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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Mexican-Style Stuffed Peppers


  • 6 medium bell peppers (green is the typical color but any color will do)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup salsa, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green chilies
  • 1 6oz can of tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
Directions: Cut tops off peppers and discard; remove seeds. In a Dutch oven or large kettle, cook peppers in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside.
In a nonstick skillet, cook the beef, onion and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the rice, 1 cup salsa, chilies, tomato paste, chili powder and salt. Spoon into peppers.
Place in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray (or any dish you have large enough). Add 1/4 cup water to dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until heated through. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.
***Chris and I like to use ketchup with these
Okay so confession, this isn’t the family recipe I grew up with, that one is in my recipe box in a storage shed in The States, and due to time zone differences I was not able to get ahold of the recipe through phoning my mother. However, though we are bias towards my mother’s, these are not far behind.

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