Stuffed Green Bell Peppers

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Yes. Another bell pepper recipe. I like bell peppers – they are crunchy, healthy and on sale.

Stuffed bell peppers were one of the very first veggie heavy recipes that husband really enjoyed. With a meat and rice stuffing, they were a favorite growing up as well.

Many cultures have versions of stuffed peppers. In Greece, they stuff peppers with orzo, lamb, tomatoes and spinach. In India, the peppers are stuffed with mashed potatoes and onions and topped with cilantro and lemon juice. In Eastern Europe, the peppers are stuffed with ground pork, rice, tomatoes and cooked in a tomato cream sauce. Here in the United States, the peppers are typically stuffed with a meatloaf style filling and covered in cheese.

This recipe most closely resembles the Eastern European style. The pepper is stuffed with ground turkey, brown rice, tomatoes and covered in a tomato based sauce. This little bundle of joy is tasty, filling and self-contained, that is until you start eating it!

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground turkey

4 medium-large peppers

4 servings of 10 minute brown rice

1 medium onion, diced

1 large clove of garlic, diced

1 can of petite diced tomatoes

1 tsp. oregano

Salt and Pepper

Olive Oil

Sauce:

1 can of tomato sauce

½ cup of ketchup

1 tsp. of Worchester sauce

3 – 5 dashes of Cholula Hot Sauce

1 tsp. of onion powder, garlic powder

½ tsp. of salt, pepper

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Put a large pot of water on to boil.
  2. Cut the tops off the green peppers and remove the seeds and white membrane.
  3. Once the large pot of water is boiling, add the green peppers. Submerge the peppers and cook for 3 – 5 minutes or until the peppers are soft and bright green. Remove from water.
  4. In a separate pan, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until soft, about 5 minutes.
  5. While the onion and garlic is sautéing, cook rice according to the package substituting the 4 cups of water for a can of tomatoes and 2 cups of water.
  6. Add meat to veggies and cook until brown, about 10 minutes.
  7. When the meat is brown, add rice and oregano to the pan and stir well.
  8. Place the cooked peppers in a glass baking dish. Fill with meat and rice mixture.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
  10. While the peppers are baking, prepare the tomato sauce.In a medium bowl, whisk together tomato sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  11. Remove stuffed peppers from the oven and spoon tomato sauce over the tops. Return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes.
  12. Enjoy!
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Comments: 5

  1. Maya October 20, 2012 at 4:38 am Reply

    I actually just last week staetrd some more tomato plants of the ones i liked most in my garden by sticking the suckers in a glass of water. Once the roots just start to form i’ll pot them up and eventually plant them out.

  2. Shayna Broderson November 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm Reply

    Kroger has some pre made turkey burgers that are in fact really good. They are pre skilled kroger label. I simply put them in a skillet with a little water so they don’t stick and prepare them till they are brown. I was actually suprised at how really good they were !!

  3. Debra Darcey June 7, 2013 at 8:16 pm Reply

    When I make my Mom’s Stuffed Green Peppers, I make a meatloaf/meatball type mixture from ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, chopped onion, spaghetti seasonings (including grated parmesan and romano cheese, oregano, a splash of crushed red pepper spice, parsley, garlic (grated or powder) and onion powder, salt and pepper, etc.) to taste. Stuff the green peppers with this mixture (press and fill – meat will shrink as it cooks). In the meantime, I have made a meatless spaghetti sauce (or use jarred sauce – doctoring until tastes like mine with many of same spices added to meat mixture). Place stuffed peppers upright in baking dish next to each other. Spoon sauce over and around green peppers so they are covered with the sauce (or as close to covered as you can get). Start with baking dish covered. Uncover for last 30 minutes. Bake in 350 degree oven until green pepper very soft and meat mixture cooked through (1-1/2 to 2 hours)(may take longer but house with smell incredible). Place green pepper and sauce (and I always make extra meatless spaghetti sauce) over spaghetti. Cover with romano and parmesan. Serve. I have never heard complaints. This was a special dish requested for birthday dinners when we got to ask for anything we wanted.

    • Barbara mitchell September 18, 2016 at 2:18 pm Reply

      Yummy U gave me the best idea. I have just made spaghetti sauce. I will make stuffed peppers like this!!! I Make mine often with salsa ground beef sometimes chicken.
      thanks so much!!

  4. Stephanie September 24, 2015 at 10:15 am Reply

    Love it, the best recipe for stuffed peppers I have found online !

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