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Hungarian Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Updated on July 21, 2016
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Old family recipes make the most satisfying meals and are always a hit with family and friends. Here are some of Stephanie's favorites.

Hungarian stuffed peppers with tomato gravy and mashed potatoes.
Hungarian stuffed peppers with tomato gravy and mashed potatoes. | Source

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Comfort Food

Stuffed peppers with tomato gravy and mashed potatoes are one of the comfort foods I loved as a child. My mother made these Hungarian style stuffed peppers using green bell peppers from our garden, but they can also be made with yellow or red sweet peppers for a more colorful dish.

I like to make stuffed peppers using green peppers from our garden as they are organically grown and guaranteed to be fresh!

Cut bell peppers in half and remove seeds and stem ends.
Cut bell peppers in half and remove seeds and stem ends. | Source
Rinse off any remaining seeds and remove the white pulp.
Rinse off any remaining seeds and remove the white pulp. | Source
My peppers were small, so I used enough to fill a 9 X 13 baking dish (about 6 medium peppers). Plan on 2-3 halves per person.
My peppers were small, so I used enough to fill a 9 X 13 baking dish (about 6 medium peppers). Plan on 2-3 halves per person. | Source

Cook Time for Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour 20 min
Ready in: 1 hour 50 min
Yields: 4-6 people

Ingredients for Hungarian Stuffed Peppers

  • 4-6 medium to large bell peppers, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped and sauteed
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup rice, cooked
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans tomato soup, condensed
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sour cream

Making the Meat Stuffing and Tomato Gravy

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Sautee chopped onions in butter until golden.Mix sauteed onions and rice with ground beef.Add eggs, salt, pepper and paprika to beef mixture and mix well.Fill each pepper half with beef mixture rounding top slightly.Make meatballs from any extra meat mixture. These can be baked in the same dish as the peppers if there's room or in a separate dish. Mix tomato soup with crushed tomatoes and pour over the stuffed peppers and over the meat balls.
Sautee chopped onions in butter until golden.
Sautee chopped onions in butter until golden. | Source
Mix sauteed onions and rice with ground beef.
Mix sauteed onions and rice with ground beef. | Source
Add eggs, salt, pepper and paprika to beef mixture and mix well.
Add eggs, salt, pepper and paprika to beef mixture and mix well. | Source
Fill each pepper half with beef mixture rounding top slightly.
Fill each pepper half with beef mixture rounding top slightly. | Source
Make meatballs from any extra meat mixture. These can be baked in the same dish as the peppers if there's room or in a separate dish.
Make meatballs from any extra meat mixture. These can be baked in the same dish as the peppers if there's room or in a separate dish. | Source
Mix tomato soup with crushed tomatoes and pour over the stuffed peppers and over the meat balls.
Mix tomato soup with crushed tomatoes and pour over the stuffed peppers and over the meat balls. | Source

Instructions for Hungarian Stuffed Peppers

  1. Wash peppers and slice in half. Remove seeds, stem and blossom ends. (Depending on size of peppers, you will need 4 to 6 peppers.) Place in a lightly greased 9" X 13" baking dish. Season insides of the peppers lightly with salt and pepper
  2. In a large bowl, place ground beef, sauteed onion, minced garlic, rice, eggs, salt, pepper and paprika. Mix well.
  3. Place a scoop of ground beef mixture on each pepper half. Pat in place and round top slightly. If there is mixture leftover, make into meatballs. These can be baked in a separate dish or placed in between the stuffed peppers.
  4. In a bowl, mix diced tomatoes, tomato soup and water together. Spoon over top of stuffed peppers and meatballs. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour ad 30 minutes at 350°F.
  5. When peppers are baked, remove from oven and ladle out most of the tomato sauce into a bowl. Whisk in the 3/4 cup of sour cream. Pour back over top of the stuffed peppers. Serve with mashed potatoes. Be sure to put a bowl gravy on the table to spoon over potatoes.
  6. Alternately, you can remove the stuffed peppers to a serving dish and whisk the sour cream into the tomato gravy right in the pan. Ladle some of the tomato gravy over top of peppers and set an extra bowl of gravy on the table to be spooned over the mashed potatoes.
Ladle out tomato sauce from baking dish and whisk in 2/3 cup sour cream. Pour over baked stuffed peppers and serve.
Ladle out tomato sauce from baking dish and whisk in 2/3 cup sour cream. Pour over baked stuffed peppers and serve. | Source
Mashed potatoes are the perfect accompaniment.
Mashed potatoes are the perfect accompaniment. | Source

