Stuffed green peppers are made with simple ingredients, full of flavor, and make a fabulous dinner!

Stuffed green peppers

If you like green peppers, then you may want to try our stuffed pepper pasta bake or crockpot sausage and peppers.


Growing up, we had a big garden every summer, so green peppers were abundant (read more about our garden and way of life here). Mom always made this recipe when we were kids, and we just went crazy over it. Stuffed green peppers are made with basic ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and refrigerator. We use Minute rice, which cuts down on the time, so you can easily prepare this dish on a busy weeknight. This is one of our most popular recipes because it is easy and delicious!


  • Large green peppers
  • Lean ground beef
  • Onion
  • Oregano or Italian seasoning
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Minced garlic
  • Dried basil
  • Green chilies, drained
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Minute rice- you can use regular rice, but you would need to cook it first.
  • Tomato sauce, Optional
  • Cheese


✔️You can easily use ground turkey, ground pork, or ground chicken in this recipe. Remember, ground turkey/chicken can be very bland, so you’ll want to add more spice/seasoning to the meat than when you cook with ground beef or pork.

✔️You can easily use regular rice or brown rice in this recipe. If using regular rice, you will need to cook it first.

✔️You certainly don’t have to use green peppers. This recipe is fantastic with yellow and red peppers too!


These stuffed green peppers come together rather quickly!


Go ahead and wash your peppers and remove the stems and seeds. Save the tops to add to the meat mixture.


Step 1: In a large pot of boiling water, after you have removed the seeds and stems, boil the peppers for five minutes to soften them up. Remove from water and drain on paper towels.

Step 2: Brown the hamburger, onion, chopped pepper tops and drain if needed. Add the oregano, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, salt, garlic, basil, green chilis, drained diced tomatoes (save the drained juice from the diced tomatoes), and minute rice. Simmer until rice is tender or about 5 minutes.

Step 3: Fill your peppers with the hamburger mixture. (If you use the tomato sauce, pour it over the filled peppers. Some people like a lot of tomato taste and use the sauce) Pour the drained tomato juice that you saved from the diced tomatoes into the bottom of your casserole dish.

Step 4: Bake peppers in a preheated 400-degree oven for 20 minutes. Remove and add shredded cheese to the top of each pepper. Return to oven for five more minutes until the cheese melts.


If your peppers won’t stand up in the pan, you can slice a bit off the bottom to make them flat or simply cut the peppers in half horizontally and just lay them on their side.

stuffed green peppers


You could use Italian sausage to give them more of an Italian flavor. You can easily add black beans and taco seasoning to the meat mixture to give it more of a Mexican flavor. You may also love these recipes:


Stuffed Green Peppers go well with many dishes and we have served them with various side dishes. These are a few of our favorites, you can always use the side dish tab on our website to search for others.


Do you have to cook the rice before adding it to the ground beef?

No, as long as you are using Minute rice. If you are using regular rice, then yes, you cook it before and then just add it into the meat mixture.

Why are my peppers soggy?

If your peppers are soggy, then you overcooked them, or you boiled them too long before baking them.


They will keep up to 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat them in the oven at 350 degrees until warmed through. You can easily freeze leftovers by placing them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Stuffed Green Peppers

Leigh Walkup
These green stuffed peppers are a family favorite and have wonderful reviews. These stuffed peppers are easy to make and one of our most popular recipes for a reason.
4.83 from 57 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 6 large green peppers or 8 medium tops removed, seeded (Save the tops to add to stuffing)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef You could use ground turkey, too
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano or Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic I used the minced garlic that comes in a jar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 4 ounce can green chilis, drained
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drain and save the juice
  • 1/2 cup minute rice can use regular rice but need to cook it first if you do
  • 1 4 ounce can tomato sauce, Optional (I don’t use this with mine)
  • Cheese for tops of peppers about 1/2 cup shredded (I used cheddar, you can use whatever you like)


  • In a large pot of boiling water, after you have removed the seeds and stems, boil the peppers for five minutes to soften them up. Remove from water and drain on paper towels.
  • Brown the hamburger, onion, chopped pepper tops and drain if needed. Add the oregano, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, salt, garlic, basil, green chilis, drained diced tomatoes (save the drained juice from the diced tomatoes) and minute rice. Simmer until rice is tender or about 5 minutes.
  • Fill your peppers with the hamburger mixture. (If you are using the tomato sauce pour it over the filled peppers. Some people like a lot of tomato taste and use the sauce) Pour the drained tomato juice that you saved from the diced tomatoes into the bottom of your casserole dish.
  • Bake peppers in preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Remove and add shredded cheese to top of each pepper. Return to oven for five more minutes until cheese melts.


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  1. Made these yesterday and the whole family loved them! Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes. I also love your magazine.5 stars

  2. Best recipe for Stuffed Peppers on the internet! My kids don’t even like stuffed peppers and they loved these. Your recipes just work for my family we love them all. Your magazine is fantastic too!5 stars

    1. Thank you!!! We love this one too and we are thrilled you are enjoying the magazine!

  3. I would give this recipe 10 stars if I could! Best I’ve ever had!!5 stars

  4. Pat Nugent says:

    This one is my fav! One reason I like your magazine is that you published one of my recipes w/ photo 20 years ago. haha

    1. Hi Pat, We’re thrilled you enjoy this recipe. However, our magazine is 5 years old so I think you may be thinking of a different publication. Thanks!

