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Vera Cruz Tomatoes

Vera Cruz Tomatoes Recipe


A creamy bacon, spinach, and cheese filling turns ordinary tomatoes into a terrific appetizer, side dish, or light entree.


  • 4 medium whole (2-3/5" dia) (blank)s firm ripe tomatoes
  • 3 slices bacon
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 8 ounces fresh spinach, stems snipped
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • salt to taste
  • ½ cup shredded Mexican cheese blend


  1. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease an 8x8 inch baking dish.
  2. Cut tops from tomatoes; remove seeds and membranes. Place tomato shells upside down on paper towels to drain until filling.
  3. Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate, reserve drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside. Return 2 tablespoons of drippings to skillet.
  4. Cook onion in the bacon drippings until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in spinach; cook and stir until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in sour cream, reserved crumbled bacon, and hot pepper sauce.
  5. Sprinkle tomato shells with salt; fill evenly with bacon and spinach mixture. Place tomatoes in prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until hot, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove, and top evenly with the shredded cheese. Return to the oven; bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

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Nutritional Information

Vera Cruz Tomatoes

Servings Per Recipe: 4
Calories: 261.6
% Daily Value *
protein: 20 %
carbohydrates: 3 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 12 %
fat: 33 %
saturated fat: 54 %
cholesterol: 14 %
vitamin a iu: 134 %
niacin equivalents: 23 %
vitamin b6: 17 %
vitamin c: 54 %
folate: 33 %
calcium: 21 %
iron: 11 %
magnesium: 23 %
potassium: 20 %
sodium: 15 %
thiamin: 21 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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