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Stuffed Pepper Soup (+Video)

This easy Stuffed Pepper Soup has all the flavors of stuffed peppers but in a soup. Ground beef, peppers, rice, broth and seasonings!


Stuffed pepper soup is a hearty, filling soup made with ground beef, bell peppers, and rice that is all simmered in a tomato-based broth. It is a variation on the classic stuffed peppers dish, with the ingredients combined in a soup instead of being baked in a pepper! Stuffed pepper soup is a comforting and flavorful meal that is easy to make and can be served with bread or a side salad!

a wooden spatula shown inserted into a pot of stuffed pepper soup.


How much rice does one cup of uncooked rice make?

One cup of uncooked long grain rice will make about 3 cups of cooked rice.

Can you make this vegetarian?

Yes, you can make a vegetarian version of stuffed pepper soup by substituting the ground beef with a plant-based protein like lentils or chickpeas. You can also add more vegetables, such as zucchini, eggplant, and mushrooms.

Can you make stuffed pepper soup in a slow cooker?

Yes, you can make stuffed pepper soup in a slow cooker. To do this, brown the ground beef and sauté the vegetables in a skillet before transferring them to a 4 quart slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients (minus the rice) to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low heat for 4-6 hours or on high heat for 2-3 hours, until the vegetables are tender. Add the rice in the last 1/2 hour of cooking (so it doesn’t absorb too much broth.)

How long does this soup last in the fridge?

Stuffed pepper soup will last about 2-3 days in the refrigerator. Keep in mind thought that the rice will continue to absorb liquid. If you are wanting to make stuffed pepper soup to have for the week, I would suggest making the soup without adding any rice. Store that in the refrigerator and add a bit of the cooked rice to the soup for each serving before reheating. This will keep the rice from being mushy.

Can you freeze stuffed pepper soup?

Yes, stuffed pepper soup can be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze the soup, let it cool completely, then transfer it to airtight containers or Ziploc bags and place it in the freezer. To serve, thaw the soup in the refrigerator and reheat it on the stove or in the microwave. However, keep in mind rice can become mushy when re-heated and it also continues to absorb the liquid it is in.

Stuffed Pepper Soup recipe shown served in a small white bowl with handles and a spoon inserted into the soup. Crackers are shown off to the side.


  • ground beef
  • onion
  • green pepper
  • diced tomatoes
  • tomato soup
  • chicken broth (or beef broth)
  • cooked rice
  • sugar
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • shredded cheddar cheese
ingredients for stuffed pepper soup: ground beef, onion, green pepper, diced tomatoes, tomato soup, chicken broth, cooked rice, sugar. garlic powder, salt, pepper, shredded cheddar cheese.


Dice up the onion and green pepper.  

diced onion and green pepper on a cutting board.

In a large pot, brown and crumble ground beef along with diced green peppers and onion over medium-high heat.

ground beef, green pepper, diced onions in a red dutch oven.

When cooked, drain excess grease from beef mixture.

cooked ground beef, onions and green peppers inside a large pot being stirred with a wooden spoon.

Put beef back into pot. Add in diced tomatoes, tomato soup and chicken broth (or beef broth).

diced tomatoes added to stuffed pepper soup in dutch oven.

Give it all a good stir. Then add in rice. Stir in seasonings; sugar, garlic powder, salt & pepper (to taste).

cooked rice added to stuffed pepper soup inside a red dutch oven.

 Cover and let soup simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes to let all the flavors blend. The longer it simmers – the thicker it will get as the rice continues to absorb the liquids.    

stuffed pepper soup in a large red dutch oven.

And serve! Now, I think you have to serve this soup with shredded cheddar cheese on top.

stuffed pepper soup shown in a small white bowl with handles and topped with shredded cheddar cheese and crackers on the side.


Originally published: November 2012
Updated and Republished: October 2021

Stuffed Pepper Soup recipe.

Stuffed Pepper Soup (+Video)

This easy Stuffed Pepper Soup has all the flavors of stuffed peppers but in a soup. Ground beef, peppers, rice, broth and seasonings!
4.77 from 46 votes
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Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6



  • In a large pot, brown and crumble 1 pound ground beef along with 1 small onion, diced and 1 large bell pepper, diced over medium-high heat.
    ground beef, green pepper, diced onions
  • When meat is thoroughly cooked, drain excess grease from beef mixture. Put beef mixture back into the pot.
    cooked ground beef, onions and green peppers
  • Add in 29 ounce can diced tomatoes, 10 ounce can tomato soup and 14 ounce can chicken broth.
    diced tomatoes added to stuffed pepper soup
  • Give it all a good stir. Then add in 2 cups cooked rice. Stir again.
    cooked rice added to stuffed pepper soup
  • Then stir in 1 Tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon garlic powder and salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Cover and let soup simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes to let all the flavors blend. (The longer it simmers, the thicker it will get.)
  • Serve with shredded cheddar cheese on top of each serving (optional.)
    Stuffed Pepper Soup with shredded cheese



  • I always say to add salt and pepper to taste because I know salt is a sensitive seasoning for many people. The amount you use depends on if it is sea salt, kosher salt, table salt or salt substitute. So when adding salt and pepper, just keep adding a little at a time and stir, then taste after each addition until it gets up to the seasoning level that is right for you.
  • Feel free to use your favorite ground meat in this. Italian sausage, ground pork or ground turkey will all work in this. 
  • The little bit of sugar in this recipe helps to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes and the tomato soup.
  • This is a great recipe for leftover cooked rice. 
  • Red pepper or yellow pepper can be substituted for the green pepper.
  • 1 cup of uncooked rice will make 3 cups of cooked rice. 
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Stuffed Pepper Soup, Stuffed Pepper Soup


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 669mg | Potassium: 866mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 40.8mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 3.4mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This was easy & delicious! I used one red bell pepper and one yellow… next time I may add an orange too. It was pretty thick, reminded me of eating the inside of the pepper – the best part! Even better reheated the next day.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and I couldn’t believe how easy it is. For the rice, I microwaved a package of Uncle Bens 90 second rice. It was perfect. My husband and I loved this soup, it’s a new favorite!

