These Costco stuffed peppers are super convenient comfort food.
The finest easy supper option any night of the week is classic stuffed peppers with rice, ground beef, and a nutritious rainbow of sweet red, yellow, and orange bell peppers.
As a kid, I believe I tried stuffed bell peppers. My grandmother put them in tomato soup or something similar, and I didn’t care for them. I’m eating and making stuffed peppers again, 20 years later! I’ve made my own stuffed peppers with ground turkey, rice, black beans, and corn before, but I wanted to give the Costco version a try because they looked wonderful and it’s lot easier to heat up pre-made stuffed peppers than it is to make them from scratch!
The Best Type of Peppers for Stuffing
Today’s peppers are a rainbow of sweetness asking to be stuffed from a mix of grocery store varieties (red, yellow, and orange) and super local farmer’s market variety (more yellows and purple).
If you prefer green peppers instead, go ahead and use them.
I resurrected my mother’s recipe for ground beef and rice in a tomato-based sauce, embellishing it with mushroom bits and fresh sliced corn, as well as herbs and red pepper flakes.
What You Can Put In Stuffed Peppers
This is one of those dishes that you can make with anything you have in the fridge. When picking ingredients, use my portions as a reference, but don’t be afraid to experiment:
- Red, yellow, orange or even green bell peppers
- Lean ground beef
- Cooked white rice (you can use brown rice, farro or quinoa, too)
- Tomato sauce
- Corn, celery and garlic
- Cheese, I added some grated fontina, but you could use Monterey jack or mozzarella or whatever’s on hand.
- If you prefer green bell peppers, certainly use them instead of or in addition to this bevy of colorful beauties.
Remove the tops of the peppers and load them with meaty goodness. Cut the peppers in half and serve open-faced if you like smaller pieces.
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How to Make Stuffed Peppers Stand Up
Here are some pointers on how to make stuffed peppers stand up and not fall over:
- Use a baking dish that is large enough to hold the peppers tightly. Because the peppers shrink as they cook, pack them in tightly when they’re raw, and they’ll soften and fall a little as they cook.
- Remove the pepper’s bottom. Even out the uneven bottoms of the peppers to provide them a flat platform to stand on.
Cook the Meat Before Filling
“Do I need to cook the meat before stuffing the peppers?” is a common question while creating stuffed peppers. Yes, it is correct. This recipe will benefit greatly from the addition of juicy, browned beef, so don’t skip it. Brown the meat first, then add the vegetables to soften and flavor, then season thereafter to simmer and blend the flavors.
The Best Rice for Stuffed Peppers
The rice I use most often in stuffed peppers is medium, long-grain white rice or jasmine rice. However, brown rice or other grains like as farro or quinoa work well with these peppers.
This is a fantastic way to use up any leftover rice. Alternatively, prepare the white rice or other grain for the pepper combination while the meat is cooking and toss it into the meat and vegetables just before filling the peppers.
Is Costco Stuffed Peppers Good?
If you want excellent filled peppers without having to make them from scratch, the Costco Stuffed Bell Peppers are a great option. These are a relatively safe and winning bet if you enjoy ground beef, tomato sauce, bell peppers, and cheese. They contain Parmesan cheese on top, so if you’re not a lover of Parmesan, be aware; nonetheless, the Parmesan flavor isn’t overpowering.
The sweetness of the bell peppers, the tastes of the ground beef, and the spice will all come together after baking. If you prefer extra cheese on top, sprinkle more cheddar or Parmesan on top before baking for a delightful combination of melted cheese and ground beef.
Can I Bake Costco Stuffed Peppers?
The recommended method for cooking Costco stuffed peppers is to bake them in the oven, but you also have alternative options such as microwave and air fryer. I recommend cooking them in the air fryer instead of the oven because it takes less time. While baking Costco filled peppers at 350°F takes 1 hour or more, air frying takes only 35 minutes at 350°F.
Where To Buy Costco Stuffed Peppers
These frozen stuffed peppers are available in every Costco location. They come in a tray with six servings and cost $4.29 per pound. With an average pan weight of 3.5 lbs, these peppers let you to serve dinner to four people for under $15.
