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Pimiento Relleno (Puerto Rican Stuffed Peppers)

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Michelle Colón Snyder

Peppers stuffed with rice and ground beef, seasoned Puerto Rican style. It's a combination of a few traditional stuffed pepper and Pastelon recipes. I used homemade sofrito, but you can substitute with the Goya® stuff. It's easy to make and delicious served with plantains. I like a lot of filling in my stuffed peppers, so this recipe only yields 4 peppers.

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  • Calories:
  • 510 kcal
  • 25%
  • Fat:
  • 30.8 g
  • 47%
  • Carbs:
  • 28.3g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 30.2 g
  • 60%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 98 mg
  • 33%
  • Sodium:
  • 1194 mg
  • 48%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook bell peppers in boiling water until softened, about 10 minutes. Arrange peppers in a baking dish with the cut side on the bottom of the dish.
  3. Bake peppers in preheated oven for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in hot oil until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir sofrito, garlic, salt, cumin, oregano, and black pepper with the onion; let mixture cook together for about 1 minute. Break ground beef into small pieces into the skillet; cook and stir until the beef is crumbly and completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir tomato sauce, capers, and rice through the beef mixture; spoon into the peppers. Sprinkle cheese over the top of the stuffed peppers.
  5. Continue baking in oven until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.
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NotoriousKSD
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2/9/2013

Tasted pretty doggone good :-) Will add a little more salt next time though but enhance the already wonderful flavors!

Saveur
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11/11/2014

Loved this tasty recipe! I had two colored peppers to use up, so I halved the ground beef and rice. I did use more than half of the spices called for, and had no tomato sauce, so I just used tomato salsa from the fridge. Also diced and added the tops of the peppers to the mix. The two step method of preparing the peppers was a bit time consuming, but the softness and texture was perfect, I'll use this method for other recipes. I packed the peppers with filling, and easily had enough stuffing left for one more, I suspect with the full recipe, as written, you will get enough stuffing for at least five, if not six peppers. A hit with hubs, I'll make this again. Thanks for sharing your recipe with AR, Michelle!