Stuffed Green Bell Peppers

I grew up with Mom making stuffed green peppers and thought it was one of the best meals in the summertime.  Then they became a “must eat” in my own house with Bill and I and both boys loving them. 

Stuffed peppers are filling, easy to make and I would go so far as to serve them to company.  It’s just a good home-made meal that most of us like ~ a great comfort food, for sure. 

Green bell peppers are pretty, colorful to look and if you prefer red bell peppers for the color, use them.  It’s a great thing ~ your whole meal in a stuffed pepper, veggies, carbs and protein!  And eating them makes a super supper!

Peppers after boiling
Meat with rice
Ready to bake
Time to eat!

Stuffed Green Bell Peppers


6 large green bell peppers
1 cup rice
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 (14.5 ounce) can Hunts Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes
2 (10 ounce) cans Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies
Salt and pepper, to taste
8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, grated


For peppers:
Fill large pot almost half full with water and bring to a boil.
Cut peppers in half from stem on top to bottom.
Remove seeds and ribs.
Place peppers in boiling water.
Simmer for 4 minutes.
Remove and drain.  Set aside.

For beef mixture:
In large skillet, brown ground beef, onion and garlic.
Drain meat when cooked through.
Add tomatoes Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
Combine well and simmer for 10 minutes.
Check for seasonings.

Add rice and mix.
Simmer over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes until most of the juice from the tomatoes is absorbed.

Place peppers in a 9-inch x 13-inch baking dish.
Stuff peppers.
Cover with foil.
Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until heated through.
Remove foil.
Sprinkle cheese over top.
Bake, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until the cheese melts.

This is one great summer-time dish!


  1. hi Pam

    now thats one beautiful stuffed pepper!! I have never tried anything like that at school, I wonder if my girls would like them? Yours certainly look delicious!!

  2. I've always wanted to make these, but I don't think my husband would eat the peppers....I could just make them anyway, and he will just have to deal with it...

  3. I love stuffed peppers. Definitely one of my favorite things to prepare for dinner. Yours look delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe:)

  4. This really takes me back to my childhood. I haven't made stuffed peppers in forever. As soon as the extreme heat in Denver lessens, this will be on my menu.

  5. Stuffed peppers are one of my favorite meals and I have served them to company. I love all the cheese you topped your stuffed peppers with. Yummy!

  6. Thanks for a wonderful recipe and a great tip(on halving the bell peppers)! My family members are not bell pepper fan though...but I'll definately try this when my boys are bigger!

  7. Oh! My mom made these all the time too. :) She cut the tops off though and stuffed them that way. I like your way and hope to try it out soon.

  8. These look/sound so good! I'm almost embarrassed to say that I've never tried making these and don't know that I've ever eaten one(I was a picky eater as a child), but it's time! :)

  9. Haven't had stuffed peppers for ages - must give them a try again - these look delicious. (Will have to adapt the recipe for UK ingredients a bit.)

  10. I'm more of a red, yellow or orange pepper fan than a green pepper fan but I love making stuffed peppers for my family. I completely agree that their appeal is that you've got everything you need for a complete meal in one pepper! Yours look great!

  11. Hi Pam, I came here from JustabedofRoses. Thank you for the receipt. I love, love, love stuffed pepers. I've never boiled them first. I'll try this.


  12. Stuffed peppers are one my husbands favorites, and I don't make them often enough. Thanks for the reminder of just how tasty peppers can be.

  13. Those stuffed peppers are gorgeous! I will have to give them a try with an assortment of colored peppers :)

  14. I love stuffoled peppers!! Great your recipe with rice, let's me try it!

  15. I don't eat red meat, but I bet chicken would be a good substitute...Thanks for the FB note: I've still got a lot to learn there=I would like to post my blog entries daily but don't have a clue about how to do that yet, pictures to post, etc=I just joined it in the middle of the night!...Have a great day Pam!

  16. Crazy about stuffed peppers but have never made them; you inspire to try your grat recipe; thank you.

  17. Hi Pam,

    I haven't had stuffed peppers in years. My grandmother use to make them all the time. These days I might use turkey, but the premise is the same: total comfort!

    Yummy, Thank you.

    P.S. I was so happy to be mentioned with you on Bo's blog. You're wonderful company!

  18. My mom never made stuffed peppers when I was a kid, but now that I'm all grown up I love to grill my own :) Yours look delicious as well!

  19. Hi Chef Dennis! Try them, maybe your girls will really like them. Thanks!

    robin @ penpinprov, that's the spirit! Here's hoping he does!

    Raina, I'm so glad you like them also. Thank you!

    StephenC, way to go! Hope the heat lets up and you can make them soon!

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, I know what you mean, Diane!

    Linda, aren't they the best in the summer time! Thanks!

    Meldylocks and Her Three Bears, you're welcome and thanks for stopping by!

    Betty Ray, I bet your mom's were great! I love them no matter how they're made!

    Sue, I'm shocked! ;) You have to give them a try! They're great!

    Jean, there are so many ways to make them and I'm sure yours will be good!

    Abbey, yes! That's the good thing, all in one meal and it makes it easy!, welcome! Boiling the peppers seems to make them a little more tender. Thanks for stopping by!

