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Stuffed bell peppers without rice.
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5 from 8 votes

Stuffed Bell Peppers without Rice

This recipe for stuffed bell peppers without rice loads tender baked peppers with ground beef, melted cheese, and a seasoned tomato sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 487kcal


  • 4 bell peppers
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes drained
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut off the tops of the peppers to create a bowl out of each bell pepper. Place the peppers on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
  • While the peppers are baking add ground beef and chopped onion to a large skillet set over medium heat. Crumble the beef while cooking and saute until beef is well browned and onion is tender. Add garlic and cook for an addition minute.
  • Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, salt, paprika, and black pepper to the skillet and stir to combine. Let simmer for two minutes to thicken slightly.
  • Remove the bell peppers from the oven and set broiler on high heat.
  • Spoon the ground beef mixture into the baked peppers, filling it almost halfway. Add a layer of shredded cheese and fill the rest of the pepper with more of the beef mixture. Finally, top with a second layer of cheese.
  • Set peppers on a baking sheet and place on the top rack of the oven to broil until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Remove stuffed peppers from the oven and let cool for five minutes then serve.


Any bell pepper will work well in this recipe. Green peppers are often less expensive at the grocery store, however red pepper are typically the sweetest.
If your beef is too lean you can add a little olive oil to help sauté your onions more easily.
Always watch your food closely when broiling so it doesn't burn!


Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 1313mg | Potassium: 1049mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 4625IU | Vitamin C: 168mg | Calcium: 286mg | Iron: 5mg