Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Stuffed Bell Peppers {Old Fashioned Favorite}


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Stuffed Bell Peppers {Old Fashioned Favorite}

Stuffed Bell Peppers is a dish I remember so well growing up. My mother use to make them all the time. The only difference in moms recipe and mine is that she made a roux with flour and butter and used tomato sauce to make a homemade gravy.

My version is more simplified and utilizes tomato soup instead of a homemade gravy. Now, don't get me wrong my mothers homemade gravy is the best but I just can't make it right. No worries in the end both recipes taste almost exact, but I love the simplified version so much better.

I got this recipe a long time ago from my mother in law at the time. She was an awesome cook, so it was no surprise that these stuffed peppers would be anything but delicious. The first step in making a great stuffed bell pepper recipe is picking your peppers.

When buying peppers at the grocery store or farmers market, always remember to look for firm and brightly colored peppers-they shouldn't feel soft or have that slightly wrinkled look.

Store them at 45-50 degrees-I store in the refrigerator, and if they are fresh they should last up to a week stored in plastic bags-sometimes longer.
Of course the sooner the better in using the peppers.

Some people stuff their bell peppers with just a meat mixture. My mothers recipe and my version use meat and seasoned white rice. I add some of the tomato soup to the rice, my mother just did plain rice and meat.

I think the addition of the tomato soup gives it a nice flavor. These peppers are so tasty it's so hard not to try and eat two in one sitting, I never can because they are so filling, that's OK that just leaves more for leftovers the next day.


These are the ingredients you will need: 5-6 Green Bell Peppers, Ground Beef, 2 Cans Condensed Tomato Soup, fresh garlic, Salt & Pepper, Onion, White Rice and Worcestershire sauce. Shredded cheddar cheese optional. (garlic and onion powder not pictured)

Cut off the tops of the bell peppers and remove all the membrane and seeds.

rinse them out and place on a paper towel.

now we are going to steam the peppers. Fill a large pot with water about half way, add some water to the inside of the peppers.

cover and bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to about med. You want them on a low simmer. This will steam the peppers. Steam for about 5 - 8 minutes


While the peppers are steaming start browning the ground beef with the onion and garlic. When the ground beef if completely cooked, drain off any grease.


Prepare your rice. I used 1 1/2 cups long grain rice to 3 cups of water. I am using my microwave rice cooker, it is so much easier and comes out perfect every time.

add the cooked rice to the meat mixture, season with salt, pepper. Or a little pepper and garlic and onion powder. (not pictured), mix well.

when the time is up using tongs remove each of the pepper from the pot.

Add one can tomato soup. (do not add any water) gently mix together with the meat mixture.

start stuffing the meat mixture into each bell pepper.

Place the tops back on the peppers and place them in a 9 x 13 on baking dish. I add a little bit of water to the bottom of the pan. I don't know why but that is what my mom used to do.

Cover with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven until the peppers are tender and heated through.


I added a bit of shredded cheese to a few of the peppers before baking. I think it adds a great flavor.

Pour on additional tomato gravy and serve.




Stuffed Bell Peppers
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4-5 large green bell peppers
2 - cans condensed tomato soup
1 - lb ground beef or turkey
2 - 3 cups long grain rice, cooked (I used 1 1/2 cup rice to 3 cups water)
1/2 - onion, chopped
1 - clove garlic, minced
salt & pepper to taste
onion powder (to taste)
garlic powder (to taste)
1 - teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
shredded cheddar cheese, optional

Cut off the tops of the bell peppers and remove all the membrane and seeds. Rinse peppers under cold water and place on a paper towel. You will need to steam the peppers a bit before stuffing and baking.

To steam, fill a large pot with water about half way. Add some water to the inside of the peppers. Cover and bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to about low/medium. You want them on a low simmer. This will steam the peppers. Steam for about 5 - 8 minutes.

While the peppers are steaming start browning the ground beef with the onion and garlic. When the ground beef if completely cooked, drain off any grease. Prepare and cook the rice. I used 1 1/2 cups long grain rice to 3 cups of water.

Add the cooked rice to the meat mixture, season with salt and pepper or just pepper and a little garlic and onion powder. (not pictured), mix well. When the time is up using tongs, remove each of the pepper from the pot. Add (one) can tomato soup. (do not add any water) gently mix together with the meat mixture.

Stuff the meat mixture into each bell pepper. Place the tops back on the peppers and place them in a 9 x 13 on baking dish. I add a little bit of water to the bottom of the pan. I don't know why but that is what my mom used to do.

