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This stuffed pepper soup recipe uses everyday ingredients and is simple to make on the stove or in your slow cooker! Get all your favorite stuffed pepper flavors in a warm and hearty soup with minimal effort.

Want to make it in your Instant Pot instead? Try this Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup version.

close-up of a ladle of stuffed pepper soup in a pot

Why you’ll love it

You know when you’re craving stuffed peppers, but just thinking about the effort leaves you tired? This soup solves that! I’m all for quick and easy, and this stuffed bell pepper soup fits the bill perfectly. Honestly, the hardest part is chopping up the veggies, and I actually find that kinda therapeutic.

This is one of those soups that tastes like it’s been simmering for hours, but it can be on your table in well under an hour. Your whole family can enjoy the cozy, familiar flavors of ground beef, bell peppers, and rice in this inexpensive soup on a busy weeknight and might even prefer it to actual stuffed peppers!

What you’ll need

  • Rice – I recommend a white rice variety like jasmine, basmati, or sometimes you can find rice labeled as a general “long grain white rice”. Brown rice will work too.
  • Olive oil – the base for sautéing
  • Onion – use your favorite variety. I like Vidalia (sweet) onion
  • Ground beef – use the leanest than you can find. The 1.5 pound measurement of beef doesn’t have to be exact!
  • Garlic – infuses more savory flavor. You can use more or less depending on preference.
  • Bell peppers – I used one red and one green, but any colors are fine
  • Tomato sauce – for my international readers, this is very similar to passata
  • Diced tomatoes – we’re using fire-roasted tomatoes for extra flavor
  • Chicken broth – you could use beef broth if you prefer for a richer color and flavor
  • Italian seasoning – it’s a blend of dried herbs that comes in a single jar
  • Mild paprika – one of my favorite spices to enhance the broth. It sets it apart from other soups!
ingredients in small bowls on a marble surface for stuffed pepper soup

Tips for success

  • The quality of your canned tomatoes really matters in this recipe. I find that Muir Glen’s fire-roasted variety is ideal for this soup, but you can use regular diced tomatoes.
  • If you’re not a fan of larger pieces of tomato, you could sub for petite diced tomatoes for a different texture.
  • If the tomatoes end up tasting a little bit acidic, a great trick to counter that is adding in a pinch of sugar to take the sour edge off!

How to make stuffed pepper soup on the stove

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

making rice and frying onions and garlic in a soup pot for stuffed pepper soup

Cook the rice. Meanwhile, sauté the onions for 5-7 minutes in a large pot or Dutch oven.

cooking ground beef in a soup pot

Add the beef and cook for 5 minutes until browned. Stir in the garlic.

adding in peppers, broth, tomatoes, and rice to stuffed pepper soup

Put in the remaining ingredients except for rice and salt & pepper, and let the soup simmer for 15 minutes. Once the rice is cooked, add it to the pot and simmer for a further 10-15 minutes, then season the soup and enjoy!

How to make stuffed pepper soup in the Crockpot

  • Brown the beef first, and then transfer it to your slow cooker along with everything except for the rice and salt & pepper.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • About 20-30 minutes prior to serving, add the cooked rice and season to taste. Easy!

Substitutions and variations

  • Want to make this soup spicy? Add in hot paprika instead of regular paprika or some cayenne pepper and/or red pepper flakes.
  • I’ve seen people top this soup with shredded cheddar cheese, so feel free to do that if it’s your thing!
  • I used ground beef in here, but you can swap in ground turkey, ground pork, or even ground chicken if you prefer.
  • You could cook the rice right in the soup, but I don’t advise it since timing may be tricky. You also might need more liquid and to stir constantly so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.

What to serve with stuffed pepper soup

Leftovers and storage

  • Leftovers will last in the fridge for a few days, but the rice will soak up the liquid the longer you leave it. You may need to add a splash of broth to revive any leftovers.
  • If you think you’ll have lots of soup left over, you may want to store the cooked rice separately and add it just prior to serving when you’re rewarming the soup.
  • If you plan on freezing the soup or eating the bulk of it as leftovers, I recommend not adding the rice until you’re warming it up again! It’ll last in the freezer for 3 months.
a bowl of stuffed pepper soup

Questions about this simple stuffed pepper soup? Did you make it? Talk to me in the comments below! You can also tag me #saltandlavender on Instagram.

close-up of a ladle of stuffed pepper soup in a pot
5 from 20 votes

Easy Stuffed Pepper Soup

This easy stuffed pepper soup recipe uses everyday ingredients and is simple to make on the stove or in your slow cooker! Get all your favorite stuffed pepper flavors in a warm and hearty soup with minimal effort.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 3/4 cup uncooked rice 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1.5 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped finely
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped finely
  • 1 (13.5 fluid ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (28 fluid ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes (with juices)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Start by cooking the rice according to package directions. If you have already cooked rice on hand, save it for later in the recipe.
  • While the rice is cooking, add the oil and onion to a large soup pot and sauté for 5-7 minutes (ok if it browns slightly – that'll give the soup more flavor). To save time, I chop the peppers while the onions are cooking. 
  • Add the ground beef to the pot and cook it for 5 minutes, using a spoon to stir/break up the beef as it cooks. If the beef is particularly fatty (it shouldn't be if you bought lean), drain most of the excess grease before proceeding to the next step.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for about a minute.
  • Add in the peppers, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, Italian seasoning, and paprika. Increase the heat to high and bring it to a gentle boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and let the soup simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add the cooked rice to the pot and continue to cook the soup for another 10 minutes or so. This will helped thicken the broth a bit and infuse more flavor into the soup. Season as needed with salt & pepper. 


