Stuffed Poblano Peppers 🌶️🧀🍽️

Delight your taste buds with our Stuffed Poblano Peppers, a vibrant and flavorful dish that brings a taste of Mexico to your table. These roasted poblano peppers are filled with a savory mixture of ground beef, rice, beans, and spices, then topped with melted cheese for a satisfying and wholesome meal. The smoky flavor of the poblanos pairs perfectly with the hearty filling, making it a perfect dish for family dinners, potlucks, or a special occasion. Not only are these stuffed peppers delicious, but they are also packed with nutrients, offering a balanced mix of protein, fiber, and essential vitamins. Let’s dive into this delicious recipe that’s sure to become a favorite in your household! 🎉

Preparation Time ⏰

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients 🥄

  • 6 large poblano peppers ($6.00)
  • 1 pound ground beef ($5.00)
  • Salt and pepper to taste ($0.10)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil ($0.10)
  • 1 large onion, chopped ($0.70)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced ($0.15)
  • 1 cup cooked rice ($0.50)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed ($1.00)
  • 1 cup corn kernels (fresh, canned, or frozen) ($0.80)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin ($0.10)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder ($0.10)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika ($0.10)
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese ($2.00)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ($2.00)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped for garnish (optional) ($0.50)
  • Lime wedges for serving (optional) ($0.50)

Instructions 👩‍🍳

  1. Prepare the Peppers: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Place the poblano peppers on a baking sheet and roast them for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until the skin is charred and blistered. Remove from the oven and place the peppers in a bowl, covering with plastic wrap to steam for 10 minutes. Peel off the charred skin, make a slit down one side of each pepper, and remove the seeds. Set aside.
  2. Cook the Beef: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant. Add the ground beef, season with salt and pepper, and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.
  3. Prepare the Filling: Stir in the cooked rice, black beans, corn, cumin, chili powder, and smoked paprika. Cook for a few more minutes until everything is heated through and well combined. Remove from heat.
  4. Stuff the Peppers: Carefully stuff each poblano pepper with the beef and rice mixture. Place the stuffed peppers in a baking dish.
  5. Add Cheese: Sprinkle the shredded Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese evenly over the stuffed peppers.
  6. Bake: Bake the stuffed peppers in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  7. Serve: Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with lime wedges on the side for a zesty kick.

Nutrition Information 🍽️

Each serving (1 stuffed pepper) contains approximately:

  • Calories: 350
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 500mg
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Protein: 20g

Stuffed Poblano Peppers offer a delightful blend of flavors and nutrients. The ground beef provides a rich source of protein, essential for muscle repair and growth. The black beans and corn contribute fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals, supporting digestive health and overall well-being. Poblano peppers add a dose of vitamins A and C, along with antioxidants that promote a healthy immune system. This dish is a balanced and satisfying meal that’s both nutritious and delicious.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) ❓

  1. Can I make this recipe vegetarian? Yes, you can make a vegetarian version by omitting the ground beef and adding more beans or a meat substitute like crumbled tofu or tempeh.
  2. Can I use a different type of pepper? While poblanos are ideal for their mild flavor and size, you can substitute bell peppers for a milder taste or jalapeños for more heat.
  3. How do I store leftovers? Store any leftover stuffed peppers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until warmed through.
  4. Can I freeze stuffed poblano peppers? Yes, stuffed poblano peppers can be frozen. Place them in a freezer-safe container or bag, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat before serving.
  5. What can I serve with stuffed poblano peppers? These peppers are great on their own or paired with a side of Mexican rice, a fresh green salad, or a dollop of guacamole for extra flavor.

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