Stuffed Peppers

Hi Everyone,

Today I am sharing with you one of my Husbands favorite dishes and mine too.  I made these before my trip so I could freeze them so my Husband has something to eat while I’m gone.  This is a classic recipe that I have been making for almost 20 years.  Geeze I sound old!

This recipe is pretty simple, but time-consuming.  There are cheats you could use like using already cooked rice, microwaving your peppers ect… but I went the old fashion route.  I boiled my peppers in water to soften them and I used instant rice for cooking in the meat mixture.  Plus they have to bake for 30 minutes.  Sounds like a lot of work, but so worth it!  I really loved stuffed peppers!

I was originally going to make hamburgers instead of peppers, but I was looking in my fridge and saw I have a ton of veggies to use up, so why not make my Husband one of his favorites?  I asked him if wanted them and his face lite up!  I how could I not make them for him?

The first thing I did was boil my peppers, and then inverted them onto a paper towel to drain.  I had to use 3 different colored peppers, to me they taste pretty much the same in this recipe.

Meanwhile, I cooked up the lean ground beef with onions and peppers.   I added a can of tomatoes, some Worcestershire sauce, rice and water.  Cooked it until the rice was done, and then added shredded cheddar cheese,  then baked them for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

I kind of wish I didn’t freeze them, I would have loved to of had one.  Maybe he’ll save me one?    These don’t look like much when there done, but they are so filling.  One pepper is enough for anyone!  I let my peppers cool to room temperature than I put them in a freezer safe container.  Note for Hubby, when your ready to eat them, just microwave them for about 3 minutes.  That should be enough time.

Stuffed Peppers
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4 Peppers
  • Serving size: 1 Pepper
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    A traditional stuffed pepper made with ground beef, tomatoes, rice, onions and peppers and then baked.
    • 4 Large bell peppers
    • 1 lbs. lean ground beef
    • ½ cup chopped onion
    • 14oz. can diced tomato's
    • ½ brown rice
    • ½ cup water
    • 1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
    • 2 tsp. Parmesan cheese
    • ½ cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded (fat free)
    1. Preheat oven 350 degrees
    2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
    3. Cut tops from the peppers; discard seeds and membranes. Chop enough of the top to make ¼ cup, set aside. Place peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes. On a paper towel, invert peppers and let them drain.
    4. In a skillet add ground beef, onion, ¼ cup of diced pepper cook till meat is cooked and browned. Drain off an access fat.
    5. Add undrained tomatoes, uncooked rice, ½ cup of water, Worcestershire, parmesan cheese and a dash of pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Cover and simmer 15 to 18 minutes or till rice is tender.
    6. Stir in cheddar cheese. Stuff peppers with meat mixture. Place in a 10 x 6 x 2 inch baking dish. Bake, covered in a 350 oven for 30 - 35 minutes.
    Calories per pepper: 312.8, Fat: 8.2, Cholesterol: 78.8, Sodium: 194.3, Potassium: 425.7, Carbs: 27.2, Fiber: 3.3, Sugar: 3.3, Protein: 32.1

    Sorry I didn’t take a picture of the inside of the peppers.  Since we weren’t eating them tonight, I wanted to keep them whole.

    Have a wonderful weekend!




    1. These look so yummy! I love stuffed peppers. Great pictures 🙂

    2. I think you’ve ensured that your husband will be grateful to have you in his life every day while you’re gone! These look awesome.

    3. I ate these growing up and they bring back delicious memories, I had almost forgotten about them, thanks, Jen! Have you left yet for your dream trip? I’m excited for you!

    4. This sounds like a real crowd pleasure. My husband isn’t a fan of bell peppers but I bet he’d eat this (and like it!)

    5. This is one of my husband’s favorite foods, too! I will have to make this for him!

    6. Has anyone tried to substitute quinoa for the rice?

    7. This might be a stupid question but can I use white rice instead of brown?

    8. I made this for dinner tonight and everybody loved it, they were so good and I did use the white rice instead of brown and it was so scrumptious. thank you so much for sharing a great recipe

    9. If i make this recipe with fresh tomatoes from my garden, how much water should i put in? or will the juices from the tomatoes be enough?

    10. Is that 1/2 cup rice or 1/2 box rice?


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