Bertille Cooper of St. Inigoes, Maryland says, 'My family loves these tasty garden 'containers' filled with rice and ground beef.'

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1 hr 5 mins
20 mins
1 hr 25 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Cut a thin slice off the top of each tomato. Leaving a 1/2-in.-thick shell, scoop out and reserve pulp. Invert tomatoes onto paper towels to drain.

  • Meanwhile, in a skillet, brown beef; drain. Add tomato pulp, chili powder, sugar, salt, pepper and oregano; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 45 to 50 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Add rice; mix well. Simmer 5 to 6 minutes longer or until rice is tender. Stuff tomatoes and place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Combine bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over tomatoes. Add water to baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes or until crumbs are lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts

334 calories; protein 11.2g; carbohydrates 38.5g; fat 15g; cholesterol 42.3mg; sodium 326.6mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (28)

Rating: 4 stars
I really enjoyed this recipe, but I did make a few changes. Instead of using instant rice I made some brown rice in advance and added it instead. This gave it a nice nutty flavour. Also I browned the meat in garlic and onion. Before stuffing the tomatoes I added small cubes of cheddar cheese to the stuffing so it melted but stayed in cubes. Then I topped the tomatoes with cheddar cheese before putting them in the oven. I baked them until the cheese was nice and brown. Yum! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
the stuffing is good, however, it is overpowered by the tomato. I would suggest adding some cheese, and removing some of the tomato pulp. Otherwise, this is a very good and easy recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
These were very, very good but I added several things for more flavor. I omitted the chili powder, the sugar, and some of the pulp.. I added garlic, romano & mozzarella cheese, Italian seasoning, and topped them with a mixture of bread crumbs and parmesan. I definitely make these again, but with the same adjustments. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Family LOVED it! and so did I. I boiled the rice a little before putting it in the mix. I also took the suggestions to add some onions, and cheese to the filling. I also put some parmesan cheese in the bread crumbs. For added flavor I used a combo of italian sausage and country sausage. It was perfect the first try! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I loved this recipe. I followed it to a tee. I can only recommend tasting the filling before stuffing the tomatoes as seasonings may need to be adjusted. Each tomato has a different amount of pulp. I used medium to large tomatoes and ran the pulp in the food processor. When i added the rice it soaked up all the liquid. I ended up grabbing some chicken broth and added that to get the rice cooked. That was the only tweaking i did. 2 cups of rice is a bit too much. There wasn't any left for leftovers as my family gobbled them up and asked for more. This is an excellent 5 star recipe but needs tweaking in the seasonings and amount of rice to use. Be prepared to add extra liquid. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I liked the recipe, although i did add a few things. i added about 2 tablespoons of salsa to the mixture and did not put breadcrums on the top. I also added marble cheese and garlic powder. I will definitly make that recipe again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I have never had a stuffed tomato till now. It was so good! The tomato just melts in your mouth. My kids all loved this recipe. Oh, and I did add cheese. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very yummy and easy to make! The first thing that I have made for my picky boyfriend that I have the okay to make again! The first time I attempted this I destroyed it because of the rice. The rice was far too crunchy and made the entire filling useless. The second time around, I got one of the Uncle Bens rice packets - cooked it in the microwave and then stirred it into the mix. I got the vegetable rice as well so there was also corn and carrots added because of it. I thought the mix could use a bit of a kick, so I added three tablespoons of mild salsa as well as a few dashes of hot sauce. I also used Italian seasoned bread crumbs and added on Parmesan cheese. I will be making this again soon! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very good base recipe. I substituted parmesan cheese for the topping instead of bread crumbs and used cooked brown rice instead of instant rice. I had too much filling for the tomatoes so I put the extra in a casserole dish and cooked it alongside in the oven. My family enjoyed this recipe. I will make it again. Read More