Southwestern Stuffed Peppers with Black Beans and Green Chiles

Colorful Southwestern Stuffed Peppers with Black Beans and Green Chiles are red and green if you’re looking for a healthy dinner during the holidays. And these delicious Southwestern Stuffed Peppers are gluten-free and they freeze well.

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I promised one more idea for a red-and-green dish to celebrate the holidays, and Southwestern Stuffed Peppers with Black Beans and Green Chiles use all my favorite techniques for stuffed peppers.  First, I start with raw peppers so they aren’t too soft by the time the filling cooks.  Second, I trim the bottom ends of the peppers flat so they stand up in the dish.  Third, I chop the trimmed parts to add more pepper flavor to the filling, which in this recipe includes black beans, diced green chiles, cooked rice, tomatoes, and grated cheese.

I use my favorite Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice for the filling in this recipe because the converting process makes Uncle Ben’s a low-glycemic rice, even lower than many types of brown rice.  Peppers are highly nutritious, and the Southwestern flavors here make this one of my favorite stuffed pepper recipes. 

After I post this I’m going to take the rest of this week off so I can engage in some holiday celebrating with my family (including a big Denny family part at my house this weekend and a cookie-decorating party for the kids.)  I hope all my readers have a holiday season filled with love and good times, and plenty of healthy good food!  And thanks for visiting here, leaving nice comments, sending sweet e-mails, and encouraging me to keep making healthy food so I can post it here.  The support of my readers means the world to me!

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Cook the lean ground beef, push beef to the side of the pan and saute the chopped onions. While beef cooks, trim the bottoms of the peppers, cut off the stem ends and remove seeds, and stand peppers up in a dish.  Dice the parts of the peppers you trimmed off and saute.

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Combine cooked beef, sauteed onions, sauteed peppers, rinsed black beans, canned tomatoes with juice, green chiles with juice, chile powder, and cumin, and simmer until the mixture seems dry.  (Blogger fail, I forgot to photograph that step!)  Mix in the cooked rice and 1 cup of the cheese.  Stuff mixture into peppers, cover with foil and bake about 30 minutes. Remove foil, put cheese on top of each pepper, and bake until the cheese is nicely melted.

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Here’s how the peppers looked when they came out of the oven, yum!

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Southwestern Stuffed Peppers with Black Beans and Green Chiles is being updated with better photos and step-by-step directions, plus the addition of cheese on top, December 2014. And just for fun, here’s the original photo from back in 2006 when I first created this recipe!

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 I’d love this served with green salad and Cafe Rio-Style Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing.

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers with Black Beans and Green Chiles
(Makes six generous servings, recipe created by Kalyn)

6 large bell peppers (I like at least 2 different colors and red and green is pretty for the holidays)
1 lb. extra lean ground beef (less than 10% fat)
1-2 tsp. olive oil if needed
1 onion, chopped
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes and juice
1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles with juice (Anaheim chiles, not Jalapenos)
1 tsp. Ancho chile powder (I use Penzeys; regular chili powder will also work)
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 cups cooked white rice (use Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice for South Beach)
1 cup + 6 tablespoons grated cheese (I used Mexican Four Cheese Blend which is low fat cheeses)


Preheat oven to 375 F.  Choose a baking dish that’s barely big enough to fit six peppers standing up and spray with non-stick spray or olive oil.

In large frying pan, brown ground beef well and drain off fat if needed. Push ground beef to the side, add a bit of olive oil if pan seems dry and saute onion 3-4 minutes, until barely softened.  While the beef cooks, trim off the bottom of each pepper just enough to make a flat end to stand the pepper up.  Cut off the stem end of peppers and cut out the seeds.  Dice the pepper ends and saute in a pan with a little olive oil just until they’re starting to soften.  (I used a separate pan, but you can remove the beef and onions to a bowl and use that pan if you prefer.)

Combine the cooked beef, sauteed onions, chopped peppers, rinsed black beans, tomatoes and juice, green chiles and juice, chile powder, and cumin in the frying pan. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 20 minutes over medium-low heat, until most of the liquid has evaporated.  (The pan should look dry.)

Turn off heat and let the mixture cool about 5 minutes, then mix in cooked rice and one cup of cheese. Stuff each pepper with the meat/rice mixture, pushing it down so peppers are tightly filled.

Place peppers in baking dish and cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes. Remove foil, top each pepper with a tablespoon of grated cheese and bake 10-20 minutes more, until cheese is melted and starting to brown and pepper skin can be pierced easily with a fork. Serve immediately.

These peppers freeze well and can be reheated in the microwave or in a toaster oven.  For best results, let them thaw in the fridge overnight and then reheat.

