Easy stuffed peppers are a family favorite and packed with hearty Ground Beef and amazing flavor. They also make a great first food for growing little ones.
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Stuffed peppers with rice are one of my favorite dishes to make for family dinner. They are hearty with ground beef and rice but get those veggies in as well.
I love serving meals that make it easy for my kiddos to eat, especially my babies. When my kids are learning to eat, I think it’s important to feed them what we eat, as long as it is safe! I really feel like this encourages good eating habits and prevents picky eaters.
This stuffed peppers with rice recipe is perfect as a first food. Everything is soft and easy to chew, with no large chunks to worry about. If your baby doesn’t have teeth and isn’t quite ready for high texture food, just run this through a baby food mill to make it nice and smooth.
Ground Beef is one of my favorite meats to offer as a first food. It has protein, iron, and zinc that support healthy brain development and function now and in the future. Whether I’m making ground beef or pot roast, the texture is perfect for tiny mouths and they love the taste! If you have questions about starting solid foods, consult a physician or health care provider.
This easy stuffed pepper recipe is also super easy to prepare! Everything gets baked in the oven inside of the peppers, which cuts down on dishes but also packs the Ground Beef with flavor.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is that I can prep it ahead of time. I like to make this the night or the morning before I’m going to serve it. I follow all the steps up to stuffing the peppers, then I cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate it until I’m ready to bake the stuffed peppers. Easy!
How to Choose Peppers for Stuffed Peppers
- Choose peppers that have a flat bottom.
- Choose peppers that have a large circumference.
- Choose medium-sized peppers, if they are too large they will take a long time to cook and if they are too small they won’t hold enough of the stuffed pepper filling.
I hope you and your family love this recipe as much as we do – they really are the best stuffed peppers ever! I always feel confident I’m giving my kids the nutrients they need when I feed them Beef. It contains 10 essential nutrients to fuel a child’s early growth and development, that’s the kind of food I want to be feeding my family.
Looking for more Beefy recipes??
- Smoked Beef Ribs
- Beef Stroganoff from Scratch
- Garlic and Herb Beef Tenderloin
- Ground Beef Nachos
- Steak Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches
- The Best Prime Rib Recipe
- Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs
- Dijon Peppercorn Steaks + Cilantro Lime Butter
- Pressure Cooker Beef Stew
- Roast Beef in the Slow Cooker
- Ground Beef Tacos
- Korean Beef Bowls
- Beef Enchilada Recipe
Easy Stuffed Peppers Recipe
- 1 pound Ground Beef
- 6 bell peppers see note
- 1 1/2 cups rice cooked
- 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 15 oz diced tomatoes
- 1/3 cup onions diced
- 2 tablespoons garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon sage ground
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 3/4 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- In a large bowl, combine Ground Beef, cooked rice, onion, garlic, spices, tomatoes, breadcrumbs, and egg until well mixed.
- Slice the tops off of the peppers, leaving as wide of an opening as possible. Clean out the insides.
- Place peppers upright in a greased 9x13 pan.
- Fill with Ground Beef mixture.
- Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes.
- Uncover, top with cheese, and bake an additional 10 minutes, until a meat thermometer registers 165ºF.
This is such a classic dish! Our family loves it and eats it over and over again!
It sure is!
Shadi Hasanzadenemati says
Can’t wait to try this recipe, I know my family will love it!
I could eat Stuffed Peppers every night. I LOVE them! I love to mix the peppers up as they all have such different flavors.
I agree!! I love mixing up the type of peppers I’m using.
Love the flavors!