22 Apr

Stuffed Green Peppers Recipe

posted by ninahelleny in CULINARY
Stuffed green peppers
I had no idea something so simple would turn out to be such a giant, magnificent HIT with everyone! I just made these for the first time last week. I invited my in-laws over for dinner and boy did I impress my FIL. He can't stop talking about "the peppers." He was upset I served him dessert instead of a second helping!

I used Suzanne Munson's recipe on as my base... or maybe more like a guide.

I use a lot. The recipes are easy to follow (and make changes) and the "calculate servings" feature is awesome. If you want to make the recipe for just two or for 20, it will change your ingredient list for you. I also use the iPhone app. Extremely user-friendly as well.

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I used the original recipe for six servings.


  • 6 green bell peppers

  • salt to taste

  • 1 pound ground beef  *I used Laura's Lean Beef

  • 1/3 cup chopped onion  *Our local store now has chopped onion in the freezer section. I just pour some in the pan. I don't normally measure things like onions. I also used a little garlic!

  • salt and pepper to taste  *I also used Nature's Seasoning. Less salt, more pepper.

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped  *Save the juice from the jar, you'll need it for simmering.

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce *Again, I'm not a measure'r. I used about 4 shakes of the bottle.

  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese *I did not use any cheese!

  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed tomato soup *I used 2 cans of tomato sauce instead of soup. Much better flavor. I prefer Contadina tomatoes but I'm sure any brand would be just fine.

  • water as needed  *I recommend pre-filling a measuring pitcher or glass and having it ready by the stove.


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cut the tops off the peppers, and remove the seeds. Cook peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes; drain. Sprinkle salt inside each pepper, and set aside.

  2. In a large skillet, saute beef and onions (and garlic, if you decide to add) for 5 minutes, or until beef is browned. Drain off excess fat, and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the tomatoes, rice, 1/2 cup water, juice from whole tomatoes and Worcestershire sauce. *I forgot to save the juice from the whole tomatoes so I also added a little bit of the tomato sauce. Cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until rice is tender. Remove from heat. *Watch it carefully though to ensure you have enough liquid so the mixture doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. (175 degrees C). Stuff each pepper with the beef and rice mixture, and place peppers open side up in a baking dish. Pour the two cans of tomato sauce over the peppers.

  4. Bake covered for 25 to 35 minutes, until heated through and bubbly.

Stuffed green peppers

I hope they are as big of a hit at your house as they were at mine. Happy Cooking!

Update: I serve homemade mashed potatoes on the side. Yukon gold, peeled and boiled are my first choice. Just a little butter, Kosher salt and pepper.

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  • Megan B.

    Hi Nina! I just wanted to let you know I referenced you in my blog post and linked it back to this post. I didn’t make this version last night, but mentioned I used this recipe the last time I made stuff peppers.

  • mrs.mfc

    I made stuffed peppers once upon a time and we absolutely loved them. I haven’t made them since though, and have no clue where my recipe came from. I will definitely be trying your recipe! Thanks :)

  • Maryland Magnolia

    I had to laugh when I read your post today because while I was at the grocery store on Sat., I bought all of the ingredients to make stuffed peppers (different recipe but pretty similar) :) Yum!

  • Michelle

    These look yummy. You’ve been killing me on twitter talking about them so much – now I’ve got to make some! Thanks for the recipe and your changes!!

  • Wendy

    Used the this same recipe last week, huge hit in my household as well!

  • jenny

    The stuffed peppers look and sound super yummy! I can’t wait to make them!!!

  • Colleen

    YUM! These look delish. I’ve bookmarked your recipe for future use :)

  • CAwife

    I’ve never tried making stuffed peppers before, these look yummy! I’ll have to give them a try.

  • Sarah

    YUM! Thanks for sharing this recipe, Nina! Looks like a super tasty, filling, fairly easy dish!

    Will definitely be making these for dinner soon!

  • Rachel W

    Stuffed peppers are a favorite in our home too! Yours look delicious!