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stuffed peppers recipe

This is an easy “un-stuffed” green bell peppers recipe that you can cook in one pot if desired.

While I have always liked stuffed bell peppers, and the healthy ingredients, I always felt like the pepper was something to contain the food, not to be eaten.  I know it doesn’t make sense, but there was just this big piece of somewhat soggy pepper left to deal with once the rest was eaten.

Then I tried out un-stuffed cabbage rolls and realized I could apply the same to most any stuffed food.  By un-stuffing” the peppers and dicing them instead, they remain nice and crisp.  It’s also easier to make since it is all cooked on the stovetop!


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    Diced green bell peppers on a cutting board. Click image to license as a stock photo

    1 pound lean ground beef

  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 3 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 diced green peppers
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 small diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish
  • Olive oil as needed


  • Coat a large skillet with olive oil and heat over medium-high heat.
  • Add ground beef to skillet, season with a dash of salt and pepper and brown it.
  • Meanwhile cook the brown rice according to package instructions.
  • When ground beef is browned, add 2 tsp cumin, 2 tsp chili powder, 2 tsp paprika and ½ tsp oregano; stirring to combine.
  • Remove ground beef and set aside on a plate.
  • Add more olive oil to the skillet and add the pepper and onion to cook for about 3-5 mins and until soft, add garlic, tomatoes and the remainder of seasonings; continue to stir and cook for about 2 mins and until all veggies have softened.
  • Return the ground beef to the pot along with cooked brown rice
  • Squeeze lime juice over the mixture and stir everything together. Taste and season with additional salt or other seasonings to taste.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and enjoy!


Many stuffed pepper recipes call for tomato sauce as an ingredient.  If you want a tomato taste and a wetter or saucier dish, adding a can of tomato sauce works great with this recipe.

stuffed peppers recipe
Hamburger with green bell peppers and tomatoes simmering