I hope you are hungry and you want a healthy stuffed peppers because I have a treat for you. These are so good my kids ask me to make them. I know it is hard to believe but when you make them not only will you look like a gourmet cook but you will fall in love with stuffed peppers.
It gets even better not only can you make stuffed pepper in your oven. I will also tell you how to make stuffed peppers in the Pressure Cooker.
These healthy stuffed peppers make a great quick dinner or a Freezer meal in a jiffy. I loved that I was able to use Jimmy Deans Sausage Crumbles. They really sped up my prep time and increased the flavor factor to an out of control “YUM!” Jimmy Dean was kind enough to send me free products coupons which were a good thing because I made several batches to freeze for those nights when I want something healthy and hearty but I do not want to actually “cook”.
I am a pop it in the oven kind of gal. These also look amazing when you have a party and serve them. I am spoiling my secret sharing how easy they are to make especially since Jimmy Dean cooked the meat and that is usually the hardest and most time-consuming part.
Healthy Stuffed Peppers Recipe
You will need the following ingredients for your very own quick, healthy, and easy to prepare meals. Yes, you can freeze this just put it together and do not cook it until you are ready to eat it.
1 bag of Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles or sausage
2 cups of Spanish rice (cook it according to directions on the box, can, or bag)
5 Bell Peppers with the seeds removed
Salsa ( I used Peach Salsa)
Cheddar Cheese or a Mexican blend
Add the Spanish rice that you cooked per the recipe on the box, bag, or can
Now add in the Jimmy Dean Sausage crumbles….. and pretend you cooked for hours..
- I add in a mango salsa but your favorite salsa will do nicely
- Another layer of our secret ingredient the Jimmy Dean pork sausage crumbles
- Another layer of the Spanish rice
- Add another layer of salsa and then fill your dish up 50% of the way with water. This will help keep the peppers tender. I put in a tablespoon of olive oil into the water.
- Bake for 20 minutes and then bake the cheese until it is melted.
It is hard to imagine these tasty ingredients created this gourmet meal in minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat the peppers with olive oil and pour in some water into the pan to keep them moist then roast in a baking dish about 20-25 minutes just until cooked thru. Remove the peppers from the oven and allow to cool until you can handle them.
If you chose to freeze them do so before cooking, then you will then need to do the above instructions, but you will have to cook them for an additional 10 minutes.
*Remove from the oven and top with fresh cilantro
This is how you make stuffed peppers in the Pressure Cooker
*** Use your stuffed pepper recipe and follow these cooking instructions.
Place 1 cup of water in the bottom of your pressure cooker make sure that your pan is in there. I know a lot of people forget that part and ruin their unit. Then place a steamer or ramekins in the pressure cooker.
You will then place your stuff peppers in the Pressure cooker.
If your pepper is stuffed with precooked meat, then you will cook them for just 5 minutes.
If your stuffed pepper has uncooked hamburger meat in it, then you will need to cook your peppers for 15 minutes with a 10-minute natural release. Natural release means to open the vent and let your stuffed peppers sit in the pot.
I found that the ramekins help the peppers keep their shape.
Best Way to Eat Stuffed Peppers
If you’re as obsessed with stuffed peppers as we are, you need to know the best way to savor these goodies. Stuffed peppers can be filled with a variety of ingredients, making them an exciting and delicious dish for all taste preferences.
1. Choose your pepper wisely
Picking the right pepper is the first step towards a fantastic stuffed pepper experience. You’ll want to choose a pepper with a good balance of sweetness and spiciness, depending on your preference. Bell peppers are a popular choice for their mild flavor and vibrant colors, but don’t be afraid to try poblano or Anaheim peppers if you’re looking for a bit more heat.
2. Prepare your peppers for maximum flavor
To ensure that your stuffed peppers are bursting with flavor, give them a quick roast or broil before stuffing. This process not only softens the peppers but also brings out their natural sweetness. Just make sure not to overcook them, as they’ll continue cooking once stuffed.
3. Select a scrumptious filling
The beauty of stuffed peppers is the variety of fillings you can use. From classic ground beef, rice, and cheese to unique vegetarian options like quinoa, black beans, and veggies, the sky’s the limit! Experiment with your favorite ingredients, herbs, and spices to create your signature stuffed pepper filling.
4. Cook to perfection
Once you’ve stuffed your peppers with your mouthwatering filling, it’s time to cook them to perfection. Baking is the most popular method, as it helps meld the flavors together while keeping the peppers tender. Place your stuffed peppers in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for around 30-40 minutes, or until the peppers are tender and the filling is cooked through.
5. Top it off
After your peppers have cooked to perfection, give them a final touch with your favorite toppings. A sprinkle of cheese, a dollop of sour cream, or a spoonful of fresh salsa can elevate your stuffed peppers to a whole new level. Don’t be shy—get creative with your toppings!
6. Enjoy with the perfect sides
Stuffed peppers are a hearty dish, but they can be elevated with the right side dishes. Consider serving them with a refreshing green salad, some crusty bread, or even a simple rice pilaf. The key is to choose a side that complements and balances the flavors in your stuffed peppers.
Read my Complete Guide on What to Serve with Stuffed Peppers
7. Dig in!
Now that you’ve put in all that effort, it’s time to enjoy your delicious stuffed peppers. Use a fork and knife to cut into your pepper, and savor each bite as the flavors meld together. Share your creation with friends and family, or save leftovers for an easy and tasty meal the next day.
So, don’t be afraid to get creative and find your favorite way to enjoy this classic meal!
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