Sweet and Spicy Stuffed Peppers

When I was growing up my mom used to love making stuffed peppers.  I actually cannot remember what she stuffed them WITH but I remember eating them a fair amount. I decided to play around with a combination of sweet and spicy flavors as a filling to this recipe.  I used a spicy Italian sausage but you could use ground beef or ground turkey if you wanted.  You would need to add a bit more flavor and heat, though, to give the filling a kick.  These stuffed peppers fed my family of 4 for 2 nights.  I used some pretty big peppers and still had a little bit of filling left over.

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Sweet and Spicy Stuffed Peppers

Yields 6 to 8

Sweet and Spicy Stuffed Peppers

A sweet and spicy filling is the perfect flavor to fill these bell peppers with.

20 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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  • 6 to 8 large bell peppers, tops removed and deseeded
  • 4 cups cooked jasmine rice
  • 1 pound ground pork sausage (hot)
  • 1 8 ounce package of Wholly Guacamole mango salsa
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded cheddar
  • 4 - 6 slices jalapeno cheddar or jalapeno jack cheese for topping


  1. When you have the peppers deseeded, washed and the tops removed, place them in a microwave safe dish with 2 inches of water in the bottom. Microwave 4 to 6 minutes just to get them slightly cooked.
  2. In a large cast iron pan over medium heat, cook the sausage until done, making sure it is crumbly. Drain and rinse. Add back the the pan and add salsa, cooked rice and cheddar cheese. Mix well
  3. Place 2 inches of water in a 13 x 9 inch pan. place peppers in the pan and fill each one completely with the sausage, rice mixture. Top each one with a piece of cheese.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese on top is melted.


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  1. Those look really good!
  2. these look awesome! and my husband just informed me that they need to be added to the menu :)
  3. Oh how I love stuffed peppers! I never make them because I'd be eating alone....can I have dinner with y'all?Gonna send this one to my sis...her family eats whatever she says they will and stuffed peppers are one of her favs5 stars!!
  4. I try to keep the peppers very firm because the family is not fond of soggy peppers but they were delicious!
  5. This recipe rocks!

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