Taco Meat Loaded Bell Peppers {Low Carb}

Stuffed and Baked Taco Meat Bell Peppers.

Here’s your new favorite ground beef meal. Taco Meat Loaded Bell Peppers {Low Carb} need one skillet and one baking dish. Just make the filling, fill the peppers, and bake – that’s it! This easy low-carb dinner will be a big hit at your house, just like it is at mine.

Taco Meat Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe –

Beautiful Taco Meat Loaded Bell Peppers ready to eat.

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What to love about this recipe –

  1. Aren’t we always on the lookout for tasty ground beef recipes?? Heck yea.
  2. All you need is one skillet and one baking dish.
  3. This is a low carb meal that’s really satisfying.

Ingredients you need to make this taco meat recipe

  • Bell peppers
  • Ground beef
  • Dehydrated onion flakes
  • Garlic
  • Taco seasoning
  • Tomato paste
  • Black beans
  • Diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • Shredded Mexican cheese blend

How to Make Taco Meat Loaded Bell Peppers

**Full, printable recipe card below – just scroll on down within this post to find it! 

Bell peppers sliced in half to reveal the seeds and membranes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice the bell peppers in half horizontally; remove the seeds and membranes from each half. I like to leave the stems in place, just because I think it looks cool.

Baking dish full of beautiful bell peppers ready to be filled.

Place the cleaned bell pepper halves, hollow-side up, into a greased 9×13 baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 12 minutes; reserve. If any liquid accumulates in the bell pepper halves, blot it up with a paper towel.

A skillet with ground beef and spices.

Meanwhile, brown the ground beef in a large skillet; drain any fats that accumulate. Add the onion flakes, taco seasoning, garlic, and tomato paste; stir to combine.

Ground beef skillet with black beans and tomatoes ready to stir in.

Add the diced tomatoes and green chilies and the black beans to the ground beef mixture in the skillet.

A skillet of filling made from ground beef, diced tomatoes, and black beans.

Stir all the ingredients together, then let the ground beef mixture simmer for 5 minutes.

Bell pepper halves with taco meat filling.

Use your favorite scoop to spoon the warm ground beef mixture into each bell pepper half in the baking dish.

Stuffed bell peppers sprinkled with cheese.

Sprinkle shredded cheese over the filling in each bell pepper.

Hot and fresh stuffed bell peppers with cheese on top.

Bake the loaded bell peppers, uncovered, on the center oven rack for 15 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings, such as sour cream, salsa, avocados, etc. Enjoy!

Common Questions Asked About This Recipe

Which tools are helpful for making this recipe?

Heavy-duty skillet – I really love my Lodge 12-inch cast iron skillet.

Ground beef crumbler – I have one like this that I use all the time.

Silicone spatula spoons – I use these for everything! Get lots of different sizes so you can use them for various kitchen tasks.

Chef’s knife – I have pretty big hands, so I use an 8-inch chef’s knife. If your hands are on the smaller size, you may want a 6-inch chef’s knife. Yes, a good chef’s knife is a bit expensive, but if taken care of properly, it’s a lifetime purchase that makes life in the kitchen soooo much easier.

Large, wooden cutting board – cutting boards constructed from wood really support your chef’s knife because the surface will “give” to the blade of your knife, keeping it in shape.

Can I use any type of ground meat or does it have to be ground beef?

You can use any type of ground meat in this recipe. I’ve used ground turkey and ground venison both – either one is delicious. Ground bison would also be great in this dish.

Why does the recipe say to cut the bell peppers into half HORIZONTALLY?

Bell peppers cut in half horizontally will cook more quickly than bell peppers cut in half vertically, plus they are easier to eat in this dish. And, once the horizontal bell peppers halves are filled with the ground beef filling, they just look prettier when served.

Does it matter which color of bell peppers I use?

Heck no. Use any color! I usually do a couple of green bell peppers (since they are cheaper) and a couple of red or yellow bell peppers in this recipe.

The taco meat filling is also delicious when stuffed into Anaheim peppers and poblano peppers, too.

Can I use any type of bean in this recipe?

Yep. If your family prefers chili beans or pinto beans, use those. Or, use a medley of different beans, whatever you have on hand is what you should use.

If I have extra ground beef mixture leftover, what can I do with it?

Great question! I’ve served the leftover ground meat mixture with tortilla chips and also rolled up in warm flour tortillas – so yummy! Use your imagination. The ground meat mixture is also a great topping for taco salad.

A yellow bell pepper loaded with taco meat.

More Recipes to Enjoy –

Printable Taco Meat Loaded Bell Peppers Recipe

Stuffed and Baked Taco Meat Bell Peppers.

Taco Meat Loaded Bell Peppers

Here's your new favorite ground beef meal. Taco Meat Loaded Bell Peppers {Low Carb} need one skillet and one baking dish. Just make the filling, fill the peppers, and bake – that's it! This easy low-carb dinner will be a big hit at your house, just like it is at mine.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 loaded bell peppers
Calories: 275kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 bell peppers, assorted colors, rinsed and dried
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tsp. granulated onion
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 2 Tbs. taco seasoning, use your favorite
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 10 oz. can diced tomatoes and green chilies, well drained
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Slice the bell peppers in half HORIZONTALLY; remove the seeds and membranes. I like to leave the stem in place on one half – it just looks cool. 🙂
  • Place the bell pepper halves, hollow-side up, in a greased 9×13 baking dish; bake, uncovered for 12 minutes. If any excess moisture accumulates inside the bell pepper halves as they bake, gently sop it up with a paper towel.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until fully cooked and no pink remains; drain any fats that accumulate.
    Add the tomato paste to the ground beef, continuing to cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring until the tomato paste is well incorporated into the beef.
  • Add the granulated onion, granulated garlic, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chilies, and black beans; gently combine well, simmering for 5 minutes over medium high heat.
  • Using your favorite scooper (like a big cooking dough scoop), spoon the warm ground beef mixture into the prepared bell pepper halves; top each loaded bell pepper with 2 Tbs. shredded cheese.
    Place the baking dish into the oven on the center rack, uncovered, and bake for 15 minutes or until the loaded peppers are hot throughout and the cheese on top is bubbly and melted.
  • Serve the loaded bell peppers garnished with your favorite toppings, such as sour cream, salsa, sliced jalapenos, chopped avocados, etc.

Notes

**Be sure to check the blog post for tips and tricks, specific instructions, recommended tools, and FAQ’s for making this recipe.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex Mex
Keyword: easy, easy skillet meal, ground beef, ground meat, low carb, mexican, taco meat

Nutrition

Sodium: 467mg | Calcium: 140mg | Vitamin C: 80mg | Vitamin A: 2219IU | Sugar: 4g | Fiber: 6g | Potassium: 508mg | Cholesterol: 54mg | Calories: 275kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Fat: 16g | Protein: 17g | Carbohydrates: 16g | Iron: 3mg

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