Peppers are the unsung heroes of the culinary world, and what better way to celebrate their vibrant colors and delightful flavors than with a famous recipe that’s loved around the globe? Whether you know them as stuffed bell peppers, or simply as a culinary gem, this dish has captured the hearts and taste buds of people from various culinary traditions around the world. So, let’s dive into this timeless recipe and discover how to make it at home.



  • 4 large bell peppers (red, yellow, or green)
  • 500 grams ground beef or ground turkey
  • 250 grams cooked rice
  • 240 ml tomato sauce
  • 125 grams diced onions
  • 125 grams diced tomatoes
  • 125 grams diced mushrooms
  • 125 grams corn kernels (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 250 grams shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or your favorite cheese)

For those who learn better by watching, check out Betty Crocker’s video making stuffed bell peppers!


1. Prepare the Bell Peppers:

  • Start by washing the bell peppers and cutting the tops off. Remove the seeds and membranes from the inside to create a hollow space for the stuffing.


2. Parboil the Peppers:

  • In a large pot of boiling water, blanch the peppers for about 3-4 minutes until they slightly soften. Then, remove them and place them upside down on a paper towel to drain.


3. Make the Filling:

  • In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add diced onions and garlic, and sauté until they become translucent.
  • Add ground beef or turkey and cook until browned, breaking it up into small pieces with a spatula.
  • Stir in diced tomatoes, mushrooms, and corn (if using). Cook for a few minutes until they soften.
  • Mix in the cooked rice, oregano, paprika, and half of the tomato sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


4. Stuff the Peppers:

  • Carefully stuff each bell pepper with the meat and rice mixture, pressing it down gently.
  • Place the stuffed peppers in a baking dish and pour the remaining tomato sauce over the top.


5. Bake and Add Cheese:

  • Preheat your oven to 175°C. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake the stuffed peppers for about 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil, sprinkle the shredded cheese over the stuffed peppers, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the peppers are tender.


6. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Carefully remove the stuffed peppers from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes.
  • Serve your stuffed bell peppers hot and garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro for a burst of color and flavor.

Stuffed bell peppers are a delightful and versatile dish that’s sure to please your palate. Whether you’re preparing them for a casual weeknight dinner or a special occasion, these peppers are a flavorful treat. Serve hot and savor the delightful blend of flavors. Enjoy!