Stuffed Peppers Recipe: A Tasty Naturally Gluten Free Meal
A savory stuffed peppers recipe that will make great gluten
free meals that the whole family will enjoy. Leftovers freeze
well for meal portions.
This recipe is our family stuffed pepper recipe. It has been
handed down from my grandmother. She would use a fresh hot
pepper in the sauce instead of the red pepper flakes, but the
pepper flakes are more convenient if you don't have a garden
and grow the hot peppers.
It is savory and juicy and tastes much better than baked stuffed
3 pounds ground beef (or you can mix 1 pound ground pork with 2
1 diced onion (optional)
1/2 cup uncooked regular rice or 3/4 cup minute rice
3 Tablespoons paprika
3/4 cup hot water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
6-8 green bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise, and cored out
32 ounces (approximately) tomato sauce, and a volume of cold
water at least equal to the tomato sauce by using the empty
cans. You can go up to 1 1/2 times the tomato sauce, so that
all meat is covered.
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes(like for pizza, omit if you don't
want it spicy)
In a large bowl, put the ground meat, the diced onion,and the
spices, and mix thoroughly. Make sure spices are evenly
distributed. Add the dry uncooked rice and work it in. When
all is evenly mixed, begin adding the hot water and work it in
until meat mixture is loose and will just barely hold together.
You can add more water if needed.
Fill each half pepper with the meat mixture, rounding the top a
bit. Put them in a stockpot or dutch oven, pepper skin side
down. You can stack them in layers if you run out of space.
When all pepper halves are filled, if there is any meat left
over, you can form it into large meatballs and put them at the
Pour in tomato sauce, and at least a matching amount of water
until all meat is covered by liquid. Bring to a boil, and then
turn down to a low simmer. Allow to simmer for 1 hour and 20
minutes. Check every half hour or so to make sure none stick to
the bottom of the pot. Do not allow to burn!
Peppers should look cooked and meat be cooked through in this
Serve in bowls, ladling the tomato sauce over the tops of the
stuffed peppers. Freeze leftovers for use as gluten free meals
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