    Mimi, you have to make them then your hubby will be one happy man! :-)

    Biren, yes! I've got to try that too, it would certainly be colorful!

    Zia Elle, thanks and I'm glad you like them also!

    Jacqueline, yes and I bet seafood would work well also! FB, I do it all by trial and error and just loaded pics of M&M today. I'm still learning also.

    Sage, hope you give it a try. It's pretty easy too and it makes a complete meal pretty much!

    Terrianne, Call me Ree, turkey would be great! Yes, I was so happy to see you on Bo's blog. Love to read your writing and I'm still laughing about the granny cart!

    baking.serendipity, good that you're trying things your Mom didn't. That's the great thing about cooking, trying and experimenting! Thanks!

  20. This is one of my favorite meals! I just can't get enough! I cut mine in half like this also....if I leave them whole, it's just too much pepper for me! Cut in half, they are just perfect!!

  21. My mom use to make stuffed peppers when I was a kid too (those midwest mom's!!) ... oh how I hated them at the time. I would rather go straight to my room then even attempt to eat them! Now though, I am a changed woman... I do so love me some stuffed peppers now. These look fantastic Pam!

  22. hi Pam, Thanks for visiting my site - I will definitely be returning the favour cos you have so many fabulous recipes. Like this one! My other half won't eat veges unless there's heaps of meat with it, so this is an ideal way to get both :D

  23. Beautiful stuffed peppers! I would definitely make mine with red though. I think I agree with your hubby about cutting them in half instead of standing them up, although I'm not sure why!

  24. I made a hard copy of this and sent it to my hubby.

    We love, love, love stuffed green peppers.

    And your pictures were awesome.


  25. Nice to meet another food blogger from the Heartland. I am from Iowa! The green pepper plants are thriving this summer. Good recipe!

  26. Thanks for another family recipe! I like stuffed pepper. We often stuff it with fish paste too!

  27. I grw up eating stuffed peppers much like yours. I love them for sentimental reasons. Your recipe is spot on and your peppers look delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  28. This look so yummy, Thanks for sharing, must try this recipe soon.

  29. by the way, i start to following you, will drop back often from now..

  30. I love stuffed pepper, which I usually steam. Yours look delicious, this will be a nice change for me!

  31. Autumn @Good Eats Girl, mine too and you're so right about cutting them in half!

    Jenn, it's kind of funny how we change. I agree as there were things I wouldn't touch as a kid but love now, except for potato soup!

    OohLookBel, thanks and the same to you! The stuffed peppers make meat lovers happy!

    scrambledhenfruit, thank you! I'm going to make them with red peppers next time. The color would be great!

    Chatty Crone, great and thank you! Hope you like this as much as we do!

    Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen, thanks and the same with me about the Heartland! Have a good day!

    3 hungry tummies, I must try your version, bet it's great!

    Mary, yes, I agree with the sentimental reasons. Here's wishing you a wonderful day!

    Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover), thanks so much and I will enjoy following your blog with its good food!

    kitchen flavours, you got me thinking now! I will have to try steaming them the next time. Thanks for the idea!

  32. What a great recipe for this tried and true favorite! And a great idea to use this now while pepper prices are relatively low... it's crazy how much they cost in the winter. :) Have a great day!

  33. This looks like a great dish to serve to both family & friends alike ! My daughter simply adores peppers, & I bet she would love eating this ... mmmmmm ;)

  34. This looks like a great dish to serve to both family & friends alike ! My daughter simply adores peppers, & I bet she would love eating this ... mmmmmm ;)

  35. Wow!! Can I have one? So lovely. Thanks!

  36. This is simply fabulous! Will definitley be surprising my family with it.

  37. Quit Eating Out, yes! This is absolutely the time of year to try this! You have a great day also!

    FoodFunFarmLife, great! Here's hoping you try it for your daughter!

    mr. pineapple man, thanks! They taste amazing also!

    Nicole@ The Dirty Oven, wish I could send one through to you! Thanks!

    Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany), wonderful! I hope they like it as much as we do!

  38. I grew up eating this. I have never made it for my family. Would the recipe work with a red or yellow bell pepper?

  39. Jenny, yes! It works with any of the peppers and would certainly be more colorful with the red!

  40. I just love stuffed peppers!!! - your recipe looks so good....especially with the add of Rotel tomatoes!!! Can't wait to make this dish! Thank you! -)

  41. Avril Miller, the Rotel kicks it up for sure. Hope you try this and really like it!

  42. Stuffed bell peppers are one of my favorite meals. As far as stand up or lay them down in half, I go back and forth. For me, I prefer the full stand ups. But I know most folks can't eat the whole thing.

  43. Chris, I really like the full stand ups also but this seems to work better for those who aren't bell pepper fans. Probably because the filling is a little different consistency with being baked open.

  44. I grew up on stuffed peppers. Funny that you dont see people making them anymore. My family will kill for them (officer I swear they didnt do it) and I do mine very similar. I boil my peppers too. Thats a mistake most make not doing. LOL Sometimes I will toss a can of tomato sauce in the bottom of the pan and just let it all cook. So good. Love when the red bell peppers go on sale because that is such a treat!

  45. Can you make this same recipe without cutting the peppers in half? I prefer the standup but I think this recipe sounds very good!!!


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