|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 26g||34%|
|Saturated Fat 12g||62%|
|Total Carbohydrate 51g||18%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||15%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This is an easy way to enjoy stuffed pepper flavors, and because the prep work is so simple, the recipe takes about half the time as traditional stuffed peppers. The casserole is made with ground beef, rice, tomatoes, and cheese, along with peppers and seasonings. This casserole riff is made with all of the familiar ingredients you would expect from classic baked stuffed peppers.
If you are heading to a potluck or need an easy meal for a family dinner or party, use this recipe. It's also quite flexible. Two large bell peppers are used for the dish—one green, and one red—but you could use more or use whatever colors you have on hand. If you prefer not to use beef, some ground turkey would also work well in the recipe. If you want to make a vegetarian version, use crumbed tofu or another meat substitute in place of the ground beef. The texture might be a bit different, but the casserole is so flavorful, it will still be tasty.
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 cup onion (chopped)
- 1/2 cup celery (chopped)
- 2 large bell peppers (cut in 1-inch squares)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon celery flakes, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
- 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
- 8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese or Cheddar Jack blend
Gather the ingredients.
Heat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 3-quart baking dish.
In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef with the onion and celery for 5 minutes. Add the bell pepper, salt, freshly ground black pepper, celery flakes, if using, oregano, basil, and garlic powder. Continue sautéing until the vegetables are tender and the meat is no longer pink.
Add the tomatoes to the beef, along with half of the tomato sauce and the Worcestershire sauce. Stir to blend. Simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the rice and half of the cheese.
Spoon the meat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spoon the remaining tomato sauce evenly over the top and then sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.
Glass Bakeware Warning
For premade casseroles or leftovers that are in a glass baking dish and have been refrigerated, do not place directly into a hot oven as the glass can shatter. Instead, place any cold glass bakeware into a cold oven to warm up while it preheats. Or, allow the bakeware to rest outside of the fridge for 30 minutes to reach room temperature while the oven preheats.
How to Store and Freeze
- Any leftover casserole can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
- If you have a large quantity, the casserole will freeze nicely for up to three months. To reheat a frozen casserole, defrost it on the counter and then heat in a foil-covered baking dish until warmed throughout.
What's the difference between red, yellow and green peppers?
There are different stages of ripeness in bell peppers which makes the colors change—from green being unripe, to red being the ripest. So, the difference is in the ripeness, color and the taste which gets sweeter the riper it gets.