Easy Stuffed Peppers: Great For Leftovers Plus It’s Healthy

Easy Stuffed Peppers: Great For Leftovers Plus It’s Healthy

We love making these easy stuffed peppers. It is a great way to use leftover meat and grains from the week.

That is one of the ways I meal plan. I often cook a large batch of grains to use for the whole week or cook double the meat we are going to use so that I have a quick and easy dinner I can throw together later in the week.

It is a lifesaver for those busy nights when everybody is going in different directions.

In the recipe, I gave you directions on how I make this without leftovers and then in the notes below that I tell you how I make it when I’m using this as a leftover dish.

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Easy Stuffed Peppers


  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, diced or shredded
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup cooked grains (rice, quinoa, barley, etc.)
  • 6 bell peppers, any color
  • 1 tsp each of salt & pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 cup spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat large pan over medium-high heat. Saute onion, celery & carrots. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, until nice and fragrant. Add ground beef and cook until browned. Season with salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, coriander & grains. Stir until well incorporated. Remove from heat and add spinach & cilantro. Mix well.

While the meat is cooking cut off the top of your bell peppers & remove the seeds and ribs on the inside of the pepper. Stuff the meat mixture into the peppers and place in a baking dish. Add about 2 Tbsp of water to the bottom of the pan and cover with foil. Cook for 50 – Β 60 minutes. Remove from oven and serve.

Notes on Easy Stuffed Peppers:

  1. I often cheat with this meal and use leftover taco or sloppy joe meat. Which I actually did in these pictures.

2. In my taco and sloppy joe meat, I saute onion, celery, carrots & garlic. Cool slightly and then blend in my blender. I add that to the browned and seasoned ground beef. That way I’m adding a little more veg and it looks “normal” for the kids and husband. In this recipe, I think that is less important because they don’t have a preconceived notion of what it should look like.

3. If you are more in the mood for an Italian flavor sub the chili powder, cumin & coriander with 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning & the cilantro with chopped fresh basil.

That is one of the nice things about these easy stuffed peppers is that with minimal changes you get a new flavor and a brand new dish.


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Quick and easy stuffed peppers recipe. Mexican or Italian options. Lots of healthy veggies, including spinach. Baked in oven, great way to use taco leftovers for a busy mom, just add quinoa. Use ground beef, turkey or chicken.
  • I love making stuffed peppers! This recipe looks so delicious too!!

  • Natalie says:

    I absolutely love stuffed peppers. It’s one of my favorite meals. My family loves it too. I love the flavours and spices you used here. Sounds incredibly delicious. A must try!

  • Abbey+Sharp says:

    Love how versatile stuffed peppers are. You can use whatever you have on hand. Great recipe πŸ™‚

    • Summer says:

      Thanks and I completely agree they are great for just about any stuffing.

  • Laura says:

    That looks absolutely stunning. I tried stuffed pepper when I was in traveling in Russia and after that, I make them quite often. Your recipe looks amazing and I’m going to try it next week. πŸ™‚

    • Summer says:

      πŸ˜€ Thanks, I would love to travel to Russia. What a fun place to try them for the first time.

  • Love how easy this dinner is! It’s perfect for a busy weeknight when you need something that’s this easy to make!

  • I might even be able to get my son to eat these!

  • Kelly says:

    I haven’t made stuffed peppers in a long time. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Carrie says:

    I used to eat stuffed peppers as a kid but since being married, I haven’t made them. My husband doesn’t like any kind of peppers lol

  • Rachel says:

    I’m making stuffed peppers tonight! Though I use quinoa instead of meat. But same idea! Yum!

    • Summer says:

      I am sure they tasted delicious. That is one of the great things about stuffed peppers, and quinoa really!

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