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Hamburger & Rice Stuffed Peppers

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This traditional hamburger & rice stuffed peppers is comfort food at its best. Made with tomatoes, rice and ground beef, it’s sure to be a family favorite!

Hamburger and rice stuffed peppers are one of my husband’s favorite dishes that I prepare. This recipe is what I think of as a traditional stuffed pepper recipe. It’s made with ground beef, tomatoes, peppers, onions, cheese and seasoning.

I’ve made it both in the electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot) and in the oven. This recipe is for stuffed peppers that are baked in the oven. Both, in my opinion are equally good!

It’s in the 20’s in Ohio right now, so turning on the oven and warming up the kitchen seemed like the perfect thing to do. I also baked biscuits. Why biscuits? Because I wanted to try using my brand new stand mixer to make biscuits (more on that later).

Stuffed Peppers Recipe by The Birch Cottage

Hamburger & Rice Stuffed Peppers

I was just thinking about the first time I could remember ever eating stuffed peppers. And I’m really not sure. It was either in the hospital cafeteria or at Morrison’s Cafeteria in the Panama City Mall. In either case, I was a young adult. I’m now in my 50’s (ouch, that hurts) and I can say I’ve made this dish so many times that I don’t even use a recipe. I just kind of throw it all together.


There are just a few supplies you’ll need to make this recipe.

But, for those of you who prefer a recipe or at least a starting point, I’m sharing my Hamburger and Rice Stuffed Peppers recipe with you here today.

Hamburger and Rice Stuffed Peppers Recipe by The Birch Cottage

Hamburger & Rice Stuffed Peppers

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This traditional hamburger & rice stuffed peppers is comfort food at its best. Made with tomatoes, rice and ground beef, it’s sure to be a family favorite!


  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • ¼ cup diced bell pepper from the tops
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 14.5 oz can tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 large green peppers
  • 1 cup shredded cheese Cheddar or Monterey Jack


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a small saucepan, prepare rice according to the package instructions. In a large skillet over medium heat, add ground beef, onion and diced peppers. Cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 6 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Drain fat.
  2. Return beef mixture to skillet, then stir in cooked rice and diced tomatoes. Season with oregano, salt, and pepper. Let simmer until liquid has reduced slightly, about 5 minutes.
  3. Place peppers cut side-up in a 9″-x-13″ baking dish. Spoon beef mixture into each pepper and top with shredded cheese, then cover baking dish with foil.
  4. Bake until peppers are tender, about 35 minutes. Uncover and bake until cheese is bubbly, about 10 minutes more.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 15g

If you try this recipe, I promise you, it will become one you refer to again and again. And, don’t serve it with biscuits. If you want to add some bread, try garlic bread. It pairs really well with the hamburger & rice stuffed peppers.

Of course, you can add some more vegetables or even mashed potatoes as a side. But, this is really more of a casserole type dish in that everything you need to eat is contained in the bell pepper. In fact, you can even eat the dish!

Printable Recipe Card

Stuffed Peppers Recipe Card by The Birch Cottage

I created a free printable recipe card for this recipe as well. My intentions are to make a set of these recipe cards for every recipe I share here on the blog. That way, if you want to put together a recipe box or binder, your recipe cards will be already typed and all matchy matchy.

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Til next time…

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Barbara Lendemann

Monday 28th of January 2019

This sounds really good. I do need the the nutritional information such as calories, carbs, etc

Pamela Baker

Monday 28th of January 2019

I added the nutritional information. I hope this helps!

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