Stuffed bell peppers are a delightful blend of savory and slightly sweet flavors, making them a perfect choice for a comforting family meal. With lean ground beef, aromatic onions, and garlic, these peppers are not only delicious but also easy to prepare in about 30 minutes. The addition of pepper jack cheese gives a delightful kick, ensuring a dish that’s both filling and flavorful.

Why Our Recipe

  • Simple Ingredients: Uses everyday items you likely have in your pantry.
  • Kid-Friendly: Loved by adults and kids alike for its colorful presentation and tasty filling.
  • Perfect for Any Occasion: Ideal for a weeknight dinner, potluck, or special family gathering.

Stuffed bell peppers in a baking dish.

Ingredient Notes

  • Bell Peppers: try to pick out evenly sized bell peppers that are a suitable shape to serve as containers. You can use any color.
  • Ground Beef: use a lean option for this one with either 85/15, or 93/7 fat ratios.
  • Onion and Garlic: all about that flavor. You can skip onions if you aren’t an onion person.
  • Diced Tomatoes: fresh diced tomatoes can also be used.
  • Rice: use white or brown rice. Quinoa is a great alternative.
  • Corn: Adds a sweet crunch; frozen peas or diced carrots are also great options.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: once again, all about that flavor. You could also use soy sauce, but it’s not as flavorful.
  • Cheese: try different cheeses like cheddar or mozzarella for variation.

Frequently Asked Questions

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. 

Can I prepare this dish in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the filling in advance and stuff the peppers just before baking.

How can I make the peppers softer?

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. 

Are there any low-carb options for this recipe?

Substitute rice with cauliflower rice for a low-carb version.

Can I eat any 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.


  • Filling too dry? Add a bit more diced tomatoes or a splash of broth.
  • Cheese not melting? Cover the dish with foil for the last 10 minutes of baking.
  • Peppers not standing upright? Slice a tiny bit off the bottom to create a flat surface.

Tips From the Chef

  • Choose the Right Peppers: Opt for bell peppers that are large, firm, and have a flat bottom. This ensures they hold more filling and stand upright easily in the baking dish.
  • Season the Filling Well: Don’t hesitate to taste and adjust the seasoning of your beef and rice mixture before stuffing the peppers. Proper seasoning is key to a flavorful filling. Remember, the rice and corn will absorb a lot of the flavors, so a little extra seasoning can go a long way.
  • Let the Cheese Crisp Up: For an extra tasty topping, allow the cheese to crisp up slightly in the oven. This can be achieved by broiling the stuffed peppers for the last few minutes of cooking time. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.

A fork filled with bell pepper stuffing.

Make Ahead Instructions

Filling Preparation: The filling can be made a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

Partial Baking: Bake the peppers without the cheese topping, cool, and refrigerate. Add cheese and reheat before serving.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

Refrigerator: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Freezer: Freeze individual peppers for up to 3 months. Wrap each pepper in foil and place in a freezer bag.

Reheating: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator if frozen. Reheat in the oven at 350°F until warmed through, about 20 minutes.

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