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Beef BBQ Stuffed Bell Peppers

I have a thing for bell peppers. They are one of my all time favorite vegetables to cook with. Stuffed Bell Peppers are a classic (and easy) way to use them. For this recipe, we put a tasty BBQ spin on a classic stuffed bell pepper. You’ll only need a few basic ingredients to create this delicious meal for your family.

A white plate with a bell pepper stuffed with beef and topped with BBQ sauce and melted cheese.

Stuffed Bell Peppers with a BBQ Twang

This recipe was inspired by the fact I totally freaking forgot why I bought so many bell peppers. True story. These colorful bell peppers winked at me during my last trip through the market, so I grabbed them. I promise you, I had a recipe in mind when I got them. A few days later, I remembered they were in the bottom of the crisper. Dang it!

When in doubt, stuff those beauties. It doesn’t mater what color bell pepper you pick (red’s my fave), just scoop them out and stuff them with a beefy BBQ mixture for a yummy dinner.

A small colander with multiple colored bell peppers

Ingredients Needed:

  • Bell peppers (any color)
  • Ground Beef (I prefer lean, but you do you.)
  • BBQ sauce (sweet + sticky, y’all)
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Rice
  • Egg
  • Salt + pepper

For me, stuffed bell peppers are like making meatloaf. Use what you’ve got! A little of this, a little of that, and a whole lotta love = dinner. You can tweak this recipe anyway you’d like. Check out our tips + ideas at the end of this post.

TIP: This recipe makes 4 very large (stuffed to the top) bell peppers. You can use 6 to stretch it out for more servings.

four bell peppers in a baking dish

If you don’t cook with bell peppers a lot, this is a great starter recipe. I love the mild flavor of the peppers. Plus, we are baking these for an hour+, so the peppers will be nice and tender.

a green bell pepper with the bottom sliced off so it will stand upright

How to Make Stuffed Bell Peppers:

  1. First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×9 (or larger if using 6 peppers) with non-stick spray.
  2. Next, slice 1/2 inch from the top of the peppers. Remove the seeds and white membranes inside the bell peppers. Discard the guts.
  3. Then, slice a very thin layer off of the bottom of the peppers so they will stand up straight. Place the peppers in the baking dish bottom side down.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef with a portion of the BBQ sauce, half of the cheddar cheese, and all remaining ingredients. Combine well.
  5. Press the beef mixture into the prepared bell peppers, filling to the top.
  6. Top each pepper with the remaining BBQ sauce. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 1 hour.
  7. Remove the stuffed bell peppers from the oven. Uncover and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Return to the oven and bake for 5 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  8. Finally let the peppers stand 15 minutes before serving.

If you want to cut out some carbs in this recipe, you can leave out the rice. Also, if you don’t have any cooked rice, you can use uncooked rice instead. Just cut the amount in half.

I like using an egg to bind the beef mixture together. You can leave it out if you’d like, but the mixture will be more crumbly.

TIP: If you are using a fatty ground beef, pour off excess fat halfway through cooking. If you use lean ground beef, you can skip this step.

An overhead shot of ground beef in a bowl with seasonings and sauce

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Black Eyed Pea Chili

Crockpot Lasagna Soup

Cheesy Stuffed Zucchini

Beef BBQ Stuffed Bell Peppers

Using BBQ sauce in the meat mixture replaces the need for a lot of other seasonings. The next time I make these peppers, I’m going to add some chopped bacon. Because.

For this recipe, we put a tasty BBQ spin on a classic stuffed bell pepper. You'll only need a few basic ingredients to create this delicious meal for your family.

Tips + Ideas for Stuffed Bell Peppers:

  • Replace the rice with a can of drained kernel corn or drained diced tomatoes.
  • Create more (smaller) servings for this recipe by slicing the peppers in half lengthwise before filling with the meat mixture.
  • Add some crispy, cooked bacon for a savory flavor.
  • This recipe makes 4 very large hearty pepper servings, or 6 normal sized pepper servings. When sliced in half, can make 8. The nutritional information listed at the bottom of this recipe is for 4.
  • Try this recipe with shredded chicken or pulled pork. Great way to use up leftovers and maximize your food budget. 🙂
A baking dish with stuffed bell peppers topped with BBQ sauce and melted cheddar cheese
Beef BBQ Stuffed Bell Peppers
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Beef BBQ Stuffed Bell Peppers

A classic recipe for stuffed bell peppers with a BBQ twist.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword stuffed bell peppers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 8 Half Pepper
Calories 450 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

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  • 4 bell peppers very large, or use 6 regular sized
  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 1.5 cups bbq sauce divided
  • 1.5 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded, divided
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Cook That

  1. First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9×9 (or larger if using 6 peppers) with non-stick spray.

  2. Next, slice 1/2 inch from the top of the peppers. Remove the seeds and white membranes inside the bell peppers. Discard the guts.

  3. Then, slice a very thin layer off of the bottom of the peppers so they will stand up straight. Place the peppers in the baking dish bottom side down.

  4. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef with a 1 cup of the BBQ sauce, 1 cup of the cheddar cheese, and all remaining ingredients. Combine well.

  5. Press the beef mixture into the prepared bell peppers, filling to the top.

  6. Top each pepper with the remaining BBQ sauce. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 1 hour.

  7. Remove the stuffed bell peppers from the oven. Uncover and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Return to the oven and bake for 5 minutes until the cheese is melted.

  8. Finally let the peppers stand 15 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is based on 4 very large peppers. You can make this recipe in smaller servings by using 6 normal sized peppers. Or, stretch it into 8 by slicing the peppers in half lengthwise.

Nutrition Facts
Beef BBQ Stuffed Bell Peppers
Amount Per Serving (8 Half Pepper)
Calories 450 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 103mg34%
Sodium 1041mg45%
Potassium 525mg15%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 2225IU45%
Vitamin C 77mg93%
Calcium 198mg20%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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