Becky Luigart-Stayner; Cindy Manning Barr
4 servings (serving size: 1 stuffed pepper half)

Shepherd's pie meets the classic stuffed pepper. This recipe can also be made with red, yellow, or orange bell peppers.

How to Make It

Step 1

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).

Step 2

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.

Step 3

While beef cooks and peppers stand, cook the potatoes in microwave according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

Step 4

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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Ratings & Reviews

tlusher1976's Review

April 25, 2011
This meal was excellent. I made the mashed potatoes from scratch, adding 1% milk and no salt or butter. My husband absolutely loved it served with a side of black beans .

ChefAmandaLynn's Review

May 02, 2011
Even with making the mashed potatoes from scratch this is an incredibly simple and quick recipe, the perfect thing to make for a meat and potatoes man like my hubby.

BayouBecky's Review

October 08, 2011
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.

czekm8u's Review

June 12, 2012
Good flavors and easy to make, but with the ground round, refrigerated mashed potatoes, and cheese, there is no way that 338 is an accurate calorie count. Definitely misleading in that regard.

sharilou's Review

February 22, 2012
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.

Jenlhebert's Review

May 04, 2013
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.

shwillia's Review

August 09, 2010
This was very easy, very flavorful and not too filling. We loved it!