Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

The Mediterranean region is celebrated for its vibrant and wholesome cuisine, and stuffed bell peppers, also known as “Dolma” in some cultures, are a cherished specialty that captures the essence of this bountiful region. Our version of this timeless recipe combines tender bell peppers, flavorful ground meat, aromatic herbs, and hearty rice, all simmered to perfection in a savory tomato-based sauce. The result is a harmonious fusion of textures and tastes that will transport your taste buds to the shores of the Mediterranean. Whether you’re entertaining guests or simply seeking a comforting and satisfying meal, our Savory Stuffed Bell Peppers are a delightful treat that brings the Mediterranean charm to your table.


  • 4 large bell peppers (red, yellow, or orange), tops removed and seeds removed
  • 1 cup cooked long-grain rice
  • 500 grams ground beef or lamb
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for added heat)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Sauté the finely chopped onion and minced garlic until they become soft and translucent.
  4. Add the ground meat to the skillet, breaking it up with a spoon, and cook until it is browned and fully cooked.
  5. Stir in the cooked rice and pine nuts (if using), mixing well to combine all the ingredients.
  6. Season the filling with ground cumin, ground coriander, ground cinnamon, paprika, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and black pepper. Adjust the seasonings to suit your taste.
  7. In a separate bowl, mix the diced tomatoes with tomato paste to create the tomato-based sauce.
  8. Place the bell peppers in a baking dish and fill each one generously with the meat and rice filling.
  9. Pour the tomato-based sauce over the stuffed bell peppers, ensuring they are well-coated with the sauce.
  10. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the bell peppers are tender.
  11. Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes, allowing the tops of the bell peppers to slightly char.
  12. Garnish the Savory Stuffed Bell Peppers with chopped fresh parsley before serving.
  13. Enjoy the Mediterranean Delight of Savory Stuffed Bell Peppers, a comforting and wholesome dish that celebrates the flavors of the Mediterranean with every delectable bite.

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