Happy last week of October! Where has this month gone?!
With our house on the market and still living in it, I’m trying to make as many one-dish dinners as possible so that there’s less mess to clean up afterwards. I took a peek in my fridge and cabinets and realized I had everything I needed to whip up some stuffed peppers. They turned out delicious, and I almost liked them better the next day (there’s something about leftovers that I just love, I never understood the people who didn’t like them)!
They take about 20 minutes to put together, and take about 10-15 minutes to cook, so you have an entire meal in under 40 minutes!
2 – 4 bell peppers, halved & de-seeded
1/2 lb ground beef (you could also use ground turkey)
1/2 large onion, diced
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup refried beans
1.5 tbs garlic, minced
1tbs coconut oil (or vegetable / olive oil)
– taco / chili seasoning, to taste
– Shredded cheese (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375. On a large baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, place pepper halves upright and drizzle olive oil (or coconut oil) over them and place in the oven for 10-20 minutes (or until peppers are blistering).
2. (While peppers are in the oven) Sauté diced onions in a tbs of coconut oil until they are soft and browning. Add in ground beef and cook all the way through. Then add in the taco seasoning and stir to combine all the flavors. Finally, add in the beans and the corn.
3. Cook for about 5 minutes longer and then remove the pan from heat.
4. Once the peppers are done cooking, take the halves and place them in a casserole dish. Spoon the ground beef mixture into the peppers (the more, the better, trust me).
Optional: Sprinkle cheese on top, as much or as little as you would like.
5. Place peppers in casserole dish under the broiler on high until the cheese is melted and slightly browned.
6. Remove from the oven and enjoy immediately!
Stuffed peppers have easily become one of my favorite dinners (or lunches) to make. I love that there are so many opportunities to switch things up – for example you could use black / pinto / white beans instead of refried, and you could use ground turkey instead of ground beef. Next time I make this, I might try to experiment with other veggies that I add in – I’m thinking crushed tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, zucchinis?