First time making stuffed peppers!

I know a lot of people make stuffed peppers all the time, but since I started trying more veggies, it turns out I love green peppers! So, when I read the recipe from Jeff @ He Cooks/She Cooks, I had almost all the stuff to make them, so I put it on the menu!

This is what they looked like before baking...
After baking!

His recipe called for ground beef and ground pork. I had ground sirloin beef and Italian sausage, so I used that combo instead. This makes 6 BIG peppers, it’s enough just to serve that for dinner, you don’t need any side dish or anything. I loved this recipe, and I was so excited it came out so good!

Jenn’s version of stuffed peppers – take off from Jeff @ He cooks/she cooks

3/4 lb. ground sirloin
3/4 lb. Italian sausage (casing removed)
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped, seeds removed
splash of worchesterchire sauce
1 TB. paprika
14 oz. can of diced tomatoes (which I pureed)
2 fresh tomatoes (also pureed with the diced tomatoes)
1 cup cooked rice
panko bread crumbs
mexican blend cheese (sprinkled on top before baking)
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

In a large skillet, I browned both meats. Remove any excess fat. Then add the onion, garlic and spices and cooked until the onion and garlic softened. Add the pureed tomatoes, and cooked rice and simmer on low for about 10 minutes.

Here’s the hard part…keeping your kids from eating the meat! My son Paul kept taking forkful after forkful, so I had to kick him out of the kitchen! Ha!

In a casserole dish, I cored out 6 green peppers, and then placed the meat mixture evenly into each pepper. Sprinkle some panko bread crumbs over each pepper as well as a little cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

I figured out the calories AFTER I ate it of course. As I was figuring it out, I was hoping it wouldn’t be like a thousand calories! Here are the stats. Not bad for a dinner meal, the fat is a little high, but once in a while splurging like that is OK in my book!

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I will definitely be making these again!! I’m s glad I finally decided to try it!

Do you like stuffed peppers? Do you have a favorite recipe for them?


  1. Helen says:

    I love stuffed peppers and have yet to find a recipe that I’d call my own. Which means, I have to give yours a try!

  2. These look great! I’ve never made them either but want to – thanks for the recipe!!

  3. Shelley B says:

    That is one meal that I could pass on – I just don’t like bell peppers. I know, call me weird as everybody usually loves them!

  4. Brittany says:

    I’ve never made stuffed peppers. I think I’ll give it a go!

  5. Roz says:

    LOVE stuffed peppers, and stuffed zucchini! I make mine with ground turkey, brown rice whatever vegetables need using up in the fridge and tomato sauce. Topped with a little parmesan. I’m going to try your recipe though, ANYTHING with sausage is so good!

  6. Joanne says:

    You’ll be shocked (maybe) to know that I’ve never made stuffed peppers either! Although I do love them. This sounds like one tasty stuffing recipe!

  7. Christina says:

    I absolutely love stuffed peppers! I love how they can be the whole meal like you said – you don’t have to worry about sides or anything.

    Yours look so much prettier than mine, though. I just cut mine in half the other way. I’ll have to try them like that, they look like little cups!

    Here’s my go-to recipe for the ones I make:

  8. Jessie says:

    I looooove stuffed peppers! Yours look so delicious, I think I’ll have to make them soon. I like stuffing them with sausage and wild rice, but really, anything goes 🙂

  9. antjon says:

    I loved the stuffed peppers they taste as good as they look, 10 out of 10 for taste and presentation

  10. elizabeth says:

    I love stuffed peppers! I found that I actually like the taste of them better when I use turkey sausage instead of pork sausage – much less greasy. The lower calorie and fat that comes with it is just a bonus!

  11. I loooooove making and eating stuffed peppers!

  12. As much as I LOVE peppers, beef, cheese, and all sorts of other stuffed pepper ingredients, I have not had stuffed peppers since I was a child.

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