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Baked Stuffed Peppers

Bell peppers make a perfect vehicle for this hearty weeknight meal. The recipe calls for ground beef, but you could also use ground chicken or ground turkey.

  • Yield: Serves 4


  • 4 none large bell peppers (about 8 oz. each)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 none onion, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 none 14-oz. can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • none Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs


1. Preheat oven to 425°F; line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Cut off stem end of each pepper, about 1/2 inch down, and use a tablespoon to scoop out seeds and membrane. If peppers don't sit upright, slice a sliver from bottom, being careful not to cut into the peppers, so they sit level while they bake.

2. Add peppers to pot and bring water back to a rapid boil. Cook until slightly softened, 8 to 10 minutes.

3. While peppers are cooking, warm 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes. Add beef and cook, stirring, until crumbled and no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, cinnamon, cloves and rice. Stir until almost all liquid is absorbed, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. You should have about 4 cups filling.

4. Using tongs, remove peppers from water and drain, inverted, on paper towels. Pack each pepper with about 1 cup filling. Arrange peppers on baking sheet, sprinkle with bread crumbs and drizzle with remaining 2 Tbsp. oil. Bake until browned, about 15 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 454none
  • Fat: 26g
  • Saturated fat: 7g
  • Protein: 27g
  • Carbohydrate: 30g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 74mg
  • Sodium: 732mg

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Baked Stuffed Peppers Recipe