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Skip the tedious prep work and throw all of the raw ingredients into one dish! This Dump-and-Bake Stuffed Bell Peppers Casserole is a deconstructed version of the classic dinnertime favorite — in about 10 minutes!

A Dump-and-Bake Stuffed Bell Peppers Casserole is an easy and healthy dinner!

Whether we’re enjoying our neighbor’s Amish Sausage Stuffed Green Peppers or my lighter Skinny Taco Stuffed Peppers, our family has always enjoyed hearty and satisfying stuffed bell peppers.

As the home cook, however, I don’t love the prep work involved in making these dinners!

Use ground beef or ground turkey for this easy and healthy Dump and Bake Stuffed Bell Peppers Casserole!

That’s why I decided to take matters into my own hands and do what I do best: simplify!

I’ve used the flavors and ingredients from classic stuffed bell peppers and transformed them into a dump-and-bake casserole.

It’s like the best of both worlds: a healthy, delicious meal that comes together in minutes! I don’t have to spend time browning the meat, cooking the rice, or sautéing the vegetables first.

Dump and Bake Stuffed Bell Peppers Casserole is an easy and healthy one pot meal!

Now, before we get to the specifics, I thought that it would be helpful to answer a few of the questions that you might have. Here we go…

Can Stuffed Peppers be Made Ahead and Frozen?

Yes! Whether you’re preparing a traditional stuffed peppers recipe or this deconstructed stuffed bell peppers casserole, you can assemble the dish in advance and keep it tightly wrapped in the freezer before baking.

This Dump and Bake Stuffed Bell Peppers Casserole is a healthy and family friendly easy dinner recipe!

How long do you bake stuffed peppers?

When preparing a traditional stuffed peppers recipe, you typically bake the dish at 400 degrees F for about 30 minutes (or until the peppers are tender). You do NOT need to bake the peppers before stuffing them.

For this particular casserole, we eliminate the prep work, but you’ll need to add some baking time to the clock! The meat, rice, and vegetables all cook together in one dish at 375-degrees for about 50-55 minutes. By the end of the baking time, the meat will be perfectly done, the vegetables will be soft, and the rice will be tender!Healthy casseroles like this Dump and Bake Stuffed Bell Peppers are total comfort food!

Do stuffed peppers need to be covered?

Yes! I keep my traditional stuffed peppers covered in order to prevent them from drying out in the oven.

For the casserole, you’ll want to make sure that you use a tight foil cover on the dish in order to keep all of the liquid and moisture in the pan. The rice absorbs the liquid as it bakes in the same way that rice absorbs the cooking liquid when you’re preparing it on the stovetop.Fuel up with a low calorie and healthy Dump and Bake Stuffed Bell Peppers Casserole!

Since the rice is baking in the oven along with the rest of the ingredients, it will soak up much of the liquid in the pan. The rice also releases starches as it cooks, which yields a thick, almost creamy texture to the final casserole. It reminds me a lot of risotto for that reason!

Dinner bakes in one dish with this easy and healthy Dump and Bake Stuffed Bell Peppers Casserole!

Additional Tips for the perfect Stuffed Bell Peppers Casserole:

  • You can use extra lean ground beef, ground turkey breast, or ground chicken breast. I used ground turkey breast here, but any of those options will work! The key is to make sure that you’re using extra lean meat (at least 93% lean), because the meat cooks in the dish. That means that you won’t be able to drain the fat off of the pan (like you would with a skillet), so using the extra lean meat prevents a greasy casserole in the end.
  • Use any color sweet bell peppers that you have on hand!
  • Readers often wonder if they can substitute with other types of rice in these dump-and-bake casseroles. My answer is maybe. I have only tested this particular recipe using the long grain white rice, so if you try something else, do so at your own risk.???? Let me know how it goes, though! For instance, brown rice requires a much longer cooking time than white rice, so you would need to leave the casserole in the oven for much longer. By contrast, “instant rice” or pre-cooked rice would require much less time in the oven — and you would also need to decrease the amount of liquid in the dish because the parboiled or pre-cooked rice will not absorb as much liquid as the uncooked white rice. Again, I’m not saying that these other rices will not work — you just may need to experiment a little bit!

The easy dinner recipe that everyone will love -- Dump and Bake Stuffed Bell Peppers Casserole!

I hope that this easy and healthy twist on the classic stuffed bell peppers makes your time in the kitchen a little bit faster this summer!
Use ground beef or ground turkey in this Dump and Bake Stuffed Bell Peppers Casserole!

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Dump-and-Bake Stuffed Bell Peppers Casserole

4.58 from 21 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 260.6 kcal
Skip the tedious prep work and throw all of the raw ingredients into one dish! This Dump-and-Bake Stuffed Bell Peppers Casserole is a deconstructed version of the classic dinnertime favorite -- in about 10 minutes!

Ingredients
  

  • ½ lb. extra-lean ground beef, ground turkey breast, or ground chicken breast (at least 93% lean)
  • ½ cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • ½ cup frozen diced onion (or about ½ of a small onion, diced)
  • 1 medium sweet bell pepper (any color), diced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray an 8- or 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In the bottom of the prepared dish, arrange uncooked beef, uncooked rice, onion, bell pepper, and diced tomatoes. Break up the meat into small pieces with your fingers as you spread it around so that it cooks evenly throughout. Use your hands to gently combine everything.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together beef broth, tomato sauce, garlic, soy sauce, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Pour over the beef mixture.
  • Cover tightly with foil and bake for 35 minutes.
  • Remove foil, stir everything, and cover with foil again. Return dish (covered) to the oven for an additional 15 minutes, or until meat, rice and vegetables are fully cooked and tender. If using a glass or ceramic baking dish, you may need to increase the baking time.
  • Remove foil. Sprinkle top of casserole with shredded cheese. Place in the oven uncovered for about 3-5 more minutes, or just until the cheese melts.

