Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

I’m still in the “healthy cooking” mindset that tends to come in January, and this easy soup fits right in! To be honest, I initially made this soup sometime in December and it was a welcome relief to the cookies and candy I had been busy making. I got the recipe from my mom who made it when I was home visiting before Thanksgiving. I was initially nervous about the name, (I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten a stuffed pepper, but for some reason I don’t think I like them), but my doubts were put to rest when I took my first bite.

Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

A lot of the appeal of this soup is the ease of preparation and the sheer quantity of soup it makes. But the fact that it tastes delicious certainly doesn’t hurt. It’s warm and comforting and actually pretty healthy. Even my dad and Mike liked this soup, and it takes a lot for Mike to get over a name like stuffed pepper soup. However, every time I mention this soup, or we heat up leftovers from the freezer, he looks at me skeptically and says “Do I even like this?” And each time he is pleasantly surprised when he eats it. Give it a try and I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised as well!

Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

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Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

Ingredients:

2 lbs ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
2 15oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 28oz cans tomato sauce
2 tspsalt
1 tsp pepper
1 cup long grain rice (not instant)
1/4 cup brown sugar

Directions:

Brown the beef in a large skillet and drain off fat. Place the cooked beef and the rest of the ingredients in a crock pot. Add two (28 oz) cans of water and stir. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. If needed, stir in extra water before serving.

from my mom

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79 Responses to “Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup”

  1. 1

    Mari — January 10, 2011 @ 3:11 am

    I think this would be a hit in my house. We like stuffed peppers and the slow cooker part is a bonus. Thanks!

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    Angie — January 10, 2011 @ 3:21 am

    That sounds wonderful!! I love stuffed peppers.

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    baking.serendipity — January 10, 2011 @ 3:43 am

    I'm in a healthy cooking/trying to eat more vegetables kick this January and this recipe looks as though it would be perfect for both resolutions while still tasting fantastic. Thanks for an awesome one!

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    SnoWhite — January 10, 2011 @ 3:45 am

    Sounds like a winner to me! We have one similar to this, but use colored peppers and add black beans.

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    Simply Life — January 10, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    Oh I think that looks great!

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    Emma — January 10, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    This looks so rich and lovely :) Slow cooking is so flavourful.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 10, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

    Mmm another soup to add to the list for hubs lunches :) Looks good!

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    Fashion Meets Food — January 10, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    Looks amazing. I have only been wanting soup lately so I will definitely be making this. I have a stuffed pepper soup recipe however yours is a bit different so I think i will give yours a try.

    xo

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    bakingnbooks — January 10, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    I should try this with a few alterations for my tastes :) Why the brown sugar? Soup is something that I've never “caught” on to – but I think a good hearty one like this would be good!

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    Camille — January 10, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    That looks amazing! And I love your mug!

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    Maria — January 10, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    Perfect for a cold day!

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    CaSaundraLeigh — January 10, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    I am a huge fan of stuffed peppers, except for the fact that they can sometimes be too time consuming. This soup sounds like a delicious solution to the time problem–thanks for sharing! :-)

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    happywhennothungry — January 10, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

    I love anything that has to be prepared in a slow cooker! It makes life so much easier. This soup looks awesome especially since I love stuffed peppers. Will def have to try!

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    Anonymous — January 10, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

    This sounds yummy! We are getting a big storm on Wednesday this will be perfect.

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    Anonymous — January 10, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    I always use brown rice when I make this to make it a little healthier.

    Mom

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    Olya Nikol Pishcheva — January 10, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    Interesting! I don't know a lots of soup recipes! Thank you:)

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    StephenC — January 10, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    I love the flavor of stuffed peppers, and I love soup. So, this is perfect. Thanks.

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    Evan Thomas — January 10, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    This looks amazing. I love peppers but my family hates them so I never get to cook with them.

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    Barbara — January 10, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

    Great hearty soup, Megan. I have GOT to get a new slow cooker. Gave mine away years ago.

