What floats your boat? Taco, Pizza, Philly Cheese Steak ?
I absolutely love versatile recipes with few ingredients that you can make over and over again, while incorporating different flavors.
The possibilities are again endless with this quick and easy recipe for those of us who need a different vehicle for our food. A Boat!
Today, I was craving some good Mexican food so I decided to make the low carb TACO BOAT. Hold on, grab your paddles… Here we go!
What you will need:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 3 bell peppers (or red peppers or yellow peppers)
- taco sauce
- shredded mexican cheese
- taco seasoning
- lettuce/salsa/ sour cream for garnish
preheat oven to 350
First.. brown the ground beef and add the taco seasoning to your meat. While this is browning, cut the peppers in 1/2 and clean out all the seeds to make your boats.
Now comes the fun part. Stuff the boats.
Start by spooning the taco meat into each pepper boat. 1 lb fit into 6 halves perfectly – this will depend on the size of peppers you are using.
Next. top with some Taco Sauce ( I like Ortega )
Sprinkle those suckers with lots of Taco Cheese
Pop them in the oven and bake for 20 – 30 minutes. Keep an eye on these. you want the pepper to soften up and the cheese to be nice and golden! (I think I continued to bake mine for an extra 5 minutes!)
Take them out, top with lettuce, black olives, jalapenos, sour cream, salsa – whatever you have on hand! One bite and you will be rowing this boat over and over again!
Edited to say: I made these a 2nd time and added some refried beans to the taco meat and its twice as delicious – stays together a bit better!
Other ideas for stuffing these boats:
PIZZA: pizza sauce / pizza fillings of choice topped with mozzarella
Chicken Parm: pizza sauce with chicken breasts topped with mozzarella
Philly Cheese steak: sliced meat layered with provolone
Fajita: Onions / chicken or shrimp / taco seasonings and cheese
Denver Omelet: fill with scrambled eggs, ham, onion and top with cheese
Cheeseburger: ground beef, ketchup, mustard, pickles, onion topped with cheese
Oh, and do me a favor… Add bacon to this from time to time!
Remember – you get to choose your vehicle. Why not pick a pepper?