Crock Pot BBQ Beef Stuffed Peppers are packed with zesty BBQ flavor soaked up by a protein-packed healthy mixture of lean beef, quinoa and black beans. Quick prep and all-day cooking make these a perfect fall slow cooker meal for any day of the week!
I am not sure why, since a kitchen filled with delicious smells should be a year-round situation, but fall feels like the ultimate Crock Pot Season (insert one billion heart eye emojis here). And since cozy fall meals just seem to be best when originated from the slow cooker, I decided to make October the official Crock Pot month! Those delicious stuffed peppers ^^^ will be the first installment of our Crock Pot Series and it feels like the best place to begin!
The Stuffed Peppers Situation
I have tried many stuffed peppers recipes, and even created a few of my own and I wasn’t impressed with any of them. There is something about that cute little bell pepper container that seems to zap the flavor out of the goodies stuffed inside and I always walked away feeling levels of disappointment that no one should experience at dinner time! That is, until BBQ sauce hit the scene!
OF COURSE. What better sauciness to add a real smoky zesty vibe to dinner than BBQ sauce?! Instead of it’s usual zapping of flavor, the bell pepper provides the perfect protection for the BBQ sauce to bubble away inside and seep its way into each ingredient.
I loved the blend of this Memphis BBQ sauce! I tried the Kroger version and also an Aldi version very similar to this and the tang in the mix really boosted these peppers to the next level!
Beyond the flavor, my favorite part of this recipe is the fact that everything can be tossed about with your hands (<do it!) and no cooking is required ahead of time! Just you, the ingredients and some hand-mixing therapy. I suppose you could use a spoon if being that up-close and personal with your dinner makes you a bit woozy, but you are missing out. Yes I said it.
Picking the right pepper’s is a major part of the stuffed peppers process and I have mastered it! Don’t worry, it won’t go to my head. I really only have two pointers for you and then you can claim mastery as well.
- Color = sweetness I am all about cutting costs by opting for the regular green bell peppers about 95% of the time, but when the pepper is containing my whole dinner, things change!
- Skip the Trio! When it comes to bell peppers, there has been a rumor about the whole three bumps vs. four bumps being in direct relation to flavor. Although this appears to be farce, look for four bumps! When placing the peppers in the crockpot, they will stand up much easier if they have the flatter surface that four bumps creates.
With sweet level peppers all set up in the crock pot, use a large ice cream scoop to pile in the mixture, seal the lid and walk in the door that evening to the best smoky smell! Throw on some avocado, cheese, cilantro or more BBQ sauce to top it off and enjoy!
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Tools used in this recipe:
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 cup quinoa
- 6 bell peppers, tops & seeds removed
- 1½ cup BBQ sauce
- 1 cup pinto beans
- 1 small red onion, diced
- ½ green onion, chopped
- 1 tsp. granulated garlic
- 1 tsp. cumin
- ¾ tsp. chili powder
- ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp. Himalayan salt
- *optional toppings: avocado, white cheddar, cilantro, diced tomatoes, additional bbq sauce
- Add all ingredients, except peppers, to a large bowl and mix with hands (or spoon) to combine.
- Add water to the crock pot, about ¼ cup or enough to cover the bottom.
- Spray the sides of the pot with olive oil spray.
- Horizontally slice off the tops of the peppers, remove seeds and place in crock pot.
- Fill each pepper with mixture until bowl is empty or peppers are full.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 hrs.
*Depending on the size of the peppers, you may have a small amount of mixture remaining. Just add extra the top of the peppers, if you can!
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