Alternate Cooking Methods

Variations on cooking stuffed peppers:

  • Rather than cutting in half, you can stuff the whole peppers by slicing off the tops and baking upright. Chop the good parts of the top and add finely chopped green pepper to the meat mixture. This works best with larger peppers.
  • Whole stuffed peppers can be cooked in a crock pot on low for 8-10 hours.
  • Stuffed peppers, whole or halved, can be cooked on the stove top over a medium heat for an hour and 20 minutes. Check occasionally to be sure the bottom isn't burning.

Just Like Mama used to Make

Although my mother was of Polish descent, she used a very similar method of making stuffed peppers. The dish was always served with mashed potatoes so that we could ladle the tomato gravy over it. For some additional color, serve with baby green peas or a cucumber salad.

Stuffed peppers will freeze well, so if this recipe makes more than you can eat at one time, freeze the extras for a quick dinner another time. I do hope you enjoy this recipe!

© 2012 Stephanie Henkel

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This looks delicious! I have never made it but had some at a Turkish Restaurant in NY. Not sure if it is the same thing..... I have to try this soon! Love the pictures.....

      Voting up and useful!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This looks absolutely delicious. I'll have to save this for my winter cooking (or early fall).

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Glimmer Twin Fan - This is delicious, and while I love to make stuffed peppers in the winter, I also enjoy using the peppers right out of my garden for this dish. Enjoy it any time of the year!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      LaThing - I'm not sure if the stuffed peppers you had in a Turkish Restaurant are similar to this or not, but I think you'll enjoy this recipe if you try it. Thanks for your comment and votes!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Stephanie WOW if they taste has good as they look in the photo they must be awesomely delicious !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Kashmir56 - I can vouch for the fact that they do taste as good as they look as we had these Hungarian stuffed peppers for dinner on the day I took the photographs! Thanks so much for stopping in to comment and vote! I do appreciate the share!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, these look so yummy, I shall have to try them!

      Thank you, voted up and shared.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      jagerfoods 4 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      The pictures we're enticing enough and the step by step instructions are a perfect direction towards the kitchen. Thank you for sharing this one!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Movie Master - Hope you enjoy the Hungarian Stuffed Peppers - they're one of our family favorites! Thanks for stopping in to read, comment and share!

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      NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Love these....will add them as a link on NMlady Stuffed Peppers new Mexico!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      jagerfoods - Thanks so much for your nice comments on my recipe for Hungarian Stuffed Peppers! Appreciate it!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      NMLady - Thanks so much for stopping in to read and comment on my Hungarian Stuffed Peppers hub! I do appreciate the link!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I'm so glad you posted this recipe, Stephanie. It reminded me of how long its been since I've last had these and how much I miss them. Great idea for a nice change in our supper menu! Rated up and U/A and a 5 star rating. Pinned it in the recipe section. :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Denise Handlon - This is one of those recipes I don't make very often, but the sudden abundance of green peppers in our garden inspired me. We do love them! Thanks for stopping in to comment and pin!

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      Sophie 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub, it is lovely to see some nice and delicious Hungarian recipes on this page :) It is a lovely country, I hope you will have the opportunity to visit it - in case you haven't already. Don't miss the Zoo in Budapest, it is wonderful, as you can see in my hub.

      Keep up the good work!

      Voted up!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      zsobig - Thanks for visiting my hub on Hungarian Stuffed Peppers! I have never visited Hungary, but I do know some lovely people from that country. I'd love to visit some day!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow, what a great idea cutting them in half! They go twice as far and with much more flavor. Thank you for a dish I know I have to try!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Jackie Lynnley - Because my peppers were smaller, it was easier to fill them when they were cut in half. But my family likes them that way, and they do make a nice medium to small serving. Hope you enjoy the recipe if you try it!

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Lovely Recipe and even though it's with peppers, I doubt it will be too hot to eat. I would love to give the Recipe a go. Very unique dish. Thanks.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Lady_E - This recipe is made with sweet peppers, so it will only be hot if you add hot spices. I think you'll enjoy it!

