1 lb ground beef 3 bell peppers 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded Taco seasoning Taco sauce Romaine or green leaf lettuce 1 tomato Salsa
*For those of you like me who like to homemake everything I have my homemade taco seasoning, homemade salsa, and homemade taco sauce recipes at the bottom
-In a cast iron pan cook your ground beef with 2 tbs taco seasoning. When it’s fully cooked, remove any excess fats with a rag or paper towel or scoop out with a spoon. -Then add 1 more tbs of taco seasoning and ¼ cup of taco sauce stir well and let cool. -While its cooling shredder your cheese if it’s it's not already. -Preheat the oven to 350° -Slice your peppers in half from top to bottom. -Once your meat is cooked stir in your shredded cheese (save a little bit for garnish) -Spoon your meat and cheese mixture into your peppers (I like to top them off with any extra as well) and place your peppers onto a baking sheet. - Bake for 15 minutes - While your peppers are baking, chop your lettuce and make a bed of it on your plate. -Dice your tomato and place it on the bed of lettuce. -When they're finished cooking take peppers out and place one on each bed of lettuce. - Garnish with salsa, more tomato, and/or cheese.
*Salsa recipe: I actually made a lime salsa for this 4 tomatoes 2 stalks Cilantro (chopped about ¼ cup) ¼ red onion ½ tsp minced garlic 1 tsp lime juice concentrate -Dice your tomatoes- I run them through the food processor for about 1 minute on low - Add your other ingredients and run for another 15-30 seconds - Store in a sealed container in your fridge for up to 2 months
*Taco Sauce recipe: 5 tomatoes or 15 oz tomato sauce ½ tsp chili powder 1½ tsp cumin 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder ½ tsp paprika ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar ⅓ cup water 1 tsp honey ½ cup water (optional) -If you are using tomatoes then you will want to make them into a sauce first by running them through the food processor for about 5 min on high. Then pour them into a pot bring to a boil and then let simmer for an hour. Let them cool and put them back into the food processor for another 1-2 minutes. Using a small hole strainer pour your tomato sauce through the strainer into a mixing bowl. Use a ladle to push all the juice through. The leftover you can either compost, save for a tomato soup or pasta sauce, or throw away. - If you are using canned or jar sauce add your sauce to a mixing bowl. - Add all the rest of the ingredients (minus the extra ½ cup water) and whisk together. -after whisking together if you feel you need to make your sauce more runny you can add water as needed. - Pour mixture into a mason jar (I actually use my old taco sauce container) and store in fridge for up to 4 months.
*Taco Seasoning recipe: 8 tbsp chili powder 4 tbsp cumin 2 tbsp paprika 2 tbsp salt 2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp dried onion 1 tsp onion powder 2 tsp oregano teaspoon black pepper -mix all your ingredients together and store in a mason jar (I actually use my old taco seasoning container) in a dry place for as long as it lasts.