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Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

Posted by Mary M. on January 5, 2014

Who wants an easy, cheesy all-in-one meal loaded with explosive flavors, colorful vegetables, and wrapped up in a tasty pepper package? If you're raising your hand then you are going to hoot 'n holler over our Southwestern Stuffed Peppers. (If you're not raising your hand, we won't hold it against you...although these peppers will blow your taste buds away!)

SOUTHWESTERN STUFFED PEPPERS

PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: 45 minutes
SERVES: 6-8
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Mesquite

INGREDIENTS
6 large red peppers, preferably with 4 lobes each (check the bottoms)
1 pound lean ground beef
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Traeger Cajun Rub, or your favorite taco seasoning
2/3 cup prepared salsa or diced tomatoes with chiles
1 8.8 ounce package pre-cooked rice, or 2 cups cooked rice
1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup fresh corn kernels (1 to 2 ears), or canned or frozen corn
1-1/2 cups grated Colby and Monterey Jack cheese
Chopped cilantro and sour cream for garnish, if desired

PREPARATION

Rinse each pepper well with cold running water. Cut each in half lengthwise, through the stem, and remove the seeds and ribs with a paring knife.

Make the stuffing: Brown the ground beef in a large frying pan, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the Traeger Cajun Rub, salsa, rice, black beans, and corn, and cook until the flavors are blended, about 5 minutes.

Fill each pepper half with the stuffing.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 350 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Arrange the peppers on the grill grate, stuffing side up, balancing them between the rungs. Bake for 40 minutes. Sprinkle the grated cheese evenly over the peppers.

Bake for 5 minutes more, or until the cheese is melted.

Transfer to a platter or plates and serve immediately. Garnish with cilantro and sour cream, if desired. These reheat easily if you find yourself with leftovers.

Comments

1/19/2014 3:15:53 PM #

Great minds have great taste. Every summer when the garden is full of peppers I start the day picking and wasting peppers. My recipe is real close to this I use the tomatoes with green chilies in them instead of salsa  and our Low Country Rub. However after stuffing all the peppers I place them on a wax paper covered cookie sheet and freeze for 24 hrs  then vacuum seal and place back in freezer for hearty winter pleasure.

Britt United States

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