Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Slow Cooker Revolution, these cheesy Tex-Mex stuffed peppers are hearty and full of spicy southwestern flavor.
This recipe is slightly adapted from the Cook’s Illustrated version found in the Slow Cooker Revolution cookbook. This cookbook is wonderful for anyone (like me) who loves the slow cooker and who loves Cook’s Illustrated’s meticulously tested recipes.
Make ahead: Peppers can be stuffed a day ahead and kept covered and refrigerated until cooking the next day. The leftover filling can be frozen, thawed, and used to stuff fresh peppers at a later date. This recipe makes double filling, so you have two options: 1) Make 8-10 peppers (which will require two slow cookers) or 2) freeze extra filling for later.
- To save a few dollars, buy green peppers. For a lovelier presentation or for taking these to a friend who needs a meal, I would certainly splurge on the colored peppers. For my family alone, however, I just buy the inexpensive green bell peppers.
- To save time, use Uncle Ben’s ready rice or make rice the day before and keep in the fridge until ready to use.
- To make a healthier version, use brown rice or quinoa in place of white rice.
Note: I have this 6-quart slow cooker and could only fit five peppers into it. I’ve recently discovered small-medium colored peppers that come in a package and are located in the refrigerated produce case (near cucumbers, carrots, etc….). I think these smaller peppers would be the perfect size and much easier to fit into most slow cookers.
The recipe below makes double filling. If you don’t want to freeze the extra, you can half the recipe. Extra filling could also be kept in the fridge for up to two days and used to make chicken enchiladas or baked in the oven and served with a salad.
Ground Beef: To Brown or not to brown? This recipe and most every other stuffed pepper recipe does NOT call for browning the beef. BUT…..I plan to brown mine the next time I make these to see the difference. I like my ground meat to have a browned color and texture, which the meat in these peppers does not have (although it is cooked completely). I’d love to hear from any of you who have an opinion on the “to brown or not to brown” issue.
I would love to hear back from you if you try these, so please feel free to leave comments. Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!