Zesty Stuffed Bell Peppers

Break free from your routine with these Zesty Stuffed Bell Peppers filled with white rice, Italian sausage, tomatoes, green chilies and pepper jack cheese.

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Cooking time
PREP TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 25 mins
Servings
SERVES 6
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 45 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 bags Success® White Rice or Success® Brown Rice
  • 6 green bell peppers
  • 1 lb bulk mild or spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese with peppers, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Try a spicy alternative to your traditional stuffed pepper recipe. The delicious filling for our Zesty Stuffed Bell Peppers is made with Success® White Rice, savory Italian sausage, diced tomatoes, green chilies and peppery Monterey Jack cheese.

    Step 1

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Remove the tops and seeds from the bell peppers and discard. Blanch peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove from water and drain.

    Step 3

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown sausage for 7-9 minutes, until no longer pink. Drain fat.

    Step 4

  • Fold in rice, diced tomatoes and green chilies and 3/4 cup of cheese. Remove skillet from heat.

    Step 5

  • Stand peppers up in an 8 x 8-inch baking dish. Divide sausage mixture between prepared peppers. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove peppers from oven and top with remaining cheese. Garnish peppers with fresh parsley.

    Recipe Tip

    For a lighter version of this dish, use low-fat Italian turkey sausage and 6 ounces of light cheese. Make the meal whole grain, by using Success® Brown Rice.

Hey There, Hot Stuff!

Spice up your stuffed peppers with this zesty and flavorful recipe! With spicy Italian sausage mixed with diced tomatoes and green chilies, topped with melted Monterey Jack cheese, this dish is bold, satisfying and a step above your average stuffed pepper.

If you love spice, feel free to add in chopped jalapeño peppers or a bit of chili powder to boost the heat in this dish. You might also enjoy a few Jalapeño Rice Poppers for your next snack.

Stuffed Peppers 101

For this recipe, you can use 6 bell peppers that are the same color, or you can use a variety of different bell peppers. Choose whichever kind you like best.

Before filling the peppers, you’ll need to cut off the tops and clean out the interiors. To cut down on cook time, the peppers should be blanched, or placed in boiling water, for 5 minutes. This will help to soften them so they do not need as long in the oven.

Next, cook your Italian sausage in a pan until it is no longer pink and then add in the tomatoes and chilies along with the rice and cheese. Be sure to save some cheese to sprinkle over the top for the last few minutes of the bake time.

Fill your peppers and place them in an oven-safe dish. Cook the peppers for 15 minutes in the oven, but for the last few minutes, top with the remaining cheese. This will give them an extra cheesy, and extra delicious, topping!