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      Sherri 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      This recipe looks wonderful, in every way, but, sad to say, I actually dislike cooked bell peppers, unless they are finely sliced into a stir fry or omelette. With all that said, I'm going to try these anyway! The sour cream may change my mind about eating stuffed peppers...I've never had stuffed peppers where sour cream was an ingredient.

      Out of curiosity, are you from Philadelphia? There aren't too many places in the country that refer to tomato sauce as tomato gravy. :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Sally's Trove - If you do try the recipe, do the version where you put the meat filling on the cut green peppers. That way you'll get more filling than pepper. (sneaky!)

      I'm not from Philadelphia, but grew up near Flemington, NJ --not that far away! Actually, I don't usually refer to tomato sauce as tomato gravy, but this sauce is much different than a tomato sauce used on pasta - it just seems more like a gravy to me, especially since we love it over mashed potatoes. I do hope you enjoy the recipe despite the green peppers! :)

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      oh man, does this look YUMMY! I'm going to have to try this out! Thank you for sharing this recipe, Stephanie! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      TToombs08 - Glad you like it! Thanks for the visit and the comments!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Heading off to the store to get the ingredients for this awesome dish now. :)

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Just back from the grocery store buying ingredients for this, Stephanie. It is tonights supper---YUM!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Denise Handlon - Hope you enjoy those stuffed peppers! Maybe with some peach pecan pie for dessert? :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Denise, Now I wish we were having stuffed peppers for supper tonight, too! :)

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey Stephanie-Thanks for the yummy recipe-I did it! They were delicious and a real two thumbs up from the family. I took a photo I hope to send to you soon. I used a variety of red, orange, yellow peppers and substituted turkey for the beef. I think I would prefer the beef-more robust flavor, however, high cholesterol suggested a substitute.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Denise! I'll look forward to the photo - I'll bet using the different colored peppers made for a very photogenic dish!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I did try it and it was sooo good and as I thought it was not overpowered with the pepper. Yum! Thank you.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is an awesome sounding recipe with great photos and directions. I didn't get to grow any bell peppers this year, but heck, I will buy some for this! Thanks, voted awesome and shared!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Jackie Lynnley - so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for checking back and letting us know!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Rebeccamealey - Even if you don't grow your own peppers, this recipe makes it worth buying a few! Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for the comments and the share!

    • KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      Tomatoes and peppers in the same dish? My favorite combination! My sister usually makes this but with a rice pilaf and beef combination but this recipe does sound delicious. I'll have to cook it for my family on Tuesday!

      Sharing this :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      KDuBarry03 - If you like tomatoes and peppers, you'll probably really like these stuffed peppers! Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by to comment and thanks for the share!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! My mom used to make these. I haven't had them in MANY years. She was of polish decent too. This really, really makes me want stuffed cabbage and halupki. These things are serious comfort foods. Excellent recipes. I am glad to see this dish.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Tammyswallow - I was lucky enough to have some homemade stuffed cabbage at my sister's last weekend.... mmmmm...! Stuffed cabbage was one of my mother's specialties, and I really love it, but seldom make it. You are right - these traditional Polish recipes are serious comfort foods!

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I'm sharing this to prompt phdast7 to share hers from her Polish roots. They are amazing too.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Kathleen Cochran - Thanks for the share! and I'd love to see more authentic Polish recipes! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Oh Stephanie...now you are making me hungry! My mother also made a similar stuffed pepper recipe but baked the whole peppers upright. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Voted up, useful and giving it 5 stars.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Peggy - My mother also made this recipe with upright whole peppers, and they were always a big hit. I love making some of these recipes that remind me of Mom's cooking! Thanks for stopping in to read and rating up!

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Stephanie. I love your recipe. It sound delicious. I am glad to share this hub with my mom. I believe she want to make it for me. Take care and voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Prasetio30 - How lucky you are to have a mom who will make you delicious new recipes! I hope you both enjoy it. Thanks for stopping in to visit and vote!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A yummy recipe! I am a big fan of fresh green peppers, tomatoes & potatoes! Your instructions are clearly-explained with handy step-by-step photos. The first & last photos looked drool-worthy! I would like to give this tasty recipe a try. I will use minced chicken or minced mutton(lamb) instead of ground beef as beef is hardly eaten in my country. Rated this recipe 5 stars!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, socially shared & pinned

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Ishwaryaa22 - I think that this recipe will work fine with lamb or chicken. Since my husband is a hunter, I have made it with venison and it tastes great! Hope you enjoy it, and thanks so much for your comments and the share!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      These look so good, gotta try. Thanks for sharing this different recipe. We all need some different stuff in our recipe arsenals.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Carol7777 - Hungarian Stuffed Peppers are something a little different from the usual fare. Hope you enjoy this recipe when you make it!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Steph, I just might enjoy these. Let me know what time dinner is! :)

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Stephanie,

      Great recipe. As I am a vegetarian, I will use other veggies like green peas and diced carrots with rice and onion and prepare this delicious recipe. I am sure it would still taste great. Thank you very much for this recipe.

