Stuffed Bell Peppers

"If you have a bumper-crop of peppers from your garden, you may want to give this one a try!"
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Wash and core the peppers; remove seeds; set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in skillet.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, garlic and basil.
  • Once mixture begins to bubble, cook low and simmer 5-7 minutes.
  • In the meantime, mix together ground beef, cooked rice, egg, breadcrumbs, parsley, salt and pepper.
  • Stuff each pepper with the meat mixture.
  • Place peppers in a roaster which has been coated with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Pour cooked tomato sauce over peppers.
  • Cover and bake 45-50 minutes, or until peppers are crisp/tender.

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  1. I've prepared enough recipes over the years to know how stuffed peppers are supposed to turn out, but this recipe was a huge disappointment. I used homemade breadcrumbs, San Marzano tomatoes, both yellow and red peppers, and even fire roasted the pepper tops over the stove, diced them, and added them into the sauce. The sauce turned out beautiful, but the way the directions said to stuff the peppers with the meat/egg/cooked rice mixture resulted in partially cooked and partially hard little meatloaves in undercooked peppers. My advice? If you choose to make this, brown the meat first, drain, then add it and the rice to the sauce BEFORE stuffing the peppers, just enough to heat and blend the flavors. Also, the egg is completely unnecessary, as there's nothing that needs "binding" (the rice and breadcrumbs are the only things necessary to achieve the right consistency). I would also suggest either steaming/microwaving the peppers to soften them before stuffing, or, increasing the oven temperature to 400°, checking after 25 minutes. After you've scooped the heated mixture into the peppers, add the breadcrumbs. The breadcrumbs will naturally alter the "sloppy Joe" stuffing consistency to more of a moist meatball, which is what you're looking for in a stuffed pepper.
  2. These were easy and yummy. Dh loves stuffed peppers, and he says they were good in every way except the meat filling could use more flavor. Next time I'll probably spice it up with some salt, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  3. I made this tonight and it was a real family pleaser! The only changes that I made were... First I cut the peppers in half lenght wise cored and cleaned then, I didn't want to take the time to prepare rice so I skipped it. I also had some prego sauce that I wanted to use so I used it in place of the tomatoes. I put in a little italian seasoning along with the basil too. After they had baked I topped with shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese and a little parsley for garnish. How Pretty! Next time I will not skip the rice, I think that would of helped on the texture of the meat. Thank you for posting. I will be useing this recipe again, and again! Rachel Castle
  4. Oh my goodness this was so divine! I've never had stuffed peppers like this before. So moist and juicy with a wonderful sauce. I topped the peppers with 1/4 cup parmesan cheese just before putting them in the oven and they were amazing. Thanks so much for posting your recipe!
  5. This was the first time I ever made stuffed peppers because I was never very enticed by them because any one I had ever tried was either too dry,undercooked or pretty much tasteless.but this recipe caught my eye and looked like there was no way it could be tasteless, so I followd recipe exactly & they came out extremely delicious,moist and sooooo yummyyyyy,,I cant wait to make them again!!! Thanks so much for this scrumptious recipe!!!


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