Photo: Kate Sears, Food Styling: Paul Grimes
Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
1 Hour
Serves 4

Stuffed peppers get an update in this Mediterranean-inspired recipe for stuffed peppers. Couscous replaces rice and fragrant flavors, such as cumin, cinnamon, and fresh ginger, abound in Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring 1/2 cup lightly salted water to a boil. Stir in couscous. Cover, remove from heat and let stand until water has absorbed, about 5 minutes. Fluff couscous lightly with a fork and re-cover. In a small bowl, combine cumin, cinnamon, sugar and 1/2 tsp. salt.

Step 2

Warm oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté until golden, about 1 minute. Add beef and cook, stirring and breaking it up, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Add onion and ginger and cook, stirring, until onion begins to soften, about 4 minutes longer. Sprinkle cumin mixture over beef and sauté for 1 minute.

Step 3

Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in tomato sauce, 1/2 cup water, chickpeas and apricots. Stir well, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of skillet. Remove from heat and stir in couscous.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 375°F and mist an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. If peppers don't stand upright, cut a tiny slice off bottoms of peppers to level. Stuff peppers with meat mixture; place them in baking dish. Pour 1/4 cup water into baking dish, cover with foil and bake until peppers are tender when pierced with a knife, about 45 minutes.

Ratings & Reviews

Tasty and satisfying

August 19, 2016
Tasted like comfort food. Will make again and again. 

JLBrooks321's Review

August 13, 2014
This is fairly good and EXTREMELY flavorful, however it is a tad earthy for my taste. I might cut back on the cinnamon next time... Not sure.

misshtinker's Review

September 15, 2012
Very good, exotic recipe that can easily be done at home! I will make them a little spicy next time, maybe with some chile powder or a spicy salsa topping- i think that would really enhance the flavors. The great thing about these is you can prepare a lot of the filling to freeze for later and just use however many peppers you like.

karahorner42685's Review

July 06, 2012