Wapato Stuffed Pepper – small

$ 4.79

Product Description

Most people say ‘stuffed pepper soup, what is that?’ We then respond ‘it’s like a stuffed bell pepper’ and they say ‘oooooooohhhhh, that makes sense.’ This soup is not spicy but does have optional red peppers if you want a kick. It can be made thicker by omitting 1/2 cup water and we’ve even made stuffed bell peppers with it.

You will need:
1/2 lb. Hamburger or Ground Turkey
8 oz. can Tomato Sauce

Package Includes:
Rice & Bell Pepper Mixture
1 Spice Packet

Directions: In 3 quart sauce pan add 3 1/2 cups water, spice packet and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil. While water is heating, brown meat and drain fat. When water boils, add rice and browned meat. Add crushed red pepper to taste, (optional). Cover, reduce to simmer for 30 minutes or until rice is fully cooked. Salt & pepper to taste.

Crockpot Directions: Add water, the entire soup mix, tomato sauce and precooked meat to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 2 hours (minimum) to 5 hours (maximum). Enjoy!

Instant Pot Directions:Reduce water by 1/2 cup. Add all ingredients to Instant Pot. Lock the lid and seal the valve, set to Soup Mode, or High Pressure. Cook for 10 minutes, allow the pressure to release naturally or manually let the steam off.

Cooking Variations: Reduce water by 3/4 cups, cook until thick. Serve in a tortilla with cheese and sour cream. As a soup top with cheese and sour cream. Try adding Mexican chopped tomatoes instead of tomato sauce.
Reduce sodium by limiting the amount of beef flavor used.
Vegetarian: Prepare package without meat. (Beef flavor is yeast based and therefore vegetarian.) If desired add meat substitute.

Tidbits of History
The town of Wapato lies in the South Central part of Washington State on the Yakama Indian Reservation. The name Wapato is a Native American word for a plant commonly dug for its starchy roots, something like a potato. In the early 1900’s when it became legal to gain clear titles to Native American lands, Alex McCredy bought 80 acres and platted the town site. White farmers began to buy and lease reservation lands, and with the aid of Japanese laborers they turned the sagebrush desert into productive lush farms. The Japanese were brought in by Northwest Development Company and tended the first Apple orchard on the Yakama Reservation. This became possible with the help of government irrigation projects.

In the early 1920’s Filipinos began immigrating to the Yakima Valley. They came with special immigration status as citizens of an American Territory, and had high hopes of pursuing high education. They began to work together in co-ops for mutual, social, and economic benefit, buying land when they were able.

One third of Wapato’s current population is now Latino. This began during WWII when Yakima Valley farmers were in great need of workers. Most of the American young men were in the armed services, many wage earners had gone to defense plants on the coast, and the Japanese American farmers had been sent to relocation centers. The federal government set up the Bracero Program, which allowed Mexican laborers to enter the United States on a temporary basis for the harvest season. Wapato is a small community with diverse ethnic heritage. In the fall, people come from all over the state to purchase fruits and vegetable during the harvest season. The area also grows many types of peppers, mint, hay, and hops.

Even More Tidbits of History
White rice is one of the three leading crops in the world and has a variety of uses. People have used rice to make snacks, dessert, main courses, alcoholic beverages, etc.
Rice is high in carbohydrates and low in fats. For millions of people rice is ¾ of their total diet. Rice has fed more people over time than any other crop and dates back in the history books to 2500 BC.


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