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Mediterranean Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers are bell peppers that are roasted with a delicious Mediterranean ground beef mixture, rice, diced tomatoes and warm spices. They are then topped with fresh herbs, feta cheese and served warm. This is a great recipe to use up summer produce. 

Mediterranean Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers on a white platter.         

MEDITERRANEAN GROUND BEEF STUFFED PEPPERS

I am excited to be partnering with the Ohio Beef Council to share three delicious Mediterranean style recipe this week using ground beef. 

First up is today’s Mediterranean Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers followed by Mediterranean Ground Beef Zucchini Skillet and Lebanese Meat Stuffed Pitas (Arayes) later this week.

These stuffed peppers uses a delicious Lebanese inspired ground beef mixture.

Ground beef is a protein packed, affordable protein that you can buy for your family. All you need is 3 pounds of ground beef to make the three recipes I am going to share this week.

And a bonus is that there’s no stronger protein source than beef! One 3 oz cooked serving of beef provides half your Daily Value of protein (25 grams), for under 200 calories.

Beef supplies 10 essential nutrients, including B-vitamins, zinc, niacin, phosphorus and iron, which helps support an active lifestyle. 

The first recipe I am sharing today is Mediterranean Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers that stuffs sweet red bell peppers with Lebanese spiced ground beef, rice, diced tomatoes and fresh herbs.

If you like this recipe you might also like these Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Roasted PoblanosInstant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup, Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup, One Pot Mexican Stuffed Pepper Casserole or these Tabbouleh Stuffed Peppers

Mediterranean Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers ingredients.

MEAL-PREP COOKING TIP:

You can prep the beef for all three recipes by browning the ground beef with the salt, pepper, garlic and spices and cooking until the beef is browned. Optional: you can add in the pine nuts at this step if you want.

Drain the beef and add to a large mixing bowl. Mix in the diced tomatoes and rice with the beef and stir well. You can then use this beef for all three recipes! 

INGREDIENTS AND SWAPS

GROUND BEEF: I like to use 80/20 ground beef in this recipe because the fat adds flavor and creates a juicy stuffing in the bell peppers. For a more lean stuffed pepper you can use a 90/10. Make sure to drain the fat from the ground beef before you add it to the rice. 

BELL PEPPERS: I really like to use red peppers for stuffed peppers because of the sweetness they add to the recipe. You could also try green, orange or yellow bell peppers. 

RICE: I find the best rice to use in these peppers is a medium, long grain white rice, jasmine rice, or brown rice. You could also try quinoa, farro or bulgur.

DICED TOMATOES: Diced tomatoes are a great addition to the add to the ground beef and rice mixture. You can skip this if you want but personally I like it. 

Mediterranean Ground Beef Zucchini Skillet beef cooking.

SPICES: This recipes uses cinnamon, allspice, cayenne red pepper, paprika and cloves. I love the warm, rich spices mixed together with the beef. If those spices aren’t your favorite try Italian seasoning, Greek seasoning or oregano. 

PINE NUTS: I love adding pine nuts either into the rice mixture or sprinkling them over the finished stuffed peppers.  You can skip these if you want. 

FETA CHEESE: I like to sprinkle feta cheese on the stuffed peppers with about 5 to 10 minutes left and let it melt slightly before eating them. You can skip the feta or just add it as a garnish once the peppers are done baking. 

FRESH HERBS: Fresh parsley and mint are great additions to the rice mixture or you can sprinkle it on after the peppers bake. Fresh thyme and oregano would be great too. 

Mediterranean Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers on a white plate.

HOW DO YOU MAKE GROUND BEEF STUFFED PEPPERS?

PREPARE THE PEPPERS: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the peppers in half and remove seeds and the membrane. Lay them in a 9 by 13 baking dish {you might need two baking dishes depending on how big the peppers are}.

Add one cup of water or tomato sauce to the bottom of the dish (the bell peppers will steam and cook faster this way).

Vegan Stuffed Peppers Recipe sliced peppers.

COOOK THE BEEF: In a large skillet heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic and spices and cook until the beef is browned. Optional: you can add in the pine nuts at this step if you want.

Drain the beef and add to a large mixing bowl. Mix in the diced tomatoes and rice with the beef and stir well.

Mediterranean Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers stuffing in a bowl.

ADD THE STUFFING: Spoon the stuffing mixture evenly into the bell peppers.

COOK THE PEPPERS: Cover the baking dish with the foil tightly and place in the oven. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the peppers are soft. Remove the foil and sprinkle the feta cheese {optional} and bake another 5 to 10 minutes or until the feta is starting to melt.

Serve warm with fresh parsley and mint {and pine nuts if you didn’t add them into the mixture}.

Mediterranean Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers in a baking dish.

