Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup — This stuffed pepper soup is packed with bell peppers, onion, and ground beef and is simmered in a tomatoey broth. Serve with rice for an easy weeknight meal!
Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup
Stuffed peppers, but in soup form. A total winner. This stuffed pepper soup is easy, hearty, and packed with flavor. After browning ground beef, onions, red and green peppers, and garlic on the stove, transfer everything to your slow cooker where it simmers away in a tomatoey broth.
The CrockPot stuffed pepper soup recipe comes from Gina Homolka, who blogs at skinnytaste.com. It’s in her new cookbook, Skinnytaste Fast and Slow. When Gina asked me if I’d like a review copy, I jumped at the chance. The book includes a combination of 30-minute fast recipes contrasted with those made in a slow cooker.
There are so many practical and healthful dinner options that I had a hard time deciding on this stuffed bell pepper soup. I know I’ll be turning to this book over and over.
Because I’m a food blogger and therefore cannot just follow a recipe to the T, I deviated from her recipe slightly. I added more onions, peppers, a couple extra dried spices, fresh parsley, and used no-sodium petite diced tomatoes. Pretty darn close, but I wanted to mention it in case anyone wants to make her recipe exactly.
To help ease weeknight dinner chaos, I cooked everything on the stovetop the night before, transferred it into my lined slow cooker, added the remaining ingredients, refrigerated, and the next night turned on the slow cooker in advance of dinner.
Even though it’s still in the 80s in San Diego, we loved this comforting soup.
What’s in Stuffed Pepper Soup?
Here’s what you’ll need to make this slow cooker stuffed bell pepper soup:
- Ground beef
- Kosher salt and pepper
- Sweet Vidalia onion
- Red and green bell peppers
- Diced tomatoes
- Tomato sauce
- Chicken broth
- Dried herbs
- Fresh parsley
- Cooked white or brown rice
How to Make Stuffed Pepper Soup
In a skillet, brown the ground beef and drain the fat off if necessary. Add the chopped onion, peppers, and garlic and cook until the veggies have softened.
Transfer the beef mixture to your slow cooker, then add the broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, dried herbs, and pepper. Stir to combine, cover, and cook on high for about 4 hours or low for about 8 hours. Stir in the fresh parsley just before serving.
Ladle the stuffed pepper soup into bowls and top with rice.
Can I Make Stuffed Pepper Soup in an Instant Pot?
Most likely, yes. However, I’ve only made a handful of Instant Pot recipes so I can’t give advice on how to alter this recipe to make it work for an Instant Pot.
Can I Use Another Ground Meat?
I don’t see why not! If you use a very lean ground meat, like chicken or turkey, you may want to oil the skillet before browning the meat so it doesn’t dry out.
Tips for Making Stuffed Pepper Soup
I like using a mix of green and red bell peppers in this slow cooker stuffed pepper soup, but you’re welcome to use all of one color if that’s what you have on hand.
Don’t add the rice to the slow cooker, because if you have leftover soup the rice will turn very mushy in the following days. Instead, top individual bowls with rice that you store separately from the soup in an airtight container.
Lastly, both the stuffed bell pepper soup and the rice will keep airtight in the fridge, stored separately, for up to 5 days or for up to 3 months in the freezer.
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Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup
This stuffed pepper soup is packed with bell peppers, onion, and ground beef and is simmered in a tomatoey broth. Serve with rice for an easy weeknight meal!
- 1 pound 95% lean ground beef
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
- 1 1/2 cups finely diced sweet Vidalia onion (from about 1 medium/large onion)
- 1 1/2 cups chopped red bell pepper (from about 1 large pepper)
- 2/3 cup chopped green bell pepper (about half of 1 large pepper)
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- two 14.5-ounce cans petite diced tomatoes (I used no salt added)
- 1 3/4 cups tomato sauce (one 15-ounce can)
- 2 cups reduced sodium, fat-free chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste
- 3 to 4 tablespoons fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely minced
- 3 cups cooked white or brown rice
- To a large nonstick skillet or large Dutch oven, add the ground beef, kosher salt, and cook over medium-high heat to brown, crumbling it with a spatula as it cooks and tossing it to ensure even cooking. Cook through, about 5 minutes or as necessary. Drain fat if necessary.
