Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Welcome to a delightful twist on a classic dinner favorite: Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers! This recipe transforms simple ingredients into a colorful and savory dish that’s perfect for any weeknight meal.

Combining the heartiness of ground beef, the subtle nuttiness of rice, and the rich flavors of tomato sauce and cheese, these stuffed peppers are not just a feast for the taste buds but also a visual treat with their vibrant bell pepper bowls.

Easy to prepare and irresistibly delicious, this dish is sure to become a regular in your meal rotation. Let’s dive into how you can create this comforting classic at home.

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How to Prepare Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers

1. Begin by preheating your oven to 425°F and adjusting an oven rack to the middle position.

2. Prepare the ground beef: In a bowl, mix the beef with 1 teaspoon salt and baking soda. Let this mixture sit for 20 minutes.

3. If you prefer an easy cleanup, line a 9×13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil. Arrange the halved bell peppers in the dish, cut-side up. Drizzle them with 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt.

4. Roast the peppers in the oven for about 20 minutes. They should be slightly browned yet retain a bit of crunch. It’s normal for some liquid to gather inside the peppers.

5. While the peppers are roasting, warm the remaining oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onions until they become soft and translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute, ensuring it doesn’t brown.

6. Add the seasoned beef, chili powder, cumin, and oregano to the skillet. Increase heat to medium-high and cook the mixture, breaking the beef apart, until it’s nearly fully cooked, about 4-5 minutes.

7. Stir in the tomato sauce, bringing it to a boil. Then, reduce the heat and let it simmer uncovered for 2-3 minutes, until the beef is thoroughly cooked.

8. Mix in the cooked rice and ¾ cup of cheese until the cheese melts and the mixture is well combined.

9. Take the roasted peppers out of the oven. Fill each pepper half with the beef mixture. Top them with the remaining cheese.

10. Return the peppers to the oven for 10-15 minutes, until the filling is hot and the cheese is melted and bubbling. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers

Savor the rich and comforting flavors of our Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers. This recipe elevates a weeknight dinner into a gourmet experience, combining juicy ground beef, aromatic spices, and melted cheese nestled in tender, roasted bell peppers. It's a simple, yet satisfying meal that promises a delicious escape from the everyday hustle.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 5


  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 large red yellow, or orange bell peppers
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup cooked rice quinoa, or any grain
  • cups shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar Jack cheese


  • Heat your oven to 425°F and position a rack in the center.
  • Mix the ground beef with 1 teaspoon salt and baking soda in a bowl. Let it rest for 20 minutes.
  • Optionally line a 9×13-inch baking dish with foil. Place the pepper halves in the dish, drizzle with a tablespoon of oil, and season with ¼ teaspoon salt.
  • Bake the peppers for 20 minutes until they’re slightly charred but still firm.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, cook the onions in the remaining oil until translucent (about 3-4 minutes). Add garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Stir in the beef, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Cook on medium-high until the beef is nearly done, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Incorporate the tomato sauce and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the rice and ¾ cup of cheese to the skillet, stirring until the cheese is melted.
  • Stuff the roasted peppers with the beef mixture and top with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake for another 10-15 minutes until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Serve hot.

How to Store

To maintain the freshness and flavor of your Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers, store them properly. If you have leftovers or want to prepare them ahead of time, follow these steps:

  • Refrigeration: Place any leftover stuffed peppers in an airtight container. They can be refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. When ready to eat, reheat them in the oven or microwave until they are thoroughly warmed.
  • Freezing: For longer storage, these stuffed peppers freeze well. Freeze them in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Reheating: To reheat, bake in a 425°F oven until they are heated through. This will take about 15 minutes if refrigerated or a little longer if thawed from frozen. If you’re reheating in a microwave, use a microwave-safe dish and heat on high for 2-3 minutes, checking regularly.

Remember, always ensure the peppers are heated to the proper internal temperature for safe consumption.

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