Tuesday, September 4, 2012


If you love your beef but are worried about the effect the some carb-rich recipes like Shepherds Pie will have on your diet, look no further. Here is a healthy alternative that is as easy on the waistline as it is delicious. While most stuffed pepper recipes have rice, or some other starchy carb, this one is stuffed only with meat and cheese and it's totally low carb friendly!

So stuff it! Whether you’re cooking for a group or just for the family, these protein-rich stuffed peppers are loaded with flavor and make a great dinner with a salad on the side. Make sure to make extra so you can have leftovers for lunch.


Cooking Time:30  
Serves: 2-3
Estimated cost: $10

Ingredients
  • 6-8 green, orange, or yellow bell peppers
  • 1-2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 garlic wedges, minced
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut the tops off the peppers and remove all the seeds and white stuff. Simmer peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes
  3. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onions, garlic and diced tomato and fry for about 3 minutes. Stir in ground beef. Cook the meat until it is no longer pink.
  4. Stuff the mixture into the hollowed-out peppers. Place stuffed peppers onto a baking tray
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Top with cheddar cheese and bake for 5 additional minutes. 
Husband Says: "Stuff it! Ah shhht stuff it real good! Remember that 90s song 'Push it, push it real good'? No? Damn. I'm old. Anyway, stuff it! These things are tasty. Carmen's made a few versions of this and this recipe is my favorite of the bunch. Bell peppers are severely underrated as a main dish. Its nice to add something else to a bell pepper for a change, rather than dicing them up and having them play second fiddle." 

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21 comments:

  1. My husband loves stuffed peppers! I'll have to try these!

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  2. I have never tried beef. It is prohibited in Hindu religion, I am not Hindu but I respect that religion because I have studied in Hindi and English medium schools.

    We do make stuffed peppers as a side and I will try it with nutrella granules.Its a vegetarian protein look just like minced meat.

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  3. this is a yummy way of stuffing peppers and a very healthy one too! Well done!

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  4. I love bell pepper and usually use it for stir fries and of course stuffing those same ol' same ol' minced fish ! lol Love your mouthwatering cheesy stuffed peppers ! To me , beef and cheese is such a delectable match ! ;D

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  5. You can't go wrong with bell peppers, tomatoes, and cheese ~ Way to go, these stuffed peppers look divine...Yummm ;)

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  6. You and I seem to have really similar tastes Carmen, I do a version of this (the original recipe was passed on to me by a Colombian friend). I had to come back to say this and: where did you get your blog design (I love the featured posts on the home page and the general design), I'm on Blogger too and mine doesn't look half as good as yours (although granted I don't have much time for the design in between work and toddler). Help please! ;)

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  7. At what point are the tomatoes added?

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  8. HELP! In step #3, what peppers are diced and cooked with the onions? Do you chop up some of the peppers or add others? You do not mention the tomatoes in your directions. I assume you chop them and add to onion and hamburger?

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  9. Hi Judy, I am very sorry for the confusion, when I said "diced peppers" in Step#3 , I meant diced tomatoes. I have now made the correction. Thank you so much for mentioning it. I hope you enjoyed the recipe. And Danny, the tomatoes are added to make the meat more juicy. Hope you like the recipe.

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  10. I remember that song! ;)

    These look so Yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Is the ground beef raw when you stuff it into the peppers?

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  12. It looks delicious. I have to try. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Do you cook the beef through before filling peppers?

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  14. Thank you for all your lovely comments, and sorry for the late reply. @Ella @Melissa: Yes, you do have to cook your ground beef by following instruction step 3 "Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onions, garlic and diced tomato and fry for about 3 minutes. Stir in ground beef." I am sorry if the instruction is not clear enough. What I meant to say is "stir in ground beef, cook the meat until it is no longer pink." I am going to do some editing now. Thanks for checking out Carmen's Kitchen. And I hope you will enjoy the recipe!

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  15. would love to try it, looks yummy!

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  16. Made this tonight! Delicious!!!! Added some carrots and a can of tomato sauce. So easy and quick to make! Will definitely be making this again! Thank you!!

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  17. Thank you for sharing this recipe it was delicious. I made it tonight but used ground turkey instead of the beef. I will definitely make this again :-)

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  18. This looks delish!! But do u drain the tomatoes first or add the liquid?

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    1. Hi Lorrie, sorry for the late reply. Yes, i drained the tomatoes first before cooking them. Enjoy!

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