simple stuffed peppers: easy 35-minute recipe

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I grew up on stuffed peppers – and stuffed cabbage. They were such staples at my nunna’s and I do nothing but crave them all the time. (Aren’t all nunna’s cookings like way good?!) While these aren’t hers, they’re my go-to quick, simple, and easy stuffed peppers recipe.

I make these often. Sometimes, I even like to “unstuff” them, cutting up the pepper after I’ve boiled it and it to the filling. Sometimes, I bypass the bell peppers altogether. I mean, these stuffed peppers are so versatile, easy, and filling. I just had to share.


simple stuffed peppers

yummy bell peppers filled with rice and meat of choice
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 2 bell peppers can be any color
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 lb ground beef as a vegetarian, I use Impossible Burger Meat
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • garlic powder to taste
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • Cook rice according to packaging, adding in a bit of salt and bay leaves. Dispose of bay leaves when finished.
  • While rice is cooking, cut the top off your bell pepper and boil it until softened or desired texture. Set aside.
  • Add meat to skillet. Dice onion and add once meat is browned.
  • Add garlic powder, salt, pepper, rice, and 2/3 of tomato sauce to skillet. Stir.
  • Spoon stuffing into bell pepper. Top with 1/3 tomato sauce.
  • Serve as is. Or, place in oven safe dish at 350 for 10 minutes.


  • Boiling the pepper is optional if you’d like it crisp.
  • There might be left over filling. You can make more peppers with it or refrigerate, making great leftovers.
  • Another great option is to dice and add the bell pepper to the mixture, rather than stuffing the pepper.
  • Baking is optional. I don’t do it often, but they’re great either way!
boiling green peppers | simple stuffed peppers: easy 35-minute recipe
boiling peppers
yummy veggie meat with onions and rice (and some parsley) | simple stuffed peppers: easy 35-minute recipe
making filling
peppers are filled and ready to go in the oven! | simple stuffed peppers: easy 35-minute recipe
ready to bake
baked at 350 F for 10 min | simple stuffed peppers: easy 35-minute recipe
ready to serve
and served! so yummy! | simple stuffed peppers: easy 35-minute recipe

Voilà! Yummy and simple stuffed peppers that you are bound to make often for dinner. Most of us already have the ingredients in our pantries. It’s also a super easy way to make a veggie-centered dish rather than keeping veggies on the side.

I’m so happy I’ve gotten to share this with all of you!

Tried it? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Until next time!

Hi, I’m Jade Madison!

When I am blogging, I work to bring you quality lifestyle and personal content, as well as printables to make your life easier.


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