Filled Peppers with Chunky Tomato Sauce

Susan Bickta

By
@souxie

This was my "go-to" recipe when we grew peppers in our vegetable garden. To me, they taste like "summer"! When I make these for guests, I use a combination of green, red, yellow and/or orange bell peppers. This makes a beautiful (and TASTY) presentation.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Serves:
8-10
Prep:
25 Min
Cook:
1 Hr 10 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

SAUCE

1 can(s)
(28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 can(s)
(28 ounces) petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can(s)
(15 ounces) tomato sauce, divided
2 tsp
sugar

FILLING FOR THE PEPPERS

1 1/4 lb
meatloaf mix (mixture of ground beef, pork and veal)
1 1/4 lb
ground chuck (80/20)
1/4 c
panko breadcrumbs
1
8.8 ounce container "ready-to-serve" long grain white rice (both cups)
1
envelope dry mushroom and onion soup mix
1/2 c
french fried onions (half of a 2.8 ounce package)
1
extra large egg
1/4 c
water
1/4 c
tomato sauce
4 large
green bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise, seeds and stems removed

Step-By-Step

1Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Have at the ready 1 13"X9" glass baking dish AND, if needed, 1 8"X8" glass baking dish, depending on the size of the peppers.
2In a large bowl, combine the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, all but 1/4 cup of the tomato sauce and the sugar. Mix well to dissolve sugar. Put small amount in bottom of baking dish(es) and spread evenly to lightly coat bottom. Set aside.
3In another large bowl, combine the meatloaf mix, ground chuck, breadcrumbs, rice, soup mix, onions, egg, water and reserved 1/4 cup tomato sauce.
4Mix well with hands by "kneading" meat mixture in the bowl until all ingredients are incorporated.
5Using a large spoon, firmly pack each pepper half with about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the meat mixture, pressing down as you go and "mounding" the top. (If you have any meat left, make meatballs and place in baking dish with the peppers.)
6As you stuff each pepper, place in prepared baking dish, leaving some space in between.
7Spoon sauce over all, making sure to cover each.
8Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until ho, bubbly and just starting to brown. Internal temperature should read 165 degrees F. (Picture shows 2 filled peppers and 3 meatballs baked in a second baking dish. The yield, using these peppers, was 8 filled peppers and 6 meatballs.)

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom