Stuffed Green Peppers
I love my Mom’s Stuffed Green Peppers recipe! The flavors are a tiny bit sweet and sour that I’ve always enjoyed. This is an old family recipe that we have eaten for a long, long time. My mom used to make these all the time when I was growing up. She used to use Minute Rice, which is actually preferable over higher quality rice (unless you precook it). Minute Rice cooks much faster and I recommend that for anyone who’s in a hurry!
Stuffed Green Peppers have a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar sprinkled lightly over the top of all the peppers before baking. This provides a slightly sweet and sour taste that’s quite wonderful. I also use a very lean 96% ground beef mixture for this recipe so the peppers don’t end up with a lot of grease.
I use a ketchup that’s gluten free and doesn’t have all the preservatives or high fructose corn syrup that some ketchups have. For a little more pizazz you can also substitute spaghetti sauce for the plain tomato sauce in the recipe–although spaghetti sauce wasn’t available commercially when Mom used to make this for us when we were growing up.
I made this recipe frequently when we were first married, especially anytime we had gardens because the bell peppers were inexpensive and it was such a quick and easy recipe to prepare when our kids were young. I spent very little time in the kitchen and had a wonderful meal ready in an hour to an hour and a half.
Whenever green peppers went on sale during the summer for about 50 cents a piece, I would usually stock up and plan to put Stuffed Green Peppers on the menu. I never minded eating the peppers as well as the filling.
If you’re looking for a tasty Stuffed Bell Pepper recipe, then give this one a try. It’s easy and satisfying, slightly sweet, and very filling.
Stuffed Green Peppers has always been a family favorite.
This old-fashioned recipe is easy and delicious.
I slow cook the peppers in the oven about an hour and a half to ensure the rice is cooked sufficiently.
Here’s what I did.
These are the ingredients I used for this recipe. I use a 96% lean ground beef. I also recommend using minute rice or brown minute rice as it cooks more quickly. (Otherwise, if you want to use a high quality rice, you will need to precook it first).
Cut off the tops of the peppers and remove pulp and seeds. Place cut side down in boiling water and parboil about 5 minutes. Remove from pan to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, mix stuffing for bell peppers. Place the ground beef, rice and diced onions in a mixing bowl. I add enough ketchup to moisten the ingredients so they will stick together. Start with about 1/2 cup. (I highly recommend using either Minute Rice or pre-cooking whole grain brown rice if you wish to use it).
Mix ingredients with your hands until well mixed.
Stuff peppers with raw meat mixture.
Pour a can of tomato sauce over top of peppers. I added a tiny bit of water, but you don’t need to do this. You won’t need to add much if you’re using Minute Rice.
Sprinkle brown sugar over top of each pepper, as desired. Cover with lid and bake at 350.
Bake at 350 for about one hour if using Minute Rice. If you want to use a healthier brown rice, the bell peppers can be cooked in about an hour also, if you pre-cook the rice.
This picture shows what the stuffing looks like after cooking.
Here’s the recipe.
STUFFED GREEN PEPPERS
(Recipe adapted from my mom, Helen Mattis, Titusville, FL)
- 6 large green peppers
- 1 to 1 ½ lbs. ground chuck (I prefer 96% lean ground beef)
- 1 cup uncooked rice (instant rice works the best)
- ½ cup chopped onion
- about 2/3 cup ketchup
- 15-oz. can tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce for a richer flavor
- brown sugar, about 1 heaping teaspoon for each pepper (I use 1 heaping TABLESPOON)
- Cut tops off peppers and remove pulp and seeds.
- Place in roaster pan with about 1-2 inches water.
- Cover with lid and parboil cut-side down for about 5 minutes.
- Mix uncooked ground chuck, rice, onion and ketchup to a mixture that sticks together.
- Start with about ½ cup ketchup, and add another ½ cup if you think you need it to make it moist enough.
- Stuff peppers with this mixture.
- Place stuffed-side up in roaster (you may want to spray it with cooking spray first).
- Pour can of tomato sauce over top.
- Pour about half to three-fourths of a sauce can of water over top.
- Place about 1 heaping tablespoon of brown sugar on top of each stuffed pepper.
- Cover with lid and bake in 350° oven for 1 to 1 ½ hours until beef and rice is cooked through.
If you use a gluten free ketchup, this recipe can be completely gluten free.
We love the sauciness of this recipe. If you have a vegetable garden and you’re growing bell peppers, this is a great recipe for that.
We’ve always loved Stuffed Green Peppers and believe you will too!