Unstuffed Bell Peppers


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.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 3 cups cooked rice

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 cups tomato sauce

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

497 Calories
22g Fat
49g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 497
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 12g 59%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 714mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 83mg 417%
Calcium 317mg 24%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 631mg 13%

* 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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