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South Beach Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers with Black Beans and Green Chiles are a perfect main dish for phase two or three of the South Beach Diet. This recipe has a lot of peppers and meat to balance out the carbs in the rice, but for a lower-carb version you can eliminate the rice or use Cauliflower Rice. As shown with rice, this wouldn’t be suitable for a traditional low-carb diet plan.

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More Delicious Stuffed Peppers for Every Diet:
Low-Carb Cauliflower Rice Southwestern Stuffed Peppers with Turkey and Poblanos ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Grain-Free Stuffed Peppers ~ Elana’s Pantry

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers with Brown Rice, Mushrooms, and Feta ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Ruth’s Romano Stuffed Peppers ~ OMG Yummy!

Stuffed Peppers with Turkey Italian Sausage, Ground Beef, and Mozzarella ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

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33 comments on “Southwestern Stuffed Peppers with Black Beans and Green Chiles”

  1. Gorgeous! Kalyn this is perfect. I am having my in-laws over next weekend and was wondering what I could serve. I think I have found it. Ummmm!

  2. I have always been a fan of stuffed peppers… And this recipe looks and sounds great! Thanks Kalyn!

  3. This looks really good Kalyn. It’s because of you that I learned about Uncle Ben’s converted rice. Now I’m converted!

  4. I bet this would work great with refried beans as well!

  5. So I had to come back and let you know that I made these a few days ago. A few minor changes but on the whole I stuck to the recipe.
    They were totally scrumptiuos. Loved all the tastes and flavours. Just perfect. Thanks Kalyn.

  6. Meeta, I’m so happy to hear you like them. I love the combination of black beans and red peppers myself.

  7. Hey, any estimate of how many calories are in this ?

  8. Sorry, I have no idea of the calorie count since I don’t count calories. I know there are a number of online tools where you can enter the ingredients and it will figure it for you if that’s something you need to know. Just google it.

  9. Awesome recipe! All I did different was to add some cilantro. Really yummy. I only made 4 peppers though and used the leftover filling as taco meat! YUM!

  10. LOVE the idea of adding cilantro. Now why didn’t I think of that? Especially since I love it so much.

  11. Hi Kalyn! I just made these for dinner tonight and they're a BIG hit with my family. Had mine with a dollop of light sour cream and it was sooooo goooood! Thanks so much, this one's going to come up in regular rotation at our house!

  12. Snerkology, so glad you liked it! This is a favorite of my dad!

  13. SO good! Just made them tonight for dinner. I'm a vegetarian so I substituted Yves 'meatless ground' for the beef and used brown rice instead of white – fantastic!

  14. Great way to adapt the recipe, glad you liked it!

  15. Do you know if I can freeze these after assembled and then just pop them in the oven when I need them?

  16. I'm not sure about freezing the raw peppers, but I think if you cook the peppers in the microwave for a few minutes (or parboil) then you could stuff and freeze and finish cooking later. Love to know how it works if you try it.

  17. This was delicious! I had peppers too tiny to stuff, so I sliced em, layered them with the filling, lasagna style. My fam loved the "unstuffed peppers."

    @ anonymous… I froze it pre-cooked, raw peppers and all. No problems! Excellent texture!

  18. Well-Seasoned, so glad you liked it. Thanks for the idea about layering with the smaller peppers and also for the freezing tip!

  19. I substituted the ground beef with ground turkey – I'm not missing any of the flavor at all… I also added in baby spinach and left out the rice. Great recipe – keep them coming!

  20. Looks really good. Did I miss which size can of tomatoes?

  21. Nan, thanks for catching that. It's a 14.5 oz. can. That's the only size I buy, but I will edit to sway that in the recipe.

  22. These were delicious!! Only change I made was using ground turkey instead of beef (yay for HEB having a pack of "day before expiration" Jennie O turkey for $1.50!). Thanks again for a wonderful recipe! 🙂

  23. I welcome people figuring out nutritional information for their own use, But since I don't need it and I have no way to know if it's accurate, I'm not going to post comments with that information.

  24. Hi I have a question..what side dish would work best with this…potatoes can't really work because rice is already in it…and as for the girl asking if you can freeze theese…you can freeze them if you pouch them…boil the peppers for a few min before stuffing them that way they can be freezed….its an old trick my grandmother taught me…using the meat grease can be brushed on the outside of the peppers as cooking to ad extra flavor and keep the pepper from getting crispy also..taiste so good

  25. It's hard for me to recommend side dishes because everyone has different tastes, but I'd eat this with some kind of green salad or maybe a cooked vegetable dish.

  26. That looks wonderful! Such a healthy comforting meal 🙂

  27. I just love stuffed peppers and I haven't had them in so long. Thanks for posting this. I will definitely have to make this after the holidays.

  28. I agree — festive for any time of year! Wishing you and all of the Dennys a wonderful holiday season.

  29. I'm new to the website and the world of gluten-free. Great recipe. I doubled up on the spice and added cilantro; the results were fanastic.

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