Slow Cooker "Inside Out" Stuffed Peppers

Marcia McCance


This is a recipe from my mother's Rival Crock Pot recipe book from the 70's. I had in mind to make a "quick stuffed pepper" recipe because the quick stuffed cabbage recipe was such a hit.

I hate all the tedium of making meat balls and then stuffing something... but I LOVE the flavor of the green peppers, beef and rice in that tomatoey sauce.

So why not just throw all the pertinent ingredients into a slow cooker and let it make itself? Ha!

I checked her book and there was this recipe for "Spanish Rice" with all the same ingredients! I added additional pepper for more pepper flavor!

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Slow Cooker Crock Pot


1 1/2 c
raw long grain rice (can use uncooked short grain, or whatever, but not instant rice)
1/2 c
olive oil, or butter
1 can(s)
15 oz tomato sauce
1 1/2 c
water (for the rice)
1 medium
onion, chopped
3 or 4 large
green bell peppers, cut in strips (for more green pepper flavor)
1 1/2 tsp
2 lb
hamburger, or sausage, fried and drained


1 pkg
2 lb frozen meat balls (plain or italian flavor)

Directions Step-By-Step

Saute the raw rice in the oil or butter until it is golden brown.
Note: do not omit this step... I was in a rush to get going and skipped this step and the rice never cooked properly. You don't have to use all the butter or oil, in fact, half that amount (1/4 c) works just as well, but DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!
Place in slow cooker with all remaining ingredients. Stir well.
Cover and cook on Low for 4 to 6 hours or on High for 2 to 3 hours.
NOTE: I cut the green pepper in long strips so it would not get lost in the recipe -- I like the "green pepper" emphasis, but you can make it however you like. I also doubled the meat to make it more like stuffed green peppers and less like Spanish rice. I think you could use 3 or even 4 green peppers, too, if you really want the stuffed pepper taste.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy