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.

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