Recipe By Chef John
Published Oct 12th
Prep 15m Cook 1h 10m Additional - Ready In 1h 25m
Servings 4 stuffed peppers Calories 613

Turn orange bell peppers into a satisfying, Halloween-themed dinner with this easy, fun, and kid-friendly stuffed pepper recipe.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 large orange bell peppers
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 pinches cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 2 cups seasoned tomato sauce, warmed

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Oil a baking dish with olive oil.
  2. 2 Use a small knife to cut eyes, nose, and mouth into the flattest side of each pepper, just like a jack-o'-lantern. Cut around the seedpods and remove the tops, trimming and discarding any seeds from under the stems. Trim the white membrane from the inside of each pepper and shake out any seeds. Place in the prepared baking dish.
  3. 3 Mix together ground beef, salt, pepper, cayenne, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, green onions, melted butter, ketchup, Cheddar cheese, and rice in a bowl until well combined.
  4. 4 Stuff mixture evenly into peppers and cover with the pepper tops. Wrap the baking dish loosely with foil and place on a sheet pan.
  5. 5 Bake in the upper center of the preheated oven for 1 hour. Remove the foil and continue baking until peppers are tender and ground beef is cooked through, 10 to 15 more minutes.
  6. 6 Place stuffed peppers on a few tablespoons of warm tomato sauce. Serve immediately with more sauce on the side.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 613
  • Carbohydrate 21.9 g
  • Cholesterol 141.4 mg
  • Fat 45.7 g
  • Fiber 2.3 g
  • Protein 29.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 21.9 g
  • Sodium 1035.1 mg

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Chef's Notes

You can use your favorite stuffed pepper filling for this recipe, or even a meatloaf recipe.


  1. This recipe was awesome! My brother and I are big Chef John fans and made these Halloween stuffed bell peppers with mashed potato ghosts. The filling is to die for (no Halloween pun intended) and I'd recommend this recipe to anyone looking for a great stuffed pepper regardless of the time of year.
  2. These were actually simple and good. The presentation is perfect and will be appreciated. The taste was quite good. I agree with Chef John you could liven up the stuffing with your favorite flavors, but I think he undersold how good his stuffing is. It went over great and we'll make it again.