Stuffed Bell Peppers are a great way to enjoy summer’s favorite veggie. These bell peppers are stuffed with a delicious cheesy ground beef and rice mixture that your family is sure to love!

Stuffed bell peppers in a baking dish.

Stuffed Bell Peppers are a family favorite recipe in the United States. What you stuff them with can vary widely, but most frequently you will find them stuffed with a ground meat and rice mixture. Sometimes you may find them seasoned with Tex-Mex flavorings, or you may even see them with Italian flavorings. The possibilities are endless!

Is there a difference between bell peppers? Which colors should I use?

While all the colors of the bell peppers can come from the same plant, there are differences. The biggest difference is the taste and nutrition between colors. Red peppers are the sweetest, followed by orange then yellow, then ending on green. All the bell peppers have similar mild heat. Any color of bell pepper can be used for stuffed bell peppers. Which you choose is a matter of personal preference. 

What if I like my peppers softer? Should I parboil them?

This recipe is written in a way that renders the pepper tender crisp, meaning it still has a crunch to it. if you like your bell peppers to be softer instead of tender crisp, cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Then remove the aluminum foil and bake an additional 20-30 minutes until cheese on top is bubbling and starting to brown.

Alternately, you can also parboil them before stuffing. Prepare the bell peppers as directed, but before stuffing, boil them in a pot of water for 5 to 10 minutes before stuffing and baking. 

Can I eat Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers leftover filling?

Yes, you can, but you’ll need to return the skillet to the heat and cook until the corn is heated through and the ground beef is completely cooked through.

A fork filled with bell pepper stuffing.

Storage and Reheating Instructions:

Stuffed bell peppers are best eaten fresh. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit until warmed through.

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