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Fast & Easy Dinner: Beef & Bean Stuffed Peppers

Fast & Easy Dinner: Beef & Bean Stuffed Peppers

Most of the time, classic Tex-Mex food is full of delicious flavors and tons of fatty cheese and starchy chips. However, making Tex-Mex at home allows you to control the ingredients. For tonight's simple and scrumptious dinner, cereal provides crunch, low fat cheese is used in moderation, and large peppers replace flour tortillas. All of these substitutions help create a more health conscious dinner. To get the recipe to this beautifully presented meal,

Beef & Bean Stuffed Peppers
From Betty Crocker
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1 1/2 cups Fiber One cereal
2 cups tomato puree (from 28-oz can)
4 medium bell peppers
1/2 pound extra-lean ground beef
1 medium onion, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
1 cup red kidney beans (from 19-oz can), drained, rinsed
1 can (4.5 ounces) chopped green chiles, undrained
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, if desired

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Crush cereal.* Mix cereal and tomato puree; let stand 5 minutes.
  3. Cut bell peppers lengthwise in half. Remove seeds and membranes. Place peppers, cut sides up, in rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches.
  4. Cook beef and onion in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain. Stir in cereal mixture and remaining ingredients except cheese. Divide beef mixture evenly among peppers.
  5. Cover and bake 40 minutes or until peppers are tender. Sprinkle each pepper half with 1/2 tablespoon cheese; let stand 5 minutes.

Serves 8.

*Place cereal in plastic bag or between sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap; crush with rolling pin. Or crush in blender or food processor.

Nutrition Information: 1 Serving: Calories 105 (Calories from Fat 35 ); Total Fat 4 g (Saturated Fat 1 g); Cholesterol 15 mg; Sodium 410 mg; Total Carbohydrate 26 g (Dietary Fiber 9 g); Protein 11 g Percent Daily Value: Vitamin A 26 %; Vitamin C 60 %; Calcium 6 %; Iron 24 % Exchanges: 1 Starch; 2 Vegetable

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opisnowpro opisnowpro 9 years
I will try it!
bangsugar bangsugar 9 years
This looks so good! Thanks Party:)
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
Zucchini! I could do that. Thanks!
Meg1010 Meg1010 9 years
Weird, I made that recipe 2 days ago! They were very yummy!
missreneer missreneer 9 years
That looks yummy. Never would have thought to put cereal in stuffed peppers
lisabunny lisabunny 9 years
stuff it in a zucchini or other kind of summer squash?
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
LOL I hate tomatoes, too! oh dear. I'll think of something and when I do get around to making it, I'll try to post with results. lol
misslarue misslarue 9 years
Yum! The tomato suggestion sounds really good too!
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
Oh, these remind me of my mom's green stuffed peppers...Yummy!
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 9 years
Love this! With a little sour cream, tasty!
aburnett aburnett 9 years
great idea! I love stuffing peppers but never thought of ground beef. I'll give it a try!
Food Food 9 years
Can't think of a great substitution, the meat is already cooked, so you could try tomatoes, only you would cook them for a lot less time. Best of luck!
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
Looks good, I'd probably use ground turkey though!
mizz_jennii mizz_jennii 9 years
i'm drooling! those look delicious!! :)
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
that does look pretty but i HATE peppers! any other substitution suggestion? or maybe I should go for a low-fat tortilla...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
My boyfriend would LOVE these...he loves peppers!!!
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