Hearty Stuffed Bell Peppers

Hearty Stuffed Bell Peppers created by Divaconviva

A few shortcuts make this classic easy.

Ready In:
1hr 3mins



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Slice off the stem end of peppers and reserve for another use.
  • Remove the seeds and membranes from the peppers and rinse peppers inside and out.
  • To parboil, use the microwave as follows.
  • Place 4 peppers at a time face down on a dinner plate, cover with a microwave cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes.
  • Repeat with remaining peppers.
  • Place peppers face up in a baking dish just large enough to accommodate all 12 peppers.
  • Meanwhile, brown ground beef in a large skillet with onion and garlic.
  • Drain off fat.
  • Add rice, half of tomato sauce, salt, and pepper; stir and heat until well combined.
  • Quickly stir in the cheese.
  • Fill each pepper with the beef mixture.
  • Pour the remaining tomato sauce evenly over the peppers and cover the baking dish tightly.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, then uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  • These may be frozen.
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  1. 2 girls mommy
    Soo good! I use spaghetti sauce and italian sausage instead and it adds tons of flavor. Kids love the filling in their peeper "bowls". I have used brown or white rice and no one knows the difference. The peppers turn out great every time. I usually 1/2 the recipe but not the sauce.
  2. susanratz
    Mmmmmmm!!!! We REALLY liked this! I veganized it and used a can of vega-burger (Worthington), soy cheese, brown rice, and pasta sauce. I only used 5 peppers and halved them so I had 10 to fill. Worked great! It was so yummy! Thanks so much for sharing!! :O)
  3. SaraBellaBean
    We loved this dish! It was my first time making stuffed peppers on my own without my grandmother and I have to say this recipe is even better than hers. My kids loved it. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!
  4. hollie31471
    That was the first time I ever made stuffed peppers...my 4 kids saw me making it and made their minds up that they wouldn't like it...when it was served they tried it and LOVED IT!!! *I did mix it w/ half ground beef and half sausage. Thanks, Hollie
  5. Jessys Girl
    very good recipe! and simple too. this is the first time i've ever attempted to make stuffed peppers and i was really pleased with the results!! i substituted hot italian sausage for the ground beef and used vodka sauce instead of regular tomato sauce. turned out great! thanks Laura!

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