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Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

A classic dish that delivers big flavor with affordable ingredients
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Keyword: beef, bell peppers, rice
Servings: 6
Calories: 394kcal
Author: DSTR


  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 1/2 cup Rice cooked
  • 6 Bell peppers various colors, tops and cores removed
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese or Pepper Jack for an additional kick
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Onion medium, choppped
  • 1 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 14 oz Tomatoes fire roasted, 1 can, diced
  • 1 tsp Oregano dried
  • 1/2 tsp Salt kosher
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper freshly ground


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a pot, prepare rice according to the instructions.
  • Using a large skillet, heat to medium and add olive oil. Add onions and saute until soft, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add ground beef and cook, breaking up the meat. Cook until almost no pink remains, approx. 4 minutes.
  • Drain the fat and return to heat and add garlic.
  • Continue to cook until no pink remains, approx. 1 more minute.
  • Add rice and fire-roasted tomatoes. Add the salt, pepper, and oregano.
  • Reduce heat and simmer until liquid has reduced marginally, about 5 minutes.
  • Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove from heat and add 1/2 cup of cheese and mix until combined.
  • Place peppers cut side up in a 9"x13" baking dish.
  • Spoon mixture into each pepper.
  • Take a sheet of aluminum foil and spray with a non-stick spray and cover stuffed peppers.
  • Bake until peppers are tender, about 30 minutes. Top peppers with remaining cheese and return to oven, uncovered.
  • Bake until cheese is bubbly, about 10 minutes then remove from oven
  • Garnish and serve!


Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 678mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 4462IU | Vitamin C: 162mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 3mg