This week we have a semi-homemade version of stuffed green bell peppers. I say semi-homemade because I used a package of Spanish Rice mix; I was out of regular rice, and canned sauce and tomatoes. A funny side note about this dish is that we were having a hell of a storm here in North Florida as I was making these, and right as I took them out of the oven, the power went out, and stayed out for several hours! The final plate pic was taken in total darkness, with the flash on the camera. We had an unplanned candle light dinner that night! I also cut the peppers in half as opposed to stuffing them whole, to see how it worked out. I liked it way better than the whole ones, the peppers were more tender.
4 or 5 medium to large bell peppers, cut in half and seeded. ( I saves the tops and bottoms of the peppers and diced it to add to the rice mix for added texture and flavor! )
1 16 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 16-24 oz can of tomato sauce
1 onion, finely diced
1 medium red bell pepper, finely diced ( I had some in the freezer from the last big haul I got from the farmers market )
1 pound of hamburger meat; browned and drained ( I used ground venison, and just leave it out of you want a vegetarian version! )
1 package of Spanish Rice mix
8 oz or so of shredded cheddar cheese
Spices to taste: I used salt and pepper, garlic, cumin, onion powder, a touch of chili powder and a touch of red pepper flakes for a little kick.
Preheat oven to 350.
Brown ground meat in large, deep skillet if using. Add a little salt and pepper to the meat.
As a side, check out my new burner covers. Jack melted one of my old ones by turning the wrong eye on lol. Aren't they gorgeous?
While the meat is browning, dice the onions and the red peppers. Split the green peppers and seed them, chop the tops and ends if using, and add the diced veggies to the meat.
Add the meat mixture to the rice, stir.
Taken them out, spoon any sauce from the pan over the top if you like, and serve!
So there you have it. Easy and tasty dish! Let me know if you have any questions, or if you try it!
Enjoy your weekend!