"i Coulda Had a Stuffed Pepper" Stuffed Peppers

Total Time
1hr 25mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr

After having stuffed peppers a few times I finally just decided I didn't like them. That was until a neighbor brought me some stuffed peppers for dinner one evening while I was ill. I decided to eat them just because I felt too sick to make anything for myself, and I'm glad I did. They were absolutely wonderful, with a different, richer flavor than the traditional stuffed peppers I had always tried before. She was hesitant to give up her secret, but I begged and begged until she did. So here it is. Note that the lemon juice and sugar are optional. They were my adaptation to the recipe, and I like the flavor they impart to the sauce. But it is a matter of personal taste and the peppers are still excellent without them. Just use the "secret ingredient" that replaces the traditional tomato sauce as is. A 4th tablespoon of rice can also be added if you prefer, but if you do, add 2 more tablespoons of the liquid to the meat mixture. There is also a note at the bottom which gives directions on preparing these on top of the stove or in an electric skillet if you'd prefer.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cut the stems off the peppers, remove the seeds and membranes from inside, then rinse well with water to wash. Set aside.
  3. If you choose to use the lemon juice and sugar, combine them with the vegetable juice cocktail and set aside.
  4. In a bowl, add the ground beef, onion, salt, pepper, rice, egg, 3 tablespoons of water and ½ cup of the vegetable juice cocktail mixture. Mix until very well combined.
  5. Stuff each prepared pepper with 1/6 of the meat mixture. Place the stuffed peppers, cut side up, in a baking dish that will hold the peppers in one layer but keep them fairly close together.
  6. Pour the remaining juice mixture around the peppers. It should come to about 2/3 up the sides of the peppers.
  7. Spoon just a bit of the juice onto the meat in each pepper and place in the oven.
  8. Bake for about an hour (longer if you’ve used larger peppers), basting every 10 minutes or so, until the meat is cooked through, the rice is soft, and the sauce has thickened up a bit. It should look more like sauce at this point than juice.
  9. Serve and enjoy.
  10. Note: You can also prepare this on top of the stove in a covered skillet or an electric skillet. After adding the juice, bring to a boil, then lower the heat, baste, cover and simmer, and continue basting every 10 minutes or so until done.


Most Helpful

I made these for our dinner tonight and they have been cooking for an hour and a half and the rice will not cook. My pepers are average size. I followed your directions to the T. Also your directions don't say anything about the egg and water. Totally ticked that I spent all that time and money making stuffed peppers with dried up beef and with hard bits of rice in it.

Jacque mamma of 2 September 14, 2009

I haven't made this recipe but in an effort to help out future testers - I'm not sure why anyone would put raw rice in - you really ought to cook your rice separately first. Trying to cook rice in anything other than boiling water is just not logical. So I'm going to assume the rest of the recipe is decent and try to save the star rating but with the caveat to use COOKED rice and just add it in to the mix at the end.

JoyofCookingfor4 January 08, 2015

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