Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Updated on March 2, 2020
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Mary is a mom with a lot of experience cooking Southern food.

I have always loved eating my grandma's famous stuffed peppers. This was 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 those 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 being a total cheese-head, 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.


  • 12 green bell peppers
  • 3 lbs of lean ground beef, 80/20 seems to work best
  • 4 cups of diced onions
  • 5 tsp of minced garlic, which is equal to 3 cloves
  • 4 cups of mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tbsp of salt
  • Pam cooking spray
  • 1 glass baking pan

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.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 3 hours
Yields: 6


  1. Preheat your oven to 350┬░degrees.
  2. Slice the top off all of the peppers, making sure to leave enough of the pepper behind to stuff.
  3. Clean your peppers out make sure to leave no seeds behind.
  4. Boil some water for your rice and let it cook for about 30 minutes before you cook anything 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. Now 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 pan 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 five minutes of cooking them to melt it and viola.
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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.

Questions & Answers

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      • prettynutjob30 profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

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

      • peachpurple profile image


        7 years ago from Home Sweet Home

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

      • prettynutjob30 profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

        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.

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        7 years ago from From a World Within, USA

        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!

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        Liz Rayen 

        7 years ago from California

        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♥

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        7 years ago from George, South Africa

        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!

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        7 years ago

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

      • breakfastpop profile image


        7 years ago

        The recipe sounds awesome. I can almost taste it.

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        Martin Kloess 

        7 years ago from San Francisco

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

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        Faith Reaper 

        7 years ago from southern USA

        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

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        7 years ago from Kentucky

        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!

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        Dianna Mendez 

        7 years ago

        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!

      • prettynutjob30 profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

        Thank you guys for all the nice comments.

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        Thomas Silvia 

        7 years ago from Massachusetts

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

        Well done and vote up and more !!!

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        Joyce Haragsim 

        7 years ago from Southern Nevada

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

        Voted up useful and very interesting, Joyce.

      • prettynutjob30 profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

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

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        7 years ago

        Oh WOW do i have permission to eat this page ?


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