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Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers Recipe
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Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers Recipe

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These filling and flavorful peppers are an updated version of my mom's stuffed peppers, which were a favorite when I was growing up in upstate New York. Whenever I make them, I'm reminded of home.—Melissa McCabe, Long Beach, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 3 small tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup cubed Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives
  • 1/3 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup canned red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 large sweet peppers
  • 3/4 cup meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  1. Place the first 12 ingredients in a large bowl; mix lightly to combine. Cut and discard tops from sweet peppers; remove seeds. Fill peppers with rice mixture.
  2. In a small bowl, mix spaghetti sauce and water; pour half of the mixture into an oval 5-qt. slow cooker. Add filled peppers. Top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.
  3. Cook, covered, on low 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until heated through and peppers are tender. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers in Taste of Home February/March 2008, p29

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Reviewed Aug. 24, 2015

"This was great. I increased the beans to a half a cup of each. I didn't have pinto beans so I substituted chickpeas and I'd do that again. For the sauce, I used a cup of vegetable broth, 3/4 cup of tomato sauce and a two tablespoons of tomato paste. I poured some of the mixture over each pepper and put the rest in the pan. I cooked for an hour on low heat on the stove."

Reviewed Jul. 23, 2015

"YUK! I should have heeded the review that said it was only "edible" -- but it wasn't even that good. It took a LONG time to prepare; hubby finally gave me a hand. I will say this: the stuffing was excellent BEFORE I added the spaghetti sauce to it (following the advice of one of the reviewers), but the spaghetti sauce ruined it, conflicting with the taste of the stuffing. Last, but not least, the peppers were all wrong; both hubby and I threw them out. I would make the stuffing again if they didn't take so long to prepare, but, as hubby said, it's not worth it. This recipe got tossed out!"

Reviewed May. 6, 2015

"My family really likes this recipe. I usually half the stuffing and spread it between four peppers. I still have plenty left over. I tend to use a can of Italian-style diced tomatoes because it cuts down on the prep work, and adding a bit of sauce to the stuffing gives it more flavor."

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2015

"We really enjoyed this and will definitely make this often, the only changes I made was I subsituted with pepper jack cheese and added 2 Tbsps of Worcester shire sauce. One note only four large peppers fit in my 6 qt slow cooker so next time I'll bake this in the oven. Easy and delicious!"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"Made this yesterday. Found it edible, but didn't get seconds. Not going to be my go-to recipe."

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