Florida Stuffed Green Peppers: An Authentic Florida Recipe Favorite

August 28th is National Stuffed Green Bell Pepper Day!


Happy National Stuffed Green Bell Pepper Day! Did you know that green peppers have twice the Vitamin C of oranges and other citrus fruits? For this reason, this extra punch of Vitamin C may be helpful in preventing certain types of cancer! Are you looking for a delicious stuffed green bell pepper recipe that uses fresh Florida ingredients? Read on to learn how to make Taco-Stuffed Florida Bell Peppers from Fresh From Florida!

Also, in case you didn’t know, green bell peppers grow really well in Florida. Peppers are a heat-loving plant and Florida has plenty of heat to offer. In South Florida and some parts of Central Florida, you can grow peppers year-round. In North Florida, it’s best to grow them in the Spring and Summer months. 


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Taco-Stuffed Florida Bell Peppers



  • 3 large Florida bell peppers, halved lengthwise, then remove the seeds
  • 1 pound lean ground Florida beef
  • 2 cups Florida tomatoes, diced
  • Florida zucchini, 1 cup diced small
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • Florida squash, 1 cup diced small
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • Lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 cups Colby jack cheese, shredded (or your favorite)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Olive oil, for cooking
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Various toppings, such as tortilla chips, sour cream, and cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder



  • Firstly, preheat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  • Then, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Add olive oil to preheated sauté pan.
  • Next, add chopped onion to the pan and cook until translucent.
  • Add garlic and ground beef to the cooking onions.
  • Then, brown ground beef and drain any excess fat.
  • Add the lime juice, dry spices, tomatoes, zucchini, and squash; then stir to combine.
  • Then, remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  • Add about half of the cheese to the beef mixture and stir to combine.
  • Then, evenly stuff each pepper half with the beef mixture.
  • Top each stuffed pepper with the rest of the cheese.
  • Then, place stuffed peppers on a cookie sheet and bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
  • Lastly, serve warm with chips, salsa, and sour cream.

While you’re cooking, make sure to share your Florida Stuffed Green Bell Peppers with us after using the recipe using #AuthenticFlorida! Learn more from Fresh From Florida here! Looking for even more delicious Authentic Florida recipes? You can check out all of our Authentic Florida recipes here!


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