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Recipes: Bell Peppers, Stuffed Cowboy-Style

Updated on May 30, 2017
Hamburger hash is the center of this dish.
Hamburger hash is the center of this dish. | Source

In my family, we grew up eating a dish called "Cowboy Food," possibly because this sounds more appealing than "hamburger hash." Yet it is exactly that -- hamburger, potatoes, bell peppers, and onion "hashed" together. That is an easy and simple hamburger recipe. We served it as a pile on a plate.

For a tidier, more adult stuffed bell pepper recipe, I took the hash sans bell pepper, added day-old bread, and stuffed it into the pepper. Voila -- bell peppers, stuffed cowboy style.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 4, 1 pepper each
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 pepper
Calories 348
Calories from Fat108
% Daily Value *
Fat 12 g18%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Carbohydrates 24 g8%
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 34 g68%
Cholesterol 86 mg29%
Sodium 219 mg9%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion
  • 1 T oil
  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1 c. boiled potatoes, diced, (I boiled in the microwave for 10 minutes)
  • 1/2 c. day-old bread, diced
  • 4 bell peppers
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 375˚ F.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet. When hot, add onions. Sauté until tender, ~7 minutes.
  3. Add hamburger to the pan. Fry until browned, ~10 minutes. Drain fat, if necessary.
  4. When hamburger is almost done, add potatoes and spices. Toss to coat. Fry until potatoes are golden.
  5. Remove from heat. Stir in cubed bread. Set aside to cool slightly.
  6. Remove tops from bell peppers; discard. Rinse out seeds.
  7. Stuff hash into bell peppers. Alternately, cut bell peppers length-wise and stuff this way.
  8. Cook for 30 minutes or until bell peppers are tender.
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Health Benefits of Peppers

Peppers, which were popular from Aztec times, offer many health benefits. All peppers, from bell to habanero, contain a naturally occurring compound called phytochemicals. Many of these phytochemicals act as antioxidants, helping neutralize the free radicals that can damage the body’s cells.

Nutrient-dense peppers also contain high levels of vitamins A and C. Red bell peppers in particular are rich in beta-carotene, which is thought to help protect against certain types of cancer. They also contain lycopene, which might help decrease the risk of ovarian cancer.

Peppers come in many shades -- green, red, orange, yellow, purple and even brown.

Variations

My mother used to make vegetarian stuffed bell peppers. She would create a stuffing as for a chicken, but stuff it into the bell peppers.

You could switch out pre-cooked rice for the bread and stuff it into the bell peppers.

Add chiles and cheese for a southwestern take on stuffed bell peppers.

Use sausage in place of hamburger, apple in place of potatoes -- sausage stuffing in a bell pepper! Add nuts, tomatoes, mushrooms... there are many variations for stuffed bell peppers.

Try some variations and let me know what your favorite stuffed bell pepper recipe is!

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