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Easy Stuffed Peppers- The Prefect Weeknight Dinner

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Easy Stuffed Peppers made with beef, Italian sausage, tomato sauce and garlic. The perfect filling meal that can even be made ahead of time! 

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Pepper Dinner Recipe

We LOVE this easy dinner recipe. It comes together quickly and leaves you with a filling meal that is perfect for weeknight dinners or weekend favorites.

You can even make it ahead of time, which can be oh-so convenient! Make the filling, fill your peppers, and refrigerate. When you are ready to heat, simply add 10 minutes to the baking time and a little extra tomato sauce. I do suggest only keeping premade peppers for 1 day.

Oh, and did I mention you can make them in a SLOW COOKER? That is right, folks. This recipe comes out amazing as a slow cooker dinner recipe. Add an extra heaping spoonful of sauce to the top of each and cook on low 6 to 8 hours.

We eat it as is or as a salad topping. It is my husband’s favorite way to serve stuffed peppers. After they are done cooking, Chop one pepper. Place over a bed of greens and serve with your favorite salad dressing.


What peppers should you use in a stuffed pepper recipe?

For this recipe, bell peppers are the preferred pepper to use. They have a crunchy, slightly sweet, and aromatic flavor that is perfect for this dish. They also come in a variety of colors making it an easy way to brighten up your meal.

Do you need to cook the peppers before using in a stuffed pepper recipe?

I have heard it both ways. Some people strongly suggest that you do blanch or steam your peppers. I haven’t found that super necessary. We do not cook our peppers before baking. However, you definitely could if you wanted to.

How to make Stuffed Peppers

Can I add extra sauce to stuffed peppers?

YES. The amount of sauce that this recipe calls for is perfect for our tastes. I have had readers tell me that they prefer to add an extra 6-8 oz of tomato sauce into their mix. It all comes down to your personal preference.

Can I add vegetables to stuffed pepper filling?

This is another big ol’ YES. Chop up zucchini, stir in corn, or even a little jalapeno for kick! We kept the base recipe fairly simple but don’t hesitate to add in our favorite vegetables as we see fit.

Easy Stuffed Peppers

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Easy Stuffed Peppers

Easy Stuffed Peppers

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Easy Stuffed Peppers made with beef, Italian sausage, tomato sauce and garlic. The perfect filling meal that can even be made ahead of time! 


  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1-1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 4 peppers, color is up to you
  • 1-1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut the peppers in half length wise. Scrape out the seeds and discard.
  2. Brown the sausage with the ground beef. Drain any excess liquid.
  3. Combine the meat with the rice, tomato sauce, Worcestershire, garlic powder, and onion powder in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Fill each of your peppers with heaping amounts of your mixture.
  4. Cover with tin foil and bake for 45 minutes or until your peppers are tender.
  5. Uncover, sprinkle each with cheese and cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until melted. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 pepper
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 662Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 1864mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 6gSugar: 13gProtein: 39g
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Saturday 10th of August 2013

These look wonderful! I finally have peppers coming in from my garden and this would be a perfect use for them.

Audra @ Painless Meals

Friday 9th of August 2013

Pinned! Thank you!

Kathleen Clegg

Friday 9th of August 2013

Those look great! I wish my husband could be fooled by me switching the colors of the peppers.

Miss Angie

Friday 9th of August 2013

Those look soooo good, I'm going to have to try it!


Friday 9th of August 2013

These look amazing! I am not usually a pepper lovin gal, but I think I will have to give this a try. Thanks for the recipe.

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