I like to think of any stuffed bell pepper dish as being very American Classic. Before I made these, I don’t think I have ever eaten this dish before. It was one of those days where I was sitting at my desk at 5pm day dreaming about what I wanted to make for dinner. (This happens every day) I remembered that I had a lot of left over rice just sitting in the fridge and knew that I wanted to do something with it before it went bad. And then I remembered The Crepes of Wrath’s Mexican Stuffed Bel Peppers that I had been eyeballing since she posted the recipe. I ran with her recipe, and adapted it to what I had in my kitchen and the amount of time that I had to cook. And this is what came of it! I thought it was delicious, and so did Elliot. The only thing that I would have changed was adding more seasonings. I really slacked off on them on this recipe and I have no idea why! Next time they will be more delicious, and more spicy!
Stuffed Bell Peppers
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
1 pound of ground chicken
2 bell peppers (halved)
2 cups of cooked brown rice
1 can of diced tomatoes (with juice)
3 cloves of garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
Ground pepper corns
Red pepper flakes
Pepper jack cheese
Preheat your oven to 350º
Cut your bell peppers in halves and clean out the insides. Place on a baking sheet with insides up and bake for 15 minutes.
While your peppers are in the oven, start on your filling.
In a large skillet, heat EVOO. When heated through, toss in your garlic. Cook garlic until it is browned and then put your uncooked ground chicken in the skillet. Cook until browned. When the chicken is done, drain the fatty juice and return to the skillet. Put your can of diced tomatoes, cooked brown rice, and all of your spices in to the skillet. Heat until the juices are almost all soaked up and your rice is heated through.
Take your peppers out of the oven, and fill with the ground chicken and rice mixture. Top with shredded pepper jack cheese and return to the oven for another 15 minutes or until your cheese is melted all the way through.