Stuffed Green Bell Peppers With Ground Beef Recipe


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Stuffed green bell peppers with ground beef

Stuffed green bell peppers with ground beef

A Family Favorite

Stuffed green bell peppers with ground beef is one of my family's favorite meals. It's a whole meal stuffed inside of a bell pepper, and it takes only 30 minutes to bake. Not only is it easy to prepare but it's also easy to serve and tastes delicious! Bell peppers come in a variety of colors, all of which are nutritious and tasty. I usually make this meal in green bell peppers, but red, yellow, or orange could work as well.

Bell peppers come in many colors!

Bell peppers come in many colors!


  • 4 large green bell peppers with flat bottoms
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 (16-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Black pepper to taste

Step 1: Prepare the Stuffing

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a pan, brown the ground beef and chopped onions
  3. Add garlic powder, black pepper, and diced tomatoes. Stir well.
  4. Add brown rice and 3 cups of water. Stir well. Cover and simmer for 35-40 minutes or until rice is tender
  5. Stir every 15 minutes while cooking. If the water has been absorbed and the rice is not yet tender, add a little more water.
  6. Add shredded cheddar cheese (I confess I usually add more than 1 cup) and stir until melted.

Step 2: Stuff the Peppers and Bake

  1. Cut the tops off the peppers and remove the seeds and pulp.
  2. Place the peppers in a 13x9 baking pan.
  3. Fill each pepper with the stuffing. I overfill them until all the stuffing mixture is gone.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. If desired, uncover them and place some extra shredded cheddar cheese on top of each pepper. Cover loosely and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Note: Most recipes for stuffed peppers will have you cook them before stuffing them. We like them somewhat crisp, so I skip that step.

Save the bell pepper tops for a nice presentation

Save the bell pepper tops for a nice presentation

Step 3: Garnish With the Pepper Tops (Optional)

For a nice presentation, you can clean the pepper caps and serve them on top of the baked peppers.

Otherwise, you can do what I usually do, which is to thinly slice the tops and add them to the dinner salad.


Dale Anderson from The High Seas on August 08, 2019:

Peppers stuffed with crab salad? Yes please! I am not a big sea food fan but that sounds mouth watering to me.

Sandi (author) from Greenfield, Wisconsin on March 04, 2012:

Hi randomcreative! Thanks! If there is a link like last time I will post it on my blog and hope you get some traffic. Always nice to see you:)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 03, 2012:

I included your awesome recipe in a recipe round up on my blog today. :)


Sandi (author) from Greenfield, Wisconsin on December 02, 2011:

You're welcome, twilanelson! I appreciate the time you take to read my hubs and leave such nice comments.

Twila Nelson from Carmichael, California on December 02, 2011:

Thank you for healthy versions of a traditional dish and all of your amazing recipes.

f on November 22, 2011:

YW, and you know, I guess with your kids it will also be a further compliment to you if they, as well as having requested them, will like them so much that they will go and prepare stuffed peppers themselves! Yes they are delicious.

Sandi (author) from Greenfield, Wisconsin on November 22, 2011:

Thanks, f for taking the time to stop by and comment:) Stuffed Peppers are delicious. My kids still request them:)

f on November 20, 2011:

Voted up. I discovered these not so long ago. Tasty!

Sandi (author) from Greenfield, Wisconsin on November 18, 2011:

Thanks, Brian. I hope one day my Grandkids say I have a great stuffed pepper recipe:) That's nice. It is really good and pretty easy. First time I made it with brown rice and didn't notice a difference in flavor. Thanks for such nice compliments. I appreciate it!

Brian Burton on November 16, 2011:

You have such great recipes (and beautiful pictures). My grandmother makes a great stuffed pepper, but this recipe looks really good. Nice hub!

Sandi (author) from Greenfield, Wisconsin on November 11, 2011:

White rice does taste better but Brown rice is better for you. I am trying to acquire a taste for it.In stuffed peppers I didn't notice a difference. Thanks for stopping by and commenting rjsadowski:)

rjsadowski on November 11, 2011:

Interesting recipe. I guess I prefer white rice, but to each his own.

Sandi (author) from Greenfield, Wisconsin on November 10, 2011:

Hi randomcreative! Thanks for appreciating my recipe. Once you stuff a pepper it will become a favorite!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 09, 2011:

Great recipe! Bookmarking this one. I LOVE peppers but have never tried this before. I definitely need to sometime! I love the touch of having the pepper top.

Sandi (author) from Greenfield, Wisconsin on November 09, 2011:

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment cousin fudd:) I hope you enjoy them!

Cousin Fudd on November 08, 2011:

Great recipe and the peppers are good for us. Gotta get my wife to make some for us soon. Thanks for sharing.

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