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Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

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This stuffed peppers recipe is not only easy to make but is made with real ingredients you will actually have on hand (and can pronounce)!


  • 4 large green bell peppers (can use red if you prefer)
  • 1 lb of lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp chopped onion
  • 1 cup of cooked rice (Minute Rice is what I use)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 oz)
  • 11 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut a circle around the top of the pepper so you can remove the top.  This is the “lid”, which you can discard.
  3. Use a spoon and scoop out all of the seeds and membranes inside of the pepper.
  4. Add the peppers to a pot of water.  Heat to boiling and cook for 5-7 minutes and then drain.
  5. While peppers are boiling, brown the ground beef (or turkey) until cooked through.
  6. Add in onion and cook until softened.
  7. Drain and return to the skillet.
  8. Mix in 1/4 – 1/3 cup of cheese.
  9. Add the rice, salt, garlic salt and 1 cup of tomato sauce to the beef. Cook until all is hot.
  10. Spoon the beef mixture into the peppers.
  11. Stand upright in a small baking dish (recommended size is 8×8).
  12. Pour the remaining sauce over the top of the peppers.
  13. Cover with foil and bake for 45 min.
  14. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese.
  15. Bake until cheese is melted.


Making stuffed green peppers for dinner is pretty easy, but you might still run into some snags or have a few questions.  This may help!

Problem: The stuffed peppers will not stand up in the pan

Solution: If you find your peppers will not stand up so you can fill them, there are a few things you can try:

  1. Slice off the bottom bumps so that it is level (don’t cut off too much as you don’t want to have the filling run out).
  2. Create an aluminum foil bowl.  Shape some foil and set the pepper inside and then place in the pan.
  3. Use the right pan.  I always use an 8×8 Pyrex pan to make these as that pan is a perfect size!

Problem:  I don’t know what to do with the tops.

Solution:  The tops — or the lids as my kids call them — can be placed on top after cooking if you want to have a more finished style.  However, there is no need. You can just toss them.

Problem:  My family does not like rice.

Solution: There are many things you can use instead of rice.   You can try cauliflower rice, corn, mushrooms, more beef, and cheese.  The ideas are endless.  You may have to try a few different ideas until you find the perfect addition to your stuffed bell peppers.

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Yes! Yes, you can! All you need to do is make a double batch, and then you can freeze the stuffed peppers individually or as an entire meal for the family. When you are ready to reheat, you will want to let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight if possible. Then place them in the oven until thoroughly reheated and enjoy!