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Sausage Stuffed Poblanos with Lime Crema ~ Black beans, polksa kielbasa, and Spanish rice stuffed into a poblano pepper, roasted and drizzled with a lime crema.I have been craving stuffed peppers like crazy lately. The thing I love about stuffed peppers is that the entire meal is contained inside the pepper and then you eat the serving vessel. Plus some my favorite things are stuffed inside. Beans, meat, usually cheese, but not this time, and my grandma’s Spanish rice.
My grandma’s Spanish rice is one of those recipes I need a legit reason to make. Because when I make it, I lovingly binge eat it cold right, out of the fridge. My family is small and I still make enough to feed 8 just so I can have plenty of leftovers. I have no regrets…she says as she writes this and takes bites of Spanish rice between keystrokes.
Due to my epic marathon eating of Spanish rice, I only make it once or twice a year and it was time. When I do make it, all the elements of the dish must be perfect. So until I had just the right dinner planned, making the rice was on hold.
I had to run up to Walmart to restock cleaning products (do all of yours run out at the same time or is that just my particular luck?) and pick up a few pantry staples we needed. But I’m one of those crazy people who enjoy grocery shopping, so it’s not unusual for me to wander around and just see what’s on sale and let inspiration strike.
And it struck.
Hillshire Farm® Beef Polska Kielbasa is one of those items I am pretty sure I could eat every day of my life and never tire of eating. I picked up two packages and went on my way. While picking out a new bunch of cilantro, I looked up and saw the poblano peppers. They were pretty decent size and I’ve wanted to make chile rellenos for while.But no, not rellenos this time.
That’s when it all came together. Craving stuffed peppers. Wanting Grandma’s Spanish rice. Fat poblanos available. And Polska Kielbasa in my cart. All that was left was to get through the crazy check out line and get home to cook.
In the past, I have used ground turkey and beef in my stuffed peppers, never the sausage, but there’s got to be a first time for everything. The sausage worked perfectly in the peppers. Normally I bind my stuffing with a hefty dose of cheese but this time, since I was going rogue with the sausage, I was going to forgo the cheese and make a cream sauce. Go big or go home, right?
The lime crema is really strong all on its own, but when drizzled over the pepper and eaten as a whole, simply perfection.
This dish really comes together quite quickly and easily. Get the rice going first and while it is cooking, prep everything else. Hillshire Farm® Beef Polska Kielbasa is fully cooked, but I pan sear it because the peppers aren’t in the oven for very long to thoroughly warm it up. Plus, I really love the taste of the sear. Once the rice is done, mix everything together, pop it in a super hot oven for about 10 minutes, plate, drizzle with lime crema and enjoy.
Sausage Stuffed Poblanos with Lime Crema
- 1 1/2 cups Spanish Rice
- 1-12 oz pkg Hillshire Farm® Beef Polska Kielbasa; sliced and quarter-cut
- 6-8 large poblanos; cleaned
- 1/2 cup onion; diced
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)
- 1-15 oz can black beans; drained and rinsed
- 1-15 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 2 cloves garlic; minced/grated
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime
- 2 tsp freshly chopped cilantro
- 1-2 tbsp water; depending on desired consistency
Make a batch of Spanish rice.
Preheat oven to 500°.
While the rice is cooking, slice and dice the Hillshire Farm® Beef Polska Kielbasa.
Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat.
Sear the sausage and heat through.
Once the sausage is done, add it to a large bowl.
Clean the poblano peppers.
Using a sharp knife, slice from stem to tip 1/4" or so, reserve the strips.
Put the peppers in a baking pan or dish.
Remove the seeds and veins with a knife or spoon; set aside.
Dice the reserved poblano strips, yielding about 1/2 cup.
In the same skillet, sauté the onions and diced poblano in either the sausage renderings or extra virgin olive oil; 4 minutes.
Add the onions and peppers to sausage.
Add the black beans.
Mix the cumin, chili powder, and garlic to the can of tomatoes and add to the sausage; mix thoroughly.
Once the rice is done, stir it into the sausage mixture.
Using a kitchen tablespoon, stuff each pepper, taking care to press the mixture into the pepper to maximize the stuffing.
Roast in the oven for 6-10 minutes or until the peppers begin to blister.
Plate and drizzle with lime crema.
Mix the sour cream, lime juice, and cilantro together. Slowly stream the water in, one tablespoon at a time, until the sauce has thinned and reached the desired consistency.
