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Stuffed Green Peppers

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cover and simmer for 40-45 minutes or until beef is cooked and peppers are tender.

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  • gaylene2
    Dec 15, 2020

    A great way to use up your garden tomatoes. I didn’t bother to seed them and nobody noticed. I dropped them in boiling water for about 15 seconds and then into cold water and they peeled beautifully. I added cooked chunks of pork from a previous meal. Consequently I reduced the cooking to 30 minutes. A little on the bland side so I’d spice it up some more.

  • lacenicienta
    Oct 16, 2020

    Our favourite stuffed pepper recipe. I make it with my garden peppers and tomatoes every year.. Occasionally, I will add a couple of Italian sausages to the ground beef, just to change it up a bit, but excellent the way it is. Supper tonight - YUM!

  • Theresa
    Apr 28, 2020

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  • pateder
    Oct 22, 2014

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

  • mowmow01
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.