Crock Pot Stuffed Bell Peppers

crock-pot-bells  I’ve been asked about a recipe for stuffed bell peppers a lot, so I thought it was high time to share one. This recipe I’m sharing today is my favorite. They’re totally delicious and stuffed with all kinds of good things; beef, Mexican rice, enchilada sauce, cheese…. See, I told you they were yummy. :)  But I think the best thing about them is that they’re baked in the crock pot!    These stuffed peppers are melt in your mouth good! I served ours with just a simple side salad and it was one of the best dinners I’ve had in awhile. They’re certainly amazing as is, or you could customize your own by using chicken instead of beef, or exclude the meat and add more veggies/rice for a vegetarian version.  I think any way you make them, you will love! crockpot-peppers-cooked

Crock Pot Stuffed Bell Peppers
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Ingredients
  1. 5 bell peppers
  2. 1 pound lean ground beef
  3. 1 (10 ounce) can red enchilada sauce
  4. 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  5. 1 cup cooked Mexican rice
  6. 1 cup shredded Colby-jack cheese, divided
  7. salt and pepper, to taste
TOPPINGS
  1. sour cream
  2. salsa
  3. guacamole
Instructions
  1. Cut the tops off of each bell pepper. Remove any seeds and stems from the inside. Dice the tops of each bell pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the raw ground beef, enchilada sauce, onion, rice, diced bell peppers and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Season mixture with salt and pepper. Stir to combine with a spatula. Stuff each pepper with the ground beef mixture.
  3. Pour 1 cup of water into the crock pot. Place bell peppers inside. Cover with lid and cook on Low heat for 6 hours OR on High heat 4 hours. Top each stuffed pepper with the remaining shredded cheese. Cover with lid until cheese has melted.
  4. Serve warm with favorite toppings. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Yields: 5 servings
Adapted from Number 2 Pencil
Adapted from Number 2 Pencil
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  1. Judy Schafer says

    What size crock pot is this recipe for and also if needing to cook more peppers in a larger crock pot , how far up does the water need to cover the peppers?

    • says

      I used my 6-quart for this recipe. The water just needs to be at least 1/2 inch up the peppers. The waters purpose is only so the peppers don’t stick to the bottom.

  2. John Roberts says

    This looks great! What is meant by “Mexican rice?” Is it long-grain, short-grain, Spanish rice (e.g., Rice-a-Roni), or something else?

  3. Michelle says

    I always thought you couldn’t use raw ground beef in a crock pot because it is suppose to be cooked at minimum temp. of 360 degrees? I know it is cooking for a longer period and would be cooked through, but heard that at the beggining stages it should be a higher temp?, If I do anything with ground beef I brown it first and then put it in a sauce in the crock pot, I would love to skip that part if I don’t have to.

    • says

      I’ve made these a few times now, and it’s always worked out fine. I’ve made other ground beef recipes in the crock pot as well, with no problems. :)

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