Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Sometimes great meal ideas come to me in the middle of the day. Sometimes they come to me when I have leftovers that need to be revamped. Leftover tilapia almost always turns into fish tacos and leftover pot roast turns into pulled BBQ beef sammies.

Last night I came up with an idea of how to turn leftover taco meat into a new dinner! You may know that I love stuffed peppers. I have shared my meatloaf stuffed pepper recipe with you before. But this may be a new favorite stuffed pepper recipe!

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

1/2 pound ground turkey breast or lean beef
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 packet taco seasoning
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 cup canned (drained) corn
half of a diced jalapeno

1/2 cup brown rice
1 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon jalapeno diced
2 tablespoons fajita mix
1/4 cup black beans

Take one red pepper (or green) and cut them in half long way. scrape out the insides. Put in the filling and top with a little reduced fat Mexican cheese. Cook in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and has browned slightly. Add all ingredients for the rice into a pot. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Cook until all water has been absorbed. Mix in black beans when cooked fully.

These are great! Half a pepper is one serving size so they are already portioned out for you! You can double the recipe if you have a pound of meat and want leftovers for lunch! Don't stop there... you could triple the recipe for a crowd ;-)

Not to brag, but yesterday when I found this picture on CL's uncle's website I instantly became obsessed. He is too adorable and I definitely think it captures how happy in love we are!

We have some pretty awesome ideas for our photo shoot in September that I need to start writing down! I love the vintage feel of all the photos on Green Wedding Shoes blog! It inspires me so much! We are lucky to have a 2 hour shoot, so we plan on doing two themes! For all of you out there who have had a photo session -  engagement or couples, what was your favorite photo like?

I grabbed the idea from LC and ran with it... here is my recipe for a sweet summertime romance to kickoff the first official day of summer!

1 Tablespoon: Grilling outdoors
3 Cups: Sunset walks around the park, hand in hand
A sprinkle of spontaneous kisses
2 Cups: Roadtrips to the beach
3 Teaspoons: Sunday brunch at a restaurant on the water
1 Pint: Laughter and Giggles
A splash of midnight swimming
1 heaping scoop of intimate romance
A pinch of wine festivals with all your favorite vendors
2 Ounces: outdoor concerts with plenty of wine, picnics and blankets to snuggle up in
1 stick of cocoa butter, lip gloss, sunglasses, over-sized hats and SPF

Directions: Mix all ingredients together over a 3 month span and fall in love!

Hope you guys are enjoying the longest day of the year! Spend it doing something you love!!


  1. wow these look sooo good! Def making them :) And you two are so cute, I can't wait to see your photo shoot

  2. omg your summer recipe is so cute! =) I'll take a pint of laughter and giggles straight up! <3

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  3. Thanks for the recipe. I didn't realized stuffed peppers was that easy to make. I'm going to try it sometime :) Do the red bell peppers seem to be the best flavored peppers for this kind of recipe?

  4. @faithfulgyrli personally love red peppers better because they are sweeter! when they are in season i would always go with the red peppers for stuffing. both work well though!!

  5. I am going to make your recipe for sweet summertime romance...and once prince charming shows up at my door, I'll have a batch of stuffed peppers waiting for him. ;-) They look delicious! Happy longest-day-of-the-year! <3

  6. Those Mexican Peppers look amazing, and actually so healthy. Happy Cooking!
    Karriann Graf

  7. these look so delicious!! I am obsessed with red bell peppers!!!


    Love your blog!! I read it daily :)