So colorful, easy and really yummy! Use any color of bell peppers you like or mix and match them. Each satisfying, fiber rich serving has 267 calories 4 grams of fat and 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. They freeze great too!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time 45 minutes
5 large bell peppers, use red, orange, yellow or a combination
1 pound extra lean ground beef or ground turkey
1 cup onions, chopped
1 oz package Lawry’s taco seasonings or McCormick gluten-free taco seasoning
1 cup water
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
½ cup corn, fresh or frozen
Ingredients for Topping: Optional
⅓ cup fat-free sour cream or plain yogurt
⅓ cup salsa
Romaine lettuce, shredded
1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut off the top of 5 bell peppers about 1-inch down from top. Clean out seeds and membranes. Throw away tops. Set bell peppers aside.
2. In a large, nonstick pan, cook ground beef and onions over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until beef is no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning mix, water, black beans, tomato sauce and corn. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
3. In an un-greased baking dish, arrange peppers. Spoon Mexican mixture evenly into each, about 1 cup filling for each. Pour 1 cup water in the bottom of baking dish. Cover dish with foil.
4. Bake 45 minutes, until peppers are tender. It might need 5 additional minutes for the peppers to be soft.
5. Top each serving with lettuce, fat-free sour cream or plain yogurt and salsa, if desired.
Makes 5 servings. Each serving, 1 stuffed bell pepper.
Bell peppers come in a variety of colors. Did you know that green peppers are just unripe red peppers? Because they are not fully mature, they have a bitter after taste. The red, yellow, orange taste naturally sweet. I personally dislike the green so whenever a recipe calls for bell peppers, I opt for red, orange or yellow..
Sweet bell peppers are a good source of vitamin A, C and folate. The green ones have half the vitamin C and 1/10th the vitamin A compared to red, orange and yellow ones.
Weight Watchers SmartPoints 5
Weight Watchers Points plus 7
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 Mexican stuffed pepper (not including toppings)
267 calories, 4g fat, 2g sat. fat, 25g protein, 37g carbs, 8g fiber, 717mg sodium, 3g sugar
|FACTS: for SmartPoints
211 calories, 2g sat. fat, 3g sugar, 23g protein