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Hungarian Stuffed Peppers Recipe

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.

Comfort Food

Stuffed peppers with tomato gravy and mashed potatoes are some 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!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

1 hour 20 min

1 hour 50 min

4-6 people


  • 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


  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.

Alternate Cooking Methods

Variations on cooking stuffed peppers:

  • Rather than cutting them 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 crockpot on low for 8-10 hours.
  • Stuffed peppers, whole or halved, can be cooked on the stovetop over medium heat for an hour and 20 minutes. Check occasionally to be sure the bottom isn't burning.

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!

Questions & Answers

Question: Do you have a Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage recipe similar to this recipe?

Answer: I don't have one published, however, I use the same filling (without the chopped green pepper) in my stuffed cabbage and cook it in the same tomato soup, tomato mixture.

© 2012 Stephanie Henkel


Alesia on February 06, 2020:

Soo Good, My Grandmothers Recipe almost exactly. We Cook big batches on the stove, Also throw in a jalapeno cut in half, in the pot while it cooks. It doesnt make it hot, just a mild kick. Always served with real mashed potatoes. Any left overs we freeze.

We make our stuffed cabbage the same way, exactly same filling, rolls are layered in a pot with saurkraut and cabbage. Tomato juice is poured over rolls and cooked in the stovetop. Sour cream is served along side.


Annie on August 14, 2019:

Awesome. Polish girl exactly like my moms

Micheleen on July 07, 2019:

I’ve made stuffed peppers this way for years. Another variation is to cook elbow macaroni instead of mashed potatoes. My family loves it!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on May 08, 2015:

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. ;-)

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on May 08, 2015:

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!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on May 08, 2015:

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!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on June 30, 2013:

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!

Liz Rayen from California on June 30, 2013:

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♥

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on March 16, 2013:

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!

livingsta from United Kingdom on March 16, 2013:

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.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on January 29, 2013:

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!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on January 29, 2013:

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!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on November 30, 2012:

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!

Nikki Wiks from Ireland on November 30, 2012:

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!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on November 12, 2012:

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!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 12, 2012:

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

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 28, 2012:

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!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 28, 2012:

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.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 21, 2012:

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!

toknowinfo on October 20, 2012:

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.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on October 05, 2012:

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

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on October 04, 2012:

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

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on September 10, 2012:

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

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on September 10, 2012:

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

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on September 10, 2012:

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

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 10, 2012:

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

I shared all the way!

Rema T V from Chennai, India on September 10, 2012:

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.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 10, 2012:

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

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on September 01, 2012:

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

carol stanley from Arizona on September 01, 2012:

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

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 31, 2012:

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!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on August 31, 2012:

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

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 20, 2012:

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!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on August 20, 2012:

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!


Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 18, 2012:

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!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 18, 2012:

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.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 16, 2012:

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

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on August 16, 2012:

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

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 16, 2012:

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!

Tammy from North Carolina on August 15, 2012:

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.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 11, 2012:

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!

KDuBarry03 on August 11, 2012:

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 :)

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 10, 2012:

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!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 10, 2012:

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

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on August 10, 2012:

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!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 10, 2012:

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

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 10, 2012:

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

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on August 10, 2012:

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.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 09, 2012:

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

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 09, 2012:

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

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on August 09, 2012:

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

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on August 09, 2012:

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

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 03, 2012:

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

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on August 03, 2012:

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

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 02, 2012:

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! :)

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on August 02, 2012:

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. :)

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 01, 2012:

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!

Elena from London, UK on August 01, 2012:

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.

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on August 01, 2012:

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!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 01, 2012:

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!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 31, 2012:

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!

Sophie from United Kingdom on July 31, 2012:

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!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 31, 2012:

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!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on July 31, 2012:

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. :)

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 30, 2012:

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

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 30, 2012:

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

NMLady from New Mexico & Arizona on July 30, 2012:

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

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 30, 2012:

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!

jagerfoods from South Carolina, USA on July 30, 2012:

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!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on July 30, 2012:

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

Thank you, voted up and shared.

Best wishes Lesley

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 16, 2012:

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!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on July 16, 2012:

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

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 16, 2012:

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!

Stephanie Henkel (author) from USA on July 16, 2012:

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!

Claudia Mitchell on July 16, 2012:

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

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on July 16, 2012:

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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