Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers


I love my slow cooker.  If I could marry my slow cooker I would.   Ok not really, but that is how much I love that thing.  I use my slow cooker year round.  It is perfect for busy days.  I love throwing a meal in and letting it cook all day.   Some of my favorite recipes on the blog are slow cooker recipes.  And this one was definitely added to the list!

How perfect is the idea that you can cook your meal right inside a bell pepper?   You get your own individual serving right inside a pepper.  The meat is combined with rice, diced tomatoes, cheese and some amazing flavors and seasonings.   It slow cooks all day and the pepper turns soft so that you can just eat the whole thing right up!  The entire family gobbled this one down down and thought it was delicious.  Well except for the picky eater.  He ate the inside of the pepper.  But hey its a start right? 🙂

4.9 from 13 reviews
Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers
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Delicious bell peppers that are stuffed and cooked in your slow cooker!
Serves: 6
  • 6 Large Bell Peppers
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup wild rice, cooked (any kind of rice will work)
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1¼ cup shredded cheese, divided
  • ¼ cup water (to put on the bottom of the slow cooker)
  1. Cut off each top of the peppers and scrape out the seeds and membranes. Set aside.
  2. Combine ground beef, onion, diced tomatoes, rice, worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and 1 cup of cheese. Stuff each bell pepper with mixture. Put water in the bottom of slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours until peppers are tender and ground beef is cooked throughout.
  4. About 15 minutes before serving, sprinkle remaining cheese and let it melt.


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  1. Mmmm, I love this idea and I can’t wait to try it and have it waiting for me when I get back from uni. One question though, as I can’t see the minced beef on the ingredients list, how much do you use? About 1 lb? Sorry if I’m being really dumb!

  2. Love how quick and simple these are! I’ve made stuffed peppers before, but never in the slow cooker, going to have to try them, means I can come home to my dinner being ready, printed and pinned 🙂

  3. Ground beef isn’t in the ingredient list, but I’m assuming it’s one pound, uncooked, right? Can’t wait to try this!

  4. How much ground beef? These look good!

  5. I love stuffed peppers. I can’t wait to try them in the slow cooker. I don’t see how much ground beef you need listed. And, do you cook it first or put in in raw?

  6. Umm. how much ground beef do you use?

  7. Kendra @ says:

    These look so yummy! But wondering about the ground beef… How much to use and if you precook it? Thx!

  8. Great idea thanks for sharing! I love adding quinoa in place of my rice in stuffed peppers:)

  9. Oh, girl, I am right with you on marrying my crock pot! It is my BFF, especially when I want dinner on the table right when I get home 🙂 These stuffed peppers look absolutely dreamy! I’ve never made them in a crock pot but I’m dying to try now!

  10. Looks lovely! Do you have to add some water so it won’t burn? I can imagine the down side of the bell pepper will turn black if you don’t…

  11. Am I correct in assuming the 1/4 cup water goes in the bottom of the crockpot before you put the stuffed peppers in?

  12. I made conventional oven stuffed peppers and they were delish.

    Then I made the ground beef mixture, stuffed them in peppers and froze them so they just need to bake in the oven (thawed first) when we are ready for them.

    After reading your crock pot recipe, I’m thinking I might just put them in the crock pot to cook (the beef mixture has already been cooked so it would be reheating and steaming the peppers in the crock pot.

    What do you think?

  13. Do You happen to know the nutritional information on this recipe??

  14. is the rice uncooked as well? i’m a newbie crockpot user, so the beef is uncooked and the rice as well? also, the water goes in the bottom of crockpot right?


    • Yes everything is uncooked and the water goes in the bottom of the crockpot. 🙂

      • im so confused…in the recipe it says cooked rice..but now u just said everything goes in uncooked? im assuming u cook the rice first…

        • I am making this recipe this week to test out the uncooked rice. I believe it will be fine uncooked but I did cook mine in the original recipe first.