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    Sandra — January 10, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

    I do this the same..only without brown sugar, and I do not cut the peppers. It is really delicious dish, and what a fun way to present them..in a beautiful cup!

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    Sprinkles of Parsley — January 10, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    I'm always looking for good slow cooker meals- my husband LOVES them! This one looks like a keeper… thanks for the recipe! :)

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    Amy (Sing For Your Supper) — January 10, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    I've been wanting to try a stuffed pepper soup for so long now, and here you have a delicious looking one posted! Yay!! :) Can't wait to try it!

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    UrMomCooks — January 10, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

    Always luv yummy things that can go in my crockpot! This looks like a keeper! (Found ur blog thru Rachel at AvidAppetite – really enjoyed reading along!)

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    Kate — January 10, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

    We did an audit of the refrigerator last night and peppers won as the need to use champs so this will be perfect. And, I have some browned, ground lamb that will do the job. Lunch for tomorrow just got a LOT easier! Thank you :-)

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    Torviewtoronto — January 11, 2011 @ 2:08 am

    delicious soup flavourful slow cooked

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    Abby — January 11, 2011 @ 3:41 am

    This looks great! I like stuffed peppers but my husband doesn't like as much green pepper as you need for traditional stuffed peppers This looks like it could be a hit!

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    SMITH BITES — January 11, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    yes, this is the kind of soup i love to make when it's cold outside . . . kinda like today with the snow coming down – perfect!

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    LifeasKristina — January 11, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    I've been obsessing w/slow cooker meals since I bought one a few months ago-I just bookmarked this-thanks!

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    marla — January 11, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    I love stuffed peppers, but I have never had them in a soup. Megan, this sounds great & I need to make a pot for us :)

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    Anonymous — January 11, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

    I just made this recipe for tonight. That is one full crock pot! I couldn't fit the second can of water in. I will let you know how it turns out.

    Theresa

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    Megan — January 11, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    I gotta try this recipe. Quick (to put together), easy, and delicious are right up my alley! Thumbs up!

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    Lisa — January 11, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

    I recently started reading your blog and I LOVE it!! I plan to continue to read and experiment with your recipes :)

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — January 11, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

    Love it! I love stuffed peppers in general, but I hate that to roast them it takes so long to soften. Hooray for the slow cooker!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen — January 11, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

    My mother used to love making stuffed peppers and I always hated them. I guess I'm just not a fan of cooked green peppers. Perhaps this recipe would change my mind about the name. I see the peppers are diced small – maybe that's the trick!

    BTW, if you didn't see my response to your question, the frames are from here The frames are Photoshop actions templates from here: (http://www.mwphotoshopactions.com/). You need to have Photoshop to use them.

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — January 11, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

    this dish is so comforting and so flavorful.. thanks for sharing this. it sounds so yummy:)

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    Anonymous — January 11, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

    I made the soup. I cut down the salt and only put in one can of water. It's really good. I just had a sample because it smelled so good! My son gives it a thumbs up! Perfect for this snowy,cold day! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    Theresa

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    Lindsay — January 12, 2011 @ 1:21 am

    Nothing like a slow cooker soup for those cold winter days! Thanks for sharing.

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    Stephanie — January 12, 2011 @ 3:49 am

    Looks delicious! Can't wait to try this one out. My husband isn't fond of green peppers but I bet he'll like them in this soup!

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    Anonymous — January 12, 2011 @ 11:38 pm

    We got our 30″ of snow today and I made the stuffed pepper soup. It was delicious. I used ground turkey, brown rice and 1 green pepper 1 red pepper. Loved it!!

    Jen

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    Anonymous — January 12, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

    Ps. I didn't add water didn't seem to need it

    Jen

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — January 13, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

    Theresa – I'm so glad you and your son liked it! Thanks for including the changes you made. :)

    Jen – Thanks for stopping back to let me know you liked this soup. Great idea on the turkey, brown rice, and red pepper!

