Unstuffed Bell Peppers Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Unstuffed Bell Peppers Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Unstuffed Bell Peppers

Recipe by  

"A classic family favorite deconstructed. My kids love stuffed green peppers, but don't like to eat the whole peppers, so I came up with this to make it more appealing to my picky eaters."

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    55 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Break ground beef into pieces and add to skillet; cook and stir until about half of the beef is browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir red bell pepper, orange bell pepper, and green bell pepper into the beef; continue to cook and stir until the beef is entirely browned, about 5 minutes more. Drain and discard grease.
  3. Mix tomato sauce and brown sugar together in a bowl; pour over the beef mixture. Stir rice into the beef mixture and stir; transfer to a 9x13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese over the mixture.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until the cheese is bubbling, about 30 minutes. Cool dish 5 minutes before serving.
Kitchen-Friendly View

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 25, 2014

Great base recipe! Would have given it 5 stars, but I added to the recipe. I omitted the orange bell pepper and added diced tomatoes and onions instead. I didn't have brown sugar so I used regular white sugar. I wanted a little more flavor, so I added chili powder and garlic powder. At 24 minutes the cheese was getting too brown, so I would only cook for 20 mins. Turned out awesome! Kids loved and husband told me to add to the rotation!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 06, 2015

Good, but bland. Has potential.


9 Ratings

Jun 16, 2014

Good basic recipe. Easy to make. Definitely too much sugar. Thinking about adding onion, chili powder, and garlic powder next time to add some more flavor.

Feb 08, 2015

Most of my picky eaters liked it. Husband wants it added into regular rotation. I did as others and added onions, garlic, diced tomatoes, and salt or it would have been too bland. Buy great starter, I didnt really measure the sugar, I doubt I had a full 1/2 cup. But it was good with the sugar and a little more wouldnt have ruined it.

Oct 29, 2014

Only thing I changed was instead of 1/2 cup brown sugar I used 1/4 cup. Will make it again.

Oct 01, 2014

My husband and I loved it so much we went back for seconds!

May 30, 2014

This recipe was ok. I added the spices suggested by another review but over all it was too sweet. If I tried it again I would only put half the sugar or omit it altogether.


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 497 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 48.5 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 87 mg
  • 29%
  • Fat
  • 22.1 g
  • 34%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 25.9 g
  • 52%
  • Sodium
  • 714 mg
  • 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

See More

About the Cook

Go Pro!

In Season

Muffins Are Perfect Anytime
Muffins Are Perfect Anytime

Muffins are great for breakfast, with coffee, or just as a snack on the go.

Soup For What Ails You
Soup For What Ails You

Soup is what the doctor ordered to cure those winter blahs.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Related Videos

Beef and Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers

This simple technique makes stuffed peppers even more delicious.

All About Bell Peppers

Enjoy colorful sweet peppers cooked or raw.

Stuffed Peppers

See how to make delicious, beefy stuffed bell peppers.

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States