Stuffed Peppers Recipe – Make Ahead Meal

Enjoy this Stuffed Peppers Recipe is an easy Make Ahead Meal. Make these stuffed peppers, freeze some and have dinner ready for another night too!

Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Stuffed Peppers Recipe – Make Ahead Meal

A meal that is pre-made and ready to throw in the oven or crockpot is a parent’s dream come true on a busy night.  Now that school is either back in session or about to be, I am sure you are looking for ways to make dinner time easier.  And that is why I am loving this Stuffed Peppers Recipe.  It’s easy, delicious, and you can make a bunch ahead of time and just pull them out of the freezer when you are in need of a fabulous dinner.   Don’t worry, I will list a bunch more Freezer to Crockpot meals below this amazing Stuffed Peppers Recipe so that you can really stock up your freezer 😉

It has been awhile since I have made Stuffed Peppers, years to be exact, but my mom was down visiting from Michigan and I had just picked up my Zaycon Fresh Lean Ground Beef order that I received as a Zaycon Fresh Review Blogger and we decided it was the perfect time to prep some Stuffed Peppers!  Who can resist mom’s help in the kitchen?!

Stuffed Peppers Recipe

I love that you can make make Stuffed Peppers in just a few easy steps and you only need a few ingredients.  The peppers add such flavor to the meat!

Recipe for Stuffed Peppers

Once you have your peppers stuffed, you simply toss the tops back on and put them in the freezer until you are ready to make them.  Ready to make them now?  You can cover them with pasta sauce and put them in the crockpot and let them cook all day or toss them in the oven.  So many options 🙂

Stuffed Peppers Recipe - Make Ahead Meal

Nervous that your kids will be scared off by the peppers?  They don’t have to eat them!  Just cut the stuffed pepper in half and let them eat the meat mixture.  My kids loved it!  And even though they didn’t eat the pepper, they thought it was cool that their dinner came in a edible bowl 🙂

Now, here is my Stuffed Peppers Recipe, be sure to Print It and Pin It so that you can make it again and again.

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Stuffed Peppers Recipe - Make Ahead Meal
Recipe type: Dinner
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 4
  • 4 bell peppers
  • 1 - 1.5 lbs lean ground beef
  • ½ cup Minute White Rice
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 onion diced - I used red onion
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup/small handful of cubed bread
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 24 oz can tomato sauce - divided
  1. Mix everything but the tomato sauce together
  2. Add in ⅓ cup canned tomato sauce
  3. Stuff peppers with meat mixture - fill peppers slightly over the top
  4. Put top of the pepper back on if desired
  5. Freeze until ready for use
Oven Instructions
  1. Allow to thaw overnight if you are cooking in the oven, top with pasta sauce and bake for 1 -1.5 hrs at 350 degrees until meat is thoroughly cooked
Crockpot Instructions
  1. If freezer to crockpot meal, simply remove peppers from freezer, place in crockpot, cover with one jar of sauce and cook on low all day - approx. 8 hours or until meat is cooked thoroughly


I hope you and your family enjoy this Recipe for Stuffed Peppers as much as we did!

Stuffed Peppers Recipe - Make Ahead Meal

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  1. Stuffed peppers had totally fallen off my radar – oh how I miss them! I love this recipe with both bread crumbs and bread cubes I want to try it!

  2. Recipe sounds yummy and full of flavor in addition to the taste the bell peppers will give the stuffing. Had no idea theses could be frozen!

  3. This is wonderful .I do freeze lot of sauces and when i did pepers ..i did do sauce separate .I do broccoli soup too .hmm stop ..i am hungry . 😀 Thank you for sharing

  4. These stuffed peppers look delicious, I can’t wait to give them a try. I would use turkey or chicken instead of beef. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  5. Stuffed Peppers is one of our favorites! Thank you for the great idea of making these and freezing for later.

  6. Anything great that I can prepare simply and freeze ahead is something I want to try. We love stuffed bell peppers!!!

  7. Yum! One of my families favorites! I would have never thought to freeze. What a great time saver!!! Thank-you!

  8. These look delicious. I never considered prepping them ahead of time and then freezing them. I use meatless crumbles in mine but my husband eats meat. Nice simple recipe, thanks for sharing!

  9. One of my favorite meals, which I haven’t made in a while. Thanks for the helpful tip, might be what’s for dinner tonight~

  10. Stuffed Peppers are so good. I used to make them all time but now that it is only hubby and I don’t eat much hamburger anymore, I just haven’t made them. I like the make and freeze and then put them in a crockpot to reheat. Great recipe, I think I will pin it and try it with ground turkey.
    Thank you for sharing!

  11. This looks delicious. I may make this soon for my hubby and I. My kids won’t eat bell peppers, but we love them!

  12. Stuffed peppers is one of my favorite meals! I had never thought to make them ahead and freeze them, That’s brilliant. I think I’ll put a couple of these together for some friends who just had babies.

    • That is a great idea! I love bringing meals to friends – especially ones that just had babies – it is such a time saver 🙂

  13. It’s been years actually since I’ve made Stuffed Peppers. Such an easy process and since we love peppers here I’m going to make them this weekend. Thanks for sharing.
    Carol L

  14. I love stuffed peppers and I have heard of cooking them in the crockpot but maybe I should freeze them instead!

  15. I love stuffed peppers! I’ll definitely have to give your recipe a try! They’re so cute with their little pepper hats on. 😛

  16. This is a great make ahead meal, however I bake mine and freeze each pepper separately. My FIL loves to be able to take them out and heat/eat whenever he wants.

  17. These Stuffed Peppers sure look tasty! Love that you can make ahead, freeze and either crock-pot or oven cook!

  18. Sounds great, but there’s only one thing missing. Knowing my family, this will have to have shredded cheese-melted and bubbly, on the top, and going down over the sides!

  19. I’m not normally fond of pepper but I would make an exception 😉 For this delicious looking dish 😀

  20. Stuffed peppers are always better the next day. I do like that they can be made ahead of time and they’re simple to make.

  21. This looks delicious, but I’m not sure if my son would eat that much pepper! I guess he could just eat the insides!

  22. stuffed bell peppers Are a favoritre in my house. i defintely need to make these for the weekend as i know they will be delicious. i love how yours doesnt have any rice in it more like a meatball

  23. Pepper season is here and I go to the local picking farm for them. I’ll get extra and make some to freeze for busy days.

  24. My family likes these, and there are so many ways to change it up. Sometimes we will add cheese or salsa to the mix.

  25. Never thought of cooking the hamburger inside the pepper before. Would save time and dishes not to mention give it a better flavor

  26. It’s been a while since we have had stuffed peppers and these look really good. I love that they are so simple to make. I’m definitely going to try them.

  27. This is wonderful! We love stuffed peppers especially with so many extras in the garden right now. With all the preserving and freezing we do I never once thought about freezing these. What a great idea and so easy to for preparing a quick meal later on. Thanks for sharing.

  28. My Husband and I both love stuffed peppers.. Your recipe sounds Delicious. Pretty much like my recipe.It one of those recipes that we remember as children..I always remember how delicious my Mom’s Stuffed Green Peppers were! I never thought about freezing them before! Actually sounds like a good Idea! Thankyou for sharing your awesome recipe!


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