Southwest Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients

4 very large or 6 medium sweet peppers (red, yellow, or orange)
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup white rice, brown rice or quinoa
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 – 1 jalapeno, minced (or 1 3 ounce can of mild green chilies)
1 14 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn kernels
2 green onions, sliced
1/2-1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (you can start with 1/2 teaspoon and add more to taste)
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
1/4 black pepper, plus more to taste
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, preferably fire roasted
1 1/4 C jack or pepperjack cheese, divided
3-4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
tortilla chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare peppers by washing, slicing tops off, and removing insides. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil and add 1 tablespoon salt. Boil whole peppers for about 3-4 minutes, until they begin to soften. Remove from water with tongs and place on paper towels to drain.

Add rice to boiling water and cook as per directions on package.

Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, and jalapeno (or chilies) and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add corn, beans, green onions, chipotle chili powder, kosher salt, and pepper. Stir until corn and beans are heated through, about 5 minutes. Place peppers in a baking dish. Remove skillet from heat and add rice, tomatoes, 1 cup cheese, and cilantro. Stir to combine well and give it a taste. Add additional salt, pepper, and chipotle powder to your liking. Then evenly divide mixture between peppers.

Top peppers with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and crushed tortilla chips.

Bake at 350°F for about 30 minutes.

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Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients

For the potatoes:

1.5 pounds potatoes, washed and chopped roughly
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
3 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion salt
salt and pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese, for sprinkling

For the meat:

1 pound ground beef
1-2 tablespoons olive oil, if needed
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/2 onion, diced
3/4 cup diced carrots (about 2 large carrots)
1/2 cup red wine (optional)
3/4 cup beef stock
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 large can cream corn

Directions

To make the potatoes, place the potatoes in water and bring to a boil, allowing to boil for 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender. When cooked, drain and mash together with the butter, milk, garlic powder, onion salt, cheese, salt, and pepper. Set aside until ready to use.

Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add in the beef, and sprinkle with salt, pepper and flour. Stir and cook the beef in a large pot until no longer pink (but don’t overcook it). With a slotted spoon, remove the beef to a separate bowl and set aside.

Heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in the pot, if needed, then add in the diced onions and carrots. Cover and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Uncover and add in the wine if desired, scraping up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Cook until the wine has evaporated, about 5-7 minutes. Add in the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, oregano, and thyme. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Re-add the beef, cover, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Allow to simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes, until the sauce has reduced significantly. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.

When the meat is reduced, remove from heat. Spoon the mixture into a 9×13 casserole dish. Spread the potatoes on top, fluffing a bit with a fork if needed and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy!

Adapted from Crepes of Wrath