      • The recipe states 1 cup of cooked rice, but here you say the rice is uncooked? I’m preparing them now and I had originally cooked the rice according to the recipe…was this correct?

      • Wait, is the rice uncooked? Or cooked rice? Sorry, I’m a little confused. Thanks.

  15. just unsure about what to do with the water its not in the instrustions do you put it in the slow cooker to help it cook?

    I’ve never tried stuffed peppers before and i plan on trying these.

    • Sorry, the water goes into the bottom of the crockpot. This just helps give the peppers moisture while cooking.

  16. I can’t wait to make this. Should the tomatoes be drained or undrained?

  17. What is the 1/4 cup of water for?

  18. Should I drain the diced tomatoes or just used the whole can?

  19. Does the rice get mixed in uncooked as well? I’ve never seen this recipe using raw ground beef before. I’m am intrigued though and will try it tonight!

  20. What do you do with the 1/4 cup of water?

  21. Hi Alyssa, have you try with quinoa instead of rice? Let me know please. And what other type of cheese can be used? Thanks for sharing, it will be my first time making them!

  22. Do you drain the can of diced tomatoes???

  23. Is the ground beef cooked or uncooked before stuffing the pepper?

  24. Hi. Never made stuffed peppers and this will be the test! Hubby loves them so I’m diving in. One question; the 1/4 c. water….assume I pour into bottom of crockpot? Nobody else has asked so I am thinking the questions is a bit dumb, but that’s what I will do in about an hour…..hope it’s right and I am guessing it can’t screw it up too much! Thanks!

  25. I made these tonight they were good. I made one change though . I poured a can of tomato sauce over everything in the crock pot and I could only fit 4 bigger pepperes in mine I squeezed a fifth one more on top in the center . This ones a keeper

  26. Franchesca says:

    I just tried this recipe tonight, and my family and I love it!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Rice is cooked or uncooked?
    Tomatoes are drained, or not drained?
    Please let me know, I’m making these tomorrow.
    thank you!

  28. carol campbell says:

    Cant wait to make these but I am going to precook the inside mixture and plan on using turkey…and jazzing it up a tad

  29. Instead of wild rice I use Rice a Roni Spanish flavored rice!

  30. Rich Phelan says:

    Can these be frozen either before or after cooking? Only me and my wife and I only see three being eaten in one sitting.

  31. Made these tonight. Such a hit, thanks!

  32. Loved this! Any idea what the nutritional value is in these?


  33. Okay, I was jut alittle confused because your recipe stated that the rice is suppose to be cooked before.. But I went on to read some comments and you told one of them that it was uncooked? So.. I was confused on what to do? Sorry, just wanted to double check that. Thanks

  34. This might be silly.. but just double checking.. you don’t have to cook the meat before putting it in the pepper?

  35. This is something I think I can manage. My girlfriend is coming over to my place tomorrow and she said, “What are you cooking?” Usually I would just fry something, I’m a simple man. She apparently can taste things so I have to try a little harder.

    I’m going to try real tomatoes instead of a can of diced. 3 tomatoes = 14 oz diced? Does that sound right?

  36. Would corn bread be a good side to eat with this or any other suggestions?

  37. A few people asked, but I didn’t see a response… Should I drain the tomatoes or not? Thanks 🙂

    • I didnt drain mine. But if you want your filling more chunky without the liquid then drain them. It is totally up to you. 🙂

  38. I made this today and it was DELICIOUS! Easy to make. Of course I tweaked mine a little bit, but the recipe is perfect!

  39. I bet you get tired of answering the SAME questions over and over again!!! But Thanx for the recipe… It looks amazing… Never tried them in a slow cooker… Think I’m gonna try these today… I love anything I can make in a crock pot… Only bad thing is, most revipies I find don’t give many instructions on preparation… Thanx for filling in all the info needed…

  40. I make these but am not a rice person.Instead of rice i use orzo.They are a lot more filling when you eat them then rice.

