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South of the Border Stuffed Peppers

South of the Border Stuffed Peppers is full of vegetables and great seasoning such as chili powder and cumin. Perfect low carb meal.

South of the Border Stuffed Peppers is full of bold flavors such as ground cumin and chili powder. I make a lot of different foods with these spices. This recipe is a perfect option for a low carb taco night.

This is a nice twist to a stuffed pepper. I found this recipe in my Taste of Home Light and Tasty 2007 Annual Recipes Cookbook.

Cost Per Serving $5.83 as of May 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $23.32.

If you have a stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $17.08.

  • Cost per serving reduces to $4.27.

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

Stove Top & Oven

Recipe serves: 4

Serving size: 2 stuffed pepper halves

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. If you have a fully stocked pantry you will save about $6.24.

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

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 2 under $70 – Menu 8

Side Options

Starches such as potatoes or rice

Side Salad

Roasted Vegetables

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