Classic Rice & Beef Stuffed Bell Peppers

Recipe by Heather Lazar
READY IN: 45mins




  • Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over high heat.
  • Add 1 tablespoon salt and bell peppers.
  • Cook until peppers just begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
  • Using slotted spoon, remove peppers from pot, drain off excess water and place peppers cut side up on paper towels.
  • Return water to boil; add rice and boil until tender, about 13 minutes.
  • Drain rice and transfer to large bowl; set aside.
  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350°F.
  • Meanwhile, heat 12 inch heavy bottomed skillet over medium high heat until hot, about 1 1/2 minutes; add oil and swirl to coat.
  • Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Add ground beef and cook, breaking beef into small pieces with spoon, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant about 30 seconds.
  • Transfer mixture to bowl with rice; stir in tomatoes, 1 cup cheese, parsley and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stir together ketchup and reserved tomato juice in small bowl.
  • Place peppers cut side up in 9 inch square baking dish.
  • Using soup spoon, divide filling evenly among peppers.
  • Spoon 2 tablespoons ketchup mixture over each filled pepper and sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon of remaining cheese.
  • Bake until cheese is browned and filling is heated through, 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.