I am in the beginning of a personal journey that involves a lot of changes in my life. One of those changes is to prepare homemade meals more often. I didn't have the time to be home and cook wholesome meals for my family. Far too often we were eating from a drive thru window or delivered pizza. If we did cook at home, it was usually a frozen meal or something from a box. After I decided to quit one of my jobs. I saw this video from Tasty on You Tube for Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers and decided that I needed to try it out. It looked amazing and seemed delicious.
I started out with a very short shopping list and a trip to the clearance produce. I found a bag of 3 delicious yellow peppers for only 99 cents. I purchased a can of Kroger brand black beans and a half a pound of ground chuck from the deli counter. I had everything else in the pantry already (except the guacamole), so it was a fairly inexpensive meal for two adults and a baby.
I followed the recipe and instructions almost exactly. I forgot to cook rice and didn't have any instant rice on hand, so I left that out. It would have been better with it. I also used some cotija cheese along with the cheddar and added some cilantro since I received a bunch in my Door to Door Organics box.
I started by preparing the peppers and baking them. Then I added the ground beef, Wild Tree Taco Seasoning, onions, and a little cilantro to my oiled pan. I made a well in the pan and added the black beans, corn, and some Smokey and Salsa brand salsa. Then I put in about 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup of the cotija cheese. I put my baked peppers into individual ramekins as I was unable to find my bread pans (next organizing project perhaps?) and stuffed them with the taco filling. I topped them off with shredded cheddar and cotija cheeses and put them in the oven. After 15 minutes I added some tortilla chips on the top as I forgot about the guacamole when at the store.
Absolutely delicious! Even the almost two year old loved them and asked for more. I would have loved to have added the rice to the mixture and the guacamole on the top, so that will happen next time when I am more organized. I am glad we only used half of the ingredients as there was enough filling for 3 more peppers left in the pan. We added a salad and some fresh fruit to the meal to fill us up, but could have just had another pepper each. The tortilla chips on the top added a little crunch that I feel might have been missing without it. This meal will be happening again as it was delicious and a very quick dinner recipe.
Thank you Tasty for the great recipe!