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Old Fashioned Stuffed Green Peppers Recipe

Our easy stuffed green peppers recipe made with a few ingredients is great. Inexpensive to make and pretty healthy too. This is how to make stuffed green peppers for dinner where your kids will love them too. We will explain how to blanch bell peppers easily first, add the ground beef and rice mixture so you can enjoy them too.

Old fashioned stuffed bell peppers with rice

Let me share my easy and quick stuffed green peppers recipe with you! I am all about EASY, pretty healthy, quick, and inexpensive meals. My kids even love this, and aren’t super keen on peppers. (affiliate links present)

Old Fashioned Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

You can use other colors of peppers too, it’s up to you. 😉 I usually buy double so I can make these for dinner and a batch of homemade green pepper jelly to use as a sauce for pork chops. They’re so versatile. For an easy and healthy recipe here I go with this one.

There really are very few ingredients to this one, which I love, and you can alter it according to your own taste along the way or every time you make it just adjust here and there.

Stuffed Green Peppers

We make these quite often so we have adjusted it to the point where it is perfect for us and this is the green peppers recipe I will share with you.

How to blanche peppers

Stuffed Green Peppers with Tomato Sauce

The first step to this stuffed green peppers recipe to start cooking your cup of rice in your rice cooker (or however you cook your rice, I use this one and have for over 10 years, then on to the peppers.

First thing first you cut the tops off, remove seeds, and blanch them. I’m sure you know, but this is how to cut bell peppers if you need some tips.

Then you are going to need to blanch bell peppers to get them a bit more tender before you add all the goodies. I know….when I first made this years ago I was like “what????”

It really is easy and it takes that bitterness out of the peppers and makes them softer as well. Just boil a pot of water, and when it boils submerge the peppers inside for about 10 min. or so. I just do it as long as it takes me to finish making the ground beef.

Easy stuffed peppers.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

While the rice and peppers are blanching, cook the ground beef and put some dehydrated onion, or diced onion, in as well as some Lawry’s or regular salt to taste. If you want lower fat versions you could easily swap out for ground chicken or turkey too. Want a bit of heat, use half beef and half a lb. of spicy ground sausage.

I add mushrooms at this stage and cook all of it together browning them as well. Cook until it is not pink anymore and put in a large bowl. Remember that they will bake again in the oven so you don’t need it all to be completely browned at this point. Shred your cheese and set aside in a separate bowl.

How to Make Stuffed Green Peppers

If you do need a dairy free stuffed peppers alternative I have found that Daiya has a wonderful shredded one. My husband needs this so we have tested quite a few.

Stuffed green peppers recipe

Stuffed Mini Peppers

If you wanted to make more of a finger food size you could. Bake time would reduce significantly but you’d use the same recipe. Just fit a few in each muffin hole opening. Once your rice is cooked you are ready to fill! I use a large muffin pan because the green peppers fit exactly into the holes and won’t fall over when cooking. 😉

Add your rice, ground beef, and can of tomato sauce into your large bowl and stir together.

Scoop mixture into each green pepper to about the middle, top with cheese, then put another scoop on top of that and top with cheese at the top.

Easy stuffed green pepper recipe

Sausage Stuffed Peppers

I use what is on hand. If I only have a roll of Jimmy dean sausage I would use that instead of beef. The spicy type is great to use half and half if you ask me. There is usually more mixture left than will fill 4 peppers so I fill the last 2 holes of my muffin pan with the mixture, top with cheese and it is a good meal for the next day.

Now just pop the whole pan into the oven at 350 degrees for maybe 15-20 minutes just to melt the cheese and you are ready to eat!! Here is the entire recipe to refer to now and later.

Stuffed Green Peppers Recipe

If you don’t have a muffin tin so they don’t fall over you could use a regular pan, just large enough so they fit snug with high sides.

  1. Peppers – and a large pot to blanch the peppers before stuffing to get rid of some bitterness
  2. Cooked white Rice – feel free to use cooked brown if you prefer
  3. Browned ground beef – use a pan with a little olive oil before filling
  4. Cheese
  5. Onion
  6. Tomato sauce – could use spaghetti sauce, or diced tomatoes but that won’t make it as rich and thick
  7. Mushrooms – optional
  8. You’ll want a baking dish that fits them snugly

If you love these you should try our air fryer breakfast stuffed peppers too! Want to skip blanching all together? Try crockpot stuffed bell peppers here.

old fashioned stuffed bell peppers recipe

Oven Baked Stuffed Green Peppers

You will need a little prep at the beginning. Precook the beef or ground turkey with diced onions if you want to add those. Quickly boil or blanch peppers and remove from hot water to cool a bit. This will help make sure the peppers are tender, but they will continue to do so once the rice mixture is added.

Cheese is optional but we like it so much I add some in the bottom and on top of the meat and rice too. If you wanted a vegetarian option you could use a meatless alternative without animal products and use our temp and timing other than that. We have instructions here on how long to bake stuffed peppers at 400 F too.

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Stuffed Green Peppers Recipe

Old Fashioned stuffed green peppers recipe made with a few ingredients. Inexpensive to make and pretty healthy too. Love this recipe for dinner and my kids do too.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy, green, peppers, stuffed
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 338kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Blanch peppers (any color) in boiling water – wait until water is boiling, cut off tips and remove insides, submerge in boiling water for about 10 minutes or until they have just softened.
  • Cook your rice while you’re doing that and brown your ground beef. When rice and ground beef are cooked mix them together with your tomato sauce, salt, and cheese. 
  • Put blanced peppers in a muffin tin so they don’t fall over and fill them with your rice mixture. 
  • Put in the oven at 350 degrees for maybe 15-20 minutes just to meld all the flavors together. Can add more cheese to the top of each one for last 5 minutes if desired too.


Nutrition Facts
Stuffed Green Peppers Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 741mg32%
Potassium 752mg21%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 1120IU22%
Vitamin C 104.2mg126%
Calcium 180mg18%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
stuffed green peppers recipe
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Monday 29th of August 2016

Tried these tonight they were so good and loved having the extra without the peppers so my son would eat it!

The Typical Mom

Monday 29th of August 2016

Yeah!! Whatever works with kids right!

Laurie V.

Wednesday 10th of August 2016

I am trying these tonight.... I'll let you know. It's 38 with the humidity, so I'm looking forward to only using the oven for 20 mins instead of an hour......also love the muffin tin idea

Justine Marie

Wednesday 10th of August 2016

Awesome, let me know what you think!!


Thursday 23rd of June 2016

I love the idea of blanching the bell peppers first! Now I can make stuffed peppers in summer time without having the oven going on for almost an hour.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 3rd of July 2016



Saturday 12th of December 2015

I love the idea of putting peppers in muffin pan! So much easier.

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