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Classic Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Rating: 5/5
13 reviews

ready in: 30-60 minutes
serves/makes:   4

recipe id: 44613
cook method: oven, stovetop
Classic Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe
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4 medium red, yellow, or orange bell peppers, 1/2 inch trimmed off tops, cores and seeds discarded
1/2 cup long-grain white rice
1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped fine
12 ounces ground beef, preferably ground chuck
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (14.5 ounce size) diced tomatoes, drained (see next ingredient)
1/4 cup tomato juice reserved from tomatoes
1 1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
Ground black pepper
1/4 cup ketchup


Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large stockpot or Dutch oven over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon salt and bell peppers. Cook until peppers just begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Using slotted spoon, remove peppers from pot, drain off excess water, and place peppers cut-sides up on paper towels.

Return water to boil; add rice and boil until tender, about 13 minutes.

Drain rice and transfer to large bowl; set aside. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Meanwhile, heat 12-inch heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat until hot, about 1 1/2 minutes; add oil and swirl to coat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.

Add ground beef and cook, breaking beef into small pieces with spoon, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Transfer mixture to bowl with rice; stir in tomatoes, 1 cup cheese, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir together ketchup and reserved tomato juice in small bowl.

Place peppers cut-side up in 9-inch square baking dish. Using soup spoon, divide filling evenly among peppers. Spoon 2 tablespoons ketchup mixture over each filled pepper and sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon of remaining cheese. Bake until cheese is browned and filling is heated through, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

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611 calories, 39 grams fat, 39 grams carbohydrates, 27 grams protein per serving.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Excellent!Subsituted Parm. for the Monterey Jack.Great winter evening meal with a green salad.

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can they be frozen after

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Feb 7, 2001

REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
I had more filling leftover than I needed but this turned out quite good.

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
Measurements would have been helpful but the biggest thing I liked about this recipe was that it called for cooking the peppers first. Finally figured out why my kids didn't like stuffed peppers and that was because the peppers weren't cooked first in the other recipes I've tried. This was basic but good (and my kids are little so simple is better at this age)

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
My husband has been begging me to make stuffed peppers like his mom used to make. Most of the recipes I showed him were more elaborate than this and she was a very simple cook so I tried this one and he said it was exactly what he remembers. I wasn't sure how much rice was supposed to be used so I just used some leftover rice and added it until I thought it was the right ratio of rice to ground beef.

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May 6, 2001

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Loved it! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
The recipe was fine. Very tasty. However,I prepared 8 peppers (six medium, and two large), so I doubled the recipe, and found that I had enough to do 12-15 peppers. I put the excess in a 6x10 baking dish (filled to the brim). I suggest that the "makes 4" be made more flexible.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This was fantastic! I added bread crumbs on top as well as the cheese. As other tasters noted, boil the peppers a couple minutes longer. I also used ground turkey instead of the beef and it was delicious!

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This is how my mother-in-law always makes stuffed peppers. The only thing different is we don't cook the bell peppers first. Just cut off the tops and rinse out the seeds, then put the beef and rice mixture in them.

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
I looked at a bunch of different stuffed bell pepper recipes online, and this one looked the best. The grocery cost wasn't over the top, it was easy to do (as long as you can get your rice right on the first try!), and tasty!!

I used red and green peppers, I didn't taste the red peppers but I think next time I'll be using yellow peppers because the green were a little bitter.

I added a can of petite cut tomatoes, and used Jasmin rice. I would also suggest garlic!

This recipe was quick, easy, and cost efficient, it was my first time making stuffed peppers and they turned out great.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This recipe was great. I had HUGE peppers so I par-boiled them much longer - like 10 minutes. I also added some Colorado flavor with some mild hatch chiles!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
You absolutely cannot go wrong with this recipe! It can be tuned with some special flavors if you like, but the basic recipe is great!

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Jan 15, 2007

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This recipe is easy and and very tastey. Some peppers do need to be boiled a bit longer for softening (depending on the thickness of the pepper). There was plenty of filling, enough for five peppers. I also topped pepper with parmesan cheese before baking. To spice it up add a bit of diced jalapeno. Can't wait to make them again!

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
Yummy, and lots of flexibility to add your own special touches. I would suggest boiling the peppers an extra minute longer to soften a teensy bit more.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This recipe is delicious!!!! Easy to make and still good served the next day!! The monterey jack cheese is my favorite!!!!

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