1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
2/3 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-3/4 cups chopped seeded tomatoes, divided
4 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup water
4 medium green peppers
2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
2 green onions, chopped
4 grape tomatoes, halved, **optional**
1 . In a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef, red pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in 1/2 cup tomatoes, chili powder, cornstarch, cumin, oregano and cayenne. Gradually stir in water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
2 . Cut green peppers in half lengthwise; remove seeds. In a large kettle, cook peppers in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water. Spoon about 1/3 cup beef mixture into each pepper half.
3. Place in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until peppers are crisp-tender and filling is heated through.
4 . Top with the remaining tomatoes. Garnish with sour cream, cheese, green onions and grape tomatoes if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
You can put a zesty twist on a dinnertime staple with this colorful main course. Garlic, chili powder, cumin and more season the pepper's ground beef so well, you won't even miss the salt.