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Stuffed Pepper Soup

Some of the cooks at the restaurant where I work were talking about stuffed pepper soup. We decided to stir up similar ingredients for a stuffed pepper soup recipe. Customer response was overwhelming! —Krista Muddiman, Meadville, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups chopped green peppers
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups cooked long grain rice
  • Chopped fresh parsley, optional


  • In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook and stir beef until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in next 8 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until peppers are tender, about 30 minutes.
  • Add cooked rice; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes longer. If desired, sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Dark brown sugar contains more molasses than light or golden brown sugar. The types are generally interchangeable in recipes. But if you prefer a bolder flavor, choose dark brown sugar.
  • Green peppers are unripened versions of red, yellow or orange peppers. They are less expensive because they’re quicker to get to market. Use colored peppers in recipes for more sweetness.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 337 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 1466mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein.


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    • MommaBear1
      Jul 27, 2020

      next time I would use a little more spices. I only had half the tomato sauce,so added 15oz. of tomato with green chilles . I also added tbs of worcestershire , minced onions and garlic. I would also add celery

    • Mary Colette
      Jun 2, 2020

      Tasty "mistake" we loved. I made 1/2 batch for the 2 of us and accidently used diced tomatoes and green chilies 14.5 oz can in my pantry right next to diced tomatoes on shelf. It gave it just a little more "kick". I didn't add salt and I stir fried about 1/2 cup of chopped onions with the ground beef. It was delicious and my husband really liked it.

    • Jamie
      Apr 30, 2020

      I have made this soup 6 or 7 times. It is so good! I have also taught a couple of people how to make it since they loved it when they had it at my house. I also used beef broth rather than bouillon and water, and also added onion and garlic. We also use 2 green peppers and 1 red pepper. This is a recipe I’ll use for years to come!!

    • Teresa
      Apr 6, 2020

      This soup is absolutely amazing! My kids thought it tasted like tacos and enjoyed topping the soup with shredded cheese, sour cream and crumbled tortilla chips for a fun, fiesta kind of feel!

    • CoupongirlNJ
      Apr 4, 2020

      I'm not a big fan of stuffed peppers but i love this soup! I make it with ground chicken or turkey, brown rice and add more chopped peppers. Delicious!

    • Sandy
      Feb 28, 2020

      One of the best soups ever. I didn’t use beef bullion but used 1 litre of beef broth and 2 cups of water. Also as others have said, added an onion, chopped celery, garlic, a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and a few dashes of hot sauce. If your kids don’t like diced tomatoes, omit them and add an extra can of tomato sauce.

    • Carole22
      Feb 15, 2020

      Best stuffed pepper soup I have ever had. Only change I made was adding 4 cups of cooked rice instead of 2.

    • Elisa
      Jan 9, 2020

      Delicious!! Will make again!

    • Paula
      Jan 4, 2020

      This soup is yummy and the hubby loved it too! I added a large onion, two cloves of garlic and a few splashes of worchesire sauce. I did not put rice in it. Will definitely make it again!

    • Heather
      Oct 25, 2019

      Soooooo yummy!!!