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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Cheesy Taco Stuffed Mini Peppers

Why not change up the original stuffed pepper recipe?
This version is ideal for Taco Tuesday!

cheesy taco stuffed mini peppers (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


I'm back.  I haven't posted a recipe in 5 days!  That is a record around here lately.  Life got a bit crazy. We've been tackling some projects outside {expanding the garden, new gutters on the house, tearing off our old deck, putting on a new one, etc.} so it seems like all of my spare time has been puts towards that.

Doing all of this in between endless bouts of rain, the start of t-ball practices, school functions, yada, yada, the blog was put a bit on the back burner.  And boy oh boy the perfectionist in me HATES that. So that there is my apology with a long list of excuses.

Moving on.

This past Friday night when the older two kids and I were headed out the door for a school fundraiser, I whipped up these stuffed mini peppers for the husband.  He loves, loves, loves the original classic stuffed pepper, you know the ones filled with tomato sauce, hamburger and cheese, but as in true form I changed it up for him.

I threw them in the oven, took them out right before I was leaving, shot some photos and prayed he liked them.

cheesy taco stuffed mini peppers (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I got a text later saying, "Dinner was awesome, thanks!"

Sweet.  They worked!

I bulked up the meat with salsa, chili powder, cumin and a little creamy cheese.  Then of course topped with more cheese and a bit of cilantro.  The sweet mini peppers served as the boat holding all of this together and honestly were almost bite sized appetizers.

But, alas, he ate the entire pan.

He claims I am the reason he can't lost any more weight.  Please.  Don't eat the entire pan! He doesn't have much will power when it comes to delicious food.

Oh and it probably didn't help that he topped each with a gallon of sour cream {at least, it seemed that way looking at my almost empty sour cream container the next day}.

But seriously, serve these with a side of chips and salsa, a bowl of guac or over rice and make it a taco bowl.  They are awesome!

Cheesy Taco Stuffed Mini Peppers

16 mini sweet peppers, halved lengthwise
1 lb. ground beef
1 c. salsa
1/2 cubed Velveeta cheese
1 t. chili powder
1/2 t. cumin
1 t. dried cilantro
1 c. shredded colby jack cheese

1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2.  Wash, cut and de-seed the peppers.  Lay on a greased baking sheet face up.
3.  In a saucepan cook the ground beef.  Drain off the grease.  Add in the salsa, Velveeta, chili powder and cumin.  Mix together to combine and until cheese is melted.
4.  Scoop the meat into the peppers.  Top with shredded cheese.
5.  Bake for 20 minutes or until peppers are soft and cheese is melted.  Sprinkle with cilantro to garnish.  Serve warm.

cheesy taco stuffed mini peppers (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


Did you hear?  I was named one of the Top 100 Food Blogs by Healthy Moms Magazine. Such an honor.  I've got to be honest, some days I wonder if anyone is reading.  But then there are days I open my inbox to be told I'm in the Top 100.  Peaks and valleys for sure!

A huge thanks to all my faithful readers {and you new folks!} for reading, trying my recipes and even messaging me when they don't turn out.  After 6+ years of this, I've heard it all.

Here is a sneak peak of what is coming...

Campfire S'mores Bars
Homemade Yogurt Pops
Cake Mix Chocolate Chip Cookies
A Preview of My Summer Bucket List {you don't want to miss this one!}

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