Simple stuffed peppers are a weeknight traditional! Filled with floor beef, corn, rice and beans, seasoned with tomato sauce and traditional spices, after which topped with cheese.

Easy stuffed peppers in a casserole dish topped with shredded cheese.

Our Go To Simple Stuffed Peppers

Why you’ll love ’em!

Extra greens: We love that bell peppers are a vegetable. Even should you stuff them with all meat or all grains, you continue to get a strong serving of veggies!

Simple leftovers: Stuffed peppers are scrumptious when reheated, and you may pack them up and take them to high school or work for lunch.

Nice for freezing: Make a double batch and freeze your stuffed peppers for a fast dinner whenever you don’t have something to eat.

Bell peppers in a casserole dish.

Elements for Stuffed Peppers

The components for these straightforward stuffed peppers are — you guessed it, EASY! We’re providing a number of straightforward substitutions as nicely should you don’t have one thing readily available.

  • 6 massive bell peppers: any colour will work — we love utilizing a number of totally different colours for selection!
  • Raw long-grain white rice: you’ll prepare dinner the rice whereas the empty bell peppers are cooking. Any number of rice or quinoa will work.
  • Floor beef: we love the flavour of floor beef, however floor turkey, rooster or a plant-based floor may even do. 
  • Corn: we favor contemporary corn lower off the cob, however frozen corn will work.
  • White onion: we love the flavour of white onion, however yellow onion or crimson onion may even work.
  • Canned pinto beans: black beans, garbanzo beans or cannellini beans may even work should you don’t have pinto beans readily available.
  • Tomato sauce 
  • Seasonings: paprika, dried oregano, floor cumin, salt and pepper 
  • Shredded Monterey jack cheese: Any Mexican mix of shredded cheese may even yield an analogous style! You’ll prime your stuffed peppers with this cheese 😀
Ingredients for stuffed pepper filling in a cast iron skillet.

Methods to Make Stuffed Peppers

For the total recipe, scroll all the way down to the recipe card for a listing of components and directions.

Partially Prepare dinner Bell Peppers

Preheat the oven to 350ºF and place the bell peppers into any appropriate baking dish the place the bell peppers will keep standing straight up. Drizzle with oil, and season with salt. Bake the peppers for 10-Quarter-hour till they start to melt however not flip mushy.

We like our peppers nonetheless somewhat crunchy, however should you’re hoping for them to be extra mushy, bake them for 20 minutes as an alternative of 10-15.

Put together Rice

Subsequent, rinse rice with chilly water after which add it to a small saucepan. Add 1 cup of water to the rice and produce to a boil over excessive warmth. Flip warmth to low and canopy. Permit the rice to prepare dinner for 20-25 minutes or till the rice is completed.

Prepare dinner Floor Beef

Warmth a big forged iron skillet over medium/excessive warmth and add beef to the skillet. Break the meat up into small items, and prepare dinner till it’s virtually totally cooked however nonetheless has some pink items. Take away the meat from the skillet with a slotted spoon and go away drippings within the skillet.

Saute Onions, Corn & Beans

Add the remaining avocado oil to the skillet after which add the onion to the skillet. Sauté for 1 minute after which add the corn. Sauté the corn till it browns and caramelizes, then add the beans to the corn and toss.

Combine Stuffed Pepper Filling

Subsequent, add the tomato sauce, paprika, black pepper, oregano, and cumin to the corn. Combine the components collectively after which add the bottom beef and rice to the skillet. Combine once more till all of the components are mixed. 

Assemble Stuffed Peppers

Scoop about ½ – ¾ cup of the combination into every hollowed out bell peppers. High every pepper with shredded cheese. 

Bake Stuffed Peppers

Place the bell peppers again into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or till the cheese is melted and begins to brown. 

Take pleasure in!

Take away the peppers from the oven and garnish with contemporary herbs. Take pleasure in!

Rice, beans and ground beef in a cast iron skillet.

Stuffed Peppers FAQs

Do peppers should be cooked earlier than stuffing?

We suggest partially cooking the bell peppers earlier than stuffing them and ending of baking them. This may yield nice texture peppers that also keep their form however aren’t mushy.

How lengthy does it take to melt peppers within the oven?

We soften the bell peppers for this recipe for 10-Quarter-hour earlier than stuffing and ending within the oven. If you happen to like your peppers extra on the mushy facet, we suggest softening for 20 minutes earlier than stuffing.

Are you able to freeze stuffed peppers?

These stuffed peppers make for a fantastic freezer meal! Prepare dinner them because the recipe states, after which allow them to cool fully earlier than storing in an hermetic container. Reheat within the oven at 350ºF in a lined casserole dish for 20-Half-hour.

What to Serve with Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers in a casserole dish topped with green onion.


Retailer these stuffed peppers within the fridge for as much as 5 days in an hermetic container.

Freezer Directions

These stuffed peppers make for a fantastic freezer meal! We suggest baking these peppers and following the directions within the recipe card. Then, let the stuffed peppers cool fully earlier than putting in an hermetic container and storing within the freezer for as much as 3 months.

To reheat the peppers: preheat the oven to 350ºF after which place the peppers in a casserole dish and bake lined for 20-Half-hour.

Stuffed pepper cut in half on a plate.

Pictures: images taken on this submit are by Ashley McGlaughlin from The Edible Perspective.