Optional garnishes: Queso Fresco, chopped cilantro, sliced avocado and black olives
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Shasta L WaltonMarch 22, 2016 at 7:26 am
I can’t wait to try this! I love stuffed peppers (my husband not so much) and I have never used a sauce before. These look delicious and I can’t wait to try them. Who knows maybe the sauce will win my husband over. [client]
Erin @ Texanerin BakingMarch 22, 2016 at 12:11 pm
This is so cool! I so wish we had poblano peppers here. Basically all we have is bell peppers. Boooooring. I love that you added kielbasa. 🙂
TaraMarch 22, 2016 at 4:42 pm
How pretty and colourful, I love all that goes into these!!
Kacey @ The Cookie WriterMarch 22, 2016 at 4:52 pm
We love spicy here and I know my husband would be all over these! I would so make a veggie version for myself!
Maryanne | the little epicureanMarch 22, 2016 at 7:26 pm
I love stuffed peppers! This one looks so colorful and tasty!
Nutmeg NannyMarch 22, 2016 at 8:47 pm
Loving these stuffed peppers! Such a fun way to use poblanos 🙂
MaryeMarch 23, 2016 at 5:49 am
These look delicious, I cannot wait to try them! They have so much flavor!
Kristen ChidseyMarch 23, 2016 at 5:59 am
You had me at lime crema. OH YUM!!
Linda ShapiroMarch 23, 2016 at 7:08 am
These would make a fabulous eye-popping appetizer for a spring or summer dinner or BBQ!
linda spikerMarch 23, 2016 at 7:33 am
Absolutely beautiful recipe!
cathy | Lemon Tree DwellingMarch 23, 2016 at 8:50 am
What an awesome dinner idea! Just pass me a margarita and I’m all set! 😉
Michelle De La CerdaMarch 23, 2016 at 8:55 am
SaraMarch 23, 2016 at 9:04 am
These peppers look amazing, what a great flavor combination! That crema is the perfect finishing touch.
Valerie | From Valerie's KitchenMarch 23, 2016 at 11:31 am
We love poblanos and I’ve been wanting to try a recipe like this for a long time. Thank you for the inspiration and the great recipe!
Laura @MotherWouldKnowMarch 23, 2016 at 3:23 pm
Love poblano peppers. Must admit that I had to laugh at the idea of making a Tex Mex dish with kielbasa – creative but still funny.
Joy @ Joy Love FoodMarch 23, 2016 at 5:21 pm
I love stuffed peppers, what a great idea to use sausage instead of the usual ground beef, these sound wonderful and I’m really loving that lime crema drizzled on top, yum!
Andi @ The Weary ChefMarch 23, 2016 at 8:37 pm
This is a must-try! I love stuffed peppers and kielbasa, and having them together is perfect! YUM!!
DebraMarch 23, 2016 at 9:34 pm
I love Hillshire sausage and use it all of the time – so delish, truly a fav. Using it in the stuffed peppers is a new idea – love that! Your recipe looks delish!
ErinMarch 23, 2016 at 9:51 pm
My dad always cooks Hilshire Farms kielbasa when we have cookouts! I don’t tend to think of other creative ways to use it but this recipe looks great!
Chrisy @ Homemade HooplahMarch 23, 2016 at 11:12 pm
I’ve been getting into poblano peppers lately, so these look AMAZING right now! Really digging that sauce 😀
lizzy wermuthMarch 24, 2016 at 6:47 am
I am obsessed with stuffed poblano recipes, but I can never seem to get mine quite right… I tried stuffing some with wild rice last week but I don’t think I had properly roasted them first… can’t wait to try yours!
Michelle De La CerdaMarch 24, 2016 at 8:23 am
I didn’t roast ahead of time.
Jennifer @ Show Me the YummyMarch 24, 2016 at 10:30 am
You totally read my mind. I was JUST craving stuffed poblanos. YUM!
Dee Dee (My Midlife Kitchen)March 25, 2016 at 7:50 am
I love anything using poblanos, and this recipe looks to be no exception! The bright colors alone make me want to dig right in!
Prairie Gal CookinMarch 26, 2016 at 2:35 pm
These look so good.. I would love one right now! Thanks for sharing!
Healing TomatoMarch 27, 2016 at 10:22 pm
I love spicy food and stuffed poblanos is a great recipe idea.
Manju | Cooking CurriesMarch 28, 2016 at 12:45 am
What a fun dish to make this spring and summer!
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