- Add the onion, peppers, garlic, and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, or until vegetables have softened, stir intermittently.
- Line a 6-quart slow cooker with a slow cooker liner if desired and transfer the beef mixture into it.
- Add the broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, marjoram, basil, oregano, pepper, stir to combine, cover, and cook on high for about 4 hours or low for about 8 hours. All slow cookers vary in their heat intensity. Cook until done.
- Stir in the fresh parsley.
- Taste soup and make any necessary seasoning adjustments, i.e. more salt, pepper, pinch of sugar, etc.
- Ladle about 1 1/2 cups soup into each bowl and top with about 1/2 cup rice.
- Tip: Don’t add the rice to the slow cooker because if you have leftover soup, the rice will turn very mushy in the following days. Instead top individual bowls with rice that you store separately from the soup in an airtight container.
- Both soup and rice will keep airtight in the fridge, stored separately, for up to 5 days or for up to 3 months in the freezer.
Adapted from Skinnytaste Fast and Slow, reprinted with permission.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 316Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 947mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 28g
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This is DELICIOUS!! what are your tips on reheating from frozen?
Thanks for the 5 star review and great to hear it was delicious!
Reheating from frozen – let it thaw on your counter (or I guess fridge if you are really playing it safe), and then heat it in a microwave safe bowl covered with clingwrap. You would also reheat in a pot on the stove but microwave is faster/easier for me.
HI Avery, I am wondering if this can be made in the instant pot instead and if so what is the time frame do you think? My daughter took my slow cooker to school so I am without at the time. Thanks! Kelly H
It probably can be but I have only used an Instant Pot for a few recipes and am not an expert enough on it to give any sound tips or advice.
This was easy and very tasty. I didn’t have marjoram, so I substituted thyme. I also added a couple stalks of celery that needed to be used. I had partial boxes of stock in my refrigerator, so I ended up using about half chicken and half vegetable. A nice hearty soup, will make again.
Glad you enjoyed it and that you’ll make it again!
Can I prep the night before like you did but not use a liner? I’ve never prepped the night before but my evenings have gotten crazy! This idea sounds great!
I only use a liner because it makes cleanup so much easier but I’m sure you can skip it and prep ahead.
This looks yummy, im going to try it on this rainy day. Do you drain the diced tomatoes?
This looks fabulous. I’m making it this weekend. Less fuss than actual stuffed peppers.
hey girl this looks so divine! yummy!
Sounds yummy but, why use chicken broth in a hamburger based soup? Wouldn’t beef broth be better?
The author used chicken broth so I did too. I always have it in my pantry whereas beef broth not so much but I’m sure that would be fine.
What a fabulous recipe! I totally need her book.
So many great dinner ideas I know you’d love!
We are having a cold couple of days so this is great timing! Hearty soup is always a hit in our house. Besides, stuffing peppers is too much work! I’ll take this soup instead!
Amen to less work!
Ooh, a soup recipe that’s also a crockpot recipe! You hit on two of my favorite fall/winter meal ideas. After trying several of your soup recipes last winter, I’ve decided that you have a great sense of what herbs/spices taste good in soup, so I’ll be trying your version of this recipe. :) Keep the ideas coming!
Thanks for the compliments on my previous soups :)
More veggies and spices are my kind of recipe tweaks. I would have done the same.
I’ve never stuffed a pepper. I did stuffed acorn squash and such, but it all just seems like a too much of a process for me. I guess I’m lazy. It also seems like a waste, since, I mean….you have to get it all messed up to eat it anyway, right?
You and I think alike. Veggies, spices, and the less work the better!
We’re only about 10 degrees cooler in Ft.Wayne but I’ve been throwing my leftover vegetables in the vitamix and made a batch of bone broth in my slow cooker last weekend. I like stuffed peppers but this looks easier and just as good!
I love that you do Vita soup and that you’re making your own bone broth…impressive!
It’s been raining since last night and I have a 4 day weekend so I decided this was a good day to make soup for lunch. Jon said he prefers it over stuffed peppers and I love how easy it is. Great Italian flavor (we sprinkled fresh parm on top) and leftovers ( you know I love that too)!
It was 94F during the day here Thursday. No sign of rain here! Glad this hit the spot and that Jon even prefers it to regular stuffed peppers! Parm on top sounds wonderful!