      Sharing it all over. Cheers, Rema.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I needed a new way to stuff peppers, thanks! This really looks good, and I will definitely try it.

      I shared all the way!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Mary615 - Hope you enjoy your stuffed peppers! Thanks for the share!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Remaniki - I think that stuffing the peppers with rice mixed with seasonings and other chopped vegetables would be delicious! Enjoy! and thanks for sharing!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Sunshine625 - I'm sure you would enjoy these stuffed peppers! Dinner at 6... :)

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This definitely looks delicious and easy enough that even I'm willing to try making them. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Alocsin - These Hungarian Stuffed Peppers are delicious! I hope you enjoy them! Thanks for stopping in to comment and for your votes!

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      I love stuffed peppers and this is an easy recipe. I have always made whole peppers so thanks for the tip about cutting them in half. Now you got me in the mood for stuffed peppers and I will be trying your recipe. Thanks for putting this info together.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      toknowinfo - I found that cutting the peppers in half worked well. It makes the servings easier to manage when someone wants just a half pepper instead of a whole one. I hope you enjoy the Hungarian stuffed peppers when you make them! Thanks for your comments!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Oh, Stephanie, these look yummy and were a comfort food at my house too. This must be the day for comfort foods and nostalgia. I have not made these in so long. I know my family will like them; they live right down the street so they will be having these this week. Pinned.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      pstrauble48 - Mmmm...I haven't made them since August, and I'm thinking about how good these Hungarian Stuffed Peppers tasted! I know you'll enjoy them! :) Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      These do sound like the ultimate comfort food! I look forward to trying them. Thank you for sharing your mothers recipe.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Vespawoolf - In our family, this is one of our favorite comfort foods. When I make it, I always think of my Mom. I do think you'll enjoy it!

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      Nikki Wiks 4 years ago from Ireland

      Just thought I'd have a quick look at your hubs - and I went straight for this!! I used to live in Budapest for a few years so knew there'd be paprika in the ingredients somewhere :)

      Defo gonna try these out they look delicious!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Nikkiwikki - It sounds like you had the opportunity to try out some authentic Hungarian dishes. Hope you enjoy my version of Hungarian Stuffed Peppers, too. We love it!

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I've always wanted a good recipe for stuffed papers. I love the idea of serving mashed potatoes with the extra soup/gravy. I've got to try this sometime. Pinning to my recipes board!

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Victoria Lynn - I'm sure you'll enjoy this recipe when you make it. In our house, these stuffed peppers are a favorite! Thanks for stopping by!

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      A very interesting recipe. I like peppers and they are always tasty with meat. Thank you for sharing with us. Will try this sometime. Voted up, sharing and pinning.

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Livingsta - I'm glad you found the Hungarian Stuffed Peppers recipe interesting. I hope you enjoy it if you give it a try! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 3 years ago from California

      ok... it's 1:30 in the morning and I am salivating! This recipe looks so yummy Stephanie! I will be making this next Thursday for the 4th! Thank you for helping me plan my menu out! *L* Voted up and shared!--Lisa♥

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      Rusticliving - LOL, I get cravings from reading recipes, too! Glad this Hungarian Stuffed Peppers recipe appeals to you. It sounds like a great idea for July 4th! Thanks for commenting and for the share!

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      Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Stephanie, this was another delicious recipe for you. It's worth a shot to try to perfect stuffed peppers with ground turkey/chicken instead of beef or pork. Voted up for useful!

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      Stephanie Henkel 20 months ago from USA

      Kristen Howe - I think you're right, Kristen. Next time I make them, I'll try using ground turkey. I'm sure they'll still be delicious!

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      Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Give it a go, Stephanie, since it'll be healthier that way. Keep me posted. I hope to try stuffed peppers again this month, since I failed with the ground turkey last month, when it didn't come out right. ;-)

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