Baked Stuffed Papayas

Prep Time – 15 minutes

Ingredients

1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef
1 (16-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained
1 jalapeno chile, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 papayas (about 12 ounces each)
2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
Directions
Cook and stir ground beef, onion, and garlic in 10-inch skillet over medium heat until beef is light brown. Drain; stir in tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, salt, and pepper. Break up tomatoes with fork. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered, until most of the liquid is evaporated, about 10 minutes.Cut papayas lengthwise into halves and remove seeds. Place about 1/3 cup beef mixture in each papaya half. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.Arrange in shallow roasting pan. Pour very hot water into pan to within 1 inch of tops of papaya halves. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees until papayas are very tender and hot, about 30 minutes.Yield: 4 servings

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