Crock-Pot Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients:



4 Large Bells peppers, ( Red, Orange, Yellow or Green)

Olive Oil 

1 Small Onion Diced

2 Cloves Garlic, Finely chopped

28 Ounce Can of Ground Peeled Tomatoes 

1 Cup of Water

1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste

2 Tablespoons Fresh Chopped Basil

1 Tablespoon Sugar

1 Teaspoon Salt 

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

1 Lb Lean Ground Beef ( at least 90%)

3/4  Cups Instant Uncooked Rice

1/4 Grated Parmesan Cheese

Directions:


1.  Slice the tops off of the peppers and remove the ribs and seeds.  Set these aside.


2.  In a medium size skillet, drizzle enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan.  heat to medium low and add diced onion and chopped garlic.  Saute until onion is translucent being careful not to burn ( a few minutes ).   Remove from heat and set aside.


3.  In a medium bowl, add ground peeled tomatoes, cooked onions and garlic, tomato paste, fresh basil, sugar, salt and pepper.  Stir until combined.  


4. Set two cups of this prepared sauce to the side.. pour the remainder of the sauce in the bottom of your  5-6 Quart Crock-Pot. Add one cup of water to the bottom of the Crock-Pot and stir until combined.   


6.  To the remaining 2 cups of sauce that you put to the side,  add the ground beef, instant rice and Parmesan cheese.  Mix with your hands until well incorporated.  


7.  Divide meat mixture evenly and stuff into each of the bell peppers.


8.  Place each pepper in Crock-Pot and bake on high for 3- 4 hours or on Low for 5-6 Hours.

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