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One Pot Mexican Stuffed Pepper Casserole is a zesty, comforting meal inspired by your favorite stuffed peppers. This one pot meal mixes a ground beef, a rainbow of bell peppers, rice, diced tomatoes and Mexican spices to create a comforting, healthy casserole. 

One Pot Mexican Stuffed Pepper Casserole is a zesty, comforting meal inspired by your favorite stuffed peppers. This one pot meal mixes a ground beef, a rainbow of bell peppers, rice, diced tomatoes and Mexican spices to create a comforting, healthy casserole. 

This post is sponsored by the Certified Angus Beef ® brand in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. As always, all opinions are my own.

ONE POT MEXICAN STUFFED PEPPER CASSEROLE

When it gets cold in Cleveland all I want is comfort food. Something to warm my soul, and warm my heart!

Casseroles fit right into that category. Not only are they hearty, but the rice helps them stick to your bones, if you know what I mean. This One Pot Mexican Stuffed Pepper Casserole is packed with a rainbow of bell peppers, flavorful Certified Angus Beef ® brand ground beef, diced tomatoes, diced green chiles, long grain rice and warm, rich Mexican spices. This one pot casserole will remind you of your favorite stuffed peppers.

Of course another plus with this casserole is that it is a one pot {or skillet} meal meaning less clean up. You will sauté the vegetables, ground beef and spices in the pot and then add the remaining ingredients {except the cheese} and let it simmer on the stove for about 15-17 minutes. That is all it will take to have a hearty, comforting casserole on the table for your family.

One Pot Mexican Stuffed Pepper Casserole is a zesty, comforting meal inspired by your favorite stuffed peppers. This one pot meal mixes a ground beef, a rainbow of bell peppers, rice, diced tomatoes and Mexican spices to create a comforting, healthy casserole. 

The start of this casserole is the Certified Angus Beef ® brand ground beef paired with the warm Mexican spices and of course the bell peppers and rice. That is the magic combination in stuffed peppers. The ground beef adds flavor and protein to the meal. You probably see Certified Angus Beef ® brand in your local stores or in restaurants a lot. I was very excited to partner with them last year and again this year because I believe it is the best beef and I love sharing their story with all of you. Last year I had the opportunity to go to Kansas to learn more about their brand and their beef. It was an amazing experience meeting their team, the ranchers and learning so much about how to choose and prepare beef.

In 1978 getting a great steak at home or even at a restaurant was hit or miss. The Certified Angus Beef ® founders said, “You know what? We can do better. We can lay down a set of uncompromising standards for taste and then find the best Angus ranchers to help us.” And here we are, decades later and the vision to be the best of the best remains. That is why every cut of their beef is judged on 10 exacting quality standards. If you have eaten Certified Angus Beef ® brand beef you know that their quality and the taste of their beef is truly the best.

Each cut of their beef is a taste of the heartland – perfectly marbled, incredibly juicy, amazingly tender and packed with flavor. Only the best cuts of choice and prime make the cut, because only the best can be called the Certified Angus Beef ® brand.

One Pot Mexican Stuffed Pepper Casserole is a zesty, comforting meal inspired by your favorite stuffed peppers. This one pot meal mixes a ground beef, a rainbow of bell peppers, rice, diced tomatoes and Mexican spices to create a comforting, healthy casserole. 

When preparing this One Pot Mexican Stuffed Pepper Casserole here are a few things to keep in mind. It makes enough for 6 adults or 4 adults and a few children. When I make this I always have leftovers which work great during the week when you are busy and need a quick lunch or dinner.

As with many of my recipes there are ways that you can modify this casserole:

  1. Add beans, like black beans or kidney beans.
  2. Add additional vegetables, like canned corn or diced poblanos {add these when you add the bell peppers to the recipe}.
  3. Mix up your cheeses. I like to do a combination of sharp cheddar and pepper jack but you can do anything you fancy.
  4. You can try a different grain than rice, like quinoa. Just be careful with the cook time depending on how long that grain takes to simmer.
  5. If you want to spice this dish up add some chopped jalapeño or red chiles. If my family could handle more spice this would be my choice!

One Pot Mexican Stuffed Pepper Casserole is a zesty, comforting meal inspired by your favorite stuffed peppers. This one pot meal mixes a ground beef, a rainbow of bell peppers, rice, diced tomatoes and Mexican spices to create a comforting, healthy casserole. 

One Pot Mexican Stuffed Pepper Casserole is a zesty, comforting meal inspired by your favorite stuffed peppers. This one pot meal mixes a ground beef, a rainbow of bell peppers, rice, diced tomatoes and Mexican spices to create a comforting, healthy casserole. 

One Pot Mexican Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

One Pot Mexican Stuffed Pepper Casserole is a zesty, comforting meal inspired by your favorite stuffed peppers. This one pot meal mixes a ground beef, a rainbow of bell peppers, rice, diced tomatoes and Mexican spices to create a comforting, healthy meal! 

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 of a sweet onion, chopped {about 1 cup}
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper {optional for spice}
  • 1 teaspoon oregano {try Mexican oregano for more spice}
  • 1 pound Certified AngusBeef ® brand Ground Beef
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bell peppers, seeds removed, diced {I like to use a variety of colors}
  • 2 - 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes, drained 
  • 1 - 4 ounce can of diced green chiles
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cheese {I used half cheddar, half pepper jack}

Garnishes:

  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Fresh tomato
  • Red onion, diced

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet or pot heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add the onion, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, oregano and a dash of salt and pepper and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute. Add the ground beef and cook until the ground beef is cooked through and not pink, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Drain the excess fat from the skillet. Stir in the diced bell peppers and sauté for another 4-5 minutes, until the peppers become tender.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes, green chiles, beef broth and rice. Add another dash of salt and pepper and stir everything together.
  6. Bring to a boil, cover the skillet and reduce the heat, simmer until rice is cooked through, about 16-20 minutes {you just want to make sure the rice is cooked through and not hard}.
  7. Remove the lid and stir in the cheese, return the cover and let sit for 1-2 minutes until the cheese melts. Garnish with fresh cilantro, tomatoes and red onion. 

Notes

Try fire roasted tomatoes instead of diced tomatoes.

Other good additions: black beans, corn, poblanos {add these when you do the bell peppers}.

 

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