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    Aggie — January 17, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

    This looks delicious. I need to make more soup in my crockpot.

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    Maranda — January 18, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

    I love stuffed peppers! That's about the only way I'll eat peppers. I never would have thought to make it into a soup. I am SO trying this soon! Thanks for sharing!

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    Amanda — July 23, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

    Problem!

    I just made this dish. Came back 6 hours later… The rice isn't cooked! What am I doing wrong?! :( I'm turning it on high tempt now…ugh.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — July 23, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    Amanda – hmm…I guess I've never actually checked it after 6 hours. I always make it while I'm at work so it goes at least 8 hours. I'd check again in an hour and see if the rice is cooked then. I'm sorry! I really hope it turns out.

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    Samantha — August 26, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    I just wanted you to know Hurricane Irene is on it's way to Maine. My husband is a volunteer fire fighter and he's going to be bunking up at the station (Where there are no bunks, what?!) for the weekend. I offered the chief a crock pot of beef stew or this recipe. First he said both, then he said this! I'll be making it tonight!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — August 28, 2011 @ 1:37 am

    Samantha – I hope the soup turned out well and I hope you guys stay safe in the storm! I hope you stop back and let me know how it turned out :)

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    Kat — October 27, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    I made this recently and it was DELICIOUS! The only thing I might change would be the cooking time, my rice got too mushy and there was no water left after the 6 hours (I did a little less than 6 hours) It came out to be more like a “Stoup” then a soup, but still so yummy. I also substitued ground turkey for the beef ( I do this in my regular stuffed peppers too!) Less fat and healthier! And just a side note, this recipe makes ALOT! I brang a good amont of it to work to share so it wouldnt go to waste, next time I might make half the recipe. I will defintely be making this again!!!

    • megan replied: — November 1st, 2011 @ 6:26 am

      I’m so glad you liked this! I always end up adding extra water at the end as well if it gets too thick. Plus, it freezes fairly well which might help with all the extras! Thanks for the comment and feedback. :)

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    Pam — November 19, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    Stuffed pepper soup is one of our favorites – try it with lean ground turkey and add a ash or 2 of worcestershire sauce – I do this to make it a little healthier (and since I had gastric surgery I don’t digest beef so well….) Anyway – my husband doesn’t even know I made the switch to the turkey! Supper yummy!!

    • megan replied: — November 21st, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions Pam! Great ideas :)

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    Sharon — January 4, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    I will be making my second pot of this soup to take to a girls weekend this Saturday. My husband and I absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • megan replied: — January 5th, 2012 @ 5:19 am

      I’m so glad you liked it enough to make it a second time! :)

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    Bonnie — January 16, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Mmmm…. can’t wait to make this! Am aiming to make it this week. I have a regular stuffed pepper recipe that I love, but there are times I can’t find nice, good-sized peppers that stand up stably, so this recipe will be perfect for such occasions.

    Am thinking about adding some chopped zucchini to it as well, just to get some more veggies into daughter.

    Thanks!

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    Sarah — January 25, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    This soup is delicious. I make it with turkey burger and brown rice and it is just as tasty.

    • megan replied: — January 30th, 2012 @ 6:29 am

      Thanks so much for the comment! It’s good to know you can make it a little healthier without losing any of the taste. :)

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    Anne — February 2, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    Love this soup! Instead of taking the time to chop up onions and peppers, we throw in a bag of frozen pepper stir fry mix! The yellow and red peppers make a great addition! Thanks for the easy recipe! A new family favorite!

    • megan replied: — February 2nd, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

      What a great idea! So glad you liked the soup :)

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    Rusty — March 2, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    I googled “stuffed pepper crockpot soup” and your site was the first. I just made the soup for contractors working on remodeling an old commercial building we just purchased and they said…”You can make this again anytime!” Megan I have yet to be disapointed, keep up the good work!!! Friends in Pennsylvania

    • megan replied: — March 3rd, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it! :)

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    J Murphy — March 12, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

    Made this today and I have a few suggestions.

