Taco Stuffed Mini Peppers

Filled with taco meat, black beans, corn, and cheese, these taco stuffed mini peppers are a perfect gluten-free bite-size party snack.

Taco Stuffed Mini Peppers: the perfect quick, easy, gluten-free, bite-sized party snack. {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

This weekend is my 12th annual Chrismukkah celebration.  As you can probably imagine, things have certainly evolved since we first started hosting these in 2005.  I was fresh out of college and a first year grad student for our first Chrismukkah party.  It basically consisted of friends, cheep beer, cheep vodka, and some snacks from the grocery store.

Fast forward more than a decade and we — and our parties — have grown up just a tad.  We now fill our home with 60+ friends from near and far and enjoy delicious food, quality beverages, and have a great time.

Taco Stuffed Mini Peppers: the perfect quick, easy, gluten-free, bite-sized party snack. {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

It goes without saying that hosting this many people requires a lot of food, and isn’t exactly inexpensive.  Not to mention that last year was our first year hosting with a baby.  It was… hectic.

I failed to think about how much time is actually occupied by said baby and the whole day was rushed, stressful, and chaotic, trying to prepare food for everyone with an 8 month old on my back.  This year, we’re dialing it back just a little, and letting BJ’s Wholesale Club help out with some of the food preparations.

Taco Stuffed Mini Peppers: the perfect quick, easy, gluten-free, bite-sized party snack. {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I’m still making a ton of food from scratch.  My freezer is stocked with cookies and brownies I’ve been baking.  Each night this week, I have a set to do list of food prep for the party.  Buuuut… they’ll be a few more premade things than usual on my list.

We took a little family outing to BJ’s this weekend to prep for our Chrismukkah party.  Of course, we stocked up on all the essentials, like pita chips and crackers and big blocks of cheese, along with a few premade appetizers to cut down on my work load.  (We picked up that 100 count puff pastry assortment that Ryan choose with an extra $3 off coupon – win-win!).

But my favorite part about BJ’s is, surprisingly, the produce section.

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Everything they have is always really great quality, which surprised me when we first joined.  We always stock up on our fruits and veggies.  I especially love the precut fruit and vegetable trays, which are huge time savers.  One thing I always grab whenever we stop by is a bag of the mini sweet peppers.  I love them to snack on (and so does Ryan!), but they’re also perfect for party appetizers – like these taco stuffed mini peppers.

Taco Stuffed Mini Peppers are a perfect party snack.  It’s easy to make a huge batch.  They’re bite size and you can eat them with your fingers — both essential requirements for good party food.  They’re gluten free, which is great if you have gluten sensitive guests (which we do).  The taco stuffed mini peppers are quick and easy enough that kids can make them.  And BJ’s carries the peppers year round, which means this is a great choice for holiday parties, summer get togethers, or Super Bowl parties!

(Also: not just for parties.  I make these for dinner sometimes, instead of tacos.  I mean, they’re just as good as tacos, but instead of a tortilla, you have peppers.  So they’re like healthy tacos… right?  Right.  Healthy-ish?  Close enough.  Make them for dinner; you won’t regret it.)

Taco Stuffed Mini Peppers: the perfect quick, easy, gluten-free, bite-sized party snack. {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

I made mine with ground chicken, but you can absolutely substitute in ground beef or veggie crumbles to make a vegetarian version.  Add in some black beans (remember what I said about my little guy’s black bean obsession?) and frozen corn and top with shredded cheese.

I made my own taco seasoning for this, but you can make it even easier and substitute in a taco seasoning packet.  Pop them in the oven for a few minutes, and that’s it.  Easy-peasy.  A great party appetizer or family dinner.

Taco Stuffed Mini Peppers: the perfect quick, easy, gluten-free, bite-sized party snack. {Bunsen Burner Bakery}

Head on over to BJ’s and stock up on all the necessities for holiday entertaining!  Buy the giant box of Oreos (make this chocolate oreo peanut butter torte), the giant bag of M&M’s (make this M&M’s peanut butter pretzel pie), and the bag of chocolate chips the size of your head (for this chocolate chip cookie dough dip).  But don’t skip the produce section.  After all, life is all about balance – and the big bag of mini peppers balances out those chocolate chips.  Or something like that. 😉

Taco Stuffed Mini Peppers

Filled with taco meat, black beans, corn, and cheese, these taco stuffed mini peppers are a perfect gluten-free bite-size party snack.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  2. Halve each of the mini-peppers lengthwise.  Scoop out the seeds and membranes.
  3. In a large skillet, cook the ground chicken over medium-high heat until browned and cooked through.  Stir in all the spices and water.  Cook over medium heat an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture has thickened.  Stir in the black beans and corn.
  4. Line cut peppers along a baking sheet.  Fill each pepper with 1-2 tablespoons of the taco mixture and bake for 15 minutes, until peppers are soft.
  5. Remove baking sheet from the oven.  Sprinkle shredded cheese over the peppers; return to the oven for 2-3 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  6. Top with desired taco toppings.

Peppers can be assembled up to a day ahead of time and baked right before eating.

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Taco Stuffed Mini Peppers: the perfect quick, easy, gluten-free, bite-sized party snack. {Bunsen Burner Bakery}