These Southern stuffed bell peppers are made with only 5 ingredients. They are stuffed with flavorful meat and rice mixture, topped with melted cheese, and baked in the oven.Jump to Recipe
Baking stuffed bell peppers is a great way to cook them. You can stuff them with whatever you want, they taste great and are also very easy to make.
Ground beef. Feel free to use: ground chicken, ground turkey, Italian sausage, ground bison, ground pork.
Rice. The Jasmine rice works the best here since it’s fast to cook and has a fluffy texture.
Bell peppers. Choose different colors for better presentation.
Salsa. I used mild chunky salsa. If you are a spicy food lover, feel free to use spicy salsa.
Grated Cheese. Use your favorite kind: I used cheddar cheese. Pepper Jack would work as well.
Optional ingredients. If desired add extra spices: fresh parsley, garlic, black pepper, more herbs.
Step 1. To bake stuffed bell peppers, start by preheating your oven to 400F degrees. Rinse the rice till water runs clear, add rice to the pot, add water and bring to boil. Once water is boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for approximately 15 minutes until all the water is absorbed.
Step 2. Prep the bell peppers. Wash and cut in half lengthwise. Be careful not to cut too much off, or else the bell pepper will fall apart. Remove seeds and white membrane. Get an oven-safe baking dish, arrange bell peppers inside, placing the flat side down. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
Step 3. Prep the meat. You can use any kind of ground meat you want. Preheat cast iron or non-stick pan over medium-high heat, add ground beef, brown till no longer pink breaking large chunks of meat with the wooden spoon.
Step 4. Once the ground beef is cooked, add in some rice, salsa, and spices. Mix meat sauce well.
Step 5. Using a large spoon, stuff mixture inside each bell pepper pressing it down to make sure each bell pepper is filled tightly. Place stuffed bell pepper inside the casserole dish, top with shredded cheese, bake stuffed peppers for 10 minutes till cheese is slightly golden.
Step 6. Serve with sour cream or yogurt on top.
You can make stuffed peppers without using white rice and instead replace it with options like: quinoa, farro, millet, buckwheat for stuffing.
To make these stuffed bell peppers low-carb, use riced cauliflower instead of white rice or skip the rice option completely and add some mushrooms, extra vegetables, or ground sausage to the meat mixture.
Reheating stuffed peppers is very easy. You can either use the oven or the microwave.
To reheat stuffed peppers in the oven, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Place the stuffed peppers on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until heated through.
To reheat stuffed peppers in the microwave, place them on a microwavable plate and heat for 2-3 minutes, or until heated through.
Bell peppers can vary in size, so the time it takes to soften them in the oven may also vary. On average, it should take about 15 minutes for bell peppers to soften in the oven.
You can definitely freeze stuffed peppers. In fact, I often make a big batch of stuffed peppers and then freeze them for later. To freeze them, just place them in a freezer-safe container after they have cooled down. They will last in the freezer for several months.
The filling is primarily made of browned hamburger meat and rice. Other standard ingredients that might be added to the mix would include onions, garlic, tomato sauce, and oregano and basil (usually in smaller amounts). Chopped fresh vegetables like green pepper may also be added during cooking or at the time of stuffing.
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