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Taco-Stuffed Bell Peppers with Ground Beef
and Mexican side salad

Active: 40 min Total: 1 hr 10 min
These paleo-friendly peppers have all the flavors of tacos from seasoned ground beef, black olives and salsa.
Smarts: Stuffed peppers can take a long time to cook, so we expedite the process by softening the peppers in the microwave.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Taco-Stuffed Bell Pepper:
  • Jalapenos (opt) - 1, diced
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Green onions - 3 stalks, chopped, green and white parts separate
  • Beef, ground and lean - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Cumin - 1 tsp
  • Paprika, smoked - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Black olives, sliced (2.25 oz / 63 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Bell peppers, medium - 4, halved
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Salsa - 1/3 cup
Mexican Side Salad:
  • Lettuce, romaine - 4 oz, chopped
  • Tomatoes, roma - 2, chopped
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Paprika, smoked - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. Jalapenos / Garlic - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Lettuce / Tomatoes / Green onions - Prep as directed and store separately.
  3. Beef - Combine beef with jalapenos, garlic, salt, cumin, smoked paprika and black pepper. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  4. Olives - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C degrees.
  2. Slice bell peppers in half from stem to base. Discard seeds. Place pepper halves in a microwave safe bowl and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave on high just until peppers are starting to soften, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Heat a skillet with cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add white parts of green onions and saute until soft, ~1 minute. Add beef and saute until beef is cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes more.
  4. Brush a baking dish or on a sheet pan with some oil. Place bell pepper halves, cut-side up in prepared dish. Spoon beef filling into pepper halves.
  5. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes to let the flavors come together and the peppers continue to soften.
  6. While peppers cook, whisk together vinegar, mustard, honey and paprika in a mixing bowl. Add olive oil while whisking. Top with lettuce and tomatoes. Wait to toss the salad until right before serving.
  7. Serve stuffed peppers with salsa, olives and green parts of green onions on top. Enjoy with salad.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (62)
Gluten-free (6)
Paleo (16)
Vegetarian (5)

34 reviews

I added some taco-seasoned ground beef. This made for an incredibly overloaded pizza! Had to eat with knife and fork. My crust was a little floppy in the center, probably should have cooked a tiny bit longer. Overall I really liked it!

By: Kathryn
Posted: Apr 11, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Felt kind of bland. Maybe I needed more seasoning in the refried beans.

By: Sarah
Posted: Feb 06, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

just borderline meh, almost tasty

By: Kathleen
Posted: Jan 12, 2018
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Not very flavorful, and actually took a fairly long time to assemble.

By: Sarina
Posted: Dec 24, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I had to cook this for a lot of extra time to get it baked, but that's probably because I just couldn't get the crust to stretch thin enough. The pre-toppings bake definitely helped crisp up the bottom of the crust though, it just took a longer time than recorded to cook through. Very yummy in the end though.

By: Jenna
Posted: Dec 19, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The kids enjoyed this, but hubby just thought it was OK, even though I had added seasoned meat to make it more taco-like.

By: Fiona
Posted: Dec 16, 2017
Diet: Original
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