Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

Put the words “southwestern” and “peppers” together and my senses instantly perk up. Of course, the word “southwestern” alone brings to mind delicious savory dishes rich in flavor and spices. It may also illicit visions of cowboy boots, long hot days in the sunshine, wide open spaces, and sunsets spilling over with warm colors of gold, burnt orange, purple, and pink. So one would expect the southwestern dinner table to be saturated with color and bold flavors. I’ve got just the thing! But you expected no less from me, correct?

You may recall my first cooking class with Zest Catering many weeks ago. One of the dishes we saw prepared and served was Chef Shawn Campbell’s Southwestern Stuffed Peppers. I recreated it at home making only minor changes to the ingredients and Chef Campbell has generously agreed that I may share this recipe with all of you. The peppers were served as an appetizer but also make a perfectly nutritious entree and may be served with a side of wild rice, asparagus, or perhaps a simple garden salad.

Zest Catering prepares this recipe using 1/2 lean ground beef and 1/2 pork sausage but I substituted ground turkey and the family knew no difference. This recipe is rich in protein, dietary fiber, lycopene (a flavonoid antioxidant found in the tomatoes), vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant), vitamin A, as well as a good source of essential minerals such as iron, copper, zinc, potassium, manganese, and selenium. Talk about a delicious and delightful way to nourish your body!

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I hope your family and/or guests enjoy this recipe as much as we have. We expect overnight guests in a few weeks and I look forward to serving this yummy meal one of the evenings they are with us. When you give the recipe a try, please come back to comment and let me know how you like it. And if you are local, please sign up for a cooking class at Zest Catering. You will not be disappointed!

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Southwestern Stuffed Peppers
Brimming with nutrition and bursting with flavor these Southwestern Stuffed Peppers work as a delicious appetizer or as a beautiful entree which could be served with a side of wild rice, asparagus, or a simple side salad. Whether you serve family or guests, all are sure to leave the table happy, satisfied, and well nourished!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
peppers
Ingredients
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
peppers
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the tops from the bell peppers and scoop out the seeds. Place the bell peppers into a baking pan and add about 1/4 inch of water to the bottom of the pan. This will keep the peppers moist. Place the pan in the oven for about 20-30 minutes until peppers have softened slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, warm the olive oil until shimmering.
  4. Add the onions and garlic, cook until onions are translucent. Add the ground turkey and cook until turkey is crumbly and no longer pink. Once turkey is cooked, drain liquids and return to skillet.
  5. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, salt, beans, roasted green chilis, and white corn. Stir until mixed well.
  6. Stir in pepper jack cheese and cilantro. Once cheese is melted, spoon the mixture into the bell peppers and line the peppers in a baking pan.
  7. Place the pan of stuffed peppers on a rack in the middle of the oven. Cook for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and serve your expectant family or guests right away and enjoy as the oooooohs and ahhhhhhhs commence!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition information per pepper: 413 calories, 18 gm total fat, 6 gm saturated fat, 4 gm monounsaturated fat, 3 gm polyunsaturated fat, 699 mg sodium, 33 gm total carbohydrates, 8 gm dietary fiber, 33 gm protein

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