Spicy Stuffed Peppers Recipe
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Spicy Stuffed Peppers Recipe

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This is one of my family's favorite recipes. It can be fixed any time of the year, but it's especially good with fresh peppers from the garden.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 green peppers, tops and seeds removed
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 jar (8 ounces) picante sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 265 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 965mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 24g protein .


  1. Cook peppers in boiling salted water for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Combine ground beef, onion, rice and seasonings; spoon into peppers. Place in a greased baking dish; top with picante sauce. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Spicy Stuffed Peppers in Country June/July 1993, p47

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Ilovematty 240540
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

"Good. I added low fat cheese on the top during the last five minutes. Each pepper is enough for 2 people."

Katyjane 213828
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2014

"Not bad but needed a little something extra in the meat mixture - like cheese"

Ptrck85 10435
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"My wife and I loved this! I was worried the onion might be a little overpowering but it was perfect. My only suggestion would be to add some salsa to the meat mixture so it's a little more moist."

angieact1 50505
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2013

"This was a very tasty and easy recipe. I added cheddar cheese and it was a hit with the kids."

parksville 14075
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2013

"Delicious! I used red peppers, added 1 large seeded & minced jalapeno, sprinkled tex-mex cheese on each pepper before adding the salsa then once cooked more cheese and back in the oven to melt. Served them w/ sour cream - oh so good! Very filling and juicy. A keeper!"

Igraine32 38469
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013 Edited Jul. 11, 2014

"There is something not quite right about how this recipe is written. I think next time i will brown the meat and onions first, drain and then add the rice and seasonings. Otherwise, this comes out extremely runny. I'm talking fat juice and liquid from the salsa pouring out of the cooked peppers."

Kathy2688515 38467
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2012

"My husband loved this recipe. I will try some of the tips that the other members suggested. Think it would be great with the cheese. Will try next time. I wonder how they would be to make ahead and freeze them or if the peppers would be to mushy that way?"

damonsamara 38466
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

"My husband said these were the BEST stuffed peppers I've ever made. I chose to add a combination of mozzarella and Mexican cheese to top each pepper after the baking time and returning it to the warm oven for a couple of minutes."

tree doc 14092
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2011

"The most tasty stuffed peppers I have ever made. My daughter, who doesn't like green peppers, loves this recipe."

watershoe 7387
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

"I made this recipe last night and it was delicious! I added banana peppers and topped them with shredded cheese, sour cream and salsa. Yum! Might add bacon and jalapenos next time."

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