Stuffed Green Peppers

Stuffed Green Peppers

This version of Stuffed Green Peppers is a bit different than the traditional method, since the meat and rice mixture is cooked before being added to the green peppers. This recipe is a great way to use pre-cooked ground beef from the freezer–just saute the onions while the green peppers are cooking, and finish the recipe as directed.

Stuffed Green Peppers


  • 2 large green peppers
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes undrained
  • 2/3 c. rice
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese


  • Halve peppers and remove stems, seeds, and membranes. Immerse peppers in boiling water for 4-5 minutes, until desired tenderness. Remove peppers from water and sprinkle insides with salt. Place cut side down on paper towels to drain.
  • Cook ground beef and onion in skillet until meat is browned; drain. (OR Saute onion in skillet, then add pre-cooked ground beef.)
  • Stir in tomatoes, rice, water, salt, pepper, and basil. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer mixture for 15-18 minutes, or until rice is tender. Add cheese to mixture; stir until melted.
  • Fill peppers with meat mixture. Place in baking dish with any remaining meat mixture. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until heated through.

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  1. These look SO good! Thanks so much for sharing and for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday!” 🙂

  2. Heather @girlichef says:

    Yum, these look delicious. I haven’t had stuffed peppers in a long time. I need to try the ground beef from the freezer idea…what a time-saver!

    1. Yes,it really is a time-saver! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  3. Judy, I made these stuffed peppers tonight for supper. They were delicious!!! The green peppers are so sweet by the par boiling. WOW!!!!
    Thanks for the recipe!!!!

    1. Aren’t they yummy? Glad you liked them! 🙂

  4. Rita Bennett says:

    Mommy made them when I was at her house and I really liked them. So I got the recipe from her. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Judy Hoch says:

      Glad you liked them! I’m making them tomorrow night. 🙂