One of my favorite meals in college was Costco stuffed bell peppers. They were easy, “healthy”, and would give me plenty of leftovers (which is a necessity as a poor college student). After a long day of classes and soccer practice nothing really beats being able to just throw something in the oven and having a meal that feels homemade.
Stuffed bell peppers are an easy and tasty meal even when you aren’t just heating them up from Costco. There are so many variations and ways to make stuffed peppers, you really can’t go wrong. With ground gator on hand and me wanting an easy meal, I decided to come up with my own stuffed bell peppers recipe!
I decided I wanted a Mexican version of stuffed bell peppers, so I threw in some enchilada seasoning. The great thing about this recipe is you might already have most of the ingredients in your pantry. I am so happy with how this recipe turned out. My husband isn’t normally a big fan of the stuffed bell peppers, but he ended up eating two! I hope y’all enjoy this as much as my family did.
Mexican Gator Stuffed Peppers
- 6 bell peppers any color, cut in half top to bottom stem removed
- 2 lbs ground gator 80/20 gator pork fat mix
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 16 oz mild chunky salsa or desired heat
- 15 oz black beans drained and rinsed
- 15 oz corn drained
- 4 oz jalapeno peppers (canned) diced and drained
- 4 oz green chilis (canned) diced and drained
- 1.5 oz enchilada seasoning
- 12 oz favorite cheese I used a spicy cheese
- olive oil enough to lightly coat bottom of the pan
- fresh jalapenos
- sour cream
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In an ungreased large casserole dish place pepper halves in the oven and cook until softened (~20 minutes).
- Over high heat, heat a large frying pan with olive oil drizzled in the bottom.
- Once hot add onions and garlic and cook until browned.
- Once browned add: meat, salsa, beans, corn, jalapenos, green chilis, and enchilada seasoning.
- Once meat is fully cooked (~8-10 minutes) add in four ounces of cheese and combine.
- Once peppers are done, fill them with meat mixture. There is a lot of mixture so if they overflow in the casserole dish that is fine.
- Top with remaining cheese and cook for 15 minutes or until cheese is melty and slightly browned.
- Top with your favorite taco toppings and ENJOY!!