Shepherd's pie meets the classic stuffed pepper. This recipe can also be made with red, yellow, or orange bell peppers.
2 large green bell peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
3/4 pound ground round
1/2 cup water
1 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning
1 (20-ounce) package refrigerated mashed potatoes (such as Simply Potatoes)
1/4 cup (1 ounce) reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
Cracked black pepper (optional)
How to Make It
Place the bell pepper halves, cut sides down, on a microwave-safe dish; cover with plastic wrap. Microwave at HIGH 3 minutes and 30 seconds or until pepper halves are crisp-tender. Let stand, covered, 3 minutes (peppers will soften).
While the peppers cook, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add beef to pan; cook 3 minutes, stirring to crumble. Add water and seasoning, and stir to combine. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 5 minutes or until done.
While beef cooks and peppers stand, cook the potatoes in microwave according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.
Spoon 1/2 cup beef mixture into each pepper half; top each with 2/3 cup potatoes. Sprinkle each pepper half with 1 tablespoon cheese. Garnish with black pepper, if desired.
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Taco seasoning plus mashed potatoes didn't really do much for us. I thought we'd try it and see but we all agreed that it wouldn't be worth making again. It was quick but that's about all I can say about it.
These actually didn't sound too good, but I had some bell peppers that needed to be used...I ended up eating TWO....SO yummy! I served in scampi dished and put them under the broiler long enough to melt the cheese. Giving it a five star because it was so good, but I don't know that it is 'fancy' enough to serve guests....but you could certainly play around with the meat filling with various herbs/sauces to make a true five star dish.
It is surprisingly good for such a small effort. My husband liked this dish more than I did. I felt it was a little heavier than I like. My husband liked it's heartiness so I would think this would go over better if you were feeding men or teenagers. Still it had a very good taste and was easy to put together. Next time I will try mashed cauliflower and fat free cheddar.