Stuffed Green Peppers Recipe
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Stuffed Green Peppers Recipe

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My family especially enjoys this dish in the summer when fresh tomatoes and green peppers are readily available. This recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law, they always ask me to make it for them!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 55 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 55 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 6 medium fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 4 medium green peppers
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 cup instant rice, cooked
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 324 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 1565mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 7g fiber), 27g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine tomatoes, onion, celery, tomato sauce, water, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cut tops off of green peppers and remove seeds; set aside. In a bowl, combine ground beef, rice, basil and remaining salt and pepper; mix well. Fill peppers with beef mixture. Carefully place peppers in tomato sauce. Spoon some sauce over tops of peppers.
  3. Cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes or until beef is cooked and peppers are tender. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Stuffed Green Peppers in Bountiful Harvest Cookbook 1994, p5

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pateder User ID: 2742736 6644
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2014

"To mowmow01: Did you brown the meat first, then bake stuffed peppers in the sauce?"

mowmow01 User ID: 5487857 199158
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"By not boiling the green peppers, the taste is more vibrant and the fresh tomato sauce makes it taste fresh of out the garden, I did however bake mine at 350 for 1hour with a cover and they were wonderful..."

Clancy Girl User ID: 4858017 9094
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2010

"I love this receipe with the exception of the sodium. I reduced the amount of sodium to 1/2 teaspoon, increased the tomato sauce to 16 oz, added 2 teaspoons of sugar and eliminated the water. The sugar eliminates the bitterness of the peppers and the acidity from the tomatoes."

blrrow User ID: 2453435 5754
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"try rubbing the inside of the green pepper with a little salt. Takes away the "green", or bitter taste of the pepper. Also the pepper seems to cook from inside out, and is very tender."

blondie64vt User ID: 3438310 5954
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2009

"Good recipe, however, I cooked hamburger before simmering peppers stuffed. Also needs more seasonings as were a bit bland. Otherwise a very good recipe : )"

Sassy2U2 User ID: 615445 6121
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2009

"I have made this recipe before.It is very good.It is easy to make and on a hot day the oven isn't on."

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