  • You can use regular diced tomatoes if you wish, but the fire-roasted ones give it extra flavor. 
  • I used jasmine rice in this recipe. Feel free to swap with another rice e.g. brown rice or any variety of long grain white rice. 
  • Freezing and leftovers: If you plan on freezing the soup or eating most of it as leftovers, I suggest not adding the rice until you’re warming it up again. It’ll either go mushy or soak up most of the broth.
  • Crockpot version: You can definitely make this stuffed pepper soup in a slow cooker. Brown the beef first, and then transfer it to your Crockpot, along with everything except for the rice and salt & pepper. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. About 20-30 minutes prior to serving, add the cooked rice.
  • Check out the Instant Pot version.


Calories: 331kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 70mg, Sodium: 1190mg, Potassium: 860mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 1669IU, Vitamin C: 60mg, Calcium: 84mg, Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published on April 19, 2018. It’s been updated with new photos and better instructions but is the same great recipe!

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  1. Doug In NC says:

    This is a fantastic recipe. First time I had it, someone brought it to a pot luck and I had to have the recipe. I have made it as stated and made it using barley, various pastas (orzo, rotini, shells, rufflels). I have substituted sausage, because it turned out I was out of ground beef. Served with a dab of sour cream and fresh grated cheeses. I am going to try with fajita seasoning and grilled chicken next.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so happy it’s a new favorite, Doug!! Appreciate your detailed review! 😀

  2. LaToya says:

    5 stars
    I figured it was time to leave a review considering this will be my 3rd or 4th time making this soup 😅. This is a simple recipe but it is delicious! I’ve made it for potlucks a couple times and have had people asking for the recipe. I’m so glad you shared this!

    1. Natasha says:

      Haha I appreciate it, LaToya!! 😀 I’m thrilled you enjoy it, and thanks for your review!!

  3. Nancy says:

    Can I use cauliflower rice instead of regular rice?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! So, cauliflower rice is literally just cauliflower, so it won’t thicken the soup whatsoever. If you’re ok with that then you could try. Let me know!

  4. Caroline says:

    Can you please tell me how much Stuffed Pepper soup does this recipe make?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! It’s about 6 servings, but for info beyond that I don’t know.

  5. Kerrie Diaz says:

    For the crockpot version, should the rice be cooked before adding to the slow cooker? I just want to be doubly sure.

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s what I would do. 🙂

  6. morgan says:

    Can you use the minute rice cups for this recipe?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! I haven’t tried those, but I don’t see why not. 🙂 Let me know how it goes!

      1. sue zies says:

        Yum so glad I made this stuffed pepper soap. I added a cup of instant barley right at the end. Yum

  7. Stacy Kilchenmann says:

    5 stars

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you!!

  8. Becky says:

    5 stars
    One of our favorite recipes! We double it and use half ground beef, half sausage. It tastes like pizza in a soup bowl! Yummm!

    1. Natasha says:

      Love that!! Thank you, Becky!

  9. ~Evon says:

    5 stars
    Brava Natasha!!
    I’m always on the hunt for delicious soups to add to my repertoire treasure of soups!! This one will be a new favorite!! I added a few of my favorite ingredients: diced carrots, diced celery, Veggie crumbles instead of burger, veggie broth, chipotle seasoning, diced tomatoes with green chilies, and I precooked my rice in a rice cooker. It is delicious and my apartment smells heavenly! Muahhh! Thank you for a great base of ingredients to leap off from! French bread will be a great top off to this cup. YUM!!
    *Note… I share my soups every week with a former client who hates nursing home cafeteria food. She loves them. 😛

    1. Natasha says:

      Aww thank you!! 🙂 That is so sweet of you to share!!

      1. Susie S says:

        5 stars
        This was amazing! Bursting with flavor. It was a huge hit with my family. Can’t wait to make it again. Thanks for sharing.

        1. Natasha says:

          My pleasure, Susie!

  10. Kate says:

    Can you use Cauliflower rice instead of traditional rice?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi Kate! Sure, but it’s literally just finely minced cauliflower so it won’t offer any of the qualities that rice does (thickening, filling, etc). Nothing wrong with that if you’re looking for more of a vegetable soup. Let me know how it goes.