Classic Stuffed Peppers

This recipe originally appeared on Real Housemoms, where I am a contributor. 

Classic Stuffed Peppers are a timeless family recipe. Made with ground beef, spices and rice, they are a filling one-dish meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes and can even be made ahead.

Classic Stuffed Peppers are bell peppers stuffed with ground beef, rice, cheese and spices. A timeless meal ready in 30 minutes and easily made ahead. #stuffedpeppers #stuffedbellpeppers www.savoryexperiments.com


 

Classic Stuffed Peppers are bell peppers stuffed with ground beef, rice, cheese and spices. A timeless meal ready in 30 minutes and easily made ahead.

Stuffed Bell Peppers are part of my All-American recipe repertoire. You know, the ones that date back until …. Who knows when.

Dishes like meatloaf, chili and chicken cutlets. You can picture the 1950’s housewife in her pearls and petticoats proudly displaying the multicolored dish from the front door while serving her husband his coming home cocktail.

Perhaps an old fashioned? Pun intended…

Classic Stuffed Peppers are bell peppers stuffed with ground beef, rice, cheese and spices. A timeless meal ready in 30 minutes and easily made ahead. #stuffedpeppers #stuffedbellpeppers www.savoryexperiments.com

These are the dishes that have passed the test of time and remain relevant today. Although stuffed peppers have undergone many fun and exciting variations, it is necessary to know the basic bell pepper recipe before you add any of those fun ideas.

This is a classic stuffed peppers recipe, so feel free to put your own spin on them. One of the best things about this recipe is that you basically can’t hurt it or mess it up. Seriously, it would take some pretty serious bad-cooking-expertise to do so.

Classic Stuffed Peppers are bell peppers stuffed with ground beef, rice, cheese and spices. A timeless meal ready in 30 minutes and easily made ahead. #stuffedpeppers #stuffedbellpeppers www.savoryexperiments.com

Add odds and ends of vegetables leftover in the fridge. Top them with your favorite cheese or fresh herbs. Heck, even toss more cheese into the ground beef mixture!

Like them spicy? Add jalapenos, cayenne pepper or hot sauce. You can even add ground sausage or bacon.

Classic Stuffed Peppers are bell peppers stuffed with ground beef, rice, cheese and spices. A timeless meal ready in 30 minutes and easily made ahead. #stuffedpeppers #stuffedbellpeppers www.savoryexperiments.com
Pictured with Cauliflower Mac and Cheese.

I like to serve mine with a side of marinara sauce or even salsa to sneak in more veggies and flavor.

You can use colorful bell peppers, but sometimes these can get pricey so feel free to use green bell peppers, which are typically cheaper.

Classic Stuffed Peppers are bell peppers stuffed with ground beef, rice, cheese and spices. A timeless meal ready in 30 minutes and easily made ahead. #stuffedpeppers #stuffedbellpeppers www.savoryexperiments.com

Here are some commonly asked questions about stuffed peppers:

Are stuffed peppers healthy? Stuffed peppers can be healthy depending on what type of meat you are using. If you are using ground beef, try using a lean mixture or use ground turkey instead. Also sub white rice for brown rice.

Are stuffed peppers gluten free? If you just use rice, yes, stuffed peppers are gluten-free!

Can stuffed peppers be frozen? Sure! I would go ahead and assemble them and then wrap them super tight in plastic wrap and aluminum foil so there is very little air. Keep frozen for up to 3 months. Allow to defrost or cook frozen for approximately 15 minutes longer.

Can you make stuffed peppers in the slow cooker? You can, but for this type of recipe, it doesn’t save you any time and cooking them in the slow cooker will actually make your bell peppers a little soggy. In this case, it is faster and more tasty to make them in the oven.

Can you grill stuffed peppers? Yes! And they have a whole new flavor when you do.. more smokey. Simply place them on the grill, sitting upright or in a grill basket, and close the lid until they start to soften and cheese melts. I recommend using indirect heat.

Can you make stuffed peppers vegetarian? Sure! Just omit the meat. I would suggest adding in more “meaty” vegetables like diced eggplant or squash.

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Classic Stuffed Peppers are bell peppers stuffed with ground beef, rice, cheese and spices. A timeless meal ready in 30 minutes and easily made ahead. #stuffedpeppers #stuffedbellpeppers www.savoryexperiments.com
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Classic Stuffed Peppers

4.49 from 25 votes
Classic Stuffed Peppers are bell peppers stuffed with ground beef, rice, cheese and spices. A timeless meal ready in 30 minutes and easily made ahead.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large skillet, brown ground beef. Drain well, set aside.
  • In the same skillet, add butter, onion and garlic, sauté until soft, approximately 2-3 minutes. Remove using a slotted spoon.
  • In a medium mixing bowl combine drained ground beef, cooked rice, onion and garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and ground black pepper. Toss to combine.
  • Cut the tops of each bell pepper, removing all seeds and membranes.
  • Place in a baking or casserole dish. Fill with ground beef mixture.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until peppers start to soften. Remove and top with shredded cheddar cheese, return to oven until cheese has melted.
  • Remove, garnish with parsley, and serve.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

Notes

For variations on the classic stuffed peppers recipe, add 1-2 tablespoons of hot sauce, change up the type of cheese or add sauteed squash. You can also use fresh herbs like dill, thyme, rosemary or flat parsley. 

Nutrition

Calories: 381 kcal, Carbohydrates: 32 g, Protein: 17 g, Fat: 19 g, Saturated Fat: 8 g, Cholesterol: 63 mg, Sodium: 297 mg, Potassium: 499 mg, Fiber: 3 g, Sugar: 5 g, Vitamin A: 3845 IU, Vitamin C: 152.4 mg, Calcium: 75 mg, Iron: 2.5 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 381
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef stuffed bell peppers, stuffed bell peppers, stuffed peppers
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    Easy to follow recipe; appreciated that not a bunch of ingredients went into the making of the stuffing. I added diced tomato and a little bit of tomato paste because I like the sweetness :-). I didn’t have an onion on hand so I used minced onion plus added a little more spices only because I love spicy food! Thank you for the recipe!

  2. 4 stars
    I liked the recipe, only problem was with making the stuffing with the amount that they called for there was not enough for 6 medium stuffed peppers. So I would double the stuffing and put the extra into a small casserole and bake it for those who don’t like peppers! I also added 2 tablespoons of Baby Ray’s honey barbecue sauce to give it a little bit of a kick! It was delish!!!

  3. 5 stars
    This was one of my favorite meals as a kid. I can’t wait to make these classic stuffed peppers for my kids!

  4. 5 stars
    Stuffed peppers are one of my favorites! Your version looks delicious. I’ll definitely have to give these peppers a try this week!

  5. 5 stars
    Stuffed peppers are such a great healthy dinner recipe, and we make them all the time in our house. These look particularly tasty!

  6. 5 stars
    Stuffed peppers are also very popular here in Italy! Yours look delicious. Definitely a great family meal!