Stuffed Peppers With A Puerto Rican Twist

So last week I posted about sofrito, the mother of all sauces in Puerto Rico. Now, let’s use this stuff in a less traditional way!

My CSA share included red bell peppers and zucchini, and so stuffed peppers were in order. But rather than do a typical version, I tried using sofrito to flavor the stuffing, and loved the end result. So here goes:

- 2 red bell peppers
- 4 oz ground lean beef, turkey, or soy crumbles
- 1 medium roma tomato
- 2 slices cheddar or cheese substitute
- 1 medium zucchini
- 1/2 cup sofrito

Carefully cut out tops of peppers and remove seeds

2. Blanch peppers in boiling water for 15 minutes, make sure peppers are covered. Also preheat oven to 375F

3. Meanwhile, spray a large pan, brown the meat and chop tomato and zucchini. Add zucchini, tomato and sofrito to the meat and cook at medium heat for 5 minutes

4. Place the boiled peppers in a sprayed, oven-safe dish and spoon stuffing mixture in

5. Top with cheese-slices and pop into the oven for 20 minutes.

6. Enjoy without burning your mouth!

Substituting in soy crumbles and cheese substitute, combined with the fresh vegetables makes this a very low calorie (and even vegan!) dish with an international twist.

What ways have you found to spice up traditional comfort foods or update old recipes to rekindle your enthusiasm?

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49 Responses to Stuffed Peppers With A Puerto Rican Twist

  1. That does sound fantastic..I usually either stuff them with ground beef and rice mixture or onion and potatoes…This one is on my list!!! Thanks for ya!

  2. Tes says:

    Oh looks at the cheese melt :) It’s so heavenly :)

  3. Ruth says:

    Those look fantastic! My mum used to make something similar but I’ve never tried to recreate it. I must try your recipe!

  4. Janet@FCTC says:

    I haven’t had stuffed peppers in forever. Methinks I need to change that…. these look delicious!

    • Kiri W. says:

      Thank you! And same here, I somehow tend to forget about certain dishes, and once someone reminds me, I have to have them immediately :) Let me know if you like them!

  5. balvinder says:

    I missed your sofrito recipe but checked it before writing the comment. Your filling for the peppers does look great.

  6. RavieNomNoms says:

    What a great stuffed pepper! Love your version! :-)

  7. I haven’t had stuffed peppers in ages, but now I’ve got a wicked craving for them thanks to your post… might just have to add these to the menu for this week! All those healthy, flavourful veggies and the melty cheese topping sound perfect for the cold weather we’re having.

  8. Janet says:

    Cheesy goodness~

  9. Carolyn says:

    This is a fantastic dish. I can’t say I’ve ever tasted sofrito, but now I want to!

  10. Stuffed peppers are a favorite around here and this is a delicious variation on the traditional recipes. Nice way to use the sofrito!

  11. ou says:

    These look delicious…my favourite comfort food is mac & cheese, so I’m always doing little twists on that, depending upon what’s in the fridge. theresa

  12. Julia says:

    Stuffed peppers are something I mean to make all the time but it never seems to happen! I need to change that. They look delicious with the melted cheese :)

  13. wok with ray says:

    You know, I can’t get over that melting cheese on top of the pepper. I know that it will just blend in with those stuffing that will explode with wonderful flavor. Oh, boy! Thank you for dropping by my site, Kiri! :)

  14. I like stuffed capsicum! This recipe looks and sounds good!

  15. I love stuffed peppers and I really love the puerto rican twist! The filling looks so flavorful!

  16. Monet says:

    Wow! What a lovely pepper. I wish I had this with my dinner tonight. Thank you for sharing another inspired recipe with me. I hope you are having a great start to your week. Many blessings this Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  17. Ann says:

    That looks absolutely delicious! My husband is a HUGE fan of stuffed peppers and I’ve learned how to enjoy them over the years…I bet the sofrito was amazing in this!

  18. Stuffed peppers are the best. I don’t know how I didn’t think to use sofrito before! It makes me want to be Puerto Rican. :)

  19. Baker Street says:

    Oh yum! I love that slice of cheese on top! What a fabulous recipe. Thanks for sharing Kiri!

  20. I like this so much but will opted for the soy crumbles. Btw Kiri, we have over here mock lamb pieces made from soy, so I think this will what I would like try with.

  21. Kim Bee says:

    These look so good. I just made stuffed peppers for the first time this year. They are so good. And I love how the color just pops. Yours look delicious.

  22. Jay says:

    wow…sounds scrumptiously tasty..
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    • Kiri W. says:

      Thank you Jay! I’ve been commenting on yours for a while now (I’m the German that explained more about lieber/liebster).
      I think you may have posted the wrong comment ^^; You have been here several times, and I’m not on your award list…

  23. Jay says:

    Ohh…its a mistake..wrongly posted here..
    thanks for mentioning..
    but this recipe is sure a keeper..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  24. Ramona says:

    What a wonderful, flavorful and healthy recipe!! I would definitely be a happy camper eating this. :) PS… I have an award for you at my site… check it out. :)

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