Colorful bell peppers are stuffed with Ground Beef, tomatoes and rice. No one will ever know how easy this flavorful and hearty dish was to make.
Classic Beef-Stuffed Peppers
- 1 pound Ground Beef (93% lean or leaner)
- 4 medium red, yellow or green bell peppers
- 1/2 cup minced onion
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with green peppers and onions, drained
- 1/2 cup cooked white or brown rice
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Chopped fresh parsley (optional)
- Coat a large baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. Preheat oven to 475°F (246°C). Cut tops off bell peppers; set tops aside. Using a paring knife, carefully remove the membranes and seeds from bell peppers. Arrange peppers about 2 inches apart in prepared baking dish. Place tops on empty peppers. Cover baking dish tightly with aluminum foil; bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven; cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef, onion and garlic; cook 3 to 4 minutes, breaking beef into 1/2 inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Stir in tomatoes, rice, tomato paste, dried parsley, salt and black pepper; cook 3 to 4 minutes until heated through, stirring occasionally.
- Remove pepper tops. Divide beef mixture evenly among peppers; replace tops. Bake in 475°F (246°C) oven 17 to 22 minutes until instant-read thermometer inserted into center of beef mixture registers 160°F (71°C) and bell peppers are tender. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
Cook’s Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C). Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.
Test Kitchen Tips:
Use a gentle touch with ground beef. Over-mixing will result in burgers, meatballs or meatloaves with a firm texture.
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