Lightened Up Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

Enchilada stuffed peppers cut open on a white plate

One of our first and favorite recipes on Marvelous Munch is our Healthy Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Peppers. Those stuffed peppers inspired us to make another kind, these Lightened Up Enchilada Stuffed Peppers. Enchiladas get a bad rep for being unhealthy and it’s difficult to make them healthy while still absolutely delicious. These peppers do just that, swap out the tortillas and swap in the peppers to take out a ton of the carbs. Yes, there is still cheese but a lot less than traditional enchiladas.

Enchilada stuffed peppers cut open on a white plate

Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people


  • 4 pepper red, yellow, or organge
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ¼ cup yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded

Enchilada Sauce

  • 2 tbsp flour
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp cayanne pepper
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 8 oz tomato sauce


  • Preheat oven to 450°
  • In a saute pan over medium heat add ground beef, garlic, and onion
  • Stir until cooked and drain all the grease from the meat
  • In a sauce pan or pot over medium heat add beef broth and all dry ingredients, stir well
  • Next add the tomato sauce and rice wine vinegar, continue to stir until all dry ingredients are mixed well in the sauce and bring to a simmer. If the sauce seems too thick add more beef broth until you get your desired consistency
  • Let simmer 10 minutes and remove from heat
  • Mix about 75% of the sauce with the ground beef. If you want to add beans or corn you can add them in this step
  • Cut tops off of the peppers and remove any of the seeds and veins, rinse with water and place in an oven safe pan
  • Mix ¼ cup of the cheddar cheese into the ground beef mixture and then fill each of the peppers to the top
  • Sprinkly the additional ¼ cup of cheddar cheese on top of the peppers over the ground beef mixture to cover them
  • Bake for 30 minutes
  • Remove from oven and serve with additional enchilada sauce on top!
White wooden board with enchilada stuffed peppers

In an effort to continue to keep this dish light, we chose to not add any rice in the stuffed pepper filling. The filling instead is stuffed with ground beef, onions, garlic, black beans, and enchilada sauce. If you don’t mind the extra, add quinoa, it helps to absorb some of the enchilada sauce while the peppers are baking. If carbs are out the window, yellow rice is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING mixed with rest of the filling for these Lightened Up Enchilada Stuffed Peppers.

Enchilada stuffed peppers on a wooden white board

Lets talk about the sauce…

I know that everyone isn’t big on making their own sauces from scratch and that is totally fine. But, you can make these Lightened Up Enchilada Stuffed Peppers with a store bough red enchilada sauce as well. We do encourage you to add some additional seasoning to the sauce since many of them are very watery. But if you are open to making a sauce, this is a pretty simple sauce to make. And this is WELL worth it. The sauce really makes this dish. Sometimes the thing I don’t like about store bought sauce is that it just tastes like a bunch of seasoning that sits in the back of your throat. Ours we wanted to make sure had a level of creaminess to it.

Two enchilada stuffed peppers

From our kitchen to yours, cheers!

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