Stuffed bell peppers are baked peppers stuffed with ground beef, rice, and stewed tomatoes. They have a buttered breadcrumb topping. Serve this as a main dish recipe for an evening dinner.
Eating an entire stuffed pepper is a meal in itself and there won’t be much else you need to go with this. You might serve it with some sort of bread or roll, but with the rice and beef mixture, this is a hearty meal.
This recipe does take a bit of preparation time, so make sure you have at least an hour available to dedicate to making this delicious dish. These peppers are worth the time and effort, but may be easier to prepare for a weekend brunch or Sunday dinner when you have a bit more time available.
I make this recipe when my garden peppers are ripe all at the same time and I need to do something with them. I have also used peppers purchased from the grocery store too. I guess I prefer the ones out of my own garden if I had to choose.
Just a note: In the picture above I made the recipe with four very large peppers. The recipe below makes enough for 6 average sized peppers. If your bell peppers are over-sized, you may need to adjust the recipe so you have enough filling to go around.
Stuffed Bell Peppers
- 2 Tablespoons chopped onion
- 2 Tablespoons chopped celery
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1 pound cooked ground beef
- 1 cup cooked rice
- ¾ cup stewed tomatoes
- 6 large green bell peppers
- Buttered Bread Crumbs:
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- ¼ cup melted butter
- In a frying pan saute the chopped onion and celery in 2 Tablespoons butter until slightly softened. Add the ground beef and fry until cooked through, crumbling evenly with a spatula.
- Cook rice as directed. (You can use either minute rice or long-cooking rice). Make enough for 1 cup of cooked rice according to package directions.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the cooked rice, browned ground beef, and stewed tomatoes.
- Wash and dry the bell peppers. Cut out the stem end of the pepper. Scoop out the seed and membrane.
- In a large pot, fill half full with water and bring to a boil. Place the peppers in the boiling water. Parboil or steam the peppers for 2-3 minutes.
- Remove the peppers from the boiling water with tongs. Turn them over and drain. Stand the peppers in a shallow 9" x 9" baking pan or casserole dish. If the peppers don't stand level, trim a thin slice off the bottom to make them level.
- Stuff each pepper with the beef and rice mixture.
- Bread Crumbs: Melt ¼ cup of butter and mix in ½ cup of bread crumbs. Top each pepper with equal amounts of buttered bread crumbs.
- Bake at 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes, then increase the heat to 400 degrees for 5 minutes more to brown the bread crumb topping.