Mexican themed stuffed peppers with taco seasoned beef, quinoa, beans, corn, tomatoes and plenty of melted cheese!
This year I have partnered up with Loblaws to work on their Food Lovers Unite campaign! Participate in several challenges over the year using some of the fresh local produce, meat and seafood found in their stores. The challenge sounded fun and since I shop there all the time, I could not resist taking part!
What is a Food Lover? Anyone that cares about their food! Do you have a favourite food? A least favourite food? Do you like it cooked a certain way? Not another way? Do you like it with a particular seasoning or sauce or without? If so, then you are a food lover!
Everyone is a food lover, but what happens when you are cooking for people that disagree with what they like? This is the theme of the first challenge! Some people like the spicy heat of chili peppers and some do not!
When I got this challenge, I had family from out of the country coming to visit, I was planning on cooking for them and I knew that one of them likes spicy chili heat and the other does not! The perfect opportunity!
Loblaws currently has plenty of local greenhouse produce including bell peppers, tomatoes and fresh herbs like cilantro! The bell peppers looked really good so I decided to make some Mexican themed stuffed peppers!
The local bell peppers are the star of the show in this recipe and they are stuffed with a tasty filling consisting of a taco seasoned ground beef, quinoa, black beans, corn and tomatoes.
I like to make my own taco seasoning to control the salt and in this case to control the heat so I made two different blends of taco seasoning one a little milder than the other. I split the ground beef in half and I made one with the spicier taco spice blend and the other milder. Both the beef and the onions mixed into it are also local!
The filling is super easy to make and once the peppers are stuffed they are placed in a baking pan in some enchilada sauce to bake in. I like to make my own enchilada sauce and this allows me to control the heat again where I made half of the sauce with chilies and half without!
Of course the peppers are smothered in plenty of cheese before being baked until the peppers are tender and the cheese has melted!
These Mexican stuffed peppers are amazing all by themselves but I was aiming to impress my very important guests so I didn’t stop there! I topped the stuffed peppers with a cilantro lime crema (with and without roasted jalapenos) and crumbled feta cheese along with a side of fresh pico de gallo (with and without jalapenos), using local tomatoes, and guacamole (with and without jalapenos).
Everything in this meal was easy to make with and without the spicy chili heat and both of my guests enjoyed the meal!
Are you a food lover?
Do you love spicy chili peppers or not?
Another contentious ingredient in this recipe is cilantro! Do you love cilantro or hate it?
My Loblaws grocery haul with plenty of fresh local produce and meat!
Quick and easy taco seasoned ground beef with onions.
What a healthy and tasty filling!
I made two pans, one spicy with chili heat and one mild.
Fresh pico de gallo, with and without chilies.