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Incredibly Amazing Stuffed Bell Peppers

I've written a recipe for stuffed peppers before, but these ones are much more good because I use a special ingredient: spices.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Did You Know...


Bell peppers are named, believe it or not, after Alexander Graham Bell. Upon inventing the world's first telephone system, Bell's first actual spoken word into his machine was "pepper." In light of this news, the public casually decided to rename the once "sweet pepper" to "Bell's pepper."


Why pepper? Because the word pepper is one of the most clearly pronounceable words in the that the human voice can utter. The "p" sound was, and still is, the clearest noise that transmits through a telephone system.


Bell knew this from years of experimenting with voice-recording devices. He wanted Thomas Watson, the man on the other end, to clearly hear the spoken word.

Stuffed Bell Pepper

Prep: 15 min | Cooking: 45 min | Total: 1 hr

Yields 8 stuffed half-peppers


INGREDIENTS

  • Olive oil (2 tbsp)

  • Onions, diced (1 cup)

  • Ground beef (1 lb.)

  • Garlic powder (2 tsp)

  • Onion powder (1 tsp)

  • Cumin (1 tsp)

  • Salt (1 tsp)

  • Ground black pepper (1/2 tsp)

  • Tomato paste (2 tbsp)

  • Diced tomatoes (one 14.5-oz. can)

  • Dried oregano (1 tsp)

  • Thyme (1 tsp)

  • Black beans (one 7.75-oz. can)

  • Yellow corn (one 8.75-oz. can)

  • Bell peppers, cored and seeded with tops chopped off (4)

  • Mexican blend cheese (1 cup)

  • Optional: fresh cilantro for garnish


DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oil on a large skillet on high heat. Add onions and fry for 5 minutes. Add ground beef and season with garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt, and black pepper. Fry until beef is mostly browned.

  2. Stir in tomato paste, diced tomatoes, oregano, thyme, beans, and corn. Turn heat to low and simmer for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. While simmering, preheat oven to 400 °F and grease a casserole dish or deep cast iron skillet.

  4. Halve the bell peppers lengthwise and stuff a good bit of beef-tomato mixture into each pepper (there should be plenty of filling). Place stuffed peppers into baking dish and top with cheese.

  5. Place in oven and bake for 35 minutes or until peppers are tender. Plate, garnish with cilantro, and serve.

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