There’s a saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But if you asked my husband, he’d tell you that I don’t live by that philosophy. Haha. I’m always changing things – just because I can, and well let’s face it Pinterest always has my think tank turning. A little while ago, I did a post on Bacon-wrapped avocados. It was so popular with my friends and family that I started thinking of other veggie-meat combinations that we love. One night as my husband and I were splitting a fajita from our favorite local Mexican restaurant, I started thinking about what it was I loved most about this dish. What was the “wow factor” for me? Was it merely in the taste, was it the variety of flavor-texture combinations, or was it something else that drew me to this dish?
I sat and thought about the presentation of the meal: the sizzling of the cast-iron skillet, the sweet green smell of the bell peppers steaming on the surface, the aroma of seared, seasoned ground beef, and the sight of the cheese melting over the top. As I re-created this experience in my head, I was inspired to create a meal that would have the same desired effect on others… That’s ultimately led me towards the creation of this dish, and the fact that these GORGEOUS peppers were on sale this week!
In part, the ingredients are the same as what you’d find in a traditional fajita: Bell Peppers, ground beef, onions, taco seasoning, and cheese. But the packaging is different. Instead of the ingredients lying flat on a skillet, waiting for you to wrap them up in a tortilla, the bell pepper does all the hard work for you. It serves as an ingredient and as a bowl! Stuffed Peppers are nothing new to us, but this was the first time we left out the rice and we didn’t even miss it.
1lb Ground Beef
Taco Seasoning Packet
Toppings (cheese, sourcream, green onions, tomatoes, olives)
Top with cheese and they are ready to bake! Bake for 30 minutes covered on 350, then uncover, and cook on 400 degrees , for another 15-20 minutes. Peppers should be soft and sizzling.
Top with your favorites. I topped mine with green onions, olives, tomatoes, and some queso dip!
As you cut into it, there’s nothing quite like seeing the layers of ingredients steamily pouring out onto the plate. The aroma that arises is reminiscent of any authentic fajita dish. Easy-to-make, low-maintenance, and budget-friendly, this dish is hearty enough to be a stand-alone meal, or can be accompanied with beans and rice if you’re feeling the urge to go for an all-out Mexican Meal.
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