Candice Lewis-Carter's Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Dare to try this zesty low-carb entrée recipe from Next-Level Lifting Coach Candice Lewis-Carter.
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Who doesn’t love a savory, low-carb dish that’s also easy to make? Because I maintain a keto lifestyle to help manage my symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), I’m always looking for tasty dishes that focus mainly on protein and vegetables.

I’m including one of my go-to recipes below: Mexican stuffed peppers. Feel free to get creative with the ingredients — for instance, I often use a mix of bison and beef, and I love playing around with different spices, too. Sometimes I’ll even reheat any leftovers for breakfast and add an egg on top. I never get sick of this dish!

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Mexican Stuffed Peppers


  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 24-ounce jar restaurant-style salsa
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2¼ cups water, divided
  • ½ tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro, divided
  • 6 bell peppers, stems and tops removed, seeded
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, Mexican blend or cheddar
  • ¼ cup sour cream (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Brown ground beef in a large frying pan over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, or until cooked almost through.
  3. Add onions and cook until softened, about 5 more minutes.
  4. Stir in jarred salsa, chili powder and cumin.
  5. Add white rice and 2 cups water, season with ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and bring to a boil, then reduce to medium-low. Cover and cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender, adding more water, if necessary.
  6. When rice is tender, fold in ¾ tablespoon chopped cilantro, reserving the rest for garnish.
  7. While meat and rice are cooking, cut off tops of peppers, spoon out the ribs and seeds, then rinse. Lightly sprinkle the inside of peppers with kosher salt and place in a microwave-safe dish with ¼ cup water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave 5 minutes, or until they soften but still hold their shape.
  8. Transfer peppers to a 3-quart baking dish. Fill peppers with hot meat and rice mixture.
  9. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, or until peppers are tender. Sprinkle with cheese and heat for an additional 1 to 2 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Garnish with chopped cilantro and sour cream, if you’d like, and serve.
Candice Lewis-Carter, your coach for Next-Level Lifting.

Candice Lewis-Carter, your coach for Next-Level Lifting.

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