  3. 5 stars
    Wonderful soup idea. I used a lot of V8 juice instead of the soup. Also substituted orzo for the rice near the end of the 30 minute cook time and let it cook with the other ingredients. Used freshly grated asiago cheese for a topping. Simply delicious. Thanks

  4. 5 stars
    Big hit at my house. I use some turkey and some ground beef. I’m watching my carbs like a hawk so we make rice on the side and you laddle on however much soup you want. I always make a double batch heavy on the veggies and very rarely do we have too many leftovers. So yummy!

  5. Was wondering about adding cooked rice, then cooking it another 30 mins, rice coos in 20minutes., I would add uncooked rice if and when I make this recipe, sounds easy and delicious.

    1. I see what you’re saying. The only problem is, adding uncooked rice will cause the rice to soak up the liquid it is being cooked in. So, then you’ll need to add more of the liquid ingredients so it’s still a soup.

  6. 5 stars
    Rainy/cold day in Wisconsin so I decided to give this recipe a try. The only thing I’d do differently next time is use Tomatoe sauce versus the soup to give it a richer flavor. I also added more garlic and some italian seasoning. Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  7. I’m going to make this for a dinner I’m going to over the weekend where everyone brings a different soup. I might make it the day before. Do you think I should keep the rice separate and just add it when I reheat it right before serving so it doesn’t absorb too much of the liquid?

  8. 5 stars
    I made a few tweaks to this very wonderful recipe. I used ground turkey instead of ground beef. I felt it didn’t need any added sugar. I used chicken broth and did not add any cheese. Only 185 calories per cup. It is also very filling!

  9. 5 stars
    My husband and I are trying our hardest to really cut down on carbs. I’ve been using cauliflower for a TON of recipes that call for rice. I use my food processor and make “rice” from raw cauliflower. Granted, it does’t absorb like rice does, but add enough and it’s SO good. Doesn’t taste like cauliflower. My kids have been fooled in a few recipes that they’ve loved for a long time.. no clue I’ve subbed this in for rice the last few times I’ve made it!
    This soup is AMAZING!!

  10. 5 stars
    This soup was really good. I will say though I had never cooked rice in a recipe before therefore I was a bit clueless. I actually ended up putting 2 cups of dry rice and making it separate thinking that was equivalent to 2 cups of cooked, boy I was wrong. I had liquid for the first bowl and the rest thickened so fast that the recipe just reminded me of the insides of cabbage rolls. Haha

    I found it tough finding the right measurements for the canned stuff . Not sure if it’s because I’m in Canada or not so I compromised on some things,

    Note to anyone that makes this and doesn’t know how rice works like me…. 2/3 cup of dry rice is equivalent to 2 cups of cooked rice . Lesson learned . Was still delicious though

  11. 5 stars
    Saw and saved this recipe, cooked this up tonight and we all loved it. I did add crushed red pepper and few beef bouillon cubes because I used Venison instead of beef. Thank you for the recipe!

  12. 5 stars
    OMG… SO good! With this random artic cold front that came thru Texas today, I wanted to make sure we had a warm homey soup. This was perfect. This is going to my recipes for sure!

  13. Great recipe! Living alone…I halved it and substituted a can of Progresso Hearty Tomato Soup for the tomatoes and tomato soup. Definitely a keeper!

  14. When I cook, especially soups, nothing in my kitchen is safe! I doubled this recipe, used diced tomatoes and tomato soup. It was a bit bland for my taste so I added whatever I had on hand: can of pizza sauce, 2 cans diced green chili’s, couple table spoons of basil, couple dashes of worechestershire, and cayenne pepper. Turned out great!

  15. I made this with a red and green pepper and doubled the recipe for my family. It was amazing! Definitely making this again soon. I don’t usually cook but this was so delicious!

    1. So sweet Kayla! Thank you for taking the time to come back and let me know. I love that you mixed up the peppers!! I have a ton of banana peppers coming out of my garden right now and I was thinking I might cut a couple up to add into this soup. Give it a little kick! Ha!

  16. Where can I find the nutritional information? Sounds Delicious! Especially with substituting turkey for beef….

    1. Hi Christine! There might be some nutrition apps out there that you can download on your phone. I think if you plug in the ingredients, it will give you a break down of the nutritional information. Hope that helps! 🙂

  17. I made this tonight for the first time. Amazing. But I did several substitutes:

    Turkey instead of beef
    Barley instead of Rice (more hardy)
    Added an extra can of diced tomatoes since the barley is so hardy
    Added worcheshire sauce for a little kick

  18. I have a family of 6, my husband and I, an 9yr old, 8 yr old, and 6yr old girls, then the baby my 2 yr old son. Would this be enough to feed the whole family?

    1. I guess it would really depend on appetites. You could certainly double the recipe and if you have leftovers they are great for lunches the next day or even another dinner. Hope you get to try it soon.

    2. I doubled my recipe. Had about 1/2 left. I would say yes.i added little more meat and extra chicken stock. It’s a thick, heart soup. You could add more liquids for sure.