Beef and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

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  • Published Jun 8th
  • Ready In1h 40m
  • Servings6
  • Calories376
Ninety-four percent of all stuffed peppers are made because there's leftover rice around. You can adjust this recipe in lots of different places: the herbs, the meat to use, etc. Give these beautiful stuffed peppers a try!

Beef and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Beef and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers for 6 servings:

  • 6 bell peppers
  • 2 1/2 cups chunky tomato sauce
  • 1/2 onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup chunky tomato sauce, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, divided

Beef and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers Cooking Instructions

  • Prep20m
  • Cook1h 20m
  • Ready In1h 40m

To cook Beef and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers, you need about 20 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Beef and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers is about 1 hour 20 minutes , and you can serve your Beef and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers within 1 hour 40 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Beef and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers easily:

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. 2 Slice the top 1/2 inch from the tops of peppers and cut out the stems from the tops. Cut the core from the inside of the peppers and strip away any seeds. Cut away a very thin slice of pepper from the bottoms so the peppers can stand upright. Poke about 4 tiny holes in the bottoms to let juices drain out.
  3. 3 Pour 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Add onion, beef broth, and red pepper flakes; spread out mixture evenly over the bottom. Set prepared bell peppers upright in the dish.
  4. 4 Combine ground beef, cooked rice, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, 1/4 cup parsley, 2 tablespoons tomato sauce, garlic, salt, and black pepper in a large mixing bowl.
  5. 5 Lightly stuff peppers with meat mixture. Spread 1 tablespoon remaining tomato sauce on top of each portion of stuffing; place reserved tops onto peppers. Lay a piece of parchment paper loosely on top of peppers and cover dish tightly with foil. Lay dish on a baking sheet.
  6. 6 Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Peppers should be starting to soften. Remove foil and parchment paper. Continue to bake until meat filling is cooked through and the peppers are tender, 20 to 30 more minutes. Sprinkle each pepper with 1/2 teaspoon parsley and drizzle with a spoonful of pan juices.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Any ground meat works. Lamb, pork, or half sausage and half beef is fantastic. I used all lean beef but suggest you try 1 pound beef with 1/2 pound pork sausage.
  • I put a piece of parchment paper down just because I don't like foil touching acidic things while they bake.
  • If you don't use the sheet pan, your peppers are going to take less baking time.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 376 calories; 16.9 grams of fat; 26.3 grams of carbohydrates; 30.3 grams of protein; 82 milligrams of cholesterol; 1724 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Jul 15th 2015

    Update: I have made this soooo many times now. My family loves it, and I generally make this, due to the color variations, for Christmas Eve every year. I wish I could find a way to thicken ...

  2. Jul 13th 2015

    It may just be a difference in preference, but these weren't our favorite stuffed bell peppers. Stuffing with raw meat and baking yielded drier meat that was sort of caked together, rather ...

  3. Nov 3rd 2014

    I made this today for lunch and it was a BIG hit. I actually assembled it yesterday afternoon and refrigerated it overnight. I made it as written except for slightly less salt. It was excell ...

  4. Sep 26th 2014

    Our favorite stuffed pepper recipe! We only needed 3 medium sized peppers for our family, so I adjusted to 1 lb. of beef and 1 cup of rice. Still only used half the stuffing mix. I made 4 la ...

  5. Aug 4th 2014

    Although I made a few minor changes I must say that these are the best ever!! I didn't have chunky tomato sauce so just used canned chopped tomatoes and added tomato sauce to get the correct ...

  6. Apr 22nd 2014

    Made these last night for dinner changed a few things. I let the rice simmer in beef broth, sautéed the onions,garlic added carrots and celery with Montreal spice.I also sauté the beef pr ...

  7. Mar 19th 2014

    I used different colored peppers and didn't measure the ingredients exactly and I thought it was great! I used brown rice, extra garlic, and cooked it for a total of 1.5 hours. Great flavor, ...

  8. Mar 9th 2014

    This is a great recipe. I used ground turkey and italian turkey sausage instead of beef. The turkey is lower in fat which offsets the addtional cheese that I add.

  9. Feb 6th 2014

    The whole family really enjoyed this one.add a few alterations though. I did not put the tops back on and replaced one lb of the hamburger with a lb of hot breakfast sausage. I also put mozz ...