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Stuffed Peppers ~ Homemade by Harriet Recipe

April 29, 2013

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A traditional stuffed pepper recipe that's easy and delicious straight from my mom's kitchen.

Stuffed Pepper Recipe
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So my mom and I have chosen our next recipe to share with you and I am so excited, because Stuffed Peppers is one of my all time favorites. 
 It’s super easy and can be prepared beforehand and popped in the oven later in the day.  It is also makes a very yummy leftover, especially if you put the inside mixture on a hero roll, add the chopped peppers and a bit of tomato sauce- a hot hero sandwich! Yum!

Here is my mom’s recipe.  We hope you enjoy it!


 4 to 6 peppers depending on size. Peppers can be any color you choose, I grab a mix.

1.5 lbs very lean ground beef

1 cup white rice

Onion powder (a quick shake to taste)

Salt and pepper

1-2 tablespoons tomato paste


In a large skillet cook beef.  I usually add a bit of olive oil or Pam spray to the pan.  Cook meat until done, stirring often so it does not burn.

At the same time cook rice according to directions (I pop it in the microwave at 5 minute intervals with 2 cups of water).

When both meat and rice are done, combine them.  Add onion powder, salt and pepper to taste. Stir in tomato paste and mix well.

Wash peppers and cut tops off (save them!), scrape out inside.  Fill each pepper with the beef/ rice mixture until full. Place them in a baking dish with sides to lean on, so they do not fall over.  

Place tops back on pepper and bake for 30-45 minutes (depending on pepper size and your oven).  I usually cover them with foil for the first 25 minutes, then remove foil for the remaining time.

Sometimes I serve them with a bit of ketchup, always with a salad and other veggies and a big piece of Italian bread!

If you give it a try, let me know! And check out my other EASY RECIPES!

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  1. mmmmmm that looks delicious! thank you for another receipe idea to combat boredom with our food in my home.

    1. Trust me, we are fighting the same battle in my own home! My kids are so excited that I am blogging now, as they at least get something interesting to eat when I am preparing a post! ;) Thanks for the comment!

  2. I love stuffed fact, I nearly made some tonight until my plans for the day changed. Pinned :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Now, you WILL return on Wednesday for my Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop, right? In fact, if you don't mind, I would like to send you an email reminder.
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    1. Sinea,
      I would LOVE to! Thanks so much for the invite and thanks for stopping by! Looking forward to Wednesday!
      :) Kim

  3. Yum! I always make mine with marinara sauce to top :)
    Thanks for linking up at One Organic Mama! Hope to see you back on Thursday morning!

  4. Looks yummy. I'm like One organic mama I use my left over marinara sauce on mine. But, if I'm not making sauce this would be a great alternative. Thanks for sharing how. Theresa @DearCreatives

    1. Great tip about the leftover sauce, I'll have to remember that one! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

  5. I just found your site about an hour ago, I just love it all and want to see every thing you have on here. I make my stuffed peppers almost identical to your mothers recipe except instead of putting the cut off tops back on the peppers I trim around the stem and chop the piece into little chunks and freeze in a baggie to be added later to a dish as an added ingredient, and just before peppers are done I put a slice of american cheese on each one to melt.

    1. Hello Sandra! You just made my day, thank you for the sweet comment. Also, thanks for the cheesy suggestion!! We LOVE cheese and I also love making my own stuffing, but I usually buy frozen peppers to do that. Now I don't have to...what a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing that and I really do hope that I'll see you in the comments more often!!

  6. I forgot to leave my name about melting cheese on top

    1. Thank you for coming back to leave your name, Sandra!! So much better when I can thank you for your comments by name!! ❤️