Southwest Stuffed Peppers

Southwest Stuffed Peppers

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound lean ground beef ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 cup cooked white rice brown rice, quinoa or couscous
  • cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 6 whole peppers 2 green, 2 yellow, 2 red
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped or one 6 ounce can roasted chilies
  • 1 cup tomato puree or tomato sauce
  • 1 cup yellow corn fresh or thawed frozen
  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated mexican blend cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2.  For the one cup of rice, you can follow my easy oven bake recipe or just follow the directions on the package.   To oven bake rice.  In small casserole dish combine 1 cup rice with 2 cups very hot water. (I microwave water on high 2 minutes before adding to rice).   Cover tightly with foil and bake for 25 minutes.  You will not need all of the rice for this recipe.  Remove one cup and  save the rest for another use.
  3. Slice tops off of green peppers .  Remove seeds and veins.  Remove the stems from the tops of the pepper and chop up to use in the filling.
  4. Place peppers in baking dish.  Add 1/3 cup water.  Cover with plastic wrap and cook in microwave on high for about 3 minutes or until slightly soft.  Discard remaining water from baking dish.
  5. In large skillet, brown ground beef over medium high heat.  Drain fat if any.  Add chopped onion, the chopped pepper tops,  and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.  Saute until onions and peppers are soft.  Add tomato puree, cooked rice, corn and beans.
  6. Add chili powder and cumin.  Taste for seasoning.  More salt, pepper or spices?  
  7. Using a large spoon, divide beef mixture into the peppers.  Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes until filling is heated through and peppers are tender.
  8. Top with cheese.  Put back in oven for 5 minutes and serve with your favorite southwest toppings like sour cream, avocado and salsa!
  9. Store leftovers in the fridge.  These are great chopped up and thrown on a  salad or in a tortilla!
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