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Homestyle Stuffed Peppers

Rated as 4.48 out of 5 Stars

"An old family recipe for classic comfort food passed down to me by my mom. Green peppers are stuffed with a mixture of ground beef and rice then smothered in a tangy tomato sauce. I always serve these with creamy mashed potatoes just like my Mom always did. Enjoy!"
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1 h 55 m servings 556
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Cook the peppers in boiling water until softened, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Remove peppers from boiling water and rinse with cold water; set peppers aside to drain.
  4. Mix together ground beef, cooked white rice, lightly beaten egg, finely chopped onion, Italian-style bread crumbs, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese in a large bowl until evenly mixed.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  6. Divide beef and rice mixture among peppers; stuff each pepper with beef and rice mixture.
  7. Place peppers open side up in a 9x13-inch baking dish or shallow roasting pan.
  8. Combine tomato sauce and white vinegar in a bowl.
  9. Pour tomato mixture over stuffed peppers.
  10. Top with 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese.
  11. Bake in the preheated oven until heated through, basting the peppers two or three times while baking, about 80 minutes.


  • To cut down on time I use Uncle Ben's ready rice that's done in the microwave in 90 seconds. This freezes well and goes great with mashed potatoes or potato salad.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 556 calories; 25.5 38.6 43.4 164 1510 Full nutrition

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Hi I'm Jillian the submitter of the recipe and this is my Mom, Nancy's recipe. I've been making Stuffed Peppers for years and my Mom probably made thousands of these! She taught me how to make t...

Most helpful critical review

This was eatable, but I would not make again. I thought the filling lacked a little in flavor, and the tomato sauce was too sweet and in dire need of spices.

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Hi I'm Jillian the submitter of the recipe and this is my Mom, Nancy's recipe. I've been making Stuffed Peppers for years and my Mom probably made thousands of these! She taught me how to make t...

YUM! So flavorful! I love having a recipe that you don't have to cook the ground beef first. Your review was so helpful, Jillian. I used frozen bell peppers from last summer's garden. As th...

Excellent! Followed recipe exactly and got rave reviews. I am making again this weekend. Family made me promise. They loved it a bunch!!

Made this for my boyfriend last night, he loved it! Said it was even better than his mother's...gasp!

Pleasing an Italian when it comes to food is not always easy, but with this recipe my boyfriend raved about it saying they were some of the best stuffed peppers he ever had. Excellent! Sent the ...

This is definitley one of the better stuffed pepper recipes I've used. I went by the recipe this time but next time may add some of the yummy tomato sauce blend inside my mix. I will use this ...

This dish reminded me of the bell peppers my mother used to make for us, only less time. For some reason my mom made this dish sound like it was so time consuming. Well, not with this recipe! My...

We had lots of peppers from the garden. I went through several recipes looking for one that I already had the ingredients for. These were the best peppers ever. The only thing I did different...

My husband and I absolutely loved this recipe! The only thing I changed was we used ground turkey since we don't care for beef. The best stuffed peppers I've eaten, hands down. Mmmmmm