Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers are stuffed with ground beef, rice, diced tomatoes, black beans, and cheese. They cook to perfection in the slow cooker and make an excellent dinner!
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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!
The entire family gobbled this one 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? 🙂
What you need to make stuffed bell peppers
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 peppers turn soft so that you can just eat the whole thing right up!
- Bell Peppers: the larger the better. All colors work great for this recipe.
- Lean ground beef: one pound
- Onion: chopped
- Tomatoes: diced and in a can
- Wild rice: any kind of rice will work. Cook it ahead of time.
- Worcestershire sauce:
- Salt and pepper
- Cheese: shredded and divided for during and after the recipe is cooking and a garnish.
- Water: add this to the bottom of the slow cooker.
How you make stuffed bell peppers
Delicious bell peppers that are stuffed and cooked in your slow cooker!
So simple to make with loads of flavor!
Simple cook everything at once, then add them to eat pepper, stuffing them full.
Let the slow cooker tenderize the bell peppers and melt the cheese on top.
You have one delicious and tasty meal that everyone will love!
- Prepare each bell pepper: Cut off each top of the peppers and scrape out the seeds and membranes. Set aside.
- Stuff the bell peppers with cooked ingredients: 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.
- Let the slow cooker do the work! Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours until peppers are tender and ground beef is cooked throughout.
- Garnish with cheese: About 15 minutes before serving, sprinkle remaining cheese and let it melt.
Do you need to pre-cook the bell peppers?
Nope! This is what is so nice about this meal. The slow cooker will do the work for you. This will leave the bell peppers some-what crisp.
If you prefer to pre-cook them, bake in the oven for 10-12 minuets at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. This will help tenderize your bell peppers and get them softer than only being cooked in the slow cooker.
Don’t have a slow cooker?!
No worries! These stuffed peppers can still be made in the oven.
Bake your stuffed bell peppers at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 35 to 40 minutes.
Prepare the bell peppers the same as the instructions for slow cooker.
Place bell peppers in a pan and cover your pan with aluminum foil to ensure they don’t dry out in the process.
For the last 10 minutes, uncover and add the divided cheese and bake for 10 more minutes or until brown and the cheese is bubbling.
Add some toppings for a complete meal
- Sour cream
- Extra Cheese
- Shredded Lettuce
- Pico De Gallo
Storing stuffed bell peppers
These are a great make-ahead meal!
You can either freeze them for another meal later on or store them in the refrigerator for a pre-made meal that week.
Enjoy these and the simplicity that they are!
Freezing stuffed bell peppers:
Prepare and make these stuffed bell peppers as normal. Let them cool completely.
You can freeze them individually or together in a freezer bag or an airtight shallow pan.
Wrap them in aluminum foil and place in a freezer bag. They will last up to 1 month in the freezer.
To reheat, thaw the bell peppers in the refrigerator overnight. You can add them back into the slow cooker or bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until heated through.
Refrigerate stuffed bell peppers:
These stuffed bell peppers will keep in the refrigerator for about 3 to 5 days long. Store in an airtight container for best results.
To reheat, warm them up in the oven for about 5-10 minutes or the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes.
For more stuffed bell pepper ideas, try these recipes:
- Turkey Stuffed Peppers
- Taco Stuffed Peppers
- Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers
- Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers
- Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers
- 6 Large Bell Peppers
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 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
- 1 1/4 cup shredded cheese divided
- 1/4 cup water to put on the bottom of the slow cooker
- Cut off each top of the peppers and scrape out the seeds and membranes. Set aside.
- 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.
- Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours until peppers are tender and ground beef is cooked throughout.
- About 15 minutes before serving, sprinkle remaining cheese and let it melt.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.
Picture Updated 8-16-17
Recipe totally leaves out any mention of the black beans and amount to use. Only mentioned in description at top and shown in picture.
I am getting ready to try this recipe and initially in the description I see “black beans” but no where do I see black beans in the ingredients or directions. And I assume I can use uncooked minute rice or should I just play it safe and have it cooked? I’m also going to use cooked turkey meat.
Black beans are an extra. If you prefer to have them, that is great and you can add it to the meat mixture. Hope that helps clarify. You will want your rice prepared and cooked. It won’t be able to cook as well in the oven; however, if you try it let me know what you think! Turkey meat sounds delicious! Great idea! Enjoy your stuffed peppers!
The beginning of the recipe mentions black beans but the ingredient list does not?
Black beans are an option for you. You can add them to the mixture when they are cooking. Hope that helps! We love them with the black beans but know it is a preference.
So are we supposed to guess how much beans goes in it?
The beans are optional. If you prefer to have the beans in the peppers just add as much as you desire.
There are black beans in the description but not the recipe. Should I cook them first?
You will add them in without cooking them. Hope that helps! Enjoy! XOXO
I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but, where are the black beans in the recipe?
The black beans are optional. When stuffing the peppers you are welcome to add the black beans in the mix.
HI, I made these tonight and my husband thought they would be good with beans. I thought I saw them in the picture. I thought I missed something however I just checked and there are no beans listed in the recipe. So what kind and how much do you add. Thanks
The beans are optional. I like to use a can of beans and spread it evenly with the bell peppers. You will want to drain and rinse the black beans before using them.
So glad I found this recipe! This was my first time ever making stuffed peppers, and it won’t be my last. The crockpot has been my life saver lately. I browned the meat first, but everything else I put in uncooked (including the rice). Next time I will add black beans to the mix and try it with ground turkey. We topped them with cheese, sour cream and a bit of salsa. Delicious!!!
YAY!! That is what I LOVE to hear! Thanks so much for sharing! XOXO
How well do these reheat and what would be the best way to do so?!
You forgot to add the black beans to the list of ingredients.
No black beans mentioned in the ingredients?
You mentioned black beans being in the mix at the beginning of the post, but no mention of them in the ingredients list. How much would you add?
Your recipe turned up on a 21DF cock pot meal list, but having trouble finding what everything would equal to (you may not have even known!). Have you measured to see what it would equal out to in the 21DF?
So in the intro and in the pictures it shows black beans, but in the actual recipe it does not call for them… Assuming they’re optional?
Yes, sorry sometimes the videos are only what we can fit in 33 seconds;). They are optional but are a great addition! Thanks so much for asking! XOXO
I don’t see the black beans listed in the recipie
I made these Crockpot Stuffed Green Peppers tonight for dinner and my family and I thought the peppers were to bland in taste. I double checked the recipe to see if there was a ingredient that i’d left out but followed the recipe to the “T” . As far as the prep time – that was excellent – fast and easy just no flavor!! Sorry for not being able to rate the recipe higher!!
OH bummer! I am so sorry it didn’t work out for you! I hope next recipe is even better for you! Thanks for sharing! XOXO
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!
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?
Shoot I was rushing & I accidentally put all the cheese in the peppers. Do you think that will screw them up?
Can I wrap these in bacon?
I wouldn’t recommend it because bacon doesn’t cook well in the slow cooker.
Great recipe ! I will be keeping this one for sure!!