Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers


Posted: December 21

Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

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These Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers are a fun twist on dinner! Filled with perfectly seasoned ground beef, rice, and cheese—you'll probably add this recipe to your favorites list.


Ingredients

• 1 cup cooked rice • 6 large bell peppers, any color • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1/2 medium onion, chopped • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 1 (14 fluid ounce) can crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, optional • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese blend, divided • Salt & pepper to taste • Fresh cilantro for topping, optional

Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

Cut the tops off the peppers carefully. Remove any seeds/membrane. Chop up the usable stuff from the pepper tops (you'll add it to the filling if desired).

Step 3

Place the peppers cut-side up in a baking dish. Add one cup of water to the bottom of the dish (the peppers will steam and cook faster).

Step 4

Add the oil, onion, and chopped up pepper tops to a skillet. Sauté over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.

Step 5

Add the ground beef to the skillet. Cook it, breaking up the meat until it's browned and cooked through (about 8 minutes). Spoon out most of the fat/liquid.

Step 6

Stir in the garlic, followed by the crushed tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce (if using), and Italian seasoning. Let it warm through and then take the pan off the heat.

Step 7

Stir in the cooked rice and 1/2 of the cheese. Season the mixture with salt & pepper as needed. Spoon the mixture into the open peppers.

Step 8

Cover the baking dish tightly with foil. Place it in the oven and bake for 40 minutes.

Step 9

Remove from the oven. The peppers should be still a little bit firm to the touch. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over top. Return the peppers to the oven (uncovered) for another 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. If you desire the cheese to be slightly browned, broil at the end for a few minutes.

Step 10

Top with cilantro before serving, if desired


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