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South of the Border Stuffed Peppers

This is a nice twist to a stuffed pepper. I love taco flavors and this recipe is low carb and very flavorful. I found this recipe in my Taste of Home Cookbook but it is also available online

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $23.32 as of May 2022.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Recipe serves: 4

Serving size: 2 stuffed peppers

Equipment needed: 1 deep skillet, 1 large pot and a 13x9x2 baking dish

Total time: 1 hour

Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $6.24 as of May 2022

  • cayenne pepper $1.76
  • chili powder $0.98
  • cornstarch $1.54
  • ground cumin $0.98
  • dried oregano $0.98


Total: $17.08 as of May 2022

  • 1 - pound ground beef $5.62
  • 1 - red pepper $1.38
  • 1 - medium onion $0.62
  • 1 - garlic clove $0.50
  • 1 - pound tomatoes $1.94
  • 4 - green peppers $3.16
  • 1 - sour cream $1.16
  • 1 - shredded cheddar cheese $2.22
  • 1 - green onions $0.48

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Put on a large pot of water to boil
  2. Preheat oven to 350°
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat add:
    • 1 pound ground beef
    • onion
    • red pepper
  4. Cook the beef and vegetables until the beef is brown and the vegetables are tender
  5. Drain the beef vegetable mixture
  6. Add the garlic for 1 minute
  7. Add 1/2 cup tomatoes, spices and stir 
  8. Add water, stir to combine and bring the mixture to a boil
  9. Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. 
  10. While beef is simmering add green pepper halves to the boiling water for 4 minutes.
  11. Remove peppers then add to bowl of cold water and ice for 2 minutes
  12. Add 1/3 cup beef mixture into the pepper halves.
  13. Grease the pan or coat with cooking spray. Add each pepper half to the pan. Cover and bake for 25-30 minutes. 
  14. Top each pepper with tomatoes, sour cream, shredded cheese and green onions. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Menu 8 – Family of 2

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