This past weekend Jesse and I took another trip to Hong Kong. We had a lot of fun, but it wasn’t all play time – we went to Hong Kong so that Jesse could officially get his Z Visa, basically a resident visa! It’s weird when things feel like they are such a long time coming, then once they happen it feels like it was all so fast! Who would have thought we would be living in China? Crazy.
We had these Stuffed Peppers early last week before our trip, and I was hoping to get this post up while we were in Hong Kong, but I completely forgot to take my lap top with me! Better late than never, though, because we really loved this dinner. Stuffed Peppers are bright, colorful, filling, and delicious.
Southwest Style Stuffed Peppers
1 cup long-grain white rice (for a healthier option, brown rice would also work!)
1 Tbsp olive oil
6 green onions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
1/2 pound ground beef (for a healthier option ground turkey would also work!)
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup black beans, optional*
1 4.5 ounce can chopped green chilies
1/4 cup canned diced tomatoes or salsa
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne red pepper
4 ounces (1 cup) grated Monterey Jack cheese, divided
kosher salt and black pepper
4 large bell peppers, halved lengthwise, ribs and seeds removed**
1/2 cup light sour cream or light greek yogurt
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
Juice from 1/2 lime
salsa, for serving
*I wasn’t able to add the black beans this time (I had dry beans soaking and cooking all day but they refused to soften!), but I think they would make for a really great addition.
**Also, I only had 2 bell peppers, but I made the full amount of the filling. I used the left over filling on top of flour tortillas that I crisped in pan. It made for one heck of a tostado!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bring a pot of water (about 4 quarts) to boil. Add the rice and boil for about 12-15 minutes, or until the rice is tender, then drain. (I find this method, cooking rice like pasta, is so much easier and always delivers perfect rice!) Alternatively you can prepare the rice according to the package.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high, heat the olive oil. Add the green onion whites and ground beef. Cook until the beef is no longer pink, about 3-5 minutes. Season with cumin, paprika, and cayenne red pepper. Stir in the rice, corn, green chilies, diced tomatoes, and 1/2 cup of cheese.
Add 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish, then arrange bell peppers, cut side up in the dish. Fill the peppers with the filling. Cover the dish tightly with foil. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the bell peppers are tender. Uncover and add the remaining cheese. Bake for 5-8 more minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and turning golden brown.
While the peppers are baking, whisk together the sour cream, garlic, and lime juice. If the consistency is still too thick, add up to a tablespoon of water if it needs to be thinned more.
Drizzle the sour cream sauce over the peppers, garnish with green onions and salsa (if desired), and serve.
Adapted from Real Simple