Summer in Louisiana is hot, hot, HOT, and even HOTTER. These are perfect for a cookout or just an evening at home. You can spice them up by using some Ro-Tel tomatoes and a little cayenne pepper instead of the ground black pepper.
Cut tops off each bell pepper and set aside. Remove seeds and membranes.
In medium pot, cook bell peppers and tops in boiling water 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove and drain on paper towels. Remove stems from pepper tops; chop enough of the tops to make 1/3 cup. Set aside.
In large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until brown. Saute onion, carrot, cabbage, zucchini, garlic and chopped bell pepper until tender. Add tomatoes, rice, brown sugar, basil and pepper. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 20 minutes or until rice is tender. Stuff hot meat mixture into bell peppers and ENJOY!