Cover with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven until the peppers are tender and heated through. I added a bit of shredded cheese to a few of the peppers before baking. I think it adds a great flavor.


Tomato Sauce Gravy:
With the second can of soup I just add it to a small pot. Add the 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce and mix. Cook until heated through. Pour over the cooked peppers when you are ready to serve. If you don't like a lot of sauce on top of the peppers just add about a can and a half to the rice and meat mixture. Then just save a half of can for the sauce to top the peppers when served make sure to only use 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce if you only use half of the can.



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16 comments:

Heidi said... #

I have several Stuffed Pepper recipes that I use, but this one sounds a lot like my favorite. I use tomato sauce in place of the soup though. I'm going to have to put peppers on my list so I can try this recipe out! My mom was not the best cook. She gets mad when my dad tells people how well he thinks I cook and adds in that I didn't learn from my mother! My grandma is an excellent cook though. She makes the worlds best rolls. I have her recipe and have watched her make them, but she must have magic fingers because mine don't come close!

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Oh Goodness Heidi that is a funny story about your dad. I can eat stuffed peppers till I am stuffed LOL. Keep practicing at that roll recipe you will get it down perfect then you can post it on your blog, I would love to have that recipe. My weakness is rolls.

McBee said... #

Thanks so much!:) Yeah, PW is pretty awesome, I'm way jealous of her camera...Hope you had a fun weekend!

My New 30 said... #

I'm like you - I LOVE peppers. I wish I could get my hubs to eat the pepper - he'll eat green pepper that's chopped up in something but he'll only eat the stuffing out of a stuffed one and just waste the pepper!!

Keep practicin' that roux and you'll get it right!

My mom's lasagna was awesome but she was a great cook overall really. The meal I miss most though since she's passed on is Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, which were pretty much the same meal. Sure miss all THAT good food!!!

Kathy said... #

Love stuffed peppers!!! You're photos are making me hungry!!! I saw a neat recipe the other day for "unstuffed" bell peppers! If only I could remember where I saw that!!! I can't believe I didn't bookmark it??! Man, I'm getting old!

My mom is a hilarous cook! She looks and talks just like Paula Deen, but unfortunately does not cook like Paula! She (like me) was always trying new recipes (maybe that's where I get it from) but they were usually always disasters... too much salt, not enough, etc... She always had an excuse!!;) lol... She did make some amazing Southern Fried Potatoes!!! No matter how great mine turn out - I always think hers are better. I told her the other day that I need her "specific" instructions for our blog of course!! I'll keep you posted on that one....

Joan said... #

Tina-this recipe strikes a chord with me! My mother made me stuffed bell peppers 3 time. The day I came home from the hospital with my three girls, she had them waiting for me. This is my all time FAVORITE meal!!
Yours looks great!!

Michelle said... #

Oh my....that looks great. It's similar to my moms recipe, but she'd half her peppers instead of cutting the tops off.

I was just out surfing blogs when I found you...I'm glad that I did!! Than

from my motorhome to yours said... #

the peppers look great, but what caught my eye was chicken fried chicken, there is a place by us that makes it too,

Live.Love.Eat said... #

Too bad I didn't grow up eating these a lot. I do love them though.

The Manintvelds said... #

I've always loved bell peppers but, never made them like this .. I know, shocking ..
I'm wanting to try these now .. thanks to you!!!!

Anonymous said... #

How long does it usually take to bake them?

Anonymous said... #

you all are awesome all about cooking and family happy cooking .

Anonymous said... #

Thanks for the great recipe! (I found it after googling "stuffed peppers tomato soup"). I had made them in the past but never cooked the meat first -- only cooked the rice first. And then the meat cooks inside the peppers while in the oven.
The only thing I would do differently with your recipe next time is to steam the peppers for a bit less than the recipe says to. I did it for 20 minutes and they became pretty soggy and hard to fill. But still taste great! You're right that the cheddar cheese adds a great flavor! Thanks again for a keeper recipe! :)

Robyn in Vermont said... #

Thanks for sharing your recipe. I'm trying it tonight using ground chicken (hormone-free) and brown rice. I will let you know how it comes out!! :) One thing you mentioned is that you didn't know why your mom used water at the bottom of the baking pan - it's to keep moisture around the peppers so that they don't crack and the meat doesn't dry. You have to put a pan of water in the oven when baking cheese cake from scratch... keeps everything pretty! ;)

Della Redmon said... #

How long do you bake them for

roblovesleo said... #

Making these tonight! Have been searching for a recipe similar to my moms...tomato soup is the key! Thanks!!!