Homestyle Stuffed Peppers


These old-fashioned stuffed peppers are a classic comfort food. My mom used to make them all the time. Green bell peppers are stuffed with a mixture of ground beef and rice, then smothered in a tangy tomato sauce. I always serve them with creamy mashed potatoes, just like my mom always did.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs


  • 4 medium green bell peppers, tops and seeds removed

  • 1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • ¼ cup white vinegar

  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef

  • 1 cup leftover cooked white rice

  • ½ cup Italian-style bread crumbs

  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add peppers and boil until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer peppers to a colander and run under cold water to cool.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Stir tomato sauce and vinegar together in a bowl.

  3. Mix ground beef, cooked rice, bread crumbs, 4 tablespoons Parmesan, onion, egg, garlic powder, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl until well combined. Spoon beef mixture into peppers. Place peppers into a 9x13-inch baking dish with the stuffing facing up. Pour tomato sauce mixture over peppers, then sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan over top.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven, basting peppers with sauce several times, until beef filling is no longer pink in the center, about 1 hour 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

557 Calories
26g Fat
39g Carbs
43g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 557
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 165mg 55%
Sodium 1510mg 66%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 43g
Vitamin C 110mg 552%
Calcium 172mg 13%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 1343mg 29%

* 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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