Best Bites: Taco-stuffed peppers

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This recipe combines two of our favorites -- fresh, colorful peppers and taco-seasoned ground beef -- to create one of the biggest party favorites we know, taco-stuffed peppers. These tasty appetizers (that are naturally smothered in cheese) are guaranteed to be a hit.

Because who doesn't love flavor-packed finger foods? Now all you need is a margarita.

See the full recipe below!


  • 1 1b ground beef
  • 1 package (1 oz) taco seasoning mix
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1-1/2 lbs mini bell peppers
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Cilantro Cream Sauce:
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice


Taco-Stuffed Peppers

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Slice ⅓ of the pepper off lengthwise. Seed the peppers.
  3. Chop the rest of the peppers and set aside ¾ cup.
  4. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef and reserved ¾ cup chopped peppers over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Stir in taco seasoning mix and water.
  6. Cook over medium heat 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Let mixture slightly cool.
  8. Fill each pepper with the beef mixture and place on a baking sheet.
  9. Bake peppers at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes.

Cilantro Cream Sauce

  1. In a food processor, pulse the sour cream, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice until smooth. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  2. Remove peppers from oven and top with cheese. Return to the oven for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Drizzle cilantro cream sauce to finish.

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