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 User ID: 8373724 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 User ID: 7256553 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 User ID: 967485 214620
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

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

Marijs50 User ID: 5559581 2428
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

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

dswaim71 User ID: 1774380 995
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

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

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 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 User ID: 1473861 994
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2013

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

PDOMI User ID: 3536601 5136
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

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

guitargirl42066 User ID: 2242058 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 User ID: 3173817 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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