Perfectly seasoned taco meat is the filling for these easy stuffed poblano peppers! This recipe is fun, flavorful and a nice change for ordinary stuffed peppers (and tacos)!
I will have to admit, that as a kid, stuffed peppers may have been the second most dreaded meal in the universe (the first being stuffed cabbage). I hated stuffed peppers with a passion!
When I found out peppers were on the menu, I would try every stall tactic known to man. I’m not a slow walker, but my feet never failed to move at snail’s pace when mom called me in for dinner on stuffed pepper night.
I would sit and stare at those wrinkly green peppers and think of all the other things I’d rather be eating.
It wasn’t until my taste buds “matured” that I realized how absolutely wonderful stuffed peppers are to eat!
The thing about stuffed peppers is they can hold almost any filling. You can go the traditional route and fill them with rice and ground beef. Or you can give them an Italian spin as I have done with these Italian Stuffed Peppers, try a little spice with these Southwest Stuffed Peppers and you can even serve them up as an appetizer as I did with these Mini Grilled Stuffed Peppers. The options are endless!
These taco stuffed poblano peppers and a great way to serve your family stuffed peppers. Everyone loves tacos and this filling does not disappoint!
How To Make Stuffed Poblano Peppers
I used to think that it would take hours to make stuffed peppers, but I have a pretty quick method that will help you get your peppers to the table in a hurry!
The recipe starts by halving 3 poblano peppers. Make sure you remove the ribs and seeds right way. A note on poblano peppers, they are not spicy like a jalapeno pepper, but some people may find that they pack a little heat. This is where it is imperative that the seeds are removed.
Place the pepper halves cut side down in a microwave-safe container. Place plastic wrap over the container and microwave the peppers for 2 minutes. Remove let the peppers cool while you prepare the filling.
Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook until crumbled and no longer pink, Season the beef with spices and salt; stir.
To the beef, add in a can of black beans that have been rinsed and drained. I also added ½ a cup of fresh salsa to my meat mixture for extra seasoning and to add moisture to the mixture and I follow this up with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese.
Make sure your peppers are now face up in the baking dish and divide the beef mixture between all the peppers. Top the peppers with a little more cheese and place them covered in a 450-degree oven. The peppers will take 30 minutes to bake (20 with the foil on and 10 minutes without).
The peppers are ready when they have softened and the cheese has melted.
Top the poblanos with crumbled queso fresco, cilantro, and diced avocados and tomatoes!
What To Serve With Taco Stuffed Poblano Peppers?
Of course, tortilla chips are great, especially when served with this Green salsa. Try this avocado feta salsa to help cool things down.
For a more filling side, try this Black Bean, Corn, and Avocado Salad, this Corn with Chile Cheese Mayo, or this Parmesan Ranch Dip with tortellini!
Finish the meal off with these fun Tequila Key Lime Cupcakes!
And for a twist, try these Carne Asada Fries!
What You Need To Make Stuffed Poblano Peppers:
Microwave Safe Plate
How To Modify This Recipe
While I use my own seasoning blend the filling, you could use a low-sodium taco seasoning packet in a pinch. I prefer to make own blend so I can control the flavor and the sodium.
If you do not want to use fresh salsa, picante salsa would be great!
Swap out the pinto beans and use black beans instead.
Add corn, jalapenos, rice, quinoa, or onions to the filling if you want to bulk it up in quantity and nutrition.
These Taco Stuffed Poblano Peppers are a great way to change up “Taco Tuesday”!
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Taco Stuffed Poblano Peppers
These stuffed poblano peppers are a Mexican spin on classic stuffed poblano peppers. The taco filling is family friendly and delicious!
- 3 poblano peppers
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 can pinto beans rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/3 cup crumbled queso fresco
- avocado for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Lightly spray a casserole dish and set aside.
- Cut each pepper in half and remove the vein and the seeds. Place the peppers face down in a microwave safe dish. Cover peppers with plastic wrap and microwave for 2 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and allow peppers to cool.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook until crumbled and no longer pink. Season beef with chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, onion powder, garlic, and salt. Stir in beans and salsa.
- Add 1 cup of cheese to the beef mixture.
- Divide the beef mixture between the peppers and top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.
- Cover peppers with foil and bake for 20 minutes, remove foil and bake an additional 5-`0 minutes or until peppers are soft and cheese has melted.
- Top peppers with quest fresco and avocado chunks just before serving.
Amount Per Serving Calories 461Total Fat 29gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 100mgSodium 893mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 7gSugar 3gProtein 33g
This is a great twist for taco Tuesday! I love all the flavors.
Aimee Shugarman says
This is my new favorite dinner recipe. They turned out just as great as I imagined.
Beth Pierce says
I love stuffed veggies and these look amazing! Definitely restaurant worthy!
We made this for dinner and love it! Great twist on stuffed peppers.
I totally was that kid also who hated stuffed peppers but now I love them. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
I don’t want to eat a taco any other way after trying this!
Becky Hardin says
These are the bomb! A huge hit at our house.
Such a great way to use poblano peppers! My whole family loved it. Thank you!
I love stuffed peppers but have never used poblanos! Must try soon!
This was really amazing! Can’t wait to make it again!
What if I don’t have a microwave?
Tanya Schroeder says
If you do not have access to a microwave, not a problem! Just cook the peppers for an additional 15 minutes or until tender. You can also prebake the peppers at 350 for about 10 minutes or until tender.