I love stuffed peppers! There are so many different combinations of ingredients to stuff into a pepper, just like enchiladas or tacos. When I am craving Mexican food but want to save some carbs, I make Cheesy Stuffed Peppers. This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and only 7 SmartPoints per serving!
The first time I made these for my husband, he couldn’t believe that something like this existed! Sautéed peppers, spicy meat and beans stuffed into a fresh pepper and covered in cheese…. And it’s healthy?! He requests this dish on the regular, and I am always ready to make them. I recommend using a cast iron skillet to bake these peppers, but if you don’t have a cast iron skillet any baking dish will work great. I LOVE my Lodge Cast Iron Skillet… I use it just about every day for cooking anything.
Once you have cooked the meat and bean mixture, lay each pepper in the skillet, top each with the meat and bean mixture, and top with cheese. If you are baking the peppers in a cast iron skillet, I’ve found that putting a few tablespoons of water in the bottom of the skillet and covering the skillet with foil helps to speed up the cooking process. Bake for about 30 minutes with the foil, then bake for another 15 minutes without the foil.
Cheesy Stuffed Peppers are healthy, cheesy with a nice kick of spice. Top with a little bit of salsa or hot sauce and they are ready to dive into. They are filling and you won’t feel guilty for eating them because they are healthy! My favorite hot sauce is Cholula. If you can’t find it at your grocery store, order it from Amazon!
I hope you enjoy these cheesy bites of flavor!
For Cheesy Stuffed Peppers, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials: