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Stuffed Bell Peppers

So, lately we are trying to do some different things for dinner. I added a new kind of rule that I will try to make at least one new thing for dinner per week.

Which brought me to the observation that I have never had stuffed bell peppers? Whaaaat?

I have seen like, 100 different variations of these. And frankly, I would have loved to try something a little more adventurous (or stuffed with Quinoa and/or black beans – yum!) but I went with the more plain option to begin with for Torrance’s sake because he is a weirdo and doesn’t like things to get all crazy up in here at dinner time. Basically, he is just one of those meat and potato guys.

So that resulted in me keeping it simple.

Now – I opted to use two peppers, and we actually only both ate one half because they were super filling! Also, I used an orange pepper for myself because thats my favorite of the Bell family. (I feel like the green one is arrogant and the red one is too sassy. (What’s that? Peppers don’t have personalities?)

And I’m not used to making a “one dish” type meal. I mean it is meat and rice stuffed into a veggie… what else do you need?

Since I was unsure, I just made some garlic bread…. Because that is what Italian’s do. (duh)

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But, for next time, I think I will opt for a salad on the side.



Basic Stuffed Peppers

Yield: 2-4 Servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes


  • 2 bell peppers of choice
  • 1/2 cup of diced onion (I used a sweet onion)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (or more if you like a little more spicy! – I don’t!)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 pound of ground turkey
  • 1 pouch of Uncle Ben’s brown rice
  • 12 oz of tomato sauce of choice
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese (I used a little cheddar and mozzarella)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Clean and slice bell peppers in half long ways, remove center and seeds completely and  place in a baking dish (or even on a cookie sheet would work!). Cook rice per instructions on package (i.e. in the microwave for 90 seconds).
  3. Heat pan over medium. Add onions, ground turkey, garlic and all spices. Cook until turkey is completely cooked through and browned.
  4. Add rice and tomato sauce to turkey mixture and stir thoroughly, heating for another minute or so.
  5. Spoon mixture into peppers (pack it in there!).
  6. Top it all with cheese and bake at 400 F for 35 minutes. You could leave a little longer if you prefer a softer pepper (I like mine pretty soft but with a little crunch left in the middle).


  • Ever had or made stuffed peppers? What is your favorite thing(s) to “stuff” them with? Please share!
  • Favorite type (color) or bell pepper?
  • Do you make a lot of “one-dish” meals?
13 Comments Post a comment
  1. So strange. I have also been doing the one new recipe a week. And stuffed peppers are something I have never tried either. I have never thought about them having personalities, but I will now. Like the M&M’s! So I will be trying your recipe next week! I can’t wait.

    The Kidless Kronicles

    March 5, 2013
  2. I make stuffed peppers all the time. They’re pretty easy and not too much work.

    I think the red ones are my favorite – they’re just so pretty.

    March 5, 2013
  3. Over Christmas, I made stuffed peppers with ground beef, quinoa, diced bell peppers, diced tomatoes, and diced chilies. They were so good. I’m actually putting those on the menu for next week now – we haven’t had stuffed peppers since then.

    March 5, 2013
  4. I stuff mine with bacon and quinoa, yum! My poor fiancé s also a meat and potatoes guy and he puts up with all my crazy creations. His list of veggies he likes I can count on one hand…’s a constant battle lol

    March 5, 2013
    • Haha! Torrance actually likes veggies but he can tell if anything is “weird” like he will instantly be suspicious but he is one of those people that if he thinks its weird beforehand he wont try it but if you can sneak it in and then get him to try it and tell him later it’s fine (most of the time!)

      March 5, 2013
      • Yeah same here. Austin got really mad one time when he knew I put sour cream in the mashed potatoes. The other night I put it in there and he loved them……shhhhhh!

        March 5, 2013
  5. Good idea with making one new meal a week. I get caught making the same things over and over. My favorite bell pepper is the yellow one. Especially in a scampi or on a salad. I can never get away with 1 dish meals BC drew thinks its never enough food, boy can eat

    March 5, 2013
  6. Tara #

    YUM! I love stuffed peppers. I have started to use quinoa or barley in place of rice, and love it!
    I also love making Deconstructed stuffed cabbage.

    March 5, 2013
  7. These look so good! I have eaten stuffed peppers before, but never made them myself. I’m not a fan of stuffing things – I’d rather just mix it all in a casserole dish together 😛

    March 5, 2013
  8. I haven’t made stuffed peppers in a while … that needs to change. Green peppers are one of my husband’s favorite vegetables, so I think he’d love this meal!

    March 6, 2013
  9. To soften the bell peppers before stuffing and baking it is wise to put the halves of the bell pepper tn salted water and boil for a few minutes or the bell peppers will be hard to eat like they are not cooked long enough, trust me I know and so does my mom and she taught me this…

    March 7, 2013
  10. I love me some stuffed bell peppers! I just remembered I bought 4 of them last weekend for this purpose, I know what i’m doing tomorrow 😉

    March 7, 2013

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