No-Rice Mexican Stuffed Peppers

No-rice mexican stuffed peppers

Last Updated on February 22, 2023 by Kayla

Bell peppers make an incredible vehicle for any filling! It can be tricky finding a stuffed pepper recipe without rice. This version uses a mix of ground beef and black beans to bulk up the protein and fiber.

How to clean a pepper

  1. Halve bell pepper length-wise with a large chef’s knife.
  2. Using a spoon, scrape the inside of the pepper to loosen the core and seeds.
  3. Holding the halved pepper in one hand, use pointer and middle fingers to wiggle and remove seed core from center of pepper.
  4. Shake excess seeds from pepper and scrape any remaining membrane away from walls of bell pepper.
Cleaning bell pepper with a spoon

I like to serve the finished product with sliced avocado, a dollop of non-fat Greek yogurt, a splash of salsa, and a handful of tortilla chips. It’s incredibly satisfying and makes for great leftovers!

Yours truly,

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No Rice Mexican Stuffed Peppers

No-Rice Mexican Stuffed Peppers

This healthy stuffed bell pepper recipe clocks in at less than 250 calories per serving and provides a hearty mixture of lean ground beef and black beans.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 235 kcal


  • 4 bell peppers
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 can black beans drained
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 cup shredded cheese divided


  • Preheat oven to 450F degrees.
  • Halve and seed bell peppers, length-wise. Arrange pepper cut-side up in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan and roast for 15 minutes.
  • While peppers are baking, heat a large frying pan over medium heat and brown ground beef.
  • In a large bowl, combine black beans, salsa, spices, lime juice, and 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Once cooked through, add ground beef; mix well.
  • Remove peppers from oven and carefully stuff with meat and bean mixture. Top with remaining cheese.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 375F and bake for 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

235 calories, 11g fat, 15g carbohydrates, 19g protein

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