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Herb-Stuffed Red Peppers Recipe
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Herb-Stuffed Red Peppers Recipe

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“We love to cook and experiment with new dishes,” writes Brenda Joyner of Pateros, Washington. “We found this recipe online but were missing a few of the ingredients, so we improvised. We like the results.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 2 large sweet red peppers
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 482 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 1,798 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 32 g protein.


  1. Cut tops off peppers; remove seeds. Place peppers and water in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender; set aside.
  2. In a small skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Remove from the heat; stir in the rice, parsley, salt, cayenne and allspice.
  3. In a small saucepan, bring tomato sauce and broth to a boil. Stir in the vinegar, basil and 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese; stir about 1/2 cup sauce into rice mixture. Spoon into peppers. Place in a greased shallow 1-qt. baking dish.
  4. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes or until peppers are tender. Serve with remaining sauce. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Herb-Stuffed Red Peppers in Taste of Home August/September 2005, p57

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 482 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 1,798 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 32 g protein.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"Tasty enough, quick, and easy weeknight meal. I think I would add some spinach or broccoli next time, felt it needed something green. After topping with cheese, I did put mine in a preheated oven for about 8-10 min."

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"Excellent recipe. Loved the flavors in this!"

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2013

"These were soooo good! Even my picky eater loved it! This is now a regular dish at my home! Thank you so much!!!"

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2013

"I have had stuffed green bell peppers and was never too fond of the. I like red peppers better so I thought I'd try this recipe. Dang these are good! I doubled the sauce to serve on the side. I used half Parmesan and half Romano cheese. The sauce is wonderful! They are even better the next day."

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2013

"I used buckwheat groats instead of the brown rice and they were still yummy!"

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