  5. I’m obsessed with this recipe. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made it. Even the kids ask for it!5 stars

  6. Made these using ground, turkey breast and cauliflower rice. They were wonderful! Thank you again for another terrific recipe!5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      You are very welcome! So glad you enjoyed them!

  7. Judy Hastings says:

    Love to receive these recipes5 stars

  8. We loved these. I think the green chilis add so much! Will definitely make again!5 stars

  9. Do you cook the rice before adding it to the beef mixture?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Like the recipe states, if you use minute rice.. no you don’t have to, if you use regular rice.. yes you do have to.

  10. Made these for dinner using your recipe and they were delicious! Will definitely make them again.5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thrilled you enjoy this one!

  11. Texas Buck says:

    ! I made it with ground venison from the buck my daughter got this year. Used long grain and wild rice from a box. Delish5 stars

  12. This is so scrumptious! My Mom and I have fixed it twice in the last month 5 stars

  13. After boiling the peppers for 5 minutes, the peppers turned out a little more firm than I like my stuffed peppers. Next time I will boil them a little longer so they are softer and able to cut with a fork. Other than that, this recipe is simply delicious!4 stars

  14. Jess Young says:

    You mentioned in your story freezing peppers from your garden. Do you freeze them whole? I have trouble using the whole fresh peppers I get before they go bad & end up slicing, blanching & freezing instead. I’d love to be able to freeze whole for things like this!

  15. Made this, used diced tomatoes with basil and oregano, added some Chipotle peppers in Adobe sauce for a little flavor and heat, also added diced mushrooms, yummy yummy5 stars

  16. Carolyn Reuter says:

    Can you freeze these?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Probably, but I have never tried it.

      1. Jenny Hallett says:

        I have frozen these as I am the only one who eats them and they are perfect to take to work etc..!

  17. I sub Rotel for the diced tomatoes5 stars

    1. Great idea! I will try that next time

  18. I love this recipe and have been making it for years. I like to chop the green peppers into bite size pieces and put them in boiling water for 3-4 minutes. I set them aside and and make the meat and rice mixture. I combine it all in a 9 x13 casserole dish, top with cheese and bake. Easier than stuffing the peppers and no need for a knife at the table.5 stars

  19. I dont even eat peppers…AT ALL…and I demolished these..I used 2 green and 2 yellow peppers (havent tried the yellow yet) but the green was delicious5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      So happy you enjoyed this recipe, Alechia, and thank you for trying our recipes. We are happy to have you on our site. Thank you for the wonderful comment, too.

    2. I like to use half ground beef and half Italian sausage.

  20. I love this recipe. I do add one can of diced tomatoes. I also put tomato sauce on the bottom of the pan.

    My twin sister was reluctant to try it because as a child my mom used to make stuffed peppers and she despised them.

    She loves this recipe and begs me to make it now.

    Thanks for the great recipe.

    Laura5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Oh gosh, what a wonderful comment! I’m so glad these are such a hit!

  21. These are delicious! I’ve made them many times before & they’re always a hit, even with my picky eaters ! I usually add a little extra of everything. I also ‘kill two birds with one stone’ by adding a can of Rotel instead of the two seperate cans of green Chile & diced tomatoes.
    I’m making them this week with cauliflower rice for a lower carb alternative . I know they’ll be just as good 5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and rating. We love these peppers, too. Hope you have a great week ahead.

      1. Jenny Hallett says:

        I love all your recipes. Love to cook different things instead of same o same o. Keep them coming! You are great!

  22. Made them, but I didn’t care for the Italian seasoning, should have left it out. Also, needs a little more salt and tomato juice in the mixture. I added a little corn. Everyone else seems to like them, so it’s just me.3 stars

  23. These are a new family favorite!5 stars

  24. Char Harris says:

    My husband has made your stuffed green pepper recipe many times. Big hit with the family!!!5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      We’re so glad you enjoy them!! Thank you for your kind comment.

  25. Could you use quinoa instead of the rice?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yep, I believe so 🙂

  26. Great recipe ……I put a little cheese in mixture5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Wonderful! So glad you enjoyed it!

      1. Suggestion: I have stuffed cheese cubes or string cheese ( mozzarella )down in the middle before baking…good!!

  27. Made these for supper. Extra good, spicy. Had extra filling since there are just 2 of us and I only had a few peppers. Will use leftover filling for burritos. This is a keeper.5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      So happy you enjoyed the recipe, Janey. Thank you for letting us know.

    2. We both love these stuffed peppers. We made these a week ago and they were so so good my husband is ready for some more5 stars

  28. Yummy trying these tonight for me and the hubby! He’s never had

  29. Suzanne Cwiak says:

    I didn’t think I liked stuffed green peppers BUT I made these tonight. Loved, loved them. Used Rotel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles, 2 cans, PERFECT!5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Love hearing this! Thank you so much!

