Make a family-friendly one-dish meal that even the kids will love. Mild bell peppers get a delicious filing made with rice and ground beef.
6 medium bell peppers, tops removed and reserved, and seeds removed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
1 stalk celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces lean (90 percent) ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup grated Monterey Jack
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add peppers and pepper tops and cook until tender, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove peppers from water and invert to drain fully.
Make filling: Warm olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add carrot, celery and garlic and continue cooking until vegetables are just softened, 4 minutes longer. Add beef, salt and pepper and cook, breaking up large chunks, until meat is no longer pink, about 7 minutes. Add tomatoes and rice and cook 5 minutes longer. Stir in 3/4 cup cheese.
Fill peppers with meat mixture, dividing evenly. Sprinkle mixture with remaining cheese and top with pepper lid. Bake until cheese is melted and peppers are heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve hot.
I liked the dish. Yes, I would make it again. Perfect for everyday but also company worthy. I did not have celery on hand. I used Cheddar cheese. I also cut the peppers in half and then stuffed them putting cheese on top. It took a little longer to make but it was worth the time.
The dish came together quite nicely and was very tasty. I am not sure how they came up with the prep time.It took me a little longer than I thought it would. It really didn't matter it was worth it.
The whole family had the same reaction. Red Yellow and Orange Peppers make the best presentation.
My family really liked this - made it multiple times now, It modifies easily. Last night I used sweet italian sausage and Costco's Harvest Medley brown rice. Because I am lactose intollerant I used jalepeno jack almond cheese.....yummy! I have also used half turkey and half italian sausage (I don't like ground beef).
Husband and friends loved this! I improvised adding what I had on hand...fresh tomatoes, tomato paste, mushrooms and the pepper tops to the filling. I will definitely be making variations of this for the family on a regular basis. Enjoy!
This is definately getting added to the routine meals!! Excellent recipe! I left out the celery because I didn't have any on hand and I used colby jack cheese and it turned out so delicious. The flavors blended so well and it had so much flavor, and the cheese mixed in with the beef and veggie makes it creamy and the rice makes it hearty.
My husband and 2-1/2 year old loved it.
The only thing I recommend is to remove the stems of the peppers before boiling because they get a soggy green mush around them. And following the boiling directions perfectly results in perfectly cooked peppers.