I’ve been making this recipe since my first restaurant job. It recipe was used to serve some of our more health conscious customers. I’ve made this recipe many times because it’s simple, full of flavor and can be very healthy when ground turkey or buffalo are used. I usually use ground turkey, but my bf is not a fan. This time I have used a rich combination of ground lamb and beef. Another option would be to use ground pork or chicken. I like to use red, yellow and orange bell peppers, but this time I only had green and yellow. Sauteing the small chopped peppers really bring out their sweetness. I guess these are either Green Bay Packer or Oregon Duck colored (whichever you prefer ) peppers. 🙂
Feel free to make this dish your own. Use your favorite vegetables and meats. Serve it in tacos, inside roasted peppers or acorn squash or on top polenta.
Bell peppers and Yellow squash
Simple Sweet Chili Pepper Saute
2 c. brown rice, cooked
1/4 lb. ground lamb
1/4 lb. ground beef
1/4 c. leeks, diced
2 Tb. garlic, diced
1/2 c. celery, small chop
1 red bell pepper, small chop
1 yellow bell pepper, small chop
1 orange or green bell pepper, small chop
1 yellow squash, small/med chop
1 Tb. chili powder or to taste
1 tsp. thyme
salt & pepper to taste
* add minced red chilies or jalapenos if you really want some heat!
Brown the meat with celery and leeks.
Heat large saute pan to high heat. Add about 2 Tb. olive oil.
Once oil is hot add celery and leeks to pan.
Saute about 2 minutes, until slightly translucent.
Add meats to pan and brown. Add chili powder, thyme, salt & pepper.
Add peppers and squash and finish cooking.
Serve over cooked brown rice.
Add spices and vegetables.