The bell pepper is an excellent vessel for stuffing meat, rice, and, of course, cheese. It’s strong enough to hold its shape in the oven, and the flavour is subtle enough to go well with just about anything.
You can also use another ground protein (pork, turkey, or chicken) in the place of beef. That’s the beauty of this recipe: It’s infinitely adaptable.
We’ve lovedstuffed pepperssince we first laid eyes on them. This is our classic recipe – once you master them, feel free to start experimenting!
1/2 c.uncooked rice
2 tbsp.extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1medium onion, chopped
1 tbsp.tomato paste
3cloves garlic, minced
1 lb.ground beef
1(14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 tsp.dried oregano
Freshly ground black pepper
6bell peppers, tops and cores removed
1 c.shredded Monterey jack
Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish
Preheat oven to 400°. In a small saucepan, prepare rice according to package instructions. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Cook onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add ground beef and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 6 minutes. Drain fat.
Return beef mixture to skillet, then stir in cooked rice and diced tomatoes. Season with oregano, salt, and pepper. Let simmer until liquid has reduced slightly, about 5 minutes.
Place peppers cut side-up in a 9″-x-13″ baking dish and drizzle with oil. Spoon beef mixture into each pepper and top with Monterey jack, then cover baking dish with foil.
Bake until peppers are tender, about 35 minutes. Uncover and bake until cheese is bubbly, 10 minutes more.