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Stuffed Bell Peppers: Recipes, Variations, and Tips for Delicious Meals

Stuffed Bell Peppers: Recipes, Variations, and Tips for Delicious Meals


  • 4 large bell peppers (any color)
  • 1 pound (450g) ground beef
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14 ounces or 400g) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare the Bell Peppers:
    • Cut the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes. Set them aside.
  3. Cook the Ground Beef:
    • In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat until it’s browned and no longer pink. Be sure to break it apart with a spoon as it cooks. Drain any excess fat from the skillet.
  4. Sauté Onions and Garlic:
    • Add the chopped onions and minced garlic to the skillet with the cooked beef. Sauté for a few minutes until the onions become translucent and fragrant.
  5. Mix in Rice and Tomatoes:
    • Stir in the cooked rice, crushed tomatoes, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Let the mixture simmer for about 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  6. Fill the Bell Peppers:
    • Carefully stuff each bell pepper with the beef and rice mixture. Press it down gently to pack the filling.
  7. Bake the Stuffed Peppers:
    • Place the stuffed peppers upright in a baking dish. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the peppers are tender when pierced with a fork.
  8. Add Cheese and Finish Baking:
    • Remove the foil from the baking dish. Sprinkle shredded cheese evenly over the tops of each stuffed pepper.
    • Return the baking dish to the oven, uncovered, and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the peppers are slightly browned.
  9. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Carefully remove the stuffed bell peppers from the oven.
    • Serve them hot, and enjoy your classic Stuffed Bell Peppers!

Optional Garnishes:

  • You can garnish the Stuffed Bell Peppers with fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro for added flavor and a pop of color.