Make easy stuffed peppers with this simple recipe and learn how to make stuffed peppers!
One of our favorite go-to meals is Stuffed Peppers. We typically make them in the Air Fryer; however, they can also easily be made in the oven too.
Check out these Air Fryer Stuffed Peppers for the air fryer version.
This recipe mixes some fresh flavors with ground beef, very simple and quick!
How to Make Stuffed Peppers:
Learning how to make stuffed peppers is so simple, it’s simply a matter of browning ground beef and adding a few ingredients then stuffing the peppers.
For our stuffed peppers we always use marinara or meat sauce, personally, I prefer meat sauce as it has a better flavor.
This can be either your own homemade variety or store-bought, it’s up to you!
Then, I add in cooked rice along with the meat, marinara, and a few herbs and spices to create this tasty meal.
These are easy to prepare then they will bake in the oven for about 40 minutes.
We typically serve them alongside sweet corn, but you could always add that into the peppers too.
Do you need to pre-cook the peppers?
Pre-cooking peppers is not necessary unless you prefer it. We like our peppers to be a bit more crunchy and to hold together, so I do not like boiling them first.
They are easy to cut with your fork while you are eating the stuffing and mix right into the meal even without boiling.
How should they be cut?
We cut the top off ours and then stuff the peppers and usually will discard the stem and the top; however, you can also cut them in half lengthwise too.
Are these Gluten-Free?
These are naturally gluten-free; however as always be sure to check all ingredients first to be sure they meet your dietary needs.
Remember if you enjoy this try this Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup!
Enjoy this easy meal!
- 6 Green Bell Peppers
- 2 Cups Quick Cooking Rice
- 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- 2 Chopped Green Onions
- 1/2 Tsp Garlic Salt
- 1 Tsp Chili Powder
- 1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley
- 26 oz Meat Sauce (Spaghetti Sauce)
- Shredded Colby Jack Cheese Optional
- Start by preheating the oven to 400*F. I cooked the rice as directed on the package.
- Add the olive oil to a large skillet and warm up to medium-high heat. Then, add in the ground beef and cook until browned.
- Once the meat is well cooked, add in the green onion, garlic salt, and parsley. Let this cook for about 3-5 minutes.
- Pour the marinara and rice into the skillet and let this warm up for about 3 minutes.
- Slice the top off each pepper and clean out the seeds.
- Stuff each pepper evenly with the meat mixture.
- Place the peppers into a 13×9 or similar size baking dish. It's best to put the peppers in without the top and lay the tops beside them in the pan.
- Bake at 400*F for 40 minutes or until peppers are soft.
- Top with cheese and serve.
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Comments & Reviews
Tina Butler says
Stuffed peppers are my favorite. I’ve never tried them using marinara sauce. What a delicious change.
They are one of my faves too! I go back and forth between using salsa or marinara. 🙂
Tammilee Tips says
I love to make stuffed peppers! It is so much fun to find different things to put in them and my husband loves them for left overs. Plus since I am vegetarian I can make one meatless fairly easy with out much extra work.
That’s a great idea to do them meatless too!
I am a really big fan of stuffed peppers as well, but my recipe is a little bit different. Instead, my recipe is heavy on orzo, lemon juice, parmasean, and shredded zucchini. I will definitely have to try out your recipe–it sounds like a great weeknight meal idea.
That sounds delish!
This looks like a great dinner! I adore bell peppers, but have only made stuffed peppers once or twice. I will save this recipe so I can make them soon!
Crystal Lopez says
This recipe looks and sounds amazing! I love stuffed peppers and remember them as a favorite recipe from growing up!
Bites for Foodies says
My mom used to make stuffed peppers often when I was a kid. I loved the rice but never ate the peppers! Now I love them! I’ve made these before stuffed with quinoa as a substitute for the rice.
I love the idea of quinoa! I’m going to have to try that too.
Sarh S says
While we make stuffed green peppers quite differently, I bet yours are quite tasty as well. My mom has made these at least once a year in the winter as a delicious, warm and heavy meat for a cold winter night.