recipe: Stuffed Pepper Soup

mmm what could be better on a cold day than soup? And what’s better than soup? Soup that isn’t really soupy, but more like a chili-type thing. Also: TOPPED WITH CHEESE.

This is a recipe for Stuffed Pepper Soup that I got from my mom. It’s ridiculously simple and amazingly delicious. And it makes a huge amount, so I hope you’re hungry!

The ingredients: onion, green bell pepper, tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, rice, water, salt, pepper, parsley, and brown sugar.

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Oh. And ground beef.

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Start by browning the ground beef in a skillet. I usually add some black pepper and maybe a bit of salt or garlic if you have it, just something to flavor the meat while it cooks.

Stuffed Pepper Soup

While the meat is getting going, dice the peppers.

Stuffed Pepper Soup

And do the same with the onion.

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Once it’s cooked through, drain the beef and add it to a large pot. Add the peppers and onions, along with the crushed tomatoes.

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Add the can of tomato sauce…

Stuffed Pepper Soup

And then the rice. I use brown rice, but you can use whatever kind your little heart desires.

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Next up is some water.

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Add some black pepper.

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And some parsley, salt, and brown sugar.

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Stir it up real good!

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And bring it to a boil. Turn down the heat and let it simmer for about an hour.

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Serve topped with shredded cheddar cheese because… well, why not? We also sometimes eat it with tortilla chips, almost like a dip. It’s yummy that way.

Stuffed Pepper Soup


Stuffed Pepper Soup
  1. 2 lb ground beef, browned and drained
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 3 cup green pepper, chopped
  4. 29 oz can tomato sauce
  5. 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  6. 1 cup rice
  7. 2 1/4 cups water
  8. 1 tbsp salt
  9. 1 tbsp black pepper
  10. 2 tbsp parsley
  11. 4 tbsp brown sugar
  1. Brown ground beef; drain. Add all ingredients to a large dutch-oven type pan. Bring to a boil; simmer for about 1 hour.


  1. Caity

    March 1, 2009 1:04 pm

    Oh my gosh I absolutely love your recipes. It always makes me want to go upstairs and cook this instant. This looks amazing!

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  2. Anneli

    March 1, 2009 2:18 pm

    Zoinks! OMG! This looks so delicious! I have got to make this!!

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  3. Kate

    March 1, 2009 7:38 pm

    I think I found you through Kelly, but I just had to tell you how much I LOVE your recipe postings! I need pictures for my recipes, so the photographs are excellent. I’ve made a few of your things so far and have gotten 2 thumbs up from my hubby!

  4. Keely

    March 1, 2009 11:50 pm

    I was just thinking how unsatisfied I was with dinner… and how hungry I feel when lo, I saw this post. I wish you could send me leftovers! :)

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  5. Nap Warden

    March 3, 2009 9:43 am

    Well that seems easy enough…sure looks good!

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  6. Steph

    March 3, 2009 5:18 pm

    hey – I learned a really cool thing last year – ground beef cooks a heck of lot better in a sauce pan than in a skillet… I just noticed you were using a skillet and thought I’d suggest it for you to try next time… and let me know how it goes!

    AND i also wanted to know – how well does Maggie eat all of this wonderful stuff you make? is she a good eater?

    looks delicious :)

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  7. Jen

    March 4, 2009 10:18 am

    @Steph: hm, I wonder why ground beef would cook better in a saucepan? And what do you mean by ‘better’? Is it faster? Interesting!

    Maggie doesn’t usually eat what we’re eating, lately it’s been all pizza and nuggets, heh. She HATES veggies (except for tomatoes and olives- are olives a veggie? She loves green olives!) She eats a ton of fruit though so I don’t get too worked up about the veggie thing. She does love eggs, but only if they’re plain (I gave her some with green peppers in once and she wasn’t a fan)

  8. Jennifer, Playgroups are no place for children

    March 5, 2009 4:03 pm

    Emailing myself this recipe! Looks easier than actually stuffing peppers!

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  9. Jen

    March 5, 2009 4:30 pm

    @Jennifer, Playgroups are no place for children: oh for sure! All the flavor, none of the work :)

  10. Manda

    March 7, 2009 1:44 pm

    That looks yummy! I must try it!

  11. Janette

    March 9, 2009 3:58 pm

    I tried this recipe and it was DELICIOUS. Thank you for sharing this!

  12. Kristen

    March 11, 2009 11:27 am

    For all the Weight Watcher groupies in the house – I cooked this up WW Style last night – I just made one change and swapped 1 pound of lean ground turkey for 2 pounds ground beef. It was 35 points for the whole recipe – or 2.5 points per cup.

    Chris was drooling while it was cooking. So yummy! And plenty to freeze for 2 more meals! Awesome, awesome recipe Jen’s Mom!

  13. Jen

    March 11, 2009 12:29 pm

    @Kristen: Awesome! So glad it was a hit- and a great modification for WW! 2.5 points is fantastic.

    Hope the babies are doing well! (except I guess they’re not babies so much anymore???!)

  14. JANET L

    March 3, 2015 6:40 pm

    No comments since 2009? Here is my comment – I managed to flop this. I printed off directions and did not see the step by step instructions. It wasn’t until I goofed I went back to page to see what I did wrong. It still did not turn out too bad. I can see that it would be delicious if I followed directions. I browned green pepper and onions. Also, I cooked the rice. I see where I should have just threw them all in the pot uncooked. Only thing that needed to be browned was the meat. I thought that one tablespoon of pepper seemed a bit much. My tasted too spicy hot from the black pepper. I did not have enough rice, so maybe that soaks up some of the pepper. The next time I will only do one tsp. instead of one tbsp. and see how it turns out.

    • jayesel

      March 3, 2015 7:28 pm

      Ah, yes the rice can cook right in the pot with everything! It soaks up the liquid from the water & tomato sauce. The pepper amount is obviously going to vary depending on taste, we love black pepper and the pot is so big that it’s not too much for us. But if you make that adjustment & don’t cook the rice ahead of time, it should work great :) good luck!

      • JANET L

        March 3, 2015 11:03 pm

        I added a little bit of sprite in it. I read where it can help with too much pepper. I think the main thing was that I did not have enough of rice. I did not have a whole cup of rice. I will definitely be trying this again, the right way. My sister made it, and it was absolutely delicious!

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