Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers Recipe Like Grandma Used to Make by 30Seconds Food

Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers Recipe Like Grandma Used to Make

Stuffed bell peppers are a classic comfort food recipe still served in kitchens across the country. The fillings for the bell peppers vary from state to state and family to family. This easy stuffed pepper recipe uses sweet red peppers, ground beef, tomato sauce and either cooked rice or potatoes. You can't go wrong!

This budget recipe has a short list of required ingredients: olive oil, onion, garlic, ground beef, red bell peppers, tomato sauce, rice or potatoes, mozzarella cheese. The filling is cooked in a skillet, then stuffed into the peppers. Top with shredded cheese and finish the dish in the oven.

Serve this ground beef stuffed pepper recipe with a fresh vegetable or salad. We like corn, green peas, green beans or carrots.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 5 


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 5 - 6 large red bell peppers (you could use green, yellow or orange, or a combination)
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce (divided)
  • 2 cups cooked rice or cooked cubed potatoes 
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese or your favorite cheese

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Recipe Notes

  • Do not overcook the potatoes or rice for this budget recipe. Keep both on the almost-tender side because they will continue to cook in the oven. If the potatoes are too tender, they may fall apart as you mix them into the ground beef.
  • You could use green bell peppers for this stuffed pepper recipe.
  • Try ground turkey instead of ground beef.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. 
  2. Add the ground beef. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up the meat as you stir, until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Drain. 
  3. Add 2 cups of the tomato sauce and rice or cubed potatoes. Gently mix to combine. 
  4. Cut the peppers in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and membranes. Place in a baking pan. Divide the meat mixture between the peppers. 
  5. Cover the pan and bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 40 minutes or until meat is cooked through and peppers are tender. 
  6. Uncover and spoon the remaining tomato sauce over the top of the meat. Cover with the cheese. Continue to bake, uncovered, about 5 minutes more or until cheese has melted.

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Baking Pans
Baking Pans $8 & Up
Olive Oil
Olive Oil $4 & Up
Tomato Sauce
Tomato Sauce $2 & Up
Rice $2 & Up
Skillets $10 & Up
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Donna John
I grew up eating stuffed peppers. My grandma and my mom made them all the time. Both used green bell peppers, but I prefer sweet red bell peppers, so this recipe is perfect. Love the idea of using potatoes instead of rice. This would be a great recipe for leftover fried potatoes.
Elisa Schmitz
My grandma made stuffed peppers all the time, too, Donna John . This recipe brings back all the feels! #yum

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