Stuffed Peppers Recipe

beef stuffed green peppers recipe

It’s Friday! And that means the weekend is here at last! The recipe for today is stuffed green peppers. This is a recipe my mom gave to me; she would make it periodically growing up and it had such good flavors, I wanted to replicate it as well. The hubs loved it the first time he had it and so it became a permanent resident in my recipe book.

The recipe itself is pretty basic. You take the peppers, wash them, core them, stuff them, and cook them. The end.

For my vegetarian friends, beans and/or cheese can be used. And for those that just don’t eat beef, ground turkey can be substituted. It’s a pretty flexible recipe so you really can’t go wrong. I’ve seen several different versions floating around the internet: some cook the meat before stuffing, some add Mexican spices, some use beans, the list goes on. This recipe just calls for rice, beef, and tomato sauce. Simple – just the way I like 🙂

*Note the tomato sauce on the bottom of the pan (prevents peppers from burning on the bottom)
beef stuffed green peppers recipe

About 45 minutes later, the peppers are ready to be eaten!

Have you ever had stuffed peppers? Do you make them and if so, what do you stuff them with?

6 large peppers, washed and cored
1 lb ground beef, seasoned with salt and pepper
1 cup rice
48 oz tomato sauce, prepared
Prepare peppers by washing outsides well. Cut off the tops and core the insides. Place 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce in each pot (you will need two pots). 
In a bowl, thoroughly mix seasoned ground beef, rice, and 1 cup of tomato sauce. Stuff each pepper up to the top with the mixture, taking care to pack in lightly (rice will need room to expand). Place peppers in pots, making sure tomato sauce covers the bottom of the pot. Pour the remaining sauce over the peppers in both pots. 
Place on stove and bring to a boil. Once the sauce boils, immediately turn to low and cover. Simmer on low for about 45 minutes. Be sure to check the peppers periodically to make sure sauce remains on the bottom. Otherwise, the peppers will burn. 
beef stuffed green peppers recipe


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  1. I LOVE stuffed peppers. My mom did it mexican style with meat, rice, onions, and peppers with cheese on top. I’ve since added beans and often cook it without meat. I’ve also done an italian style with orzo, marinara, and veggies. it’s just as delicious!

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  2. I haven’t had stuffed red peppers in so long. I really love them. I like to use different colors of peppers, it’s really festive.

  3. This looks so good.. I’m so jealous you can cook so well! I’ve never stuffed peppers like this before. From where I’m from, we usually stuff peppers, eggplants, tofu, and other veggies with fish paste. It’s delicious, but sometimes not as appealing, definitely doesn’t look as appealing as your stuffed peppers! Thanks for sharing Grace 🙂

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