4 bell peppers
1 cup salsa
2 teaspoons seasoning (try a mixture-chili powder, garlic powder, ground cumin, pepper)
2 cups cooked meat (chopped or shredded), beans or tofu (try a combination)
3/4 cup shredded or crumbled cheese
- Wash hands with soap and water.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Wash bell peppers, remove seeds and cut into bite-sized pieces. Arrange pieces close together in a single layer on a large foil-lined baking sheet.
- In a medium bowl, combine salsa, seasonings and meat, beans or tofu. Spoon the mixture evenly over pepper pieces. Top with cheese.
- Bake for 15 minutes, or until peppers are heated through and cheese is melted. Serve warm.
- Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.
- Try topping with chopped green onions or black olives.
- Try adding cilantro on top for more flavor.
I prepared this recipe for tasting at a pantry in September when peppers were the featured Food Hero product and used a combination of green, yellow and red bell peppers with a tri-bean blend to add more color and variety. It was very well received!
These were a hit at our local food bank. We prepared and cooked them on site with a little toaster oven. The cook time of at least 15 minutes was key to warm and soften the peppers enough to make them chewable with the other softer texture beans, cheese, and salsa. This was also colorful and showed folks new ways to try things. Severl moms said this would be an easy and delicious after school snack.
This is one of my favorite recipes, it is quick, easy and so very tasty. I had originally done this recipe with my Community Transition Group and all of the students enjoyed this. It soon became a yearly favorite that the students would tell the others about this recipe.