Slow Cooker Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Slow Cooker Mexican Stuffed Peppers are loaded with enchilada sauce, ground beef, black beans, and corn. This is an easy and satisfying meal!

We love making delicious and easy dishes in the crockpot. Some of our favorites are broccoli cheddar soup, corned beef with cabbage, and garlic sesame chicken.

Slow Cooker Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Slow Cooker Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Everyone can agree that an easy, healthy and delicious one-pot dish is the best meal you can have. It does not require too many dishes to clean and is very convenient. You simply put all the ingredients together in the crockpot and let it do its magic. These slow cooker stuffed peppers are just that. They are delicious, filling, healthy, high in protein, hearty, and super flavorful.

We usually use 80/20 ground meat in them. However, for a leaner option, go with leaner meat, or use ground turkey. In addition, rice can be replaced with brown rice, and reduced-fat cheese could be used. We love how the flavors in these stuffed peppers come together and are one of our favorite dinner dishes to make. Top them with sour cream, fresh cilantro and extra salsa for garnish.

How to make Slow Cooker Mexican Stuffed Peppers?

This recipe is very easy to make. Below are the steps on how to prepare this dish:

  • Start by cutting the tops off peppers and remove seeds.
  • In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Then, drain the grease. Similarly, if you like a healthier option, go with turkey or lean ground chicken.
  • Next, stir in the rice, cheese, salsa, and pepper sauce (or enchilada sauce). Spoon into peppers to fill them with the mixture.
  • Transfer them to the slow cooker, and pour water around peppers.
  • Lastly, cover and cook on LOW for 5-6 hours or until peppers are tender and filling is heated through.
  • Top with remaining cheese and sprinkle with cilantro.

Slow Cooker Mexican Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Should I use pre-cooked rice in this recipe?

As a general rule, you must use pre-cooked rice. In addition, you can use cooked white rice, or some leftover rice will work just as fine. A better option would be to use leftover Mexican rice. If white rice is used, to bump up the flavors use some seasoning so that the mixture is not too bland.

Also, add some chili powder, garlic powder, or chipotle in adobo. These are all great options and will give the peppers a nice flavor.

Can I make Slow Cooker Mexican Stuffed Peppers ahead of time?

This dish can be prepared ahead of time. Just follow the recipe below, and once they are filled with the mixture cover them with foil and refrigerate. They will hold the best if refrigerated for up to 24 hours before cooking. Just remember, when preparing ahead of time, to let the beef mixture cool before filling the peppers.

How do you make Mexican Stuffed Peppers in the Instant Pot?

  • First, rinse the peppers and then cut off the top parts and remove all the membranes and seeds.
  • In a bowl, combine together the ingredients and mix well using your hand or spoon.
  • Fill each pepper with the mixture.
  • Add a trivet with handles to the IP or a steamer basket.
  • Then, add 1 cup of water and arrange the peppers onto the trivet.
  • Next, close the lid and pressure cook on High Pressure for 7 minutes + 5 minutes Natural Release.
  • Let the peppers cool down slightly before serving.

Best Slow Cooker Mexican Stuffed Peppers with Cheese

HOW DO YOU MAKE OVEN BAKED STUFFED PEPPERS?

Making this recipe in the oven is a great alternative. We already have an oven baked classic version of this recipe, and can be accessed by clicking this link.

HOW TO STORE STUFFED PEPPERS?

They can easily be refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. Simply, transfer them to an airtight container and then store in the fridge. Reheat before serving.

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Slow Cooker Mexican Stuffed Peppers
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 6 hours Total time: 6 hrs 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 6  colorful bell peppers  (tops cut off and seeds and ribs removed)
  • 1 lb  ground beef  (uncooked)
  • 1 cup  rice  (cooked (Mexican, brown rice, or white rice))
  • 1 cup  canned black beans  (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup  frozen corn  (thawed)
  • 1 cup  red enchilada sauce 
  • ¾ cup  shredded Mexican blend cheese  (plus more for topping, if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons  Taco Seasoning 
  • 1 teaspoon  garlic powder 
  •  salt and pepper to taste 

Optional Toppings

  •  cilantro 
  •  sour cream 
  •  more cheese 

Instructions

  1. Spray the bottom of a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine ground beef or turkey, rice, black beans, corn, enchilada sauce, cheese, seasoning and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  3. Fill the peppers with ground beef mixture, then place in the crockpot.
  4. Cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours or on LOW for 4-6 hours or until the meat is cooked through.
  5. Serve immediately and top with some cilantro, cheese and sour cream.

Calories: 380 Carbohydrates: 21 Protein: 21 Fat: 18 Saturated Fat: 8 Cholesterol: 56 Sodium: 540 Potassium: 601 Fiber: 6 Sugar: 7 Vitamin A: 4330 Vitamin C: 155.5 Calcium: 138 Iron: 3.3
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Amber Myers

Yum, I always love when I can use my slow cooker. I'll be making these for dinner one night. I just love stuffed peppers.

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Kita Bryant

This looks tasty and I don't even like peppers lol. I cook with them though maybe since I am adult I can give it a try again I may like it now.

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Gisele

These look awesome! I grew up eating stuffed peppers because my Dad grew a huge garden and Mom was a wonderful cook.

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candy

Anytime I get to use my slow cooker is a win in my book.  Anytime of the year all year long.  These peppers look really good.

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Stacie

I can't wait to make this! I make stuffed peppers all the time, but it gets boring after a while. I love this twist on an old favorite.

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Brianne Tursi Manz

I love using my slow cooker, and I love stuffed peppers, but I have not thought of making these in my cooker! That will have to change soon! Yum!

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Gervin Khan

Such a great recipe to try. It so easy to make and it looks really delicious. My husband will definitely love it, thanks for sharing!

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keikilani

These stuffed peppers look so delicious and I love that they can be made in the crockpot! I am all about the crockpot meals right now.

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Heather

I wish my husband liked peppers. I think he would really love these if he did.

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Lian Wright

This is such an amazing meal idea! I would cook this dish in the summer with my family. They would love to eat it while relaxing on our deck in our backyard.

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Pam

I love stuffed peppers! These slow cooker stuffed peppers look absolutely delicious.

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Cyn Gagen

I love stuffed peppers but it's been ages since I've had them. These sound especially good. I can't wait to try them.

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Terri Steffes

These look delicious and I am so eager to get into the garden and plant my peppers! Spring, hurry up!

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Ruth I

This looks so tasty! Perfect combination of flavor and colors! Yum!

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Jona Shares

The colors are really enticing. I would love to try making this one out. Thanks for sharing this. Hopefully I would successfully be able to make this.

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NYC Single Mom

I am always looking for slow cooker recipes. This one looks easy to make and delicious. Can't wait to make it.

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Give it a try, its pretty easy to make and quite delicious. Let us know how you liked it!

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Celebrate Woman Today

Easy recipe and with a new twist – all favorite ingredients of a Mexican fiesta! Yum!

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Lynndee

Ahh, we love Mexican food over here and that looks delicious. Now I am so hungry. Going to try your recipe soon!

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Mary Edwards

Pinned it! I know my kids will love this. Looks so good!

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Beth

This looks so easy and so good. I am embarrassed to say I've never tried to make stuffed peppers, but that's going to change.

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Ricci

I love a good stuffed bell pepper and these look phenomenal!! Adding these to my to try list!

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