Saucy Stuffed Peppers


My Slovakian grandmother always made huge pots of stovetop stuffed peppers in winter. I'm a vegetarian now and can safely say that this is the one dish that I really miss eating.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
8 stuffed peppers


  • 8 large green bell peppers

  • 6 tablespoons butter

  • 1 large yellow onion, diced

  • 1 ½ pounds ground round

  • salt to taste

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 cup uncooked white rice

  • 1 gallon tomato juice


  1. Wash peppers thoroughly. Make a circular incision around stem to remove it. Remove seeds; rinse inside of pepper. Discard seeds and stems; set peppers aside.

  2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat; sauté onion until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.

  3. Mix ground beef into onions by hand. Season with salt and pepper. Slowly pour in rice while mixing by hand. Mix thoroughly. Stuff meat and rice mixture into peppers.

  4. Coat the bottom of 1 or 2 large pots with oil. Place stuffed bell peppers into the pot(s), leaving a 2-inch space at the top. Pour in tomato juice until peppers are covered. If there is leftover meat mixture, form it into balls and add to tomato juice.

  5. Cook over low heat, stirring every 20 to 45 minutes, until peppers split at the sides and juice thickens, 2 to 3 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

467 Calories
20g Fat
53g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 467
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 1418mg 62%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 211mg 1,057%
Calcium 84mg 6%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 1641mg 35%

* 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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