Easy Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

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If you were wondering how to make stuffed bell peppers with mince, you’ve come to the right place! This easy stuffed pepper recipe is perfect for a light Mediterranean-style supper. Serve colourful, delicious stuffed peppers filled with meat or vegetarian options. It’s a versatile recipe that’s great for both dinner and lunch.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Expert Tips

Choose the Right Peppers: Select bell peppers that are firm, glossy, and have a flat bottom so they can stand upright in the baking dish. This helps ensure even cooking and makes stuffing them easier.

Don’t Overstuff: While it might be tempting to pack in as much filling as possible, resist the urge to overstuff the peppers. Leave a little room at the top to allow for expansion during cooking. This will help prevent the peppers from bursting open while baking and ensure that they cook evenly.

Add Moisture: Pour a little tomato juice, broth, or sauce into the bottom of the baking dish before cooking. This prevents the peppers from drying out and adds extra flavour to the dish. Covering the dish with foil for the first part of baking helps keep the moisture in.

Ingredients

Minced Meat of Your Choice (Turkey, Chicken, Beef, Pork): Take your pick of minced meat—whether it’s turkey, chicken, beef, or pork, you’re in control of the taste! You can even use a mixture of beef and pork, in equal parts! Look for fresh, high-quality meat from a trusted source.

Bell Peppers: These colorful veggies are like little bowls waiting to be filled with all sorts of goodness. Opt for a firm, brightly coloured peppers without wrinkles or blemishes. Choose peppers that are uniform in size for even cooking.

Onions: This veggie brings the savoury vibes to the mixture. Chop them up finely, and they’ll add a wonderful depth of flavor to your filling. Look for onions that are heavy for their size, indicating they are fresh and juicy.

Carrots: Talk about adding a bit of sweetness and texture! Grate or finely dice these carrots to give your filling that extra oomph.

Red and Yellow Bell Peppers: Double the bell pepper, double the fun!

Rice: Think of rice as the glue that holds everything together. It adds a nice texture and helps soak up all those delicious tastes. Choose a variety of rice that cooks quickly and maintains its shape, such as long-grain or basmati.

Egg: This little guy is the secret ingredient for keeping everything nice and cosy inside the peppers. It’s like the superhero of binders!

Tomato Juice: Adding a splash of tomato juice not only keeps things moist but also adds a tangy kick that’ll have your taste buds dancing.

Parsley: Sprinkle in some parsley for that fresh, herby goodness. Whether it’s dried or fresh, it’s sure to add a pop of color and flavor.

Salt and Pepper: Don’t forget to season things up! A pinch of salt and pepper is all you need to elevate those flavors to the next level.

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Substitutions

If you’re looking to make substitutions for these ingredients to make stuffed bell peppers, here are some options:

Meat :

  • For turkey or chicken: You can use ground turkey or chicken substitutes like plant-based ground “meat” for a lighter option.
  • For beef or pork: Substitute with ground lamb, veal, or a meat alternative like crumbled tofu or tempeh for a vegetarian option.

Rice :

Instead of rice, you can use quinoa, bulgur wheat, couscous, barley, or cauliflower rice for a low-carb option.

Egg :

If you prefer to avoid eggs, you can omit the egg altogether. It mainly acts as a binder, and the filling should still hold together well without it.

Vegetable :

  • For onions: Use shallots, leeks, or scallions for a milder taste.
  • For carrots: Substitute with diced celery, zucchini, or sweet potatoes.
  • For red and yellow bell peppers: You can use other colored bell peppers like green or orange, or replace them with other vegetables such as mushrooms, spinach, or corn.

Tomato Juice :

  • Replace tomato juice with tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, or vegetable broth for moisture and flavour.

Feel free to mix and match these substitutions based on your dietary preferences and what you have on hand. Stuffed bell peppers are versatile and can accommodate a variety of ingredients!

