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Inside-out Stuffed Peppers

Our daughters Kimberly and Kristina don't like the way the meat and rice mixture is usually stuffed inside big green peppers. So Kristina added a chopped pepper to the other ingredients in a casserole.—Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. casserole. Add the next 8 ingredients.
  • Cover and bake at 350° until the rice is tender, about 1 hour. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese; cook until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes longer.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 276 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 516mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • Dorothy
    Oct 11, 2020

    I have been making this recipe for over 20 years and my husband and I love it. I do use V-8 juice for part of the liquid which gives it a great flavor. For those who don't like a lot of green pepper, you just cut back on the amount of green pepper. One day my husband saw a recipe for taco style stuffed green peppers, so I combined that recipe with this casserole and he loved it, so the recipe is versatile. We're still loving it after over 20 years.

  • Adele
    Sep 20, 2020

    The first time I made this, the rice didn't cook. I solved that problem by using instant rice. Also, as one other commentor did, I used salsa instead of tomatoes, and I used 2 full cups instead of 14 ounces. I also added my own personal chilli seasoning. Finally, I used sharp cheddar, or as we call it in Canada, old cheddar. I always do that. Easy changes, and much better than assembling stuffed peppers! Nevertheless, great base recipe!

  • I_AM_PAM_10
    Sep 20, 2020

    I followed the recipe, except I added some garlic and omitted the cheese. It was mediocre at best. The cheese would not have added enough flavor. Thanks, though.

  • Eva
    Oct 4, 2019

    It taste good but following the recipe I cannot get the rice to cook through and failed 2 times. I ended up adding more water and cook longer on stove.

  • angela32
    Jun 3, 2019

    Super delicious and Super easy! My entire family loved it.

  • Kerrismom
    Feb 16, 2018

    My family all gave this dish positive reviews. I added about an extra 1/4 C water as I was concerned the rice would soak up to much moisture. The result was perfect for our tastes!

  • Grammy Debbie
    Feb 7, 2018

    Very good and also quick and easy. I did add the onion to the ground beef when browning because I'm not a fan of uncooked onion and wasn't sure it would be cooked enough for me without that step. And, I used Minute Rice and didn't have to bake it as long as I would have if I had used regular rice. A really good dish for a winter night's supper after work.

  • Gracelr
    Sep 17, 2015

    Great recipe. I did have to cook 20 min longer cause the rice wasn't cooked through. I also added Large can of diced tomatoes. I think next time I will put the rice in after the beef then add the other ingredients. Will make again

  • cheekk
    Mar 7, 2015

    I ended up using sausage instead of hamburger, cooked the rice beforehand, and then baked for only 30 minutes. VERY good.

  • jekurs
    Dec 11, 2014

    My DH and I both agree. This is very good.