Healthier Stuffed Peppers


This healthy stuffed peppers recipe uses an assortment of colored peppers, lean ground beef, brown rice, fresh onion garlic, and natural tomato sauce. So colorful and healthy!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
6 stuffed peppers


  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup brown rice

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 green bell peppers

  • 2 red bell peppers

  • 2 yellow bell peppers

  • 2 (8 ounce) cans natural tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Bring water and brown rice to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, 45 to 50 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, warm a large skillet over medium heat. Add beef, onion, and garlic to the hot skillet; cook and stir until meat is evenly browned and onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

  4. Remove and discard tops, seeds, and membranes of green, red, and yellow bell peppers. Arrange peppers in a baking dish with the hollowed sides facing upward. Slice the bottoms off peppers if necessary so that they stand upright.

  5. Mix browned beef, cooked rice, 1 can tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Spoon mixture into each hollowed pepper. Mix remaining tomato sauce with Italian seasoning in a bowl; pour over peppers.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven, basting with sauce every 15 minutes, until peppers are tender, about 1 hour. Sprinkle peppers with grated Parmesan cheese; serve warm.

Editor's Note:

This recipe is a healthier version of Sausage and Rice Stuffed Peppers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

291 Calories
11g Fat
29g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 291
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 549mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 205mg 1,026%
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 842mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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