Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers

Crock pot stuffed peppers will have your family popping their heads into the kitchen to see what’s cooking. Make some today for dinner tonight!

These Italian sausage stuffed peppers are chock full of mouth watering meat, rice, veggies, and seasonings all topped off with gooey, melted cheese.

This simple dish really packs a ton of flavor and is a wonderful comfort food option.

If the thought of these spicy stuffed peppers is making you lick your lips, you would love my cheesy garlic parmesan sausage bombs. Tender, bite sized poppers that are packed with flavor and so easy to make too!

There’s even an easy soup version of this delectable dish! Or, try some other comfort food staples like my white chicken chili or smokey mac and cheese.

Perfect for colder nights when you want to warm up your insides with a big bowl of YUM!

Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers on a white plate

Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers - Tips and Tricks

  • Make it less spicy. The hot Italian sausage adds plenty of heat and flavor, but you can swap it for a sweet or mild variety instead.
  • Use your hands! This is a sure-fire way to guarantee that the ingredients are well-combined.
  • Save the tops. You can place them back on top after stuffing or chop them up and add them to your filling mix.
  • Tip for evenly cooked rice: Make sure that the filling is tucked into all of the crevices and does not go over the rim of your pepper.
  • Baste regularly. Spoon the excess juices over the tops of your spicy stuffed peppers to keep them juicy and moist. Every 30 minutes or so should do the trick!
italian sausage stuffed peppers ingredients

Kitchen Tools You Will Need
  • Slow Cooker - Great for soups, roasts, shredded chicken, and more! I love it in the cooler months, but it’s also great in the summer when you don’t want to heat up the whole house with the oven.
  • Mixing Bowls - I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.
  • Nitrile Food Prep Gloves - Perfect for getting your hands involved without getting them dirty!
  • Quality Knives and a big solid Cutting Board make prepping a breeze and are well worth the investment.
  • Heat resistant spoon - Use it to spoon in the filling, baste with the excess juice, and scoop out the crock pot stuffed peppers to serve!
spicy stuffed peppers in crock pot

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Do I have to cook the meat before stuffing?

No you don’t! Your meat will come out perfectly cooked and ready for serving after spending so much time in your slow cooker.

Plus, while the meat cooks in your crock pot, it will release a bunch of yummy juices that will add extra flavor to your finished dish!

spicy stuffed peppers in crockpot

Should the peppers be blanched?

This is up to preference. Blanching softens the peppers ever more - I personally like them to have some structure, so I didn’t include a blanching step in my recipe!

However, you can drop each pepper in a pot of boiling water for about 2 to 3 minutes and lay them out to dry before stuffing them if you prefer them extra soft and tender.

How do I store Italian sausage stuffed peppers?

Allow leftovers to cool before transferring them in an airtight container. They will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

italian sausage stuffed peppers in slow cooker


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Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers with a fork cutting into it

Yield: 13 rolls
Author: Donna Elick
Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers

Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers

Crock pot stuffed peppers will have your family popping their heads into the kitchen to see what’s cooking. Make some today for dinner tonight!
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 5 HourTotal time: 5 H & 30 M


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground hot italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup long-grain rice
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 - 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 - 15 ounce can diced tomatoes (undrained
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 6-7 large bell peppers (a variety of colors is optional)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 6-7 slices of fresh mozzarella (one slice per bell pepper)
  • Chopped parsley or herbs for garnish


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, sausage, rice, onion, salt, pepper, garlic, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire, half of the can of tomato sauce, and half of the can of diced tomatoes. Use gloved hands to thoroughly combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Slice the tops off of the bell peppers and set aside. Remove the ribs and seeds from inside each bell pepper. You can either place the tops of the bell peppers back on them after stuffing (this will help retain the moisture and cook the rice) or chop the usable portion of the lids and add it to the meat/rice mixture.
  3. Arrange bell pepper “bowls” in the slow cooker.
  4. Fill each bell pepper with the meat/rice mixture. Try to keep as much of the stuffing tucked down inside the bell peppers (this will aid in the rice cooking more evenly.)
  5. Whisk together beef both and the remaining tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.
  6. Pour the broth mixture over the bell peppers.
  7. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4-5 hours or until the rice is cooked through. If possible, spoon the excess juices in the crockpot up and over the bell peppers, “basting” them every 30 minutes while cooking to keep moisture inside the peppers with the rice.
  8. Once the rice and meat mixture is cooked, place one slice of cheese over the top of each pepper. Continue cooking for another 15 minutes until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
  1. Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  2. The meat mixture can be varied - the hot italian sausage makes these spicy and extra flavorful.
  3. If you would like to leave the stuffed peppers without basting, be sure there is no stuffed mixture above the rim of the bell pepper. You could also use quick-cooking rice or pre-cook the rice before adding it to the stuffing mixture.
  4. Serve with a side of sauce from the crockpot.

Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers closeup

Originally published December 2021

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