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Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

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Looking for a great way to give leftover meat loaf a whole new taste? Try this simple stuffed peppers variation sent in by Greg Greinke from Round Rock, Texas. "The tasty filling in these tender peppers gets its zip from salsa and cumin," he comments.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 medium green or sweet red peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 cups cubed cooked meat loaf
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese


  1. Cut top off peppers and remove seeds. In a large saucepan, cook peppers in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Remove from the heat; add the meat loaf, rice, salsa, cilantro and cumin. Sprinkle inside of peppers with salt and pepper. Stuff with meat loaf mixture.
  3. Place in an ungreased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Southwest Stuffed Peppers in Quick Cooking July/August 1998, p39

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Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"Tried these tonight. Only had 5 green peppers, but had some red peppers in my refrigerator. Used those for the rest. It's even better with the red peppers! They are not as bitter as green."

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