Notes

Cooking Just for Two? Cut the ingredients in half and bake the casserole in a small 1-quart baking dish. The cooking time should remain the same, or may need to be shortened by about 5 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 of the casseroleCalories: 260.6kcalCarbohydrates: 31.8gProtein: 22.5gFat: 5.7gSaturated Fat: 3.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1.4gCholesterol: 42.4mgSodium: 1064.5mgPotassium: 304.7mgFiber: 3.2gSugar: 6.1g
Keyword: ground beef, ground turkey, stuffed peppers
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan
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  1. anyone made this with slicing the peppers in 1/2 and lining the casserole and spreading the rest of the mixture over the peppers? Want to make this more like a stuffed pepper dish.

  2. 5 stars
    So good! It helped me use up some leftovers in the fridge. I only had Italian sausage and chicken broth, and they worked beautifully. I used one red and one yellow pepper since my family loves them.

  3. 5 stars
    Yum ! Once again an amazing Dump n Bake recipe !
    I cut 2 Lg red peppers into chunks to be a bit more filling .
    Used Uncle Bens Original Conv 20 min LGR & 1 1/2c of broth
    Cut out the Seasoning & used fresh herbs
    After the 35 mins Broke up Beef & Stirred. Rice was almost done at this point! Left uncovered & baked the additional time to boil off the liquid
    So Good
    Ps As a time saver Use the jarred minced garlic It is delish & full of flavour & aroma

    1. Thanks, Catharine! I’m so glad that you’ve found another winner. I agree — the jarred minced garlic is a huge time saver. It’s always in my fridge. 🙂

    1. Hi, Alyce! I haven’t tried it with quinoa, so I don’t know exactly how it would work. The cooking time for quinoa is about the same as long-grain white rice, so I think it would translate well. I’m just not sure if quinoa absorbs as much liquid as the rice does.

    1. Hi, Kat! I’ve never tried this with the frozen peppers, but in my recollection those peppers are just really soft. You should still be able to use them, though. I would use about 1 cup of the frozen peppers, and you shouldn’t even need to thaw them first (unless they’re in very large chunks). Hope you enjoy!

    2. I absolutely love this recipe. Have made it several times. I need to make something for a vegetarian. Do you think I could use soy crumbles as substitute for ground meat? Or should I stick to beans?

      1. Hi, Kathi! I’m not familiar with soy crumbles, so I honestly have no idea how those would work. It’s my understanding that they can serve as a good substitute for ground beef, so I would give them a try!

          1. Yes, I think that would work! With the slow cooker, it’s harder to make sure that your rice is cooked properly, though. I don’t know what the exact timing would be for long grain rice in the Crock Pot. You might want to check other recipes to get a better gauge, because overdone rice will be mushy and gummy…you definitely want to avoid that.

        1. 5 stars
          Hi Blair and Kathi – I made this last night with soy crumbles instead of ground beef as that’s what I had on hand. It worked great! I usually add beef bouillon powder to punch up the beef flavour but as the recipe uses beef stock it was fine.

    1. Hi, Ashley! If you freeze the dish before baking it, I recommend baking directly from the freezer (just make sure that it’s in a freezer-to-oven-safe dish). In general, casseroles that start frozen will need about twice as long in the oven. You’ll just need to keep an eye on it, though…it might be a little longer, or it might be a little less.
      If you freeze the casserole after it’s baked, I would let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then let the dish come to room temperature on the counter for 30-60 minutes before reheating, covered, in a 350 degree oven until warmed through. Hope that helps, and enjoy!

  4. 3 stars
    I wanted this to be good but it was so soupy:(
    I left it in past the time but didn’t want my beef to be tough so I removed it.
    Any thoughts?

    1. Hi, Lisa! I’m sorry that it didn’t work correctly for you. The dish shouldn’t be too soupy at the end, so it makes me think that the rice either didn’t cook long enough to release its starches and absorb much of the liquid (was it still a bit too firm?), or maybe you used a different type of rice? Something like minute rice or parboiled rice will not absorb liquid in the same way that uncooked long grain white rice does. That would cause a soupy mixture, too.

      I wouldn’t worry about the ground beef becoming too tough with some extra cooking time. We often bake cooked ground beef in chilis and other casseroles for much longer without it becoming tough. Maybe a bit more time was all that the dish needed? Again, it’s hard for me to know for sure, so just some thoughts.

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe was a life saver in addition to being delicious! I was looking for an deconstructed stuffed pepper recipe, that didn’t involve standing at the stove and sautéing everything in a skillet. I used a small roasting pan, instead of the 9×9 pan. I forgot to drain the tomatoes so I thought it was going to be too soupy but I removed the cover from the roasting pan half way through the cooking time and it turned out perfectly. My only other addition was to add some hot sauce when I served it but I add hot sauce to EVERYTHING.

  6. 5 stars
    Have had this twice now. The second time I mixed 1/4 lb. sausage with the 1/4 lb. ground beef. My husband I love this recipe..

    1. Hi, Denise! It sounds like maybe the rice didn’t cook through enough to absorb the liquid. You want there to be some “sauce” at the end, but it shouldn’t be watery when the rice absorbs a lot of the liquid and releases starches in the pan. Was it tender and done?