Tex-Mex Unstuffed Bell Peppers

Beth Renzetti


This is easily made vegetarian or vegan by substituting Morningstar Farms Veggie Crumbles for the beef & using soy cheese. Feel free to edit the spices to your own taste. Sometimes a dash of red pepper is nice. ;) I made this up & Mom wants it on paper for her Cardiac Rehab Cookbook & Wilderness Advanced Life Support course menu. Here ya go, Mom!!


★★★★★ 1 vote

30 Min
30 Min


Add to Grocery List

  • 2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1 medium
    onion, diced
  • 6 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 c
  • 4 medium
    bell peppers, i use a combo of green bell & poblano
  • 1 lb
    ground beef, cooked
  • 1 can(s)
    (28 ounce) black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 can(s)
    (15 ounce) diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 1 medium
    jalapeno pepper, minced, to taste (optional)
  • 2 c
    shredded monterey jack cheese, pepperjack cheese, cheddar cheese (or a combination)

How to Make Tex-Mex Unstuffed Bell Peppers


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

    Saute onion & garlic in oil over medium heat until softened.
  2. Boil rice in salted water until just soft. Drain.
  3. Halve peppers & remove seeds. Place in 9x13" baking dish, insides up.
  4. In a large bowl, combine well the cooked ground beef (or defrosted soy crumbles), sauteed onions & garlic, cooked rice, rinsed & drained black beans, undrained can of diced tomatoes, oregano, salt, cumin, pepper & jalapenos, if using.
  5. Pour 'filling' mixture over peppers, top with cheese & bake until hot & bubbly, about 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Printable Recipe Card

About Tex-Mex Unstuffed Bell Peppers

Course/Dish: Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Southwestern
Other Tag: For Kids

Show 2 Comments & Reviews

Casseroles Your Family Will Give Two Thumbs Up Recipe

Casseroles Your Family Will Give Two Thumbs Up

Kitchen Crew

What did we make for dinner before casseroles? Seriously. They are simple to throw together and are a hearty, comforting dinner option when the weather is colder. Here are a...

22 A+ Back-to-school Recipes

22 A+ Back-To-School Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

It's time to go back, back, back to school again! Check out these quick and easy dinner recipes that the entire family (yes, we said entire family...even the picky eaters)...

25 Delicious Recipes For Newlyweds

25 Delicious Recipes for Newlyweds

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Now that you've done that whole marriage thing, tackling these delicious recipes shouldn't be a problem. From breakfast to dinner to dessert, these are recipes any newlywed should be able...