Stuffed Bell Peppers

Donna Brown Recipe

By Donna Brown gabbiegirl

Prep Time:

This is a good way to use an abundant supply of fresh veggies in the summer months. We love fresh basil and tomatoes together and have quite a bit of both in the summertime. This dish freezes well for a wintertime treat.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This is a very filling entrée... and a terrific way to use up all your garden veggies!


medium bell pepper
1 lb
ground chuck
1 c
instant rice, cooked (or 1 box beef and mushroom Rice-a-Roni)
finely chopped onion
1 tsp
olive oil
1/2 cup
chopped celery, optional
16 oz. can diced tomatoes (or use fresh summertime tomatoes if you have them)
1 Tbsp
sugar (or sugar substitute)
1/2 tsp
dried basil or 2 tsp. fresh basil, chopped (or more if you wish)
shredded cheese of your choice
salt to boiling water

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Fill large pot with water, add salt and sugar. Boil and add bell pepper that insides have been removed. You can cut the tops off and stuff whole pepper or cut pepper in half lengthwise. Boil gently until pepper changes color and tender (about 4-5 minutes). In skillet, brown ground chuck in oil with onion and celery, until meat is no longer pink and onion and celery are tender & opaque, drain well. Mix other ingredients in bowl, add meat mixture to bowl. Arrange peppers in baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Stuff peppers with meat mixture. If any meat mixture is left spoon around peppers casserole style. Bake until bubbly and tender. In the last few minutes of cooking, top with shredded cheese and cook until melted. They freeze really well, however, leave off cheese until ready to cook.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtag: #PEPPERS

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CLIFF long mrfunseeker51
Sep 24, 2014
i'm going to make these today,but will add some chopped up mushrooms. we always like mushrooms in stuffed peppers.
Sue West sunnydaz
Mar 25, 2014
I made these for dinner tonight Donna and my husband & I enjoyed them very much! I added a little dried red pepper flakes because we like things spicy and it was a nice addition. Thanks for the great recipe!
Bob Cooney - Shaklee Distributor firemanbob59
Jul 29, 2013
OHHHH SOOOOOOOOOOO PINCHED!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you! :)
shelley kennedy kennedys6
May 28, 2013
I stuffed my peppers with the meat mixture raw and it held together beautifully! Side of mashed potatoes and corn....YUMMY! I liked the sugar/basil twist- thank you!
Lashawn Finley lfinley
May 27, 2013
great and easy idea