Southwest Stuffed Peppers Recipe
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Southwest Stuffed Peppers Recipe

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We put a quick and zesty twist on a dinnertime staple with this colorful main course. Garlic, chili powder, cumin and more season the ground beef perfectly. Serve this impressive and fuss-free dish tonight! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2/3 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-3/4 cups chopped seeded tomatoes, divided
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups water, divided
  • 4 medium green peppers
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 4 grape tomatoes, halved, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 stuffed pepper halves: 278 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 138mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 5g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, red pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  2. Stir in 1/2 cup tomatoes, chili powder, cornstarch, cumin, oregano and cayenne. Gradually stir in 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cut green peppers in half lengthwise; remove seeds. Place in an ungreased shallow 3-qt. microwave-safe dish; add remaining water. Cover and microwave on high for 8-10 minutes or until crisp tender. Drain; fill each pepper half with 1/3 cup beef mixture.
  4. Top with the remaining tomatoes. Garnish with sour cream, cheese, green onions and grape tomatoes if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Southwest Stuffed Peppers in Meals in Minutes Recipe Cards 2007, p23

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arabianhorsefan User ID: 3401042 134346
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

"This was very tasty and easy to make! I would do all your dicing first though. Next time I will try adding black beans or refried black beans. Definitely worth trying this recipe!"

stellargldns User ID: 4568627 109016
Reviewed May. 18, 2011

"Very good!"

sharluvs2cook User ID: 1413461 169662
Reviewed May. 9, 2011

"What a nice change for stuffed peppers...I think we actually preferred stuffed peppers this way than the traditional way...I didn't have fresh tomatoes on hand so I used canned diced tomatoes & that worked well...I will definitely be making this again (especially since it was a hit with my husband too!)"

jbillitti User ID: 2839492 155643
Reviewed May. 6, 2011

"Based on Liz's review, I substituted a can of Mild RoTel diced tomatoes & green chilies for the fresh tomatoes. It really "kicked it up a notch"! I also added some leftover Spanish rice; instead of the garnishes recommended, I sprinkled grated Mexican cheese combo on top and microwaved for approx. 30 sec. to melt. It was very yummy and I will make it again ~ as modified ~."

Liz21078 User ID: 2596146 209324
Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"These werent too bad, needs something...cant put my finger on it. We did enjoy them, however Im not sure if I would make them again."

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