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Stuffed Bell Peppers

Boiling the peppers

Boiling the peppers

Cooked Stuffed Peppers

Cooked Stuffed Peppers

Traditional Way

Nothing better then stuffed peppers, that are either cooked the traditional way or an alternative to the traditional way that has nice taco flavor added to the ground beef. First is the regular way to cook stuffed bell peppers.


6 large bell peppers (green, red or yellow)

1 lb ground beef

1 small onion, finely diced

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon sage

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

dash of pepper

1 cup dry rice, cooked

1 (15 ounce) can spaghetti sauce

3/4 to 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I prefer sharp)


1. Cut stem end off each pepper. Remove seeds and membranes; rinse. Cook peppers in enough boiling water to cover 5 minutes; drain. Carefully move the peppers to a 9x12 inch ungreased baking pan in a standing upright position.

2. Cook and stir the ground beef and onion in skillet until hamburger is brown; drain. Stir in all the ingredients up to the cooked rice, and 1 cup of the spaghetti sauce; heat thoroughly.

3. Stuff each pepper with the meat mixture. Pour remaining sauce over peppers. Cover with foil; cook in 350 degree F oven for 45 minutes. Uncover; cook 15 minutes longer. Remove from oven and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

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Makes 6 servings.

Bell peppers of Different Colors

Print of a still-life painting of red, green and yellow bell peppers. Painting by Nicolette Amanda Berry

Print of a still-life painting of red, green and yellow bell peppers. Painting by Nicolette Amanda Berry

Look at all those peppers

20 Quart Stock Posts

The Prime Pacific 18/10 Stainless Steel 20 Quart Stock Pot With Glass Lid that is shown here is just one of many stock pots that make it easy to use while boiling peppers.

The Prime Pacific 18/10 Stainless Steel 20 Quart Stock Pot With Glass Lid that is shown here is just one of many stock pots that make it easy to use while boiling peppers.

Mixed Bell Peppers


Mixed Bell Peppers

Making Stuffed Peppers (Another Recipe)


Easy Tasty Stuffed Bell Peppers

This is my own recipe that I use most often. I find it tastier than the Traditional Stuffed Pepper recipe. Last time I used red bell peppers. Red bell peppers are a little sweeter than the green bell peppers.


6 large green bell peppers

1 lb ground beef

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

1 package taco seasoning mix

3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or desired amount)

1 box Spanish Rice Mix

1 1/2 cups water

1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes (crushed)

1 tablespoon butter

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce


1. Cut thin slice from stem end of each pepper. Remove seeds and membranes; rinse. Cook peppers in enough boiling water to cover 5 minutes; drain.

2. Cook and stir hamburger and onion in 10-inch skillet until hamburger is light brown; drain. Add taco seasoning mix. Cook as directed on package.

3. In a two quart saucepan cook the Spanish rice as instructed. According to the directions on the box that I have: Combine 1 1/2 cups water, 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes (crushed), 1 tablespoon butter and Spanish Rice Mix. Stir well and bring to boil.

4. Stir rice, reduce heat, cover and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes or until all water is absorbed.

5. Remove rice mixture from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

6. Combine hamburger and rice mixture.

3. Stuff each pepper with mixture; stand upright in ungreased baking dish, 9x12 inches. Pour tomato sauce over peppers. Cover with foil; cook in 350 degree F oven for 45 minutes. Uncover; cook 15 minutes longer. Remove from oven and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

Makes 6 servings.

Note: I have substituted chili in place of the rice or combined the two. The great thing about stuffed peppers is that you can use your imagination.

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Sandy Mertens (author) from Wisconsin, USA on September 10, 2010:

gr82bme,can't go wrong with either one.

gr82bme from USA on September 10, 2010:

Great recipe. Thank you. I will have to make them.

Sandy Mertens (author) from Wisconsin, USA on July 19, 2010:

Thanks Billy.

billyaustindillon on July 19, 2010:

Peppers are so good for you and this stuffing makes them particulalry interesting. Thanks Sandy.

Sandy Mertens (author) from Wisconsin, USA on July 09, 2010:

Peppers are excellent stuff. Even not stuffed, they are good. Thanks Skinkicker.

Shinkicker from Scotland on July 08, 2010:

A ravenous experience. Thanks for the ideas Sandy.

I absolutely love peppers but I rarely eat them stuffed. Must try it again.

Sandy Mertens (author) from Wisconsin, USA on June 23, 2010:

Thanks everyone. WordPlay, you should try the Spanish rice and taco seasoning one.

Carla Chadwick from Georgia on June 23, 2010:

I love the idea of using Spanish rice and taco flavoring. I'll bet that's delicious!

I voted up this hub and picked the "useful" button. :-)

naiza1986 on June 08, 2010:

This all looks so yummy!

