Last night I made these tasty bad boys!



I used ground sirloin to throw my husband a bone. I normally use ground turkey. That could always be substituted.

  • 1lb ground sirloin (turkey, chicken, etc)
  • 3 Red Peppers, cut length wise, insides scooped out
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup rice cooked. I used black rice. You could also use brown rice.
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp dark chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp sweet paprika
  • fresh black pepper
  • sea salt to taste. I did a small sprinkle
  • 1 Lime juiced
  • couple handfuls chopped spinach
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can unsalted black beans. Rinsed and drained. I used Eden Foods
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapeño

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Boil peppers for about 6 minutes until they are tender. Remove and set aside in a baking dish.

Preheat oven 375

In a large pan sauté onions in olive oil until tender. Add garlic and sauté for another minute. Add beef and begin to brown it. Mix in the dark chili powder, cumin, paprika, black pepper, and sea salt. Continue to brown the meat through.

Once meat is browned, add the black beans, corn, rice, and spinach. Heat through.

Fill the peppers with spoonfuls of the meat/rice/veggie/bean mixture. Feel free to press the mixture in there well. It will allow you to squeeze a bit more per pepper. Once all are filled, add a small layer of water to bottom of pan to prevent burning. Cover with foil and bake for another 15-20 minutes.

Uncover and sprinkle cheese on top. I was modest with my cheese, but that is up to you. Return to oven and bake until cheese is bubbly and melted.

I topped mine with diced jalapeño and cilantro. You could also use greek yogurt or avocado. Whatever healthy taco kind of topping you enjoy.

If you don’t want to use rice you could always skip it. I would add another veggie though, like zucchini. I also had a great deal of filling left over. I put it in the fridge and it could easily be used at leftovers for all sorts of things this week. A taco salad? The meat over some spinach! Nachos for the boys. Anything really. Leftovers are always great.

Jackson exclaimed it was his most favorite dinner ever! When the preschooler says that, you know it is good.