Stuffed Bell Peppers

by Jenifer McDill
(Morgan City, LA.)

I grew up with my ma-maw and mother making stuff bell peppers. After I left home I wanted to make me some one night, but I didn't have the recipe. How hard could this be, I thought. I was sure I had gotten everything right but when I removed the peppers from the oven I realized I forgot to precook the meat! The peppers were a greasy mess and I was determined to create a great bell pepper recipe after that.


  • 5 Medium sized bell peppers
  • 1 lb. ground meat
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 stick of celery finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup of Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3 tsp. chopped parsley
  • 3 tbsp of Parmesan cheese
  • 4 strips of cooked bacon chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt and pepper (each)
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce


  • Cut tops from pepper, finely chop tops for meat mixture.
  • Wash peppers. Drain upside down.
  • Brown meat in oil over medium heat.
  • Add chopped pepper tops, onion, garlic, and celery.
  • Cook until meat is browned and vegetables are tender.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine meat mixture, bread crumbs, egg, 2 tsp of the parsley, cheese, bacon, salt, and pepper.
  • Fill washed pepper bottoms with this mixture.
  • Top each stuffed bell pepper with tomato sauce.
  • In a deep baking pan, very carefully stand peppers upright side by side.
  • Add water to fill 1/2 up the standing bell peppers.
  • Cover loosely with aluminum foil.
  • Bake in 375 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes.

    Garnish with left over parsley.

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    Nov 14, 2009
    by: Romeo Rossetti

    Nice recipe. We make it like you do, might I suggest replacing the ground beef with italian sausage. I find it best to find some good italian sausage links and cut the skin down the center to take out meat, rather than using bulk sausage.

    Oct 02, 2009
    Stuffed Peppers
    by: Ann

    I steam my peppers a little before baking. And I add my canned homeade salsa, and top with lots of cheese. Thanks for a great recipe. These were very good too.

    Sep 30, 2009
    I love stuffed bell peppers
    by: Dennis

    I did the opps forgot to cook the meat 1st time I ever cooked stuffed bell peppers too. I guess everyone has those cooking moments.

    Sep 29, 2009
    Vegetarian version
    by: Carol

    I made a vegetarian version of Stuffed Bell Peppers last night. I used veggies like aubergine (eggplant), sweet potatoes, red onion and courgettes along with quinoa (instead of rice) to stuff them. They were delicious.

    Sep 27, 2009
    by: Anonymous

    These turned out wonderful!

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