    1. Add some garlic powder or minced garlic to the beef when browning it.
    2. Maybe a little Worcestershire sauce
    3. Added cooked rice at the end of the 6 hrs rather than uncooked at the beginning, that way you don’t have mush.
    4. Garnish with a little Sharp Cheddar Cheese

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    Liddy — October 11, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

    Made this recipe tonight and was very pleased with the flavor! I cooked it for a little under seven hours, and the only thing I’d like to see turn out differently is that the rice was pretty mushy. (I like J Murphy’s idea to cook the rice separately and add it at the end! I could throw the rice in my rice cooker, so it would be hardly any extra work.) I’m wondering, though, if maybe I used the wrong kind of rice? I had Jasmine rice on hand, so I used that. Does Jasmine qualify as a long grain rice? If not, what exactly does qualify as long grain?

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    sherry — October 24, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    This soup was easy to make…I did add some garlic powder..and extra pepper..used ground sausage too

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    Ashley — November 20, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    I made this for my family and it was a huge hit. Already can’t wait to make it again. Thanks for the recipe!!

    • megan replied: — November 20th, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for letting me know :)

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    Laura — December 10, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    I make this soup all the time. I tried it when you first posted it and I have been making it periodically ever since. It is a staple in our house-hold. My “go-to” winter soup. It’s in the crock pot right now. Thank you for another great recipe. The only thing I add is garbanzo beans/ chick peas. Because growing up my mom always added them to her stuffed peppers.

    • megan replied: — December 12th, 2012 @ 6:18 am

      I’m so glad you like it! I never thought to add chick peas, but it sounds good.

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    Angie — December 31, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    I love this soup!! Stuffed peppers are one of my favorite dishes. Im so happy that I can make a soup like them now!! It is delicious!!

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    Ren — January 21, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

    I made this yesterday and it is awesome! Big hit….i have tried so many new crockpot recipes in the last few months and not one can compare with this….soo easy and yummy!

    • megan replied: — January 22nd, 2013 @ 9:38 am

      I’m so glad you liked it! This is definitely one of our favorites :)

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    Lisa — January 27, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    Hi! Made this last month & everyone LOVED it! Only problem was that it made waaaay too much – I actually ended up having to cook it on the stovetop because my crockpot was too small! So, since it was a hit I’d love to make it again, in the crockpot, only using 1/2 the recipe this time – do you have any suggestions or thoughts on cooking time? Thanks for this terrific recipe, it’s going to be a regular one for us! :-)

    • megan replied: — January 27th, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it! I would think that making half the recipe shouldn’t alter the cooking time all that much. You still need enough time for the rice to cook. That being said, I haven’t tried it, so I can’t say for sure.. but I hope that helps! :)

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    Terry — January 30, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    Hi, Megan. I plan on making this recipe soon but I have two questions. What size crockpot do you make this in? And do you know what the purpose of adding the brown sugar into the recipe is for? Thanks.

    • megan replied: — January 30th, 2013 @ 9:46 am

      I have one of those large oval crockpots (not sure what size, sorry – but it’s Cook’s brand) and it fills the whole thing. And I don’t actually know what the brown sugar is for, I just know the end result tastes really good :)

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    Ashleigh — January 31, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    I’ve got this cooking in my slow cooker right now, but I didn’t have 2 pounds of hamburger meat, BUT I did have frozen meatballs, so I’m doing that instead! I also didn’t have a bigger can of tomato sauce, or a second can of diced tomatoes, so I’ve thrown some tomato juice instead!

    • megan replied: — January 31st, 2013 @ 8:02 pm

      That sounds really good! A meatball soup is actually on my list to try this winter – I hope you like it :)

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