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)

How to Make Slow Cooker "Inside Out" Stuffed Peppers


  1. 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!
  2. Place in slow cooker with all remaining ingredients. Stir well.
  3. Cover and cook on Low for 4 to 6 hours or on High for 2 to 3 hours.
  4. 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.

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About Slow Cooker "Inside Out" Stuffed Peppers

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

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