Slow Cooker Beef and Rice Stuffed Peppers

Slow Cooker Beef and Rice Stuffed Peppers
Classic stuffed peppers made with ground beef (or turkey), rice in a savory marinara sauce.

Prep Time : 20 mins

Cook Time : 5 hrs

Total Time : 5 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 lb. ground beef (or turkey)
  • 5 bell peppers tops cut off and diced for filling
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice can be leftover rice
  • 24 oz. jar marinara sauce, divided
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. dried tarragon oregano works well too


  1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet on the stove top. Drain.
  2. Add the beef, cut up bell pepper tops, rice, 1 cup of the marinara sauce, onion, salt, garlic powder, thyme and tarragon to a medium sized bowl. Stir.
  3. Stuff the peppers with the filling you just made. If there is any leftover filling add it to the bottom of the slow cooker.
  4. Add remaining marinara sauce to the slow cooker.
  5. Add the stuffed peppers in the slow cooker. I try not to let them rest on the sides of the slow cooker, but most of the time they end up falling over later.
  6. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.


Can I add cheese to this?

Stuffed peppers often have cheese on top, though adding cheese is optional.

If you want a cheese fix, add about 2 tablespoons of shredded mozzarella cheese to each pepper 10 minutes before the cooking time is up.

Can a different type of meat be used?

Ground turkey

Ground chicken

Ground Italian sausage

Can I make this vegan?

Use soy crumbles instead of beef

Or a can of pinto beans

Or add extra veggies such as chopped squash or asparagus to the rice mixture.


Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 971mg | Potassium: 1056mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 4355IU | Vitamin C: 164mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 5mg

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