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Beef-Stuffed Peppers

132 Reviews
93% would make this recipe again

Bell peppers stuffed with a mixture of ground beef and rice.

A recipe from my mother-in-law.

Preparation : 20 min Cooking : 30 min
360 calories/serving
  • Can be done in advance
  • Easy
  • Gluten Free
  • Nuts & Peanuts Free
  • Halal
  • Kid-friendly
  • Diabetes-friendly

Ingredients

6 tbsp rice, long grain 70 g
4 yellow or red sweet peppers, halved lengthwise, deseeded 800 g
1 onions, finely chopped 200 g
1 stalk celery, cut into small pieces 70 g
1 tbsp butter, unsalted 14 g
2 tsp olive oil 10 mL
400 g ground beef, lean
1/2 cup beef broth 125 mL
3/4 tsp paprika 2 g
5 tsp Parmesan cheese, grated 5 g
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper [optional] 1 g
salt [optional]
ground pepper to taste [optional]
5 tsp Italian parsley, fresh [optional] 8 g

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F. Cook the rice.
  2. Prepare the vegetables : Cut the peppers in half lengthwise, then remove the seeds; finely chop the onion; cut the celery into small pieces.
  3. Heat half of the butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion then sauté 3-4 min until lightly coloured and soft, paying attention not to let it burn. Add the celery and sauté 2 more min, then remove the vegetables from the skillet and set aside.
  4. Add the remaining butter and oil to the skillet, then add the ground meat. Sear about 4-5 min over medium-high heat until the meat looses its red colour, then break it up with a fork. In order to brown the meat, it is important not to stir it at the beginning, otherwise it will loose its juices and will «boil» rather than brown. When the meat is golden-coloured, put the cooked onion and celery back into the pan. Pour in the broth, then add the paprika and cayenne pepper (if desired). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the cooked rice and mix well.
  5. Fill the pepper halves with the meat-rice mixture, dividing and slightly mounding it equally among the halves. Arrange the stuffed peppers in a baking dish. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top of the stuffed peppers. To keep the environment moist during baking, pour just a little water in the bottom of the dish (between ½ and 1 cup, depending on the dish size).
  6. Bake the peppers, uncovered, in the middle of the oven until the tops are browned, about 30 min.
  7. Serve immediately. The presentation may be brightened up by sprinkling some chopped parsley on top of the peppers.

Remarks

The peppers may be stuffed 1 to 2 days ahead, then covered and chilled in the refrigerator. When ready to bake, sprinkle them with the cheese, pour water in the dish, then bake.

The prepared, stuffed peppers may also be baked ahead of time, then warmed up 15 min in the oven at 120°C/250°F before serving.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 Serving (390g)

Amount

% Daily Value

Calories

360

Fat

17 g

26 %

Saturated 6.6 g
+ Trans 0.1 g

33 %

Cholesterol

60 mg

Sodium

180 mg

7 %

Carbohydrate

29 g

10 %

Fibre

4 g

15 %

Sugars

9 g

Protein

25 g

Vitamin A

65 %

Vitamin C

528 %

Calcium

5 %

Iron

23 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : 3 servings
Grain Products : ½ serving
Milk and Alternatives : 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives : 1 servings

Claims

This recipe is :
Low  :
Calories, Sodium
Source of  :
Calcium, Copper, Fibre, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B1, Vitamin D
Good source of  :
Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus
Excellent source of  :
Folacin, Manganese, Niacin, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Zinc
Free  :
Added Sugar

DIABETES Exchange

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 1
Vegetables 2 ½
Meat and Alternatives 2 ½
Fats 3

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Members' Reviews

132 Reviews (125 with rating only ) 93% would make this recipe again
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misskitty101
january 27, 2014

Let me start off by saying that I'm not a fan of peppers. I've heard others talk about how good stuffed peppers are so I decided to give this recipe a try. The prep is very simple and the passive cooking time in the oven gives you some extra time to prepare side dishes. The filling was straightforward in flavor so it can be easily customized to suit your taste. Simple recipe if you are in the mood to eat a lot of peppers.

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lukebyran
september 23, 2013

I felt this recipe was kind of dry and a bit bland. I paired it with pasta and sauce which helped a bit, but it's just 'okay' not really worth the work. Definitely needs something to make it more moist and flavorful!

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claforet
september 05, 2013

It was ok.. Greasy would use ground turkey next time. I've had better.

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darcyc
may 06, 2010

I found this actually lacked flavor. At least for my liking. I think it needed more of a tomato-y base mixed in with the meat before cooking. Otherwise, it just tasted like beef and onions.

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firetruckgirl
march 21, 2010 | I would make this recipe again

pretty easy to make and a lot of flavour!

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This recipe is in the following categories

Beef | Vegetables | Main courses/Entrées | High Iron | Halal | Low Sodium | Low Calorie | Diabetes-friendly | Bake | Canadian

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CharlieTrotter
september 01, 2009 | I would make this recipe again

These are exactly as Grand'ma used to make them: awesome!

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misskitty101
january 27, 2014

Let me start off by saying that I'm not a fan of peppers. I've heard others talk about how good stuffed peppers are so I decided to give this recipe a try. The prep is very simple and the passive cooking time in the oven gives you some extra time to prepare side dishes. The filling was straightforward in flavor so it can be easily customized to suit your taste. Simple recipe if you are in the mood to eat a lot of peppers.

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lukebyran
september 23, 2013

I felt this recipe was kind of dry and a bit bland. I paired it with pasta and sauce which helped a bit, but it's just 'okay' not really worth the work. Definitely needs something to make it more moist and flavorful!

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