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Recipe for Stuffed Peppers

Recipe for stuffed peppers is super easy for that quick weeknight meal you want to get on the table in 30 minutes or less. Full of flavorful beef, onion, rice, and sauce fill colorful bell peppers, you'll add this to your weekly meal plan for sure!  

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What color peppers are best for stuffed peppers?

This dish is traditionally made with green peppers, but in this house, we are not huge fans of the green variety and lean more toward the multi-colored options.

I use the same thought process for our sausage and peppers recipe and I think this is what makes them taste so good! 

Green peppers can be slightly bitter once cooked where the yellow, red and orange tend to be sweeter and lend a gorgeous flavor and presentation.

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Now, that is not to say I won't use green pepper, I will just use them sparingly.

In this particular dish, I only used one because I had it in the fridge!

Recipe for Stuffed Peppers

Because I was making a quick dinner, I wanted to save time so I pre-cooked the ground beef and rice before stuffing.

easy stuffed peppers-ingredients

Once everything is laid out, this recipe process goes very fast making it a perfect meal for those busy days!

You will need: 

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • chopped onion
  • uncooked white rice, or semi-cooked
  • ketchup
  • Italian Style stewed tomatoes
  • oregano and salt and pepper
  • 8×8 inch baking dish 
  • aluminum foil 

Bake in a preheated oven covered with foil. I love this meal because each serving is self-contained in its own pepper! You can choose to eat the filling first, then the soft pepper, or slice and eat altogether for a bite full of all the flavors. 

Some of your quick questions answered here:

How Do You Cut Peppers for Stuffed Peppers?

This is an easy one. Place bell pepper on its side on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, slice the top with the stem off. Remove all the seeds inside.

You will be left with a hollow pepper ready to be stuffed with your meat and rice mixture! 

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Do You Have to Cook Meat Before Stuffing Peppers?

Whether you choose to use ground beef or ground turkey, you should cook the meat completely to safe temperatures. 

What Can I put in Stuffed Peppers? 

This is really up to you!

Fill with

  • sausage
  • mixed vegetables
  • cheese
  • beef
  • turkey

Let your imagination run wild! There are no rules to this recipe- except for cooking the meat & rice! 

Can I Freeze Stuffed Peppers?

Yes! This dish freezes really well! Once your dish cools completely, you can place the whole dish into the freezer, or you can wrap each pepper individually with saran wrap. Place in a freezer-safe bag and have an individual meal ready to go anytime. Reheat pepper at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or microwave until cooked about 5-10 minutes. 

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Stuffed Peppers Recipe
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Recipe for Stuffed Peppers

easy stuffed peppers

Super easy dinner that has amazing flavor in this recipe for stuffed peppers. Loaded with ground beef, rice, and sauce, this hearty meal is perfect for any weeknight meal.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes


  • 4 medium bell peppers, any color
  • Filling:
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef, or turkey
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup uncooked white rice
  • 3 Tbsp. ketchup
  • Sauce:
  • 1 can, 14.5 oz. Italian Style stewed tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. ketchup
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut tops off peppers and remove seeds.
  3. In a large bowl, combine filling ingredients, mixing lightly, but thoroughly.
  4. Spoon equal amounts of filling into each pepper and place in 8x8 inch square baking dish.
  5. Combine sauce ingredients & pour over peppers.
  6. Cover dish tightly with aluminum foil.
  7. Bake at 350 for 1 hour 30 minutes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 454Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 587mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 44g

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Original Post: 7/23/13

Updated Post: 2/14/20

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