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Stuffed Peppers Recipe


Mary is a mom with a lot of experience cooking Southern food.

Stuffed peppers

Stuffed peppers

My Grandma's Recipe

I have always loved eating my grandma's famous stuffed peppers. This were a staple that was served at all our family gatherings when I was growing up. My heart still flutters a little when I think about these gooey, stuffed delights. She put an enormous amount of cheese on the ones she made, which seemed to make them a little different from all the others I have tried. So me being the total cheese-head I am, it was love at first bite.

These can be time-consuming to make, so if you have a busy day ahead of you, then get everything ready the night before. That way they are pretty much ready to pop into the oven when you are ready to cook them the next day.

Make these your own by adding different types of meat, filler or veggies. You can even use a different type of cheese, or no cheese at all if you'd like. Making these your own is what makes them special



  • 12 green bell peppers
  • 3 lbs lean ground beef (80/20 seems to work best)
  • 4 cups diced onions
  • 5 tsp minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
  • 4 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tbsp salt
  • Pam cooking spray

You can switch up the amount of some of the ingredients if you want. It is all about what you like and how many people you are making these for. I made 12 because I was cooking for 6 people when I made these.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

1 hour 30 min

1 hour 30 min

3 hours

6 stuffed peppers


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Slice the top off all of the peppers, making sure to leave enough of the pepper behind to stuff. I usually cut about an inch or less off, so I have a lot of pepper left to stuff.
  3. Clean your peppers out make sure to leave no seeds behind, this can really mess up the whole pepper once they are cooked.
  4. Boil some water for your rice and let it cook for about 30 minutes before you cook anything else.Make sure your rice isn't too sticky or it won't mix well with everything else.
  5. Once you have cooked your rice, go ahead and boil another pot of water make sure to use a big pot, this water will be used for your peppers. Make sure to add your salt at this time. The salt helps to give the peppers a more pleasant taste.
  6. Place your peppers into the boiling water for about five minutes any longer than that and they will become very mushy, you want them tough enough that they will not rip when you stuff them.
  7. Once your peppers are done boiling, place them onto a plate to dry while you make everything else.
  8. Add all of the diced onions and garlic; this mixture will be added to your ground beef.
  9. Fry your ground beef until it is not pink anymore.
  10. Add two of your four cups of tomato sauce and your onion mixture to your ground beef and blend well.
  11. Once your rice is done, blend it together with the ground beef as well.
  12. Spray your glass baking dish thoroughly with your cooking spray and place your peppers standing up in the pan. Keep them kind of close so they don't tip over in the pan.
  13. Stuff your peppers until you can't stuff them anymore, then cover your peppers with the remainder of the tomato sauce and bake them for 50 to 60 minutes.
  14. Put your cheese on your peppers the last 5 minutes of cooking them to melt it and viola.

My grandma was such a wonderful cook. She put so much love into every single recipe she ever made. She taught me that cooking can and should be something to enjoy and love. She used to tell me if you don't put your heart and soul into it, then it ain't worth making.

© 2012 Mary


Mary (author) from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. on April 30, 2013:

Thank you for commenting peachpurple, mamaw is another way of saying grandmother, I am from the South.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 30, 2013:

Wonderful recipe. Great for anytime of the day, huh? Does mawmaw means your mother? Correct me if i am wrong. Voted up

Mary (author) from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. on April 27, 2013:

Thanks to all you guys for commenting and Rusticliving I will have to give your way of making them a try for my hubby, he loves Worcestershire Sauce.

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on April 27, 2013:

Wonderful recipe, and you make it look so simple. Will have to give it a try. By the way, I love anything with bell peppers :)

Thanks for sharing...... Bookmarking this!

Liz Rayen from California on April 26, 2013:

I absolutely LOVE stuffed bell peppers! You're recipe is very similar to the one I have when I make mine. The only thing I don't add is the cheese on top. I mix Worcestershire sauce and ketchup together and add that to the top of the meat and bake it until it thickens which adds a tangy crust to the peppers. Thank you for reminding me what I can make this weekend. Yippee! Voted up and shared!----Lisa♥

LadyLyell from George, South Africa on September 09, 2012:

My husband loves stuffed peppers and I recently prepared a recipe using red peppers but that proved quite expensive and without mince I was not impressed. I will prepare peppers again using your recipe. Thanks!

MundaneMondays on September 05, 2012:

LOl i guess im gonna have to make these then, i get so fat from reading your recipes lol

breakfastpop on September 05, 2012:

The recipe sounds awesome. I can almost taste it.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on September 04, 2012:

Sing it with me... "heaven. I'm in heaven It's because of Pretty's pepper recipe..." :))

Faith Reaper from southern USA on September 04, 2012:

My husband and I love stuffed peppers!!! Your recipes looks divine. The photo does make one's mouth water. Great hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Rich from Kentucky on September 04, 2012:

I seldom go to cooking hubs for fear of seeing something my doctors would prefer I stay away from. This looks good, and with the substitution of ground sirloin instead of hamburger (to eliminate some of the fat content) could definitely find its way to my dinner table. Great Job!

Dianna Mendez on September 04, 2012:

You don't know how much I miss having stuffed peppers! My mom used to make them and they were such a comfort food for me back then. Your completed photo is so yummy looking. Thanks for the photo tour and recipe idea. Voted up!

Mary (author) from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. on September 04, 2012:

Thank you guys for all the nice comments.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on September 04, 2012:

This is such a great stuffed pepper recipe and so well explained .

Well done and vote up and more !!!

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on September 04, 2012:

Great recipe, I've printed it up to later on, thank you.

Voted up useful and very interesting, Joyce.

Mary (author) from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. on September 04, 2012:

I think the computer might bite back if you bite it lol, thanks for commenting.

MundaneMondays on September 04, 2012:

Oh WOW do i have permission to eat this page ?

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