Inside Out Stuffed Pepper Casserole is a filling frugal meal. Made with delicious green peppers, this casserole has flavor throughout and it is a simple supper your family will enjoy!
This inside out stuffed pepper casserole has all of the goodness of stuffed peppers, but in a casserole form. So, you get more bang for your buck. Which, when you have a family of 6, it is a must.
Especially when two of them are teenagers.
Casseroles are a hit in my house. Hamburger Casserole or Cheesy Mexican Hashbrown Casserole are good options when feeding the family. Usually there are leftovers so the family can take them in their lunches the next day. This particular stuffed pepper casserole cost about $6 to make.
It fed all of us for supper and there are enough leftovers for lunch and a quick supper tonight. Divide $6 by at least 12-14 servings and you have yourself an inexpensive meal.
How to make inside out stuffed pepper casserole
You start with your basic stuffed peppers favorites like rice, hamburger, tomatoes and, of course, peppers. I knew many only use green peppers, but we like the flavor of red and orange peppers as well. I used green, red and orange peppers.
Start by chopping up the peppers. I used about 1 cup to 1 ½ cup of peppers. This recipe is versatile so you can use more of less of peppers or hamburger as your family prefers.
Do I have to cook the rice before or should the rice bake in the oven
So after you chop the peppers, you could them on the stove with the uncooked hamburger. I like to do this so the flavor of the peppers bonds with the hamburger. It also makes them less crunchy for the veggie fearing people in my life.
It depends on how much time you have. If you have time for the casserole to cook for an hour in the oven, then skip cooking the rice on the stove. If you are crunched for time, then cook the rice first as it will cut down on cooking time in the oven.
You will have to adjust the amount of broth needed from 3 cups to 1 cup if you cook it on the stove first.
For the uncooked rice version: mix the rice, 3 cups of broth, tomatoes and tomato sauce in medium bowl. Spread in the bottom of a greased 9x13 casserole dish.
Add the cooked hamburger and peppers. Cover with foil and bake.
For the cooked rice version: Cook rice on stove according to package directions. Mix rice, 1 cup of broth, tomatoes and tomato sauce in a bowl. Spread on the bottom of greased 9x13 pan. Add the cooked hamburger and peppers. Cover with foil and bake.
Inside Out Stuffed Pepper Casserole
- 1.5 lb hamburger
- 3 cups white rice
- 3 cups beef broth
- 1.5 cups green, red and orange pepper combined, chopped
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 12 oz zesty diced tomatoes , drained (I buy at Aldi)
- 2 cups cheddar cheese
- Cook hamburger and chopped peppers until hamburger is no longer pink
- Mix rice, broth, tomatoes and tomato sauce in a medium bowl
- Pour on the bottom of a greased 9x13 baking dish
- Add cooked hamburger and peppers
- Cover with foil and bake at 400* for 45-60 minutes or until the rice is cooked, soft and fluffed
- Uncover and sprinkle with cheddar cheese and bake for 5 minutes longer
I actually decided to only bake for 40 mins using Jasmine rice. Came out great!
I’ve made this twice now. Both times, it comes out a little dry. Maybe change to 2 1/2 c rice or dont drain tomatoes. I used petite diced tomatoes. Added a good amount of Mrs.Dash garlic seasoning. Used 1/2 ground beef, 1/2 ground turkey, jasmine rice. Otherwise, it’s a super easy recipe for a busy night.
I'm glad to hear it worked for you. I will look at the recipe and adjust the rice.
I'm planning on making this tonight, but I have several different types of diced tomatoes here and I wondered what's in the Aldi Zesty tomatoes? Is it peppers and onions? Thanks for any help and for sharing the recipe.
It is a tomato/pepper mix. I have used all different types of tomatoes from plain to a spicy combo. I don't feel you could go wrong with any, though I would stay away from the lime flavored ones. As my children have grown older, and have gotten used to spicier dishes, the dish has gone from mild to having a little more spice. I hope you enjoy this casserole. We have been making it for years!