TIPS FOR MAKING THESE STUFFED PEPPERS 

  • When I make stuffed peppers I like to cut them in half and stuff them that way. I find that they cook more evenly and are easier to eat this way. If you prefer the whole stuffed pepper you can do that too. 
  • If you make a whole stuffed pepper you will want to cut the very bottom tip of each pepper off to help them stand straight up and down and make them easier to stuff. 
  • Personally I like to stuff red, yellow or orange peppers because I find the flavors of the peppers to be sweeter. If you prefer a less sweet and more mild pepper try green peppers. 
  • I like to cook the meat and the rice before stuffing the peppers and cooking them in the oven. I find that it works best this way and ensures everything cooks evenly. 
  • This recipe uses warm, rich Mediterranean spices. If those spices aren’t your favorite try other spices like Italian seasoning, oregano, Greek seasoning or thyme. 

Mediterranean Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers on a white plate.

STORING AND HEATING INSTRUCTIONS

HOW TO STORE THEM: Stuffed peppers will stay good in the fridge for up to 4 days in an air tight container. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months. When you are ready to eat the frozen peppers make sure to thaw them overnight in the fridge before you heat them. 

HOW TO REHEAT YOUR STUFFED PEPPERS IN THE MICROWAVE: You can microwave stuffed peppers until heated through which usually takes about 2-3 minutes. Sometimes I find the center of the stuffing isn’t heated through so you might want to try a bite and heat another 1 to 2 minutes if you need to. 

HOW TO REHEAT IN THE OVEN: My favorite way to reheat the stuffed peppers is in the oven. This helps them reheat evenly and the peppers don’t get too soggy.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Put the stuffed peppers in a baking dish and cover with foil. Bake the peppers covered for about 20 minutes and then uncover and cook another 5 minutes. 

HOW TO REHEAT IN THE AIR FRYER: You can reheat your stuffed peppers in the air fryer. I find it best to quickly microwave the peppers for about 1 to 2 minutes and then air fry them for about 5 to 7 minutes at 350 degrees F. 

Mediterranean Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers with feta cheese. 

CHECK OUT THESE OTHER GRUOND BEEF RECIPES:

MEDITERRANEAN BAKED BEEF MEATBALLS

HUMMUS WITH SPICED BEEF

BEEF KAFTA MEATBALLS

SKILLET BEEF LASAGNA

SPICED BEEF HUMMUS PITA

GREEK BEEF PITA PITZA

GRILLED BEEF KAFTA

Mediterranean Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers with logo.

Mediterranean Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers on a white plate.

Mediterranean Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Mediterranean Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers are bell peppers that are roasted with a delicious Mediterranean ground beef mixture, rice, diced tomatoes and warm spices. They are then topped with fresh herbs, feta cheese and served warm. This is a great recipe to use up summer produce.

Ingredients

  • 6 large bell peppers, red or any color, seeds removed and peppers cut in half
  • 1 cup cooked rice {I used white jasmine rice, white or brown rice}
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef, 80/20
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts {optional}
  • Fresh parsley and mint for garnish

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. Cut the peppers in half and remove seeds and the membrane. Lay them in a 9 by 13 baking dish {you might need two baking dishes depending on how big the peppers are}.
    3. Add one cup of water or tomato sauce to the bottom of the dish (the bell peppers will steam and cook faster this way).
    4. In a large skillet heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the grouind beef, salt, pepper, garlic and spices and cook until the beef is browned. Optional: you can add in the pine nuts at this step if you want.
    5. Drain the beef and add to a large mixing bowl.
    6. Mix in the diced toamtoes and rice with the beef and stir well.
    7. Spoon the stuffing mixture evenly into the bell peppers.
    8. Cover the baking dish with the foil tightly and place in the oven. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the peppers are soft.
    9. Remove the foil and sprinkle the feta cheese {optional} and bake another 5 to 10 minutes or until the feta is starting to melt.
    10. Serve warm with fresh parsley and mint {and pine nuts if you didn't add them into the mixture}.

Notes

HOW TO STORE THEM: Stuffed peppers will stay good in the fridge for up to 4 days in an air tight container. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months. When you are ready to eat the frozen peppers make sure to thaw them overnight in the fridge before you heat them. 

HOW TO REHEAT YOUR STUFFED PEPPERS IN THE MICROWAVE: You can microwave stuffed peppers until heated through which usually takes about 2-3 minutes. Sometimes I find the center of the stuffing isn't heated through so you might want to try a bite and heat another 1 to 2 minutes if you need to. 

HOW TO REHEAT IN THE OVEN: My favorite way to reheat the stuffed peppers is in the oven. This helps them reheat evenly and the peppers don't get too soggy.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Put the stuffed peppers in a baking dish and cover with foil. Bake the peppers covered for about 20 minutes and then uncover and cook another 5 minutes. 

HOW TO REHEAT IN THE AIR FRYER: You can reheat your stuffed peppers in the air fryer. I find it best to quickly microwave the peppers for about 1 to 2 minutes and then air fry them for about 5 to 7 minutes at 350 degrees F. 

 Today’s post is sponsored by the Ohio Beef Council. As always, opinions are 100% my own. 

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