Inside-out Stuffed Peppers Recipe

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Our daughters Kimberly and Kristina don't like the way the meat and rice mixture is usually stuffed inside big green peppers. So Kristina added a chopped pepper to the other ingredients in a casserole.—Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 276 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 516mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein .


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. casserole. Add the next eight ingredients.
  2. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour or until the rice is tender. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese; cook 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Inside-out Stuffed Peppers in Taste of Home June/July 1995, p14

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Gracelr 233064
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2015

"Great recipe. I did have to cook 20 min longer cause the rice wasn't cooked through. I also added Large can of diced tomatoes. I think next time I will put the rice in after the beef then add the other ingredients. Will make again"

cheekk 222227
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

"I ended up using sausage instead of hamburger, cooked the rice beforehand, and then baked for only 30 minutes. VERY good."

jekurs 214620
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"My DH and I both agree. This is very good."

Marijs50 2428
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"The rice was not done. Just slightly off, but not done."

dswaim71 995
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"We add salsa to the recipe to kick it up a notch"

tammycookblogsbooks 1549
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2013

"I have been making this recipe for years. What drew me to it was how easy it is. To make it even easier and a one pot dish, brown the ground beef in an oven proof dutch oven. As my family has grown I have adapted the recipe. I now use 2 pounds of ground beef and I use 2 (14.5 ounce) cans of diced tomatoes instead of one can of stewed tomatoes"

sgronholz 994
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2013

"This recipe has been a family favorite ever since TOH published it back in 1995!"

PDOMI 5136
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

"This has become one of our favorite dinners. I serve it with cornbread."

guitargirl42066 3366
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2012

"This is a fantastic recipe. I usually add more green pepper and extra cheese. I've also tried adding a small can of tomato paste as well. So much easier than making stuffed peppers."

Margot_76 1547
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"I must make this nearly every week! It is a simple and delicious casserole -- great for a weeknight meal when served with a salad. I did find that it needs a little bit more salt and seasoning."

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