  30. OMG..Those stuffed green peppers!!! WOWSA!!! AMAZING!! I’m a fan of stuffed peppers but let’s face it, rice and beef is usually a bit boring. Spicing it up isn’t always enough either. Your ingredients are spot on. We so enjoyed it. It’ll be my go to stuffed pepper recipe for a very long time! Thanks of the great dinner. 🙂 Michele5 stars

  31. My husband doesn’t care for green bell peppers. He will eat eat this dish if I use the sweet red bell peppers. I also use the mild or medium heat diced chilies in the can. I have a daughter that doesn’t handle heat very well. Just make sure Tabasco is handy for those that like more heat on their eats. We love this recipe.5 stars

  32. loreleiluvsthepats says:

    I was just wondering what green chilis taste like? I honestly have never tried nor seen them. Thank you. Love your site!

  33. I make my meat as if I’m fixing it for a meat loaf, (i’m lazy) and then stuff it in the peppers, I never tried with the rice, I love rice and I must try it with rice. Thanks for the idea.5 stars

  34. Ann Beach says:

    Easy and so tasty.4 stars

    1. For what? A replacement for rice?

  35. This recipe is awesome!!!! I would have never thought about adding cheese at the end…. the cheese totally makes this dish delish!! I will make again and again and……….5 stars

  36. What would you serve with them? I’m thinking garlic bread and green salad.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Sounds good to me Chris.

  37. Jacque Holliday says:

    First time ever making stuffed peppers. They were awesome!! Thank you so much. I loved the flavor.5 stars

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Jacque so glad you enjoyed them!

    2. Anna Thomas says:

      This is the recipe I’ve been looking for. Extremely similar to how I’ve made mine but sometimes I add just a little Worcestershire. Not always. Unfortunately it’s the first year we don’t have canned tomatoes from the garden because mashing those from the jar and adding, then pouring the juice into the mixture is something that I highly recommend! Not to mention garden fresh peppers! Thank you for sharing!!5 stars

  38. try using tomato bisque soup instead of tomato sauce.

  39. Lorraine Bailey says:

    Can these be frozen either before cooking or after? It’s only me and my husband and it would be nice to have these all ready prepared.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I have never tried freezing them Lorraine but I feel like you could with no problems. I think I would stuff them and then freeze.

    2. I freeze them all the time. Can freeze before or after cooking.

  40. Can you use red or yellow bell peppers instead of green ones?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, you can.

    2. KAREN BECKER says:

      I find red peppers taste great as well – I like them better than the green personally.

  41. In Stead Of Sauce How About Diced Tomatos

  42. Vicki Newton says:

    Do u have a recipe for salty or brine pickles

  43. The Southern Lady says:

    Just cook the rice with the hamburger. If you are using minute rice it will cook in the hamburger drippings.

  44. My stuffed peppers are in the oven as I type…this recipe made it so easy to put together a dish I’ve been wanting to try for a while now (btw i used tomato sauce). The base tasted delish, can’t wait to try the finished product!5 stars

  45. I can figure the rest out with this as a starting point. Thank you very much!

  46. I made them last night! They were delicious! I even had a guest beg to take the left-overs. I may try the suggestion of using V-8 juice because I love tomatoe but they were still awesome without! Thanks!5 stars

  47. I made this recipe just like it stated. I couldn’t believe how easy it was. It looks so delicious I can’t wait until dinner, Yum.5 stars

  48. Loved your stuffed pepper recipe I fixed it tonight and didn’t change it by much just left out the green chilies. It was a big hit here! Thanks for sharing!5 stars

    1. I was wondering if they would still be good without the green chilies. Thanks for posting.

      1. I make about the same recipe and have never used the green chilies. Make the stuffing to your taste.

  49. We love stuffed peppers I do them all the time lots of iron very good for u I have not have these peppers like this I’m ttrying them for thanksgiving to thanks

  50. I like using V-8 juice in & over mine. Also use the Uncle Bens rice that you microwave for 90 seconds (many different varieties.)

    1. Made a batch last weekend using ground turkey and cooked wild rice, with diced onion and jalapenos. The wild rice gave a really nice ‘nutty’ flavor, and it’s high in fiber too.

    2. steve Watts says:

      What a great idea! I love the Uncle Ben’s microwavable rice…think I’ll try it in the stuffed pepper recipe! Thanks!!

  51. Sounds delicious! I love to stuff my peppers w/Lamb and use yellow, red & orange peppers. Also, can cook these in the Crock Pot just cook meat first (I use microwave) and cheat w/the rice w/Uncle Ben’s 90 second heat up.

  52. Mary Hawkins says:

    I made these today, and we loved them!5 stars

  53. Terry Gray says:

    Never thought of cooking the ingredients first & then stuffing the pepper. This seems so much easier & tastier than mine. Will definitely try.

  54. I have searched and searched and searched and tried and tried and tried so many recipes for stuffed peppers. I have GOT to tell you that this is theeee EEEEZIEST recipe I have ever seen and I cannot wait to make it! I have a feeling that this is gonna be my go-to stuffed pepper recipe! I just happened to get on fb at the very same time that this popped onto my news feed. How fortuitous is that!5 stars