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Cheesy Stuffed Peppers Recipe

This is an easy, classic recipe for stuffed peppers. The peppers are stuffed with a tasty mix of ground beef, onion, mozzarella, tomatoes, and rice.

Cheesy Stuffed Peppers Recipe in a casserole dish

This is a hearty yet healthy meal that can be a busy weeknight staple. The flavors are Italian-inspired, using Italian seasoning and diced tomatoes.

To make these quick stuffed peppers, you simply prepare the filling in one pan, stuff your peppers and bake them. The peppers are also topped with a delicious sprinkle of melted mozzarella cheese.

Stuffed bell peppers can be eaten just by themselves or with a savory side dish. Try it with roasted peppers, watermelon salad, or Italian salad

Stuffed Peppers Ingredients

To make this cheesy stuffed bell pepper recipe, you will need the following ingredients (go to the recipe below for exact quantities and instructions):

  • white rice
  • bell peppers (any color)
  • olive oil
  • ground beef: you can also try ground turkey or ground pork
  • onion
  • diced tomatoes
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • mozzarella cheese
  • parsley

Beef, rice and onion mixture for stuffed peppers in a pan

How to Make Stuffed Bell Peppers

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Cook 2 cups of rice according to the packaging and set aside.
  2. Prepare your peppers by cutting off the tops and removing the seeds. Fill a large pan with water and bring it to a boil. Boil the bell peppers for 5 minutes. Place them upside down on a paper towel to dry.
  3. Make the stuffing. In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Add the onion and saute until translucent. Add the ground beef to the skillet. Cook until brown and cooked through. Drain any excess grease. Add the diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, rice and ½ cup of mozzarella cheese. Stir to combine.
  4. Fill the peppers. Place the peppers in a 9 x 13” baking dish lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon the filling into the peppers, filling each one full.
  5. Bake the peppers. Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 25 – 30 minutes. Add the remaining mozzarella cheese to the tops of the peppers and bake for 5 minutes more.
  6. Garnish and serve. Optionally, serve garnished with chopped parsley.

Bell peppers cut open in a casserole dish

Do I Have to Boil the Peppers?

Bell peppers have a thick skin and boiling the peppers helps to make them more tender. If you wish to skip this step, you can leave the peppers in the oven for an additional 20 minutes after adding the cheese on top.

Tips For The Recipe

  • Preparing your peppers: if you’re having trouble getting your peppers to stay upright in your baking dish, trim the bottoms of them slightly so that they are flat. This is best done at the beginning of the recipe before you boil your peppers.
  • How to freeze stuffed peppers: to freeze these stuffed peppers, place them in an airtight container after they have been cooked and freeze for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat them, let them thaw in the fridge overnight and then heat them through completely in the oven at 350 (for about 10 minutes).

Cheesy Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Substitutions & Optional Add-Ins

Meat: you can easily swap out ground beef for ground turkey or chicken in this recipe if you prefer.

Rice: it’s recommended to use a long grain white rice for this recipe, but you can also use your favorite white, brown or wild rice.

Cheesy Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This is an easy, classic recipe for stuffed peppers. The peppers are stuffed with a tasty mix of ground beef, onion, mozzarella, tomatoes, and rice.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white rice, cooked
  • 6 bell peppers (any color)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Chopped parsley, optional for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Cook 2 cups of rice according to the packaging and set aside.
  2. Prepare your peppers by cutting off the tops and removing the seeds. Fill a large pan with water and bring it to a boil. Boil the peppers for 5 minutes. Place them upside down on a paper towel to dry.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Add the onion and saute until translucent.
  4. Add the ground beef to the skillet. Cook until brown and cooked through. Drain any excess grease.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, rice and ½ cup of mozzarella cheese. Stir to combine.
  6. Place the peppers in a 9 x 13” baking dish lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon the filling into the peppers, filling each one full.
  7. Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 25 - 30 minutes. Add the remaining mozzarella cheese to the tops of the peppers and bake for 5 minutes more.
  8. Optionally, serve garnished with chopped parsley.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 423Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 637mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 30g

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