Main Dishes BEST Ever Easy Stuffed Peppers (Five Ingredients) This 5-ingredient Best Ever Stuffed Peppers dish comes together in a flash and is ah-mazing with Italian sausage and fire-roasted tomatoes If you love delicious meals without a lot of ingredients, then you’re going to love my other 5-ingredient meals, like this Sheet Pan Chicken and Potatoes , this Sweet Paprika Chicken , and these Chicken Alfredo Bundles I’m so excited about this 5-ingredient series that I’m starting to see fives everywhere I’m even dreaming in fives I stare at my pantry and draw five lines between ingredients like I’m mapping a rogue spy’s whereabouts in an episode of Homeland And I’m having the best time doing it It might sound silly but I love these little projects inside of projects I am sure it’s the same for you — you read blogs you love but are more drawn to a blog you love when there is something a little different about it Like a home design blog that features a special series on, say, the best summer flowers to plant or a fitness blog that tells you how to work your core without crunches (because…who likes crunches anyway?) And I have to imagine that you read my food blog regularly (Hi! Thank you!) but that you might be more drawn to something new, like a series of delicious meals that you can make with only five ingredients And because I know you love simple, easy meals it makes me happy to create more of these and also makes me want to keep bringing you more of these kinds of unique ideas that you can implement in your own kitchen Enter: The BEST Ever Easy Stuffed Peppers! These little veggie bowls are so tasty when stuffed with sausage, fire roasted tomatoes, and Spanish rice You almost (almost) don’t even have to be there for this to come together It’s a magical little dish that has a universal appeal And kids love them too because who doesn’t love an edible bowl of yummy sausage and rice and cheese? HOW CAN I MAKE STUFFED PEPPERS WITHOUT RICE? If you don’t want to add rice to the peppers or you are following a low-carb diet, that’s a-okay You can skip the rice, but may I recommend you replace it with another ingredient or they won’t be a) filled up and b) nearly as satisfying
You can substitute regular rice for cooked cauliflower rice.
There are steamable bags of riced cauliflower in the freezer section of your grocery store now that make this s simple Simply microwave the bag according to package directions, and add to the peppers when you would have added the rice If you want to skip a “rice” component all together, I’d replace the rice with veggies (diced mushrooms, zucchini, onions, and/or eggplant would all work) or add a bean instead like chickpeas, navy, or cannellini beans WHAT SIDES CAN I SERVE WITH STUFFED PEPPERS? sides You can serve this dish all by itself — it is a complete meal, in my eyes Or, you can add a side to round out this dish Some of my favorites include: Salad Side salads are easy to pull together and if you don’t have the ingredients for a salad handy, you can pick up a pre-mixed bag in the produce department There are so many varieties now, my favorites include Caesar mixes and the kind that has the sliced kale and Brussels sprouts Roasted veggies Roast up a side of veggies right alongside your peppers Brussels sprouts , asparagus , and green beans are all favs in this house
If you’re looking for an easy side or have some potatoes that need to be cooked, then mash those babies right up Mashed potatoes go with everything, honestly Oven roasted potatoes Don’t want mashed potatoes? Can you handle another three ingredients? Then you must make these 3-Ingredient Oven Roasted Potatoes TIPS & TRICKS FOR MAKING THESE CLASSIC MEXICAN STUFFED PEPPERS In the recipe notes, I mention how to make these stuffed peppers with other proteins but I have to also tell you that these peppers taste the best with ground Italian sausage It has the best flavor without needing to add any other ingredients or spices and tastes SO good with the rice and cheese inside a stuffed bell pepper That and the flavor from the fire roasted tomatoes are what really sets this recipe apart and makes these the BEST stuffed bell peppers You can make these peppers with any rice you have on hand
I like to use the Spanish rice because it adds another layer of flavor to the stuffed peppers.
Basmati or brown rice will work as well, in addition to plain old white rice Speaking of rice, you want to be sure to cook the rice first It will not cook up with the peppers and will be dry and crunchy if you add it to the stuffing raw If you’re having trouble getting the peppers to stay upright in your dish, I’d suggest picking a smaller dish with a taller side (like a circular Corningware dish) so that they can pack more tightly together and keep one another up Or you can slice a little bit off the bottom of the pepper (being careful not to slice into the pepper itself or all the stuffing juices will leak right out) This will level the bottoms and help them stand upright If you don’t have fire-roasted tomatoes, that’s okay — you can use any kind of diced tomatoes you have on hand If you don’t want to waste the pepper tops, you can dice them up and cook with the sausage, rice, and tomato mixture and stuff them right in with everything else BEST Ever Easy Stuffed Peppers (5 Ingredients) Course Main Course Keyword cheese, easy, healthy, rice, sausage, stuffed peppers Prep Time 10 minutes