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Cheesy Mexican Inspired Venison Stuffed Peppers

  • March 1, 2016 /

This recipe gives a spicier twist to your basic stuffed pepper recipe replacing beef with venison and adding cheese and black beans.


  • 4-extra-large or 6 medium-sized bell peppers
  • 1-lb. ground venison
  • 1-pkg. of taco seasoning mix
  • 1-cup of water
  • 2.5-cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 15.5-ounce can of black beans (drained)
  • 15.5-ounce jar of salsa
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  • Skillet
  • Large pot
  • Tongs
  • 9 x 9 baking dish

Preparing the meat and bean filling:

  1. Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Brown the ground venison until cooked. Add the package of taco seasoning, water, salsa and drained black beans. Stir to mix.
  2. Simmer uncovered on medium-low, stirring occasionally until all the fluid is absorbed and remove from heat to cool.

Pepper Preparation:

  1. Fill a large pot half-full of water and bring to a rolling boil.
  2. While waiting for water to boil, slice off the top of the peppers and clean out inner seeds.
  3. Place each pepper into the boiling water and blanch for approximately one-minute to soften the outer skin slightly.
  4. Remove the peppers from the boiling water using tongs, and place upside down on paper towels to drain excess water. Turn right side up on paper towels and allow to cool completely before stuffing.

Stuffing & Cooking the Peppers:

  1. Sprinkle an equal portion of shredded cheese into the bottom of each pepper, saving enough for another layer and the top when finished.
  2. Fill the pepper half-full of the meat & bean mixture and add another layer of shredded cheese. Add another layer of the meat & bean mixture, filling to the top and finish by sprinkling the top of the pepper with the remaining cheese.
  3. Spray a 9 x 9 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and place the stuffed peppers right side up in the dish.
  4. Bake the peppers in a preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes and until the cheese on top has melted and the stuffing is warm throughout.
  5. Tip: Depending on your heat preference, you can use mild, medium or hot salsa.