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How to Make Stuffed Peppers

Mexican Stuffed Peppers for Two

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The first thing to know about how to make stuffed peppers is that there's certainly no shortage of ways to do it. Delicious stuffed pepper fillings are as diverse as the types of peppers you can stuff. Some recipes use meat, others are meatless. Some add grains like rice or quinoa, while others add cheese. Some are flavored with taco seasoning mix, tomatoes, salsa, other veggies and/or herbs and spices. The great part about this is that, once you know how to make stuffed peppers one way, mastering another variation will be a breeze—and on top of this, you'll never run out of new favorites to find.

Making Stuffed Peppers: An Overview

    In general, making stuffed peppers will look like the following.

  • Heat your oven to 400°F and prepare the filling as directed in your chosen recipe.
  • Cut the tops off your peppers and discard the tops and seeds. Stuff peppers with your filling.
  • Pour 1/4 cup of water in the bottom of 9-inch square baking dish (for 4 peppers). Stand stuffed peppers in baking dish.
  • Cover the dish, and bake 35 to 40 minutes or until peppers are tender. If topping with cheese, remove the dish from the oven 5 minutes before the end of baking time, top with cheese and bake, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until melted.

Helpful Tips on How to Make Stuffed Peppers:

  • Always follow your particular recipe on how to make stuffed peppers as these recipes and instructions vary widely. For instance, instead of cutting tops off peppers and stuffing the whole pepper, some recipes halve the peppers lengthwise and fill the halves. There are also many great slow-cooker stuffed pepper recipes out there to try.
  • Prevent whole peppers from tipping over in the baking dish by cutting a thin slice off bottom of each pepper with sharp knife before standing them in baking dish to fill.
  • If you're using uncooked meat to fill peppers, increase baking time to 50 minutes to 1 hour or until the meat mixture is done (160°F).

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