Did you know that “bell peppers” are a misnomer that comes from the lost explorer Christopher Columbus? Knowing he was looking for spicy peppercorn (where we get black pepper) in India, he thought that the first spicy food he encountered was “pepper.” As we know, these were chiles used in Central America. Unfortunately, the name stuck; now everything in the chile family is referred to as a pepper, even when it’s not spicy!
The recipe calls for 1/2 cup of wild rice and 1/2 lb of bison burger to fill 2 bell peppers (4 halves or servings). You can easily double the recipe.
Feel free to substitute another type of burger like elk, venison, moose, or in a pinch, grass-fed beef. You can also choose to season your peppers with different seasonings. If you are a fan of spicy food, add some chile powder, red peppers, even some salsa or hot sauce.
Bison and Wild Rice Stuffed Peppers
- 2 bell peppers
- 1/2 lb ground bison
- 1/2 cup wild rice uncooked
- 1/2 cup carrots shredded
- 1 Tbsp wild garlic
- Add 1/2 cup wild rice and 1 cup of water to a pot and simmer covered until water is gone (about 45 minutes)
- Preheat oven to 350° F
- Brown ground bison meat with wild garlic. Add shredded carrots once bison meat is completely cooked. Save some shredded carrots for garnish.
- Cut bell peppers in half and remove stems and seeds. Place peppers in boiling water for about 10 minutes to soften their skins. Place hollow side up on a baking sheet
- Mix browned bison and cooked wild rice together and scoop to fill the peppers. Top with remaining carrots.
- Bake at 350° F for 10 minutes. Serve warm!