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 6644
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2014

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

mowmow01 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 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 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 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 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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