Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Taco Chili Stuffed Peppers

Peppers were such a good price at the market this week I bought a bunch and made one of our favorite dishes --- Taco Chili Stuffed Peppers!

Ingredients:

One onion

One small jalapeno pepper an d/or green chili pepper, if desired

Two large cloves garlic

One teaspoon Salt

One teaspoon oregano

One teaspoon cumin (optional)

One 20 oz. package ground turkey (you may use ground beef if you prefer, or leave out the meat of you are vegetarian and instead use cooked rice or grains)

Two 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes

One 15.5 oz can of black beans

One package frozen sweet corn, thawed, or 14.5 oz can of sweet corn, drained

one package ( 1.25 oz.) taco seasoning.

6 - 8 nice big peppers with flat bottoms so they will stand, cleaned, tops cut off, seeds removed and softened by parboiling them or microwaving them until slightly soft ..... about 8 - 10 minutes.

Step 1 --prepare peppers and drain well. Place in greased casserole dish and set aside.

Finely chop the onion and garlic and saute in olive oil until translucent, and add hot peppers if desired.


Add the turkey to skillet and brown thoroughly. Then add the tomatoes and stir well. Simmer until tomatoes begin to soften. Add one teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon of oregano and the taco seasoning package. Mix well and simmer for 5 -10 minutes.

Add the can of black beans and the defrosted sweet corn and mix well.


Simmer another 5 -10 minutes until most of the juice that has collected has been reduced. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if desired. I sometimes add a teaspoon of cumin at this time as I like that flavor -- you can add more of whatever seasonings you like in your chili at this time.

Now fill the softened peppers with the chili, and if there is extra filling just add it around the peppers in the casserole dish. Bake uncovered in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 20 - 30 minutes, or until peppers and filling are steaming and hot. To serve, remove one pepper to a dish and grate fresh cheese such as cheddar, or whatever you prefer, on top.


I also roasted diced cauliflower, diced zucchini and mushrooms that were tossed with olive oil which was seasoned with some diced garlic, salt and pepper, and some dried basil, oregano and rosemary flakes. A couple of teaspoons of a good Italian seasoning blend would do, too! I placed them in another casserole dish and roasted them in the oven at the same time as the peppers, to serve as a side dish.

It was a delicious low fat, low calorie, high fiber meal, full of flavor!

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While I was in Key West last week I won Lisa of Lisa's Retro Style September give away! It was this vintage penguin salt and pepper pair, "Willie and Millie"!


Don't they make the perfect pair? They are sitting on my kitchen cookbook shelf, and seem to like living in Brooklyn, NY, now. Thanks Lisa, they make me smile!

22 comments:

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

They look so good! Thanks for the recipe. I will try it soon.

An Enchanted Cottage said...

Oh my gosh - that sounds and looks so good... I wish you lived here :)...Donna (the not very good cook)

Judy said...

Now I am hungry! We'll be eating turkey leftovers for the next few days...but I'll be back here sometime soon to borrow your 'chili stuufed pepper' recipe.

Catherine said...

My first visit to your blog and I find that fabulous recipe! Wonderful!

Lisa B. said...

That looks amazing...and so nutritious!!
I'm glad Millie and Willie are happy in their new digs...and that they are making you smile!!!

Pietro said...

This is a fantastic recipe! Nice post!

PAT said...

Looks delicious, Pat.

Hello Mary Lou said...

My first visit too and I love the recipe also.

Alex said...

I'm not a pepper fan, but I must say you made THOSE peppers look VERY very yummy. :) Now, I'm hungry!

Lavinia said...

This recipe is a keeper for when the peppers go on sale here. I anxiously await...

By the way....I got your postcard today! Yay!~ It was the first (and only one) I've received so far....

Wonderful, thanks so much!

Strider said...

That looks delicious! What a great meal and Idea! I'll pass it on to Lucky.

Picket said...

That sound delicious girl and I bet the smell was fantastic and I love the side dish as well...thanks for the recipe girl! Congrats on winning that cute salt & pepper shaker set! Hope you are having a great week!

Cori G. said...

Hi Pat,
What I wouldn't give to live next door and smell all the delicious aromas that must come wafting out your windows.This looks like a hearty but easy meal that I may have to try. If I do I'll let you know how it turns out.
Have a fun week!

xo Cori
P.S. I came to claim my award and the rules that go with it :)!

Rhonda said...

My husband would absolutely love this recipe! You'll never believe that I have Willie & Millie too-LOL. I collect Salt n Pepper shakers (3rd generation collector).

steviewren said...

Your stuffed peppers sound yummy. I used to make a meatloaf type version. I'm going to have to try your recipe next time I have company.

Joanne Kennedy said...

YUM! That looks so good. Of course without the meat and rice added for me though. I'm going to give this a try too. I still need to get my pasta machine out and do the basil pasta. I've been so lazy with cooking.

Oh you are so lucky! I loved those little salt and pepper shakers.

Hugs,
Joanne

Rosie's Whimsy said...

I can't believe I was behind by 5 posts!

I loved catching up with the beautiful vacation pictures. Those homes were great. I adore those pink ones ....and the sky....WOW!

I will pass on this recipe to Lola's Mom again. It looks yummy.

((hugs)) Rosie

Melanie said...

Lovely recipe! I am a chilli fan!
Those penguins are so sweet.

Tracy said...

Oh, this is so delicious...These peppers are right up my street, Pat! Thank you for a wonderful recipe. Happy Day ((HUGS))

Proud Italian Cook said...

What a nice twist on stuffed peppers! Love it! and I have 3, 1lb. packages of ground turkey in my freezer! Thanks for the idea Pat!
Big hug to you!

M.Kate said...

Tks for the recipe...looks good for sure :D and congrats again on winning Lisa's Millie and Willie :D

Gina said...

Yummm!..I've been wanting to make something like this for a while capsicums (bell peppers) are really cheap here at the moment..so now is the time! Thanks for sharing Gx