• 4 large red, green or yellow bell peppers (or one of each)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 T Olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground meat
  • 1 -8 oz. can tomato sauce (Hunts basil, garlic, & oregano)
  • 2 T Goya sofrito
  • 1 T fresh flat leaf Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 C golden raisins
  • 1 C cooked white rice (use boil in bag or microwave rice)
  • 1 jar your favorite Marinara Sauce (24.5 oz.)
  • 1/3 C shredded sharp cheddar for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste

(White rice and peas for serving)

Wash the large bell peppers. Cut a circle around the tops, throw away the inside and the seeds, wash out well. Cut the bottoms slightly in order for the bell peppers to stand up properly. Drain the peppers upside down on paper towels. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Chop 1/2 of red bell pepper and 1/2 onion. Use large fry pan. Place olive oil in fry pan. Over medium-high heat, sauté chopped onions and red bell pepper until translucent, approx. 5 minutes. Add ground meat and brown the meat evenly. Add 2 T of sofrito and mix. Add 1 can tomato sauce, cook on medium for about 20 minutes, until liquid is absorbed. Add golden raisins, parsley, and cooked white rice. Mix well and sauté 5 minutes more. Add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.  Set aside.

Place the 4 bell peppers in a large baking dish, stuff each pepper with the hamburger mixture, packing it down. Pour the jar of marinara sauce on top and around the peppers. Cover with foil and baked for 1 hr. and 15 minutes. Uncover the peppers and top with shredded cheddar, leave uncovered in oven for 5 minutes more until cheese melts. Serve with white rice and peas on the side. Pour marinara over top of pepper and rice as desired.  Serves 4, can be made ahead and reheated.

About Mary Moccia

Mother, wife, friend, but most of all Gram! Love learning the craft of cooking and food preparation and expanding my knowledge by using my palate and creativity!
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  1. vmoccia says:

    Looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing.

    Take care, Ginny

  2. Love the presentation! I make peppers often but like the different twist of your recipe..need to give it a try!

    Sent from my iPad

  3. marykeys says:

    Thanks Mercy, I made it from experience, no written recipe, the raisins, were a sweet twist! Hope you like it!!

  4. Loretta Powell says:

    Looks yummy, this is one of my favorite foods. I will have to try this.


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