Easy Meatball Stuffed Peppers - beef meatballs, cheese, rice... it's so quick and easy!
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Easy Meatball Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe

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Easy Meatball Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe: Making a weeknight favorite, just got easier. Using frozen, pre-cooked meatballs makes this dish a breeze!

Easy Meatball Stuffed Peppers - beef meatballs, cheese, rice... it's so quick and easy!

Easy Meatball Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe

Well it’s “back to school” time, and for this momma…it’s the first time I’ve ever had a kiddo heading off to school. I’m terrified. Nervous. Beginning to wonder how for ages, parents have been able to get their kids out of bed and ready to be at school by a certain time every morning. But ready or not… here it is, so I might as well embrace it!

Weeknight Dinner Prep

The last couple of weeks, as I’ve been prepping school lunch ideas for my kiddo, I’ve also been planning and prepping for easy weeknight dinners too. I know that my evenings are going to be pretty full, listening to the daily stories told by a six year old, and helping with homework. So that leaves little time for trying to be Julia Child.

One of my favorite things to do, is to turn one of our favorite dishes into a slightly homemade recipe, making it faster, easier, and of course…delicious. So when I began brainstorming the other day about what dinners I could have at my fingertips for the busy weeknights when school starts, stuffed peppers came to mind. Then, I came up with a quick solution for one of our favorites.

“Meatballs! Why couldn’t I use meatballs to make a stuffed pepper recipe even easier!”

I could. So I did.

Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe + Meatballs = Easy

I LOVE a good meatball. Cooked Perfect® Meatballs, located in the freezer section at the grocery story, are super convenient for a quick dinner, or even to add in to a favorite dish.

Ingredients for one of our family favorite weeknight meals. Easy Meatball Stuffed Peppers - beef meatballs, cheese, rice... it's so quick and easy!

Plus, when you use Cooked Perfect Meatballs – which are made using select meats, real cheeses, and aromatic herbs and spices, and then flame-broiled – it’s like they’re flavoring your dish for you. They have quite a few flavors to choose from for your favorite recipes too. Flavors like:

  • Italian Style
  • Homestyle (This is what I used for this stuffed peppers recipe.)
  • Angus Beef
  • Turkey

It was a no brainer to substitute making my own meat mixture for these stuffed bell peppers, with meatballs.

Cooked Perfect Beef Meatballs to make stuffed pepper recipe

Packaged Flavored Rice

Like with the meatballs, you can pick any flavor of rice you like. But for these, we chose to use a Spanish-flavored rice packet, as it gave the stuffed pepper recipe a traditional flavor.

Easy stuffed bell peppers recipe - using meatballs and a rice packet make these the perfect easy weeknight meal

A Little Cheese… or a lot.

I love cheese. I really do. So in this recipe, you’ll find that we loaded our peppers with cheese, and topped them with even more cheese.

Mmm, spanish rice and cheese with beef meatballs, stuffed in to bell peppers and baked for a weeknight meal.

Meatballs In Minutes

The pure joy that we had when making this, was how easy it was to toss the meatballs in the microwave, and in minutes they were ready to add to our stuffed pepper mixture.

Beef meatballs mixed with rice and cheese for a stuffed bell peppers recipe

Stuffed Peppers Recipe - mix cooked meatballs, rice and cheese together and stuff the bell peppers and bake! Yum! So easy and quick too.

Toss + Stuff

After mixing together the rice, cheese and meatballs, we stuffed each pepper and they were ready for… you guessed it… a bit more cheese, and then ready for the oven!

Stuffed peppers recipe - using bell peppers and beef meatballs.

Stuffed peppers recipe, using bell peppers and baking in a cast iron pan. Cheese, rice and meatballs.

Mmm sprinkle cheese over the top of stuffed bell peppers. Quick recipe

Melt cheese over the top of bell peppers - stuffed peppers recipe

Bake + Smell

While these baked, the smell of the all the flavors coming together made me so hangry that I nearly reached in to sneak a meatball to hold me over.

Mmm! Stuffed peppers recipe - using beef meatballs, spanish rice and shredded cheese. This made this super easy and quick to put together.

Easy Meatball Stuffed Peppers - beef meatballs, cheese, rice... it's so quick and easy!

Easy Meatball Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe

Jessica Burgess
It only takes FOUR ingredients to whip up this easy recipe! Perfect for weeknight dinners, this stuffed peppers recipe is great for the entire fam!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 stuffed peppers
Calories 386 kcal


  • 1 14-ounce bag Homestyle Cooked Perfect® Frozen Meatballs
  • 1 5.6-ounce Flavored Rice Packet prepared - we used Spanish rice flavor
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheese divided
  • 6 bell peppers any assorted color


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Heat Cooked Perfect® Frozen Meatballs according to package directions.
  • Combine prepared rice, meatballs, and 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.
  • Cut the tops off of each pepper, and remove cores and seeds.
  • In a baking dish, line up the peppers with cavities facing up.
  • Begin spooning equivalent amounts of the meatball and rice mixture in to each pepper.
  • Sprinkle tops of peppers with remaining shredded cheese.
  • Bake 25-30 min


Serving: 1stuffed pepperCalories: 386kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 11gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 128mgPotassium: 367mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 3850IUVitamin C: 152mgCalcium: 124mgIron: 1.3mg
Keyword easy dinner ideas, stuffed peppers recipe, weeknight meal ideas
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Stuffed bell pepper recipe - using frozen meatballs and rice with cheese for a delicious weeknight meal.

Dig In

Friends, this was BY FAR the easiest stuffed pepper recipe ever created in my kitchen.

Stuffed bell pepper recipe - using meatballs to make it super easy

Kid Friendly

With the kids headed back to school, you may want to add this weeknight dinner idea to your mental cookbook or Pinterest board for the super busy nights.

Have a kiddo that’s not a fan of peppers? No problem. Take some of the meatball/rice mixture and place it in a small baking dish, and bake until the cheese is melted on top. Your kiddos will love the yummy rice, meatball, and cheese combo.

Use beef meatballs to make stuffed peppers recipe

Where to Buy Cooked Perfect® Frozen Meatballs

I found ours at Schnucks in the freezer aisle, but check your local grocery store (or use their Where To Buy Tool) to find them near you! Plus, if you love meatballs in your house as much as we do, then you’ll want to head here: Browse more meatball recipes. THEN… Save $1 when you head to your grocer’s freezer isle to snag some too!

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Thank you SO much for coming by, and I can’t wait to hear if you tried this recipe too! Let me know below in the comments below.

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Easy Meatball Stuffed Bell Pepper recipe - Mmm! Using meatballs for this, made it super easy!

Meatball Stuffed Peppers Recipe

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