Karen Metz from Michigan on June 01, 2010:

My husband loves stuffed peppers! I will try your version and see what he thinks. Thanks!

xzendor from Eastern USA on May 27, 2010:

I Love Stuffed Peppers. Looking Forward To Trying Out Your Recipe

Dr irum on May 12, 2010:

i love bell pepper ,very nice recipe ,well written hub with good articulation.Thanks to share with us.

Shari from New York, NY on April 25, 2010:

this sounds delicious. . I think I am just going to have to take a stab. . my mouth is positivity watering!

prettydarkhorse from US on April 18, 2010:

this is artistic and I will like it because I like chili little bit, plus pepper, Maita

Pollyannalana from US on April 13, 2010:

Looks delicious, I love stuffed pepper and cabbage rolls stuffed with green peppers, lol.

Cassidella on March 31, 2010:

Hi Sandy,

This recipe sounds wonderful. Never had stuffed red peppers before and will definitely try this one!

Janice S on March 17, 2010:

Yum - I love stuffed peppers when it is cool outside. They are just one of those comfort foods for me.

Tim from Los Angeles, CA on March 16, 2010:

was looking for the perfect stuffed bell pepper recipe and looks like I found it!

pddm67 from Queens, New York on March 09, 2010:

Another good hub! I love peppers - although the red bell is my absolute favorite. You're givin me great ideas this week - much thanks :-) Rock on!

magnoliazz from Wisconsin on March 04, 2010:

I like the taco seasoning with the stuffed peppers. I make stuffed peppers almost like you do, but I do not pre cook everything. I stuff the uncooked peppers with raw hamb mixture with minute rice, pour some V8 over the entire thing and then bake the peppers until tender and done. Prep time is all of 5 minutes. So fast and easy.

Sometimes I let them sit a day, as this will bring out all the flavors better.

Sandy Mertens (author) from Wisconsin, USA on February 22, 2010:

Thanks habee. Actually, I use the second recipe more than I do the first. I think it has a better taste.

Holle Abee from Georgia on February 22, 2010:

Made the second recipe, and they were great!

Beth100 from Canada on February 16, 2010:

You've brought me down memory lane!! My mom use to make stuffed peppers for dinner, and they were to die for!!! After reading this, I just may try to make a few since I'm having cravings for them now!!! lol Thanks!

Raymond D Choiniere from USA on January 16, 2010:

It's always fun adding someone else's recipes. Thank you for sharing. Should be interesting to try. :)

fishtiger58 from Momence, Illinois on January 12, 2010:

Interesting I never thought to melt cheese over the top of my stuffed peppers. I will have to give that a try. Thanks for a great read.

Holle Abee from Georgia on December 29, 2009:

Hubby loves these! I'll have to try them.

DrRichard from San Diego on December 21, 2009:

That's a tasty hub!

ThePartyAnimal on August 01, 2009:

I really enjoy stuffed peppers, but I am just to lazy to make them and the kids will not eat them yet. Wanna come over and cook for me?

EverythingMouse on July 25, 2009:

This looks like a great recipe. I love those pictures too.

Sandy Mertens (author) from Wisconsin, USA on July 23, 2009:

Glad I can help Ashley. We had a late spring, so I am still waiting for my peppers.

Ashley Joy on July 22, 2009:

This is exactly what I needed. I have lots of peppers in the garden right now that I need to pick. But I was not sure what I was going to do with them.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 19, 2009:

This is a different recipe than what I grew up with (which was overcooked, I think), and I will try this one asap. Thanks very much!

Wendy Henderson from Cape Coral on July 18, 2009:

Sounds yummy!

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on July 17, 2009:

I think I might really like the second one. I use red bells in a lot of things. The green ones sometimes seem a little bitter to me.

WindyWinters from Vancouver Island, BC on July 15, 2009:

These recipes are great Sandy. I never thought of using a red pepper. Good Idea!

C.S.Alexis from NW Indiana on July 14, 2009:

I like that you are using the red and yellow peppers. I enjoy them much more than the green ones. Good job with the video. I know this recipe has to be good, it looks great.

Sylviane on July 10, 2009:

Sounds very good. HUMMMM!

Sandy Mertens (author) from Wisconsin, USA on July 10, 2009:

To Heartaday, I haven't heard of ham and rice before. But it sounds good.

Heartaday on July 10, 2009:

Yum, i love bell peppers. Hadn't thought of using spanish rice mix and taco seasoning. We used to make them with ground ham and rice.

Gary Anderson from Las Vegas, Nevada on July 09, 2009:

This is a beautiful website that is pleasing to the eye. And I love stuffed bell peppers. In this economy it is a really healthy way to have inexpensive food with a gourmet touch.

ameliehub from UK on July 09, 2009:

Hi sandyspider, both of your recipes sounds selicious. I would surely try them as i love to cook in new ways.

AndyPo on July 09, 2009:

Sounds delicious.

Christine Mulberry on July 09, 2009:

These both sound really good. Thanks for sharing the recipes!

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