Stuffed Baby Peppers with Beef Rice

Stuffed Baby Peppers with Beef Rice are my kids favorite Stuffed Peppers Recipe. They are filled with flavorful mixture of fluffy rice and delicious beef, then oven cooked until tender perfection. Top with cheese for melty perfection or sour cream for extra creaminess.

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Potluck and Party Favorite Baby Stuffed Peppers

When thinking of something interesting to bring to the next party or get together, think of these Baby Stuffed Peppers. They take all the inconvenience of trying to cut a large pepper into portions and instead give you perfect bites that can feed a large crowd with ease and aesthetic pleasure. They get rave reviews every time I make them!

Can this Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe be scaled for Large Peppers?

Use the same filling for either large or small peppers. If using regularly sized bell peppers you will need about 8 to 9 of them.

Best Peppers to use in this Stuffed Mini Peppers Recipe

The most commonly found baby peppers in variety of colors are best for this recipe. I get mine from Costco and they’re available year round.
But if you find some baby Sweet Hungarian peppers at your local farmer’s market, they will be just fine as well. That is what I used in my step by step photos.

Stuffed Baby Peppers with Beef Rice are my kids favorite Stuffed Peppers Recipe. They are filled with flavorful mixture of fluffy rice and delicious beef, then oven cooked until tender perfection. Top with cheese for melty perfection or sour cream for extra creaminess.

Substitute for Beef

In this recipe you can use any kind of ground meat you wish. Something with a little more fat content is preferred (like pork or chicken thighs), but even chicken breast or turkey will work too. If you like any kind of breakfast sausage, you can use that as well.

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Stuffed Baby Peppers with Beef Rice

How to Make Stuffed Baby Peppers

  • Start by precooking the rice – for this, combine rice, chicken broth or water and some salt in a sauce pot, cover with lid and cook until all water is evaporated. Fluff with a fork and allow to cool slightly.
  • Next, brown diced onions in a couple tbsp of oil, then add the carrots and sauté together for a couple of minutes. Next add the diced tomatoes and pressed garlic. Cover with lid and cook for about 5 minutes. Allow the mixture cool to room temperature.

Stuffed Baby Peppers with Beef Rice are my kids favorite Stuffed Peppers Recipe. They are filled with flavorful mixture of fluffy rice and delicious beef, then oven cooked until tender perfection. Top with cheese for melty perfection or sour cream for extra creaminess.

  • While the carrots and onions are cooking, thoroughly clean peppers with a brush under running water. Hollow out the peppers and remove the seeds.
    In a bowl combine the precooked rice, the vegetable mixture, ground beef, spices and seasoning until well mixed.

Stuffed Baby Peppers with Beef Rice are my kids favorite Stuffed Peppers Recipe. They are filled with flavorful mixture of fluffy rice and delicious beef, then oven cooked until tender perfection. Top with cheese for melty perfection or sour cream for extra creaminess.

How to Stuff and Bake the Stuffed Peppers

  • Stuff each pepper with the beef rice mixture and set in a 9 x 12 baking dish. You can use a teaspoon to stuff the peppers, or fill a large gallon sized ziplock bag, snip the tip and squeeze the filling into the peppers.

Stuffed Baby Peppers with Beef Rice are my kids favorite Stuffed Peppers Recipe. They are filled with flavorful mixture of fluffy rice and delicious beef, then oven cooked until tender perfection. Top with cheese for melty perfection or sour cream for extra creaminess.

  • Fill the dish around the peppers with seasoned chicken broth until the peppers are submerged half way. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in a preheated to 350 oven for about 45 minutes or until the rice and the peppers are soft.

Stuffed Baby Peppers with Beef Rice are my kids favorite Stuffed Peppers Recipe. They are filled with flavorful mixture of fluffy rice and delicious beef, then oven cooked until tender perfection. Top with cheese for melty perfection or sour cream for extra creaminess.

  • Sprinkle with cheese and return back to the oven for several minutes for the cheese to melt. Transfer to the table and serve.

Stuffed Baby Peppers with Beef Rice are my kids favorite Stuffed Peppers Recipe. They are filled with flavorful mixture of fluffy rice and delicious beef, then oven cooked until tender perfection. Top with cheese for melty perfection or sour cream for extra creaminess.

This is an optional step but does add a lot of flavor. This creamy tomato sauce mixture can be used to top the peppers when serving.

How to make the Creamy Tomato Sauce

  • In a skillet heat some oil, add onions and sauté until lightly golden. Add the carrots and cook covered with lid for about 10 minutes, stirring often. Add the diced tomatoes and water or wine and cook with the lid on until the tomatoes are well softened, about 5-7 minutes. Next add the cream, sour cream and garlic and cook to reduce slightly. Season with salt and pepper, stir.

Stuffed Baby Peppers with Beef Rice are my kids favorite Stuffed Peppers Recipe. They are filled with flavorful mixture of fluffy rice and delicious beef, then oven cooked until tender perfection. Top with cheese for melty perfection or sour cream for extra creaminess.

Serve the pepper by spooning the Creamy Tomato Mixture on top of the peppers.

Stuffed Baby Peppers with Beef Rice are my kids favorite Stuffed Peppers Recipe. They are filled with flavorful mixture of fluffy rice and delicious beef, then oven cooked until tender perfection. Top with cheese for melty perfection or sour cream for extra creaminess.

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Stuffed Baby Peppers with Beef Rice

Stuffed Baby Peppers with Beef Rice are my kids favorite Stuffed Peppers Recipe. They are filled with flavorful mixture of fluffy rice and delicious beef, then oven cooked until tender perfection. Top with cheese for melty perfection or sour cream for extra creaminess.

Course dinner, Entree, Main Entree
Cuisine Russian
Keyword stuffed baby peppers
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 545 kcal
Author Marina | Let the Baking Begin

Ingredients

Precooked Rice

  • 1 cup round rice , rinsed until water runs clear
  • 1 cup broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Stuffed Baby Peppers Filling

  • 1 lb beef chuck, ground
  • 1 onion , diced
  • 1 carrot , shredded
  • 2 tomatoes diced (can be replaced with 6 oz of tomato sauce)
  • 4 lb mini bell peppers , assorted colors
  • 1.5 tsp salt (kosher)
  • 1 tsp black ground pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic (pressed)
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, (shredded)

Cooking Liquid

  • 3 cups chicken broth or water (boiling hot)
  • 1 tsp salt

Creamy Tomato Sauce (optional)

  • 1 onion, medium size (diced)
  • 1 carrot, medium size (shredded)
  • 3 tomatoes, (diced)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 tsp salt, kosher (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp black ground pepper

For garnish

  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

Instructions

How to make Stuffed Baby Peppers

  1. Precook the rice - add the rice, broth and salt to a medium sized pot, cover with lid and bring to a boil. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the water evaporates. Open the lid, fluff with a fork and allow to cool.

Make the Filling

  1. Heat a couple tablespoons of oil in a skillet. Add diced onions and saute until slightly browned, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Next, add the shredded carrots, stir and saute another 5 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes and garlic and cook with the lid until the tomatoes are well softened, about 10 minutes. Remove from the skillet to a large bowl and allow to cool.

  2. While the mixture is cooking, prepare the peppers:
    Wash the baby peppers with a brush under running water. Hollow out the peppers by removing and discarding the tops and seeds.

  3. To the bowl add the ground beef, cooled rice, parsley, salt, pepper and paprika. Stir. 

  4. Fill each pepper with the prepared filling by spooning it or by filling a ziplock bag, snipping the end and squeezing it into the mini peppers. Place the peppers into a 9in x12in baking dish.

  5. Combine the broth and salt until the salt dissolves. Pour the liquid around the peppers until it comes halfway to the peppers. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for about 45 minutes or until the rice and peppers are soft. 

Make the Creamy Tomato Sauce

  1. Prepare the sauce while the peppers are baking. 
    Heat a couple tablespoons of oil in a skillet. Add the diced onions and saute until slightly browned, about 5 minutes.

  2. Next, add the carrots and saute another 5 minutes. Follow by adding the tomatoes, wine and garlic and cook/simmer with the lid on until the tomatoes are almost puree-like, about 10 minutes.

  3. Lastly, add 1 cup of sour cream and bring the mixture to a boil. If the mixture is too thick, add cream or broth to thin. If too thin, continue cooking until it reduces. Finish by seasoning with salt and pepper, to taste. 

Serve the Stuffed Bell Peppers

  1. Add 6-7 baby bell peppers to a bowl, then top with the creamy tomato sauce or some sour cream. Finish with a sprinkling of chopped parsley.

Recipe Notes

Substitute for beef- 

  • chicken breast/thighs, ground pork, ground turkey or breakfast sausage.

Crock Pot Cooking Time - 

  • Instead of baking the Stuffed Mini Peppers can be cooked in the crock pot (slow cooker). If making in the slow cooker, place the peppers into the insert of the slow cooker, add the cooking liquid and cook on High for about 3-4 hours or Low for about 6 hours. The peppers are cooked when the rice and peppers are soft. Sprinkle with cheese and allow to melt. Serve.

Instant Pot Cooking Time - 

  • The recipe will need to be reduced to 4 servings to fit in one layer along the bottom of a 6 qt Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker). 
  • Add the peppers and the liquid to the Instant pot. Cover with lid and turn the steam valve to "seal". Set the cooking time for "Manual" on "High" for 25 minutes. Then, open the steam valve and allow the pressure to release. Open the lid. Sprinkle the peppers with cheese and allow to melt. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Stuffed Baby Peppers with Beef Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 545 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 2061mg 86%
Potassium 1427mg 41%
Total Carbohydrates 56g 19%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 19g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 286.7%
Vitamin C 505.4%
Calcium 12.9%
Iron 22.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Elena

    Can you make this in a slow cooker?

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  • Mary

    These are so cute, and look delicious I can not wait to make them. Thank you for sharing

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