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Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

This stuffed bell peppers recipe is a classic comfort food dish made with rice, ground beef, a few savory seasonings, and topped with tomato sauce.

Not only are stuffed bell peppers a nostalgic meal, but it’s also on the fancier side!

But just because it’s fit for a king doesn’t mean it requires a top chef to make it. This recipe is actually incredibly easy to make!

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Rice and Ground Beef
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Why You’ll Love These Easy Stuffed Peppers

These stuffed peppers are a flavor explosion – that’s why.

Plus, you just can’t say no to it.

Tender bell peppers loaded with perfectly seasoned beef and rice? That’s simply irresistible.

They’re totally customizable, too. So feel free to throw in your favorite veggies or switch up the spices to suit your taste.

With this stuffed pepper recipe, you can enjoy a satisfying meal wherever life takes you.

Stuffed Bell Peppers Ingredients: Rice, Bell Peppers, Ground Beef, Tomato Sauce and Seasonings


Whip up delicious homemade stuffed peppers using these simple ingredients:

  • Green Bell Peppers – They act as your natural bowls, holding all the yummy filling. They roast up nicely, adding a sweet and tender contrast to the dish.
  • Ground Beef – This is your main protein, providing a rich and hearty flavor to fill up those peppers.
  • Long Grain White Rice – It absorbs all the delicious juices and flavors from the beef and sauce.
  • Tomato Sauce – This adds a saucy, zesty layer, tying all the ingredients together beautifully.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – Just a little goes a long way, adding a deep, savory umami kick to the filling.
  • Salt and Pepper – For perfectly seasoned stuffed peppers.
  • Garlic and Onion Powders – These aromatic spices enhance the overall flavor, giving that classic, home-cooked taste.
  • Italian Seasoning – This brings a herby touch to the dish, rounding out all the flavors with a hint of Mediterranean flair.
Cheesy Stuffed Bell Peppers

How to Make Stuffed Bell Peppers with Ground Beef

Ready to make these epic stuffed peppers? Here’s how you do it, step by step:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Cook the rice. Boil rice and water in a saucepan, then simmer for 20 minutes.

3. Saute the ground beef over medium heat until fully cooked, then drain excess liquid.

4. Hollow out the peppers and place them on a baking sheet.

5. Make the filling. Mix the rice, beef, tomato sauce, and seasonings in a bowl.

6. Stuff the peppers with the prepared filling.

7. Pour the topping – a mixture of tomato sauce with Italian seasoning.

8. Bake for 1 hour, basting every 15 minutes. 

9. Enjoy your delicious homemade stuffed peppers!

Tips & Tricks

Follow these tips to make your stuffed bell peppers even more fantastic!

  • Mix up the pepper colors. I use green bell peppers but feel free to experiment with red, orange, or yellow peppers for a sweeter taste. 
  • Cover the dish with foil. This helps lock in moisture, keeping the bell peppers moist.
  • Bake the pepper tops for garnish. Don’t discard the tops! Instead, bake them with the peppers and use them as lids for a fun presentation.
  • Season the beef as you sauté. Add the seasonings directly to the beef while browning it for more flavor.
  • Sprinkle basil and oregano. Before baking, top the stuffed peppers with a bit of basil and oregano. This adds an extra layer of flavor.
  • Use fresh garlic and onion. If time permits, skip the powders and use the real thing. It’ll boost the dish’s aroma and flavor.
Savory Stuffed Bell Peppers with Cheese and Herbs

Stuffed Pepper Variations

Switch up this stuffed pepper recipe with these fun variations.

  • Go lean with ground turkey. Replace the beef with ground turkey to lighten up your meal without losing any flavor.
  • Spice it up. If you love some heat, add chopped jalapenos or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
  • Try orzo. Swap the rice for orzo, a small pasta that adds a fun and different texture.
  • Add some sausage. Mix in crumbled sausage with the beef for an extra layer of savory flavor.
  • Go vegetarian. For a meatless option, fill your peppers with a mix of black beans, corn, and diced tomatoes.
  • Cheese it up. Top your peppers with shredded cheese before baking, or stir some into the filling for gooey goodness.

How to Store Stuffed Bell Peppers

Got leftovers? Here’s how to store them.

To Store: Refrigerate leftover stuffed peppers for up to 4 days. 

To Freeze: Place the cooked and cooked stuffed peppers in a freezer-safe container, cut side up. They’ll keep well for up to 3 months.

To Reheat: Thaw frozen stuffed peppers in the fridge overnight. Then reheat the peppers for 1-2 minutes in the microwave or in the oven for 10 minutes at 350.

Homemade Stuffed Bell Peppers

What to Serve With Stuffed Peppers

Since this meal is on the hearty side, stuffed peppers are best paired with something light.

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  • Baked Asparagus: Quick and easy, these add a nice crunch and a burst of freshness on the side.
Cheesy Stuffed Bell Peppers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? I’ve got answers!

Can You Make Stuffed Peppers Ahead of Time?

You sure can. Just follow the recipe steps, but don’t add the cheese on top yet.

Refrigerate the peppers until it’s time to cook them.

Top with cheese and bake, adding 10 minutes to the cooking time.

Can Stuffed Peppers be Made in a Crockpot?


Grease the bottom of your Crockpot or slow cooker and place the filled peppers inside.

Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours, depending on how big your peppers are.

Top with cheese at the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Do You Have to Cook Peppers Before Stuffing Them?

No need to pre-cook the peppers; they’ll soften in the oven.

But if you like yours extra soft, you can give them a quick boil.

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Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

Course: DinnerCuisine: American


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Stuffed bell peppers are a classic comfort food dish made with rice, ground beef, a few savory seasonings, and topped with tomato sauce. Whip up this easy recipe tonight!


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1/2 cup long grain white rice (uncooked)

  • 1 cup water

  • 6 green bell peppers

  • 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Place the rice and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and cook for 20 minutes.
  • In a skillet, cook the beef over medium heat until browned.
  • Cut out the tops of the bell peppers. Clean out the seeds and any membranes. Then, arrange the peppers in a baking dish with the hollowed sides face up. (If needed, you can slice off the bottom so they stand upright.)
  • In a bowl, combine the cooked rice, browned beef, 1 can tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onion and garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Fill each bell pepper to the top. In a bowl, mix together the remaining tomato sauce and Italian seasoning. Pour as a topping over the stuffed peppers.
  • Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven until the peppers are tender. Baste each pepper with sauce every 15 minutes in order to keep it moist.


  • Cover the dish with foil to keep the peppers from drying out.
  • Refrigerate leftovers for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


  • Calories: 259kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Protein: 26g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 68mg
  • Sodium: 478mg
  • Potassium: 799mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Calcium: 26mg
  • Iron: 16mg
Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

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