A classic family favorite deconstructed. My kids love stuffed green peppers, but don't like to eat the whole peppers, so I came up with this to make it more appealing to my picky eaters.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
40 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Break ground beef into pieces and add to skillet; cook and stir until about half of the beef is browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir red bell pepper, orange bell pepper, and green bell pepper into the beef; continue to cook and stir until the beef is entirely browned, about 5 minutes more. Drain and discard grease.

  • Mix tomato sauce and brown sugar together in a bowl; pour over the beef mixture. Stir rice into the beef mixture and stir; transfer to a 9x13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese over the mixture.

  • Bake in preheated oven until the cheese is bubbling, about 30 minutes. Cool dish 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

497 calories; protein 25.9g 52% DV; carbohydrates 48.5g 16% DV; fat 22.1g 34% DV; cholesterol 87mg 29% DV; sodium 713.9mg 29% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (42)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/25/2014
Great base recipe! Would have given it 5 stars, but I added to the recipe. I omitted the orange bell pepper and added diced tomatoes and onions instead. I didn't have brown sugar so I used regular white sugar. I wanted a little more flavor, so I added chili powder and garlic powder. At 24 minutes the cheese was getting too brown, so I would only cook for 20 mins. Turned out awesome! Kids loved and husband told me to add to the rotation! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/14/2020
Waaaayyyy too much sugar... and the meat dried up a bit. Not sure, but definitely needs LESS sugar (and I normally love sugar!) Read More
52 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
03/25/2014
Great base recipe! Would have given it 5 stars, but I added to the recipe. I omitted the orange bell pepper and added diced tomatoes and onions instead. I didn't have brown sugar so I used regular white sugar. I wanted a little more flavor, so I added chili powder and garlic powder. At 24 minutes the cheese was getting too brown, so I would only cook for 20 mins. Turned out awesome! Kids loved and husband told me to add to the rotation! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/16/2014
Good basic recipe. Easy to make. Definitely too much sugar. Thinking about adding onion chili powder and garlic powder next time to add some more flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2020
Made a few changes, and it was DELICIOUS! 1- Make sure you SALT YOUR RICE WATER. This recipe definitely needs more seasoning than listed. 2- Added onions cut in 1/2 in strips. I didn't want to add raw veggies straight to the oven, so I stir fried the onions and peppers (1/2 in cubes) until the onions were translucent with olive oil, salt, pepper, and two whole cloves of garlic (smashed to release flavor) 3- Used 2.5 cups of tomato sauce and only 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Seasoned with salt, pepper, parsley, and oregano. I simmered the sauce in a med. pot for 5-10 minutes to allow the seasoning to cook in. Then I heated my ground beef in the sauce (I brown and freeze ground beef in bulk). 4- Only cooked in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. This was such a good recipe. It reminded my roommates and I of home. Definitely a soul-food recipe. :) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/08/2015
Most of my picky eaters liked it. Husband wants it added into regular rotation. I did as others and added onions garlic diced tomatoes and salt or it would have been too bland. Buy great starter I didnt really measure the sugar I doubt I had a full 1/2 cup. But it was good with the sugar and a little more wouldnt have ruined it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2016
Used it as a basic recipe & tweeked it by frying onion garlic & Hamburg in olive oil. Then added tomato sauce Italian seasoning fresh basil bay leaves oregano & only used 2 tbs. white sugar. Reduced the rice to 1cup & added a little shredded cheese to the beef mixture. Precooked chunky sliced green peppers (only used green) in 3 tbs. water in bottom of baking dish. Poured meat mixture over peppers & sprinkle more shredded cheese over top. My husband said it was great & wanted me to keep this recipe in favorites.....Easier than making stuffed peppers & my sister didn't precook the peppers & loved it that way too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2014
My husband and I loved it so much we went back for seconds! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2017
I added a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes to this for extra flavor and texture. Super easy to make and very yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2019
I made this pretty much as is except added 1/2 an onion and used only 1/4 c brown sugar. My family loved it!!! Will definitely be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2019
I sautéed1/2 c chopped onion in 1T olive oil to start then added ground beef to brown. I also added only 1T sugar salt pepper basil oregano and minced garlic. I also added crushed tomatoes cooked rice and instead of all that cheddar cheese I mixed in 1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese. Yum. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/14/2020
Waaaayyyy too much sugar... and the meat dried up a bit. Not sure, but definitely needs LESS sugar (and I normally love sugar!) Read More