Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers


Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers

A ground beef & rice stuffed bell peppers cooked in a slow cooker/crockpot.
Course Crockpot, Slow Cooker
Cuisine American
Author Catherine’s Plates


  • 6 quart oval crockpot
  • medium pot with lid
  • large skillet
  • measuring spoons & measuring cupsw
  • spatulas


Cooking Rice

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white rice, uncooked
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 6 large colored bell peppers (green, red, orange, yellow) mix them up
  • 1 – 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning blend
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 32 oz jar marinara sauce, DIVIDED
  • 1 cup Italian cheese, shredded, DIVIDED
  • fresh parsley, chopped for garnish


  • In a medium pot add water and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in uncooked rice and 1/8 tsp salt. Place lid on pot and lower heat to a low setting. Cook for 15 minutes (par-cook). Turn off heat.
  • In a large skillet over medium high heat break up ground beef & cook with diced onion until ground beef is no longer pink and onion has softened down. Drain off excess grease.
  • Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 24 oz marinara sauce, 1 cup cooked rice, 1/2 cup Italian blend cheese. Stir well to combine and turn off heat.
  • Wash & dry bell peppers. Cut tops off of the peppers. Remove stems, seeds, and membranes from inside peppers.
  • Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Pour remaining 8 oz of marinara sauce into bottom of crockpot. Stuff peppers with ground beef & rice mixture and place upright in slow cooker.
  • Place lid on crockpot & cook on low for 3 1/2 – 4 hours or on high for 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Make sure peppers are fork tender before next step. (They may need extra time to get as soft as you like them.)
  • Top each pepper with a mound of cheese. Place lid back on slow cooker and cook on high for 5-10 minutes until cheese has melted on top. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.