  41. I’m making this now! Instead of wild rice I’m using a package of the “Knorr brand rice sides” fajita flavor. I am cooking the rice before mixing. Also, I did like someone else commented above. I am using tomato sauce poured over top.

  42. What kind of cheese do you use? It looks like cheddar in the picture.

  43. Hello!
    This recipe looks and sounds great! I was reading through the comments and am wondering if you ever ended up making these with uncooked rice?
    Thank you

    • Yes I did! They turned out great! I am going to try them with Quinoa next time. 🙂

      • Hello! When you used uncooked rice, did you use the same quantity of uncooked/cooked rice? Doesn’t rice expand when cooked? So if you use 1 cup of uncooked, was it too much?

  44. Suzanne says:

    I have made a recipe similar to this and it worked well. I am not a fan of the stuffed peppers cooked with Rice, do yo have another recipe that you would use Bread Crumbs instead. I am not saying that this was not good but would prefer one with Seasoned Bread Crumbs . Any idea what the exchange would be?
    Thank you

  45. just curious if anyone has tried freezing these? cooked or uncooked? and if so, did you individually wrap each one in plastic wrap and then put in a freezer bag?

  46. Michala says:

    I’m only one person, and I’m not a fan of reheating leftovers, but I don’t mind eating the same thing for a few days in a row, or I could freeze them like others mentioned. Could I cook one at a time in the crockpot using the same settings and time, or do I need to adjust?

  47. I cooked the ground beef first, made red rice, mixed then together, and wallllaa…perfect. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  48. Can these be cooked in a slow cooker one at a time? I love the idea of freezing them and just taking them out and cooking one at a time since it’s just me.

  49. Do you think this would be ok if I used quinoa instead of rice? And ground turkey instead of beef?

  50. shelby johnson says:

    I am going to make this today, but I will use uncooked rice,because if the rice is already cooked it will be too mushy, and I will use turkey instead of ground beef. Thanks for the the recipe.

  51. Thanks for a great recipe/idea! I’m so sorry you have to deal with so many crazy questions/comments on your post. I think the recipe is fantastic and very straight forward!

  52. Tried this tonight and it worked an absolute treat! I cooked the ground beef beforehand as suggested, but everything else was uncooked (onion, rice). Will definitely do again! Thanks Alyssa!

  53. When you cut the tops off, do you put them back on when you start the crockpot?

  54. Melissa says:

    Making these tomorrow. Anyone used ground turkey instead of ground beef?

    • Melissa says:

      Made it liked planned. Turned out great using the ground turkey. Followed directions as stated. Super easy and delicious. Thank you for the recipe. Made life easy for a food I love.

  55. Where does the water fit into this recipe? I see it in the ingredient list, but no mention of it in the recipe?

  56. Does the water just go in the bottom of the crockpot?

  57. What sides do you serve with this?

  58. Made these tonight. I was excited because all of the ingredients matched my Better Homes and Gardens’ recipe, which is my favorite, in the oven. My family definitely enjoyed them, but I prefer the oven ones. The peppers were cooked fine, soft, but not falling apart. The rice (which I put in uncooked) was also tender. I can’t imagine using cooked rice. My issue was with the meat. When I make these in the oven, I used crushed tomatoes, which I add after I brown the meat. I’m used to the peppers being pretty tomatoey, if that is a word. With these, the tomatoes and juice (don’t drain them, no need) got absorbed by the rice and meat. By the way, even though I always brown, drain, and yes, rinse! my hamburger, I can’t say that there was a lot of grease with these, which surprised me. They weren’t dry at all, very moist, but not juicy like I’m used to. Also, I love the flavor of the Worcestershire in this recipe, but I couldn’t detect it in the crockpot peppers. Thanks for sharing — I do love using my crockpot whenever possible!

