious and healthy recipe using good ingredients.
Recently, I have decided to really start living a healthier and more active life; eating clean, whole foods and exercising. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working out 6 days a week. I find that exercising makes me feel good, and it’s a great stress reliever for me.
Not only have I decided to exercise and eat better, but I have also pledged to myself that I will not be drinking any alcohol. This is going to be a real challenge for me, but I hope you all will hold me to it. Did you know that just one ounce of tequila has about 64 calories? Ugh, what a sad thought. I know I have definitely gained a few pounds just from tequila alone. So, I’m going to need to lay off the tequila. And if anyone wants to join me in this challenge, I applaud you! We’re in this together.
Now, with that being said, on to this healthy recipe full of yummy deliciousness. Easy and Healthy Taco Stuffed Peppers.
One of my favorite cuisines in the whole world is Mexican food. I can’t get enough. Give me anything containing the word taco, burrito, or enchilada, and I will scarf it down. Now I know many people might not think of Mexican food as healthy. And yes, Mexican food can be high in calories. But there are numerous clean eating Mexican recipes that you can make that use clean and wholesome ingredients.
One such recipe that I love to make is this Easy and Healthy Taco Stuffed Peppers recipe: full of lean ground beef, taco seasoning (I absolutely love Old El Paso), black beans, brown rice, salsa and, of course, cheese. We gotta have a little bit of cheese!
This Easy and Healthy Taco Stuffed Peppers recipe is quite simple to make. What we did first was to cook the brown rice since that takes the longest (in which case I hope you are using regular brown rice and not the instant kind because the regular brown rice is more nutritional in value). Then while that was cooking, we baked the peppers by themselves in the oven so that they got all nice and tender. While they were baking, we cooked the meat and black beans.
Once everything was done cooking, it was just a matter of mixing everything together and stuffing the peppers with the mixture. Then you bake them for another 15-20 minutes until all that cheesy goodness melts. Yummmm. It’s like a fiesta in your mouth.
What I love about this Easy and Healthy Taco Stuffed Peppers recipe is not only how tasty and flavorful it is, but you get all the nutrients you need to fuel your body: protein from the ground beef and black beans, carbs from the peppers, and fiber from the brown rice which will help you feel fuller faster and longer.
And the best part? This Easy and Healthy Taco Stuffed Peppers recipe tastes so amazing you won’t even feel like you’re eating healthy.
Easy and Healthy Taco Stuffed Peppers
- 6 large bell peppers assorted colors, tops and seeds removed
- 1 cup of water
- 1 pound lean ground beef 85% or 90%
- 1 packet taco seasoning mix I used Old El Paso Low Salt
- 1 15- ounce can of black beans plain or seasoned
- 1 cup uncooked brown rice
- ½ cup salsa
- 1 cup Cheddar cheese and sour cream for topping optional
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Cook brown rice according to package instructions. This usually takes about 45-50 minutes, so I recommend doing this first.
- Cut off the tops of the peppers and remove the seeds.
- Pour the 1 cup of water to cover the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking sheet and arrange the peppers. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 10 minutes.
- While peppers are baking, cook black beans in a medium-sized pot according to directions. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef until brown. Drain.
- Make the taco seasoning in the same skillet used for the beef according to packet instructions. Return beef to skillet and mix with the taco seasoning.
- Add the black beans, rice, and salsa to the beef mixture.
- Stuff the peppers with the mixture and top with cheese.
- Bake them for another 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted.
- Top with more cheese, salsa and sour cream if desired. Enjoy!