Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers: Tender bell peppers stuffed with an ultra flavorful filling. The slow cooker does ALL the work for you: no browning beef or boiling rice required!
Stuffed peppers are a family favorite, I grew up eating. Back then I always dug out the filling, and left the pepper on my plate.
1. Because it was a vegetable. EW GROSS (!!)
2. Because it was tough and chewy
Best of all it cooks the peppers low and slow so they are deliciously tender. Now the pepper is my favorite part!
I especially love making these crockpot stuffed peppers in the summer, so I don’t have to heat up the house! I think from now on all the stuffed peppers in my house will be crock pot stuffed peppers!!
How To Make Easy Stuffed Peppers In the Crock Pot
When thinking about stuffed peppers, crock pot may not immediately come to mind. However, it really makes them easy peasy to cook. Crockpot stuffed peppers with uncooked rice?! Hallelujah! I am famous for putting rice on the stove, and sitting down to look at my computer for just a second. Before you know it, I’m into last January on Mrs Next door’s feed, and my pan is scorched!
I love that these stuffed peppers don’t require me to boil rice, OR brown ground beef. There is virtually no prep work.
First, we’re going to wash our peppers, and cut off the tops/ribs. You can also chop a bit off the bottom if you’d like them to be able to able to stand upright.
Next, we stuff the peppers with our beef/rice mixture.
Finally, we’ll combine our tomatoes and broth ,and then we’ll pour it over the prepared peppers. Don’t be tempted to skip the sugar step here, it really helps cut the acid.
How Long To Cook Stuffed Bell Peppers In Crock Pot
Slow cooker stuffed peppers can be cooked on high or low. If you are cooking on low, you’ll want to cook them for 6-8 hours. If you want to cook them on high instead ,it will only take about 3-4 hours. The internal temperature should reach 160 degrees F, regardless of which cooking method you use. Personally I like to cook them on high. This is mostly just because I love to sleep in and don’t want to make supper before I eat breakfast! 🙂 It would be wonderful to come home to some hot comfort food if you want to put them on in the morning before work though.
What To Serve With Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers
My stuffed peppers crock pot recipe is so darn easy, so I like to keep my side dishes easy as well. Growing up my Grandma always served hers with mashed potatoes. I still like to do that today because they make a great vessel for any rice/beef that fall out. Back in the day I’m pretty sure she just served me rice/beef on top of a mound of mashed potatoes. So yummy! Other family favorite side dishes for stuffed peppers are crispy fried hash browns or smashed potatoes. Both give great texture to the meal!
My family also likes to eat stuffed peppers with a salad. Personally I feel like one vegetable is enough per meal ya feel me? A crusty roll is more my style, and is also great for sopping up the extra juices.
Can You Freeze Stuffed Peppers?
Stuffed Peppers in the crock pot freeze beautifully! Once cooked be sure to store them in an air tight container. I like to use a tupperware dish with a lid for large portions. It is also really handy to freeze in individual baggies for a quick lunch/dinner. SO much better than a Stouffers frozen meal.
When stored properly they will last in the freezer for about 2-3 months.
How To Cook Frozen Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers
Crock pot stuffed peppers are best reheated in the oven. I cook mine at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
How To Reheat Stuffed Peppers
I also like to reheat stuffed peppers in the oven. I usually do 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees if they are coming out of the fridge.However, you can certainly use the microwave too in a pinch. To avoid soggy peppers I like to cook for 4-6 minutes at 50% power.
How Many Calories In a Stuffed Pepper
How many calories yours have is going to depend on their ingredients of course. My slow cooker stuffed peppers have about 379 calories per pepper. Not too bad when you consider you’re getting meat, veggies, and starch in one dish.
If you’re looking to cut calories consider using ground turkey, or even cauliflower rice.
Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers
- 6 Large Bell Peppers Any Color
- 1 ½ Pounds Lean Ground Beef
- ½ Cup White Rice Uncooked
- 1 Sweet Onion Finely Diced
- 2 Tsp Garlic Minced
- 2 Cans Tomatoes with Green Chiles 10 Ounces Each
- 6 Ounce Can Tomato Paste
- ¼ Cup Brown Sugar Packed
- 1 Cup Chicken Broth
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- ½ Teaspoon Pepper
- Cut off pepper tops and remove seeds/ribs.
- In a large bowl, combine ground beef, rice, onion, garlic, salt,and pepper. Stir in one DRAINED can of tomatoes with green chiles. (Reserve the liquid).
- Evenly stuff peppers and place in slow cooker.
- In a medium bowl mix reserved liquid, the 2nd can of tomatoes with green chiles, broth,tomato paste, and brown sugar. Pour over peppers.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
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What do you think of these Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers? What’s your favorite crock pot meal?