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Variations

Vegetarian Option: Replace meat with quinoa or lentils for a protein-packed vegetarian alternative.

Mexican Style: Use taco seasoning, black beans, corn, and salsa for a flavorful Tex-Mex twist.

Mediterranean Flair: Mix in feta cheese, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and pine nuts for a taste of the Mediterranean.

Asian Fusion: Add ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and water chestnuts for an Asian-inspired filling with a hint of sweetness.

Italian Influence: Incorporate Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, basil, and marinara sauce for a taste of Italy in every bite.

Spicy Kick: Amp up the heat with jalapeños, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and pepper jack cheese for a fiery stuffed pepper experience.

Seafood Sensation: Substitute the meat with shrimp, crab, or diced fish, and add in lemon zest, dill, and breadcrumbs for a seafood delight.

Storage and leftovers

  • Refrigerate: Cool leftovers and store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freeze: Freeze in a single layer, then transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 2-3 months.
  • Reheat: Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes per pepper or bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 15-20 minutes.

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Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Claudia
If you've been looking for an easy stuffed bell pepper recipe, you're in the right place! These colorful, tasty stuffed peppers are perfect for a light Mediterranean-style meal. You can choose from a variety of fillings, including meat and vegetarian options. This recipe is a favorite for both dinner and lunch.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Romanian
Servings 8
Calories 1661 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 400 g minced meat of your choice turkey, chicken, beef, pork
  • 7-8 medium-sized bell peppers
  • 2 medium-sized onions
  • 2 medium carrots
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • ½ yellow bell pepper
  • 100 gr rice
  • 1 egg
  • 200 ml tomato juice
  • 3 tbsp dried or fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Instructions
 

Prepare the Peppers:

  • Cut the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes. Set aside the tops for later use.

Make the Filling:

  • Add the minced meat to a large bowl. Wash the rice until the water runs clear, then strain it and add it to the bowl.
  • Finely chop the onions, red and yellow bell pepper halves and grate the carrots. Add them to the bowl with the meat.
  • Stir in the egg, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour in half of the tomato juice and mix well to combine. Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes to let the flavors meld.

Stuff the Peppers:

  • Spoon the meat and vegetable mixture into each of the prepared bell peppers. Place the tops back on each pepper and press gently.
  • Place the stuffed peppers upright in a deep pot with a lid.
  • Pour the remaining tomato juice over the stuffed peppers, letting it pool in the bottom of the dish. Add hot water until it almost reaches the tops of the peppers.

Cook the Peppers:

  • Cover the pot with the lid and cook over low-medium heat for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Towards the end of cooking, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Remove the lid and transfer the dish to the oven. Bake for 15-30 minutes, allowing the tops to brown slightly.

Serve:

  • Remove the stuffed peppers from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes.
  • Serve with sour cream, freshly made polenta, and a spicy pickled pepper.

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Notes

Here are some important notes to consider when making stuffed bell peppers:
Cooking Time: Ensure that the filling is fully cooked before stuffing the peppers. This will prevent undercooked meat or vegetables in the final dish.
Preparation: Properly wash and prepare the bell peppers by removing the tops, seeds, and membranes before stuffing.
Filling Quantity: Avoid overfilling the peppers as they may burst during cooking. Leave some space at the top to allow for expansion.
Seasoning: Season the filling well with salt, pepper, and your favorite herbs and spices to enhance the flavor.
Uniformity: Try to cut the vegetables into similar-sized pieces for even cooking and consistent texture in each bite.
Baking Dish: Use a baking dish that fits the peppers snugly to prevent them from tipping over during baking.
Covering: Cover the baking dish with foil or a lid while baking to help steam the peppers and ensure they cook evenly.
Resting Time: Allow the stuffed peppers to cool for a few minutes after baking before serving. This will help them hold their shape and prevent burns.
By keeping these important notes in mind, you’ll be well on your way to making delicious stuffed bell peppers every time!
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Stuffed Bell Peppers

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