  59. Tristica says:

    Since this recipe includes rice, shouldn’t a yellow container also be counted?

  60. We love this recipe! I use lean ground turkey cooked before I put it in the crockpot. I usually only leave it in the crockpot for 1 1/2 to 2 hours since the turkey is already cooked just to let all the ingredients summer together and to cook the peppers! Turns out great and my boyfriend is in heaven!! a nice healthier option.

  61. This looks yummy. I’m thinking of trying it with ground turkey.

  62. Made this recipe the other day. I followed the recipe pretty closely, except I used diced tomatoes with jalapenos instead of plain diced tomatoes. I chopped up a whole onion and I think I used less cheese (since the cheese is pretty much obliterated from being slow cooked for 6 hours). Unfortunately, only 5 of the peppers fit in my crockpot, so I’ll have to try to buy skinnier peppers next time. I also used uncooked rice, and the rice had cooked nicely by the time the peppers were done!

    This recipe is so easy and quick since you don’t have to cook the ground beef or the rice beforehand. It was a little bland, so next time I make it I’ll be adding a little more kick to spice it up. Thanks for sharing!

  63. Do you bro n the meat run stuff in peppers?

  64. What is the container count for this?

  65. What is the 1/4 cup of water for?

  66. On the stuff bell pepper . Do you precook the hamburger meat?

  67. I love this recipe, i have always stuffed my peppers with flavured cous cous, it had never cross my mind to use beef.. Fantastic idea.. : )

    Cheers for the inspiration


  68. What do you do with the 1/4 cup of water?

  69. Sandra Sanzenbacher says:

    I made this last night for dinner. My husband and I loved it a lot. Will for sure make it again. I followed this exactly except I added some white wine to the bottom of the crockpot so it made a beautiful tasting sauce to pour over the peppers before serving. Thanks for posting this!!!!

  70. Where do you out the water?

  71. What is the individual serving size for these for the 21 day fix?

  72. What do we do with the water??

  73. I’m making these as we speak for the 4th time ! They went over extremely well the 1st time I made them, hubby is a huge pepper fan . Only 5 peppers will fit in my crockpot, but I’ve used turkey burger, or hamburger, any kind of cheese or rice, never cooked the meat, and they still turn out great every single time ! Thanks for the great recipe !

  74. How do you count this when your doing the 21 day fix ?

  75. The ingredients include 1/4 cup of water however there is no instruction of where to use that ingredient.

  76. Does anyone know or figure out yet what the 21 day fix container count is? Can’t wait to try them, yummy!

  77. What’s the water for?

  78. Carol Adams says:

    The taste of this recipe is just OK although I would make it again. I was very surprised at what was omitted from the original recipe like what to do with the water until I read the comments. Also I cooked at 6 hours at low which is way too much. The peppers were so soft they fell apart. Probably 4 hours at low would be better

  79. Jessica says:

    I used UNCOOKED brown rice. Complete failure. Followed all other directions. The Rice is still hard. I’m going to attempt a stuffed pepper soup now. Hope this clears up the issue for anyone else who is wondering.

  80. I appreciated he easy-print capability, but I’m sorry to report that I thought the prepared peppers were rather bland. I made the recipe according to the recipe, without making any changes.

  81. A castelo says:

    Great recipe ! I will be keeping this one for sure!!

  82. Can I wrap these in bacon?

  83. Shoot I was rushing & I accidentally put all the cheese in the peppers. Do you think that will screw them up?

  84. I see several people asked what the 21 day fix count is for this, but I can’t find an answer? Did I miss it?

  85. These are delicious! I can only fit 5 green peppers in my slow cooker but I have started using 1.25lbs of lean hamburger to fill just 5 peppers up. I also use a box of Spanish Rice A Roni, not cooked, and put the seasoning packet in the meat mixture. The rice cooks perfectly and they are usually done in 3hrs on high in our slow cooker. Thank you for these amazing recipes!

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