Costco Stuffed Peppers Ingredients
Costco creates the stuffed peppers by cutting three large sweet bell peppers in half, cleaning them, and removing the seeds. Cooked Ground Beef, Tomato Paste, Water, Cooked Rice, Mozzarella Cheese, Provolone Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Vinegar, Onions, Sugar, Salt, Fresh Parsley are then filled into them.
Only beef flesh is visible; there is no pork, poultry, or lamb meat in the filling.
How Long Do You Cook Costco Stuffed Peppers?
Costco stuffed peppers take 50 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes to prepare. This is due to the fact that the cooking time varies on the temperature you use; if you cook the peppers at 400°F, it may take 1 hour or less, however if you cook at 350°F, it may take more than an hour for a few minutes. Because each oven performs differently, they believe you should check the internal temperature 10 to 15 minutes before the required time.
Best Temperature To Cook Costco Stuffed Peppers
According to the label, the recommended temperature for cooking Costco stuffed peppers is 400°F. Bake the Costco Kirkland Signature Stuffed Bell Peppers for 50 to 55 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit!
However, you can cook them at 350°F, which is what I did because I wanted the peppers to simmer gently and extract their sweetness. To get the top browned and the peppers more tender, cover them with aluminum foil and simmer them uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes.
How To Cook Costco Stuffed Peppers In The Oven
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remove the plastic lid off the stuffed peppers tray from Costco.
- Wrap the peppers in aluminum foil and lay them on the baking pan before baking.
- Bake the Costco stuffed peppers at 350°F for about 50 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
- With browned tops, the filled peppers will become softer and sweeter. Remove the aluminum foil and continue to cook the peppers for another 15 minutes, or until an internal temperature of 185°F is reached.
Cooking Costco Stuffed Peppers in the Oven takes about 50min – 1h at 350°F
How To Cook Costco Stuffed Peppers In The Microwave
- Take the Costco stuffed peppers out of the package and place them on a microwave-safe plate.
- Place in the microwave’s middle.
- Cook for around 15 minutes on high.
- The interior temperature should be at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Give the peppers another 5 minutes and check again if they need more time. Check in every 5 minutes.
- Serve and have fun.
Cooking Costco Stuffed Peppers in the microwaves takes about 15- 25 min.
How To Cook Costco Stuffed Peppers In The Air Fryer
- Preheat the Air Fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes
- In the Air Fryer basket, place the Costco stuffed peppers, seal the lid tightly, and cook for 15 minutes.
- Check the internal temperature and, if necessary, extend the cooking time.
- To avoid spillage, carefully take the filled pepper from the air fryer with a metal spatula or tongs.
- Serve and have fun.
Cooking Costco Stuffed Peppers in the Air Fryer takes about 10- 30 min.
- When the internal temperature reaches 165°F, you’ve got Costco filled peppers.
- Bake for a further 10 to 15 minutes to make the Costco stuffed peppers tender and sweet with a brown top. It should not exceed 185 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Check the inside temperature 10 minutes before the suggested time and every 10 minutes after that.
- For a richer cheese flavor, add extra grated parmesan/cheddar.
What To Serve With Costco Stuffed Peppers
Salad, roasted vegetables, fried chicken wings with dipping sauce, or soups are all good ways to serve cooked Costco stuffed peppers.
You can also offer them for dinner with lentil soup or roasted tomato soup, which will warm you up on a chilly winter day. Serve those stuffed peppers alongside boom boom shrimps and mozzarella sticks with yum wow sauce or ketchup if you’re throwing a little pals party.Print
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you heat up Costco stuffed peppers?
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the plastic lid off the stuffed peppers tray from Costco. Wrap the peppers in aluminum foil and lay them on the baking pan before baking. Bake the Costco stuffed peppers at 350°F for about 50 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
How long do I cook frozen stuffed peppers from Costco?
The Kirkland Signature Stuffed Bell Peppers from Costco are incredibly simple to prepare in the oven. Simply take the plastic lid from the tray, cover it with aluminum foil, and bake for 50 to 55 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit!
Are Costco stuffed peppers pre cooked?
When the peppers reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, they are fully cooked and safe to eat.
How do you cook store bought stuffed peppers?
You can bake them at 450°F for 25-30 minutes, depending on the size of your pepper, or lower the oven temperature to 350°F and bake for 45 minutes if you prefer a softer pepper. Alternatively, you can speed things up by blