Stuffed Mini Peppers with Beef Rice is my kid's favorite Stuffed Peppers Recipe. They are filled with a 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.
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.
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.
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.
To a large bowl add ground beef, cooled rice, parsley, salt, pepper, and paprika. Stir.
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.
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 at 350F° for about 45 minutes or until the rice and peppers are soft.
Prepare the sauce while the peppers are baking.
Heat a couple of tablespoons of oil in a skillet. Add the diced onions and saute over medium heat until slightly browned, about 5 minutes.
Next, add the carrots and saute another 5 minutes with the lid on. 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.
Lastly, add 1 cup of sour cream and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer. If the mixture thickened too much, add cream or broth to thin. If it got too thin, continue cooking until it reduces. Finish by seasoning with salt and pepper, to taste.
Add 6-7 baby bell peppers to a bowl, then top with the creamy tomato sauce mixture or some sour cream. Finish with a sprinkling of chopped parsley.
Substitute for beef-