Traditional Stuffed Peppers Recipe

stuffed peppers
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Total Time 50 min
Prep 20 min, Cook 30 min
Yield 6 servings

Stuffed peppers are usually made with bell peppers, which makes sense - they are readily available, and they stand up in a baking dish. However, you can make them with poblano peppers just by splitting them lengthwise and making two filled peppers out of each one. These will be a spicier than the usual stuffed peppers you may be used to, but it's a welcomed change from norm if you're looking for a recipe twist. So you know, you can use any color of Bell peppers to make this recipe - it's fun to have a mixture of two or three colors. You can also use whatever spice mixture strikes your fancy, from Middle Eastern to Asian. It can be fun to experiment a little once you get the basic recipe down.

Ingredients

  • 6 bell peppers, any color, medium or large*
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 8 ounce can of tomato sauce or 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder (or, really, any spices you like)
  • 1/3 cup Mozzarella cheese

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Slice off the top of the peppers and remove the ribs and seeds. Either microwave them on a plate or baking dish (whatever fits in the microwave oven) covered with plastic wrap for 4 minutes, or blanch them in boiling water for 3 minutes.
  3. Heat a large skillet, and cook the beef, onions, garlic, and spices. If you are using tomato paste, include that as well. If you are using the tomato sauce, pour about 2/3 of the can in, and save the rest for a topping. Cook until the beef is cooked through and the onions are soft. If it gets too dry you can add a little water.
  1. Loosely fill the peppers with the beef mixture, and sit upright in a baking dish. If you are using tomato sauce, spoon some of the leftover sauce on top of each pepper. Add about a tablespoon of cheese on each one. Bake for half an hour in the oven, or 12 minutes in the microwave, turning half-way through the cooking.

Cooking Tips and Ingredient Substitutions

I used large bell peppers for computing the nutritional information because the USDA defines a large as about 4 inches long and 3 inches across, which I think most people call a medium. We are taking the top off, though.

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