Cooking with beef: Picadillo-stuffed jalapeño peppers

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Total recipe time: about 1-1/2 hours

Makes 24 servings


  1. 8 ounces ground beef
  2. 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 cup drained canned diced tomatoes
  5. 1/3 cup finely chopped carrots
  6. 1/3 cup raisins
  7. 1/4 cup coarsely chopped toasted blanched almonds
  8. 1 cup shredded Chihuahua cheese
  9. 24 large jalapeño peppers (1 to 1-1/2 ounces each)
  10. Dairy sour cream (optional)
  11. Lime wedges (optional)


  1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add ground beef and onion; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef into small crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings; season with salt.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, carrots, raisins and almonds. Cover and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until carrots are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Set aside.
  3. Heat oven to 350°F. Cut slit lengthwise down 1 side of each jalapeño to create pocket, leaving stem and tip intact. Make another small crosswise cut just below the stem to form T-shaped opening. Remove and discard seeds and membranes, if desired, being careful to keep peppers intact. Spoon generous 1 tablespoon beef mixture into pocket of each jalapeño. Place on metal baking sheet. Top each evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
  4. Bake in 350°F oven 30 to 35 minutes or until peppers are tender and cheese begins to brown. Garnish with sour cream and lime wedges, if desired.
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