Gather ingredients and cookware.
Prepare brown rice according to package. I also use this brown rice recipe too.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Pull the stem of the bell pepper out.
Cut the bell pepper in half like pictured above.
Pull out the core and seeds. I would also suggest removing as much of the white membrane you can. Repeat for each bell pepper.
Chop 1/3 of an onion.
Mince 1 garlic clove.
Place 1/2 pound ground beef in a medium bowl and season with a few dashes of black pepper and seasoning salt. Add 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder. Mix the meat and spices together with hands.
Spray a large pot with cooking spray and heat on medium-high heat.
Add ground beef and cook until done or about 5-7 minutes.
Add chopped onion, minced garlic, and 1/2 tablespoon lime juice. Cook for another 3 minutes. Mmmmm who doesn't love the smell of ground beef, onions, and garlic cooking together!?
Add 7 ounces black beans, 1/2 cup cooked brown rice, and 3 ounces tomato paste.
Mix well and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Taste and add salt or more cayenne to your liking. I usually add a bit more of both.
Fill the bell peppers halfway with the mixture.
Layer more mixture on top of the cheese.
Repeat for all the bell pepper halves. Place the filled bell peppers in an ungreased 9 x 13 baking dish and cover with foil.
Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle cheese on top of bell peppers. Bake for another 5 minutes uncovered.
Serve and enjoy!
I love this dish because it's a great filling dinner with a good added dose of vegetables. The bell peppers will be soft, yet still crisp so if you want a more soft bell pepper I suggest you bake them for another 5-10 minutes until done at desired softness. If you make this recipe, take a picture and use the hashtag #t42mexicanpeppers on Instagram or Twitter! Also I made a new Twitter account for the blog so if you have followed me in the past, I would greatly appreciate it if you would follow me again! Click on the Twitter link above or you can find all my social media at the top right hand side of the blog!