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Delicious Stuffed Bell Peppers with Cheese - Recipe Inspiration

Classic Stuffed Bell Peppers

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  • Author: María
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 1x


Bell Peppers stuffed with rice, ground beef and tomato sauce, covered in cheese and baked til tender.


Units Scale
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 46 medium bell peppers
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 C marinara sauce
  • 1/2 C uncooked long-grain rice
  • 1 C low-moisture mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1/4 C aged parmesan, grated
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 1/4 C + 1 tbsp water, divided
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp umami seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 400ºF and grease a large glass baking dish with oil or cooking spray. Set it aside.
  2. Split your bell peppers down the center, or lop off the tops. Remove the mebranes and seeds entirely. Place them in a microwave-safe bowl, add in 1 tbsp of water and cover the bowl with food wrap or a silicone cover. Microwave the peppers for 5 minutes to steam, then set aside to cool.
  3. Place a non-stick skillet over medium high heat and a medium saucepan over high heat. Add your rice, 2 1/4 cups of water, butter, and a pinch of salt to the saucepan and wait for it to come to a boil. In the skillet add 1 tbsp of canola oil and once it’s shimmering add your onions.
  4. Sprinkle the onions with a bit of salt and cook until they become softened and translucent, about 3 minutes, then add the ground beef. Break it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon and season it with all the remaining seasonings and worcestershire sauce. Once the rice is boiling reduce the heat to medium low and cover it. Simmer it until the water is absorbed, stirring occasionally if you want (not mandatory but helpful to check the moisture amounts) – about 15 minutes.
  5. When your ground beef is cooked through, drain the excess grease if you like, then reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in your marinara sauce. Let simmer while you wait for the rice to be ready.
  6. Once the rice is ready, dump it into the ground beef mixture and stir to combine. Taste and add salt  and more seasonings if needed.
  7. Arrange your bell peppers in the baking dish you prepared earlier. Spoon in the filling, pressing it in gently as you go to make sure it fills the entire pepper.
  8. Once all of the peppers are stuffed, mix together your cheeses, then sprinkle them over the tops of your peppers. Make sure they’re pretty well covered, like you would a pizza or lasagna.
  9. Bake on the middle rack for 14-20 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and the peppers are tender to your liking. Dassit!
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 40
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