Stuffed Red Peppers from Eva's Kitchen!



If you haven’t heard, BORDERS bookstore is going out of business. Over the weekend, Brandon and I visited Borders because the whole store was 50% off!

 The first place I ventured was the cooking section and stumbled upon Eva Longoria’s cookbook, Eva’s Kitchen. I opened it up thinking, “what a joke,” but after reading her philosophy on food and browsing through some of the recipes, I was mistaken. Eva is a REAL food believer and promotes sustainability, local farmers, and WHOLE foods! I was sold!

Eva has some excellent eats in this cookbook, including the stuffed peppers recipe I will be featuring today! Some of her other recipes include Brazilian leeks, chiptole aioli, homemade tortillas and biscuits, carrot cake, chunky guacamole, veracruz corn, pico de gallo, BBQ chicken pizza, flank steak with lime marinade, and much much more! All of her recipes are easy to throw together and family friendly!

I wish I had a giveaway for a lucky reader today, but unfortunately I don’t. All I can say is find a Borders and pick up this cookbook! Below is a recipe featured in Eva’s Kitchen. Her recipe called for green peppers, but Brandon and I both agreed that the red peppers worked better.

Hot out of the oven!

Although this recipe is filled with simple ingredients, there is nothing simple about the flavors! The sweetness of the red peppers enhanced the flavors of the onion and tomato sauce and the addition of the black bean and corn salsa made these peppers take on a Mexican twist!  Next time, I might even bake the black bean and corn salsa right in to the meat mixture! If you are trying to follow the 3-2-2 concept, stuffed red peppers would squeeze quite nicely in to your meal plan! Yum yum!

Stuff Red Peppers

Serves 2

Adapted from Eva’s Kitchen

  • 1/4 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 4 oz tomato sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • 1/4 c dried whole grain bread crumbs (plain)
  • 2 medium-sized red peppers (organic, if you can find them)
  • raw milk cheddar or other cheese of your choice
  • corn and black bean salsa OR pico de gallo (per Eva’s suggestion)

Cut tops off of red peppers and gut out the insides. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add red peppers (with the tops as well). Simmer for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a medium-sized skillet, adding lean beef and onion. Cook ~5 minutes or until there is only a little pink left in the meat. Add sauce and breadcrumbs. Stir well, heat through.

Stuff each pepper evenly with the beef mixture, place lid over top, and put each pepper in a small glass baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove foil and bake another 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and top with cheese and salsa (mix well). Now, eat up!

About to dig in!

Nutritional Profile per 1 stuffed pepper (without cheese or salsa): 201 calories, 3.6 g fat (1.3 g sat fat), 28 g carbohydrate, 5.4 g fiber, 17 g protein, 3.5 g sugars

*Nutrition will vary depending on types of meat, sauce, breadcrumbs used.

Mighty tasty! (Brandon helped me finish was filling!)


Question: What’s your favorite cookbook?


16 comments to Stuffed Red Peppers from Eva’s Kitchen!

  • Thanks for the review and the recipe. Borders in our town is already closed. Huge building.

  • So sad about Borders. My mom made stuffed peppers growning up, these remind me of them. I’m an Ina Garten lover if I had to pick one cookbook author.

  • I saw her on a lot of morning shows when her cookbook first came out! ….Found her ideas on food to be educated and practical! If only she shared how her hair is so gosh darn beautiful!!! …. I like the cookbook that is in my sister’s handwriting that she gave to me for my 18th birthday. EVERY single recipe in there is made with love and family tested, and all the ones I’ve added I’ve made before so I’m familiar with them…. Guaranteed to satisfy!
    Plus, she included so much love in the cookbook along with reasons she loves me and inspirational quotes. Love my sister!

  • Wow, I wouldnt have expected much from this cookbook. Thats a nice surprise! :)
    These peppers sound delicious. Im not a fan of beef, but I imagine they would be just as good with ground turkey or chicken.

  • I am so sad about borders!
    What a good cookbook find. I would have never thought the Eva would have such great recipes. I love Ellie Krieger’s cookbooks. So much delicious stuff.
    Love her twist on stuffed peppers! Yum!!

  • That’s cool Eva has a cookbook, doesn’t she have a restaurant too?

    I have been loving Clean Food by Terry Walters lately!

  • Oh man, I’m totally going to Border’s tonight! Also, these peppers look awesome!

  • I’m a big fan of stuffed peppers. So many stuffing options!

  • Biz

    No fair, my Border’s only went 25% off, then just shut its doors. Score on the cookbook though – I love stuffed peppers.

    I add rice to mine and they are huge, but so healthy and filling.

    I don’t know if I could pick a favorite cookbook, but if I had to, it would be my grandma’s fannie farmer cookbook – my mom has it now but she has already been advised that I want it willed to me! It has all her handwritten notes in it. :D

  • YUM! Those look so good. I love Cooking Light’s “Way to Cook” as well as anything Cook’s Illustrated.

  • I love stuffed peppers. However, I’m super impatient while waiting for them to cook. So mine often end up just slightly not as done as I’d enjoy. Boooo…. lol

  • I never would have looked twice at that cookbook, thanks for the review!!!
    Ahhhh i wish we had a borders in canada – super jealous, get some great books and read them for me lol :)

  • I would’ve thought the same thing picking up a cookbook by her. What a pleasant surprise! I was kind of under the (false and judgemental) opinion that most people with bookoo bucks probably paid someone to do their cooking. Not that I would, I love it too much…just a Hollywood misconception, I guess! The stuffed peppers look great. Something I’ve never made at home but have been wanting to for far too long!

  • Gen

    Yum! That sounds like a really great recipe and an interesting cookbook!

  • Who knew that Eva Longoria was truly a desperate housewife in real life ;)

  • I need to go find a Borders! Was just at Barnes and Noble this weekend and it’s ridiculous how expensive books are in the actual store. I kept saying to my husband “I could pay 1/3 of this on Amazon!” Anyway…those peppers look great. I think I’ve read about Eva’s cooking philosophy before b/c this didn’t surprise me. She’s one of the few celebs out there I “sort of” respect ;)
    I don’t own many cookbooks b/c most of my recipe ideas come from the internet but I do love some of Giada’s simple recipes, especially for entertaining.

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