23
May

Enchilada Stuffed Peppers with Chile Verde Sauce

Stuffed Peppers with chile verde sauce by Against All Grain

 

I just spent the last hour chatting it up with Diane Sanfilippo, author of Practical Paleo, for the recording of this week’s Balanced Bites podcast. Her usual co-host Liz was unavailable so I was asked to fill in! How could you say no to an hour of girl-talk where everything from bowels to babies was discussed? Somehow both of those ‘b’ words always seem to weasel their way into my daily conversation. Such is life when you have a digestive disease and a toddler.

We talked a lot about my struggle with ulcerative colitis before going Paleo and what my diet looks like these days, moved on to some tips on how to best feed your children, and finished by dishing a little about my upcoming book!  The podcast will be up later today so make sure to download it for free! If you ever have free time (which who are we kidding most of you are moms!), in the car or when you’re cleaning the house, this podcast is always so fun to listen to and they both are a wealth of knowledge. You can go back and listen to all of their apst 87 episodes too if you really have a lot of down time.

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This recipe was actually created when I was participating in Diane’s 21-day-sugar-detox, so it is fitting that I am sharing it today. I was never a fan of stuffed peppers growing up, but I think that is because they were usually so full of rice or another grain that the flavor always seemed lost on me. However, I’ve had a recent obsession with Mexican food am a total sucker for a chile verde sauce so I combined these two to make my own version of stuffed peppers. Poblano peppers are fairly mild once they’re seeds are removed and are a large, flavorful pepper perfect for stuffing. I sautéed a mix of ground beef, sweet potatoes, carrots, and spinach and seasoned them with mexican seasonings before stuffing it into these smokey peppers and topping it with my homemade tomatillo sauce. We had extra stuffing that we used with eggs the next morning as well and it made for a killer breakfast!

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Enchilada Stuffed Peppers with Chile Verde Sauce

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker - AgainstAllGrain.com

SERVES: 4-6

PREP TIME: 20 mins

COOK TIME: 45 mins TOTAL TIME: 65 mins

Ingredients:

Sauce

  • 1½ pounds tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 1 to 2 serrano chilies
  • ¼ yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt

Peppers

  • 4 to 6 large Poblano peppers (may also be called pasilla peppers)
  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 1½ cups diced sweet potatoes, peeled (or butternut squash for SCD)
  • ½ cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2½ teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1½ teaspoon ground corriander
  • avocado or guacamole for serving

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Boil the tomatillos and serrano pepper for 10-15 minutes, or until the skins have shriveled slightly and the fruit has turned a dull army green. Drain and remove any stems.
  3. Meanwhile, brown the beef in a deep skillet over medium heat until cooked through. Drain the grease and return the beef to the pan. Add the sweet potatoes, onion, carrots, spinach, and spices. Sauté for 15 minutes until the vegetables have softened slightly.
  4. To make the sauce: add the tomatillos and serrano peppers to a blender or food processor. Blend with the onion, garlic, and sea salt until smooth.
  5. Cut a slit lengthwise on the top of each pepper. Gently scrape out the seeds from the inside the peppers and discard.
  6. Stuff each pepper generously with the mixture being careful not to tear the pepper.
  7. Spoon ¼ cup sauce over each pepper. Pour the remaining sauce into the bottom of a large baking dish and arrange the peppers in the dish.
  8. Bake, covered, for 15 minutes, then uncovered for 15 minutes until the peppers are soft and the sauce is hot.
  9. Serve with avocado or guacamole.
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  • Laura Ang

    This was really delicious, thank you. My husband said they were a perfect balance of heartiness from the filling and lightness from the pepper – and I agree. He also requested I make it again. I love your site and have had success with almost everything I’ve made (quite a bit). Yours is the first site I recommend when my friends show interest in paleo/gluten free eating. Thank you for all your hard work!

  • Kathryn

    Hey, these look delicious! I had a question, I just read through your interview with Diane Sanfilippi, and I was wondering if you could give me some advice about the SCD diet. I’ve had crohns disease for about 2 years now, and I started the diet 3 months ago, and weaned myself off of my medication. (I was on an immunosuppressant) I’ve started feeling sick again, and I was just curious what your advice to me would be if I should change up my diet or not, cause you said that’s what you had done. No pressure if it’s too hard of a question to ask, I’m just kinda trying to get advice anywhere I can get :). Thank you

    • Against All Grain

      If you’re not feeling relief I would suggest trying the paleo autoimmune protocall and also seeing a naturopath.

  • http://againstallgrain.com Laura

    These look amazing. Can’t wait to try them.

  • Cristie Kalish

    These are fabulous!! I’ve been stuffing these peppers for a while now but you’ve mastered the filling it was tasty. I also parboil the whole pepper just enough to soften it to make for easier deseeding and filling. It also helps in the baking process making them easier to cut with my fork.

  • Melissa

    just made this tonight! it was awesome!