Bell Pepper Stuffed with Rice and Ground Beef

Bell Pepper Stuffed with Rice and Ground Beef
 
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Stuffed bell peppers with rice, ground beef or turkey, tomato sauce and seasonings. These easy stuffed peppers are a delicious dinner that you can make ahead.
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup uncooked brown rice 1 ½ cups cooked
  • 6 bell peppers any color
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ¾ cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey or ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce ¾ cup
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese 4 ounces, divided
Instructions
  1. Cook rice according to package directions or your preferred cooking method. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Cut the tops off the peppers and remove seeds and membranes.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until it starts to soften, 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the ground turkey (or beef) to the pan and cook, crumbling, until browned and no longer pink. Add the garlic and cook, stirring for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper to the pan. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring for 2-3 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and stir in the cooked rice and half of the cheese.
  7. Pour ½ cup of water into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Fill bell pepper halves with the meat and rice mixture (about 1 cup of filling per pepper) and place in the baking dish. Sprinkle on the remaining shredded cheese.
  8. Cover with a piece of aluminum foil that you have lightly sprayed with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Bake for 30 minutes, uncover, and bake 5 minutes more, until cheese is lightly browned and filling is hot. Serve.
Notes
Cook rice according to package directions or your preferred cooking method. Set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut the tops off the peppers and remove seeds and membranes.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until it starts to soften, 2-3 minutes.
Add the ground turkey (or beef) to the pan and cook, crumbling, until browned and no longer pink. Add the garlic and cook, stirring for 30 seconds.
Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper to the pan. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring for 2-3 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and stir in the cooked rice and half of the cheese.
Pour ½ cup of water into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Fill bell pepper halves with the meat and rice mixture (about 1 cup of filling per pepper) and place in the baking dish. Sprinkle on the remaining shredded cheese.
Cover with a piece of aluminum foil that you have lightly sprayed with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Bake for 30 minutes, uncover, and bake 5 minutes more, until cheese is lightly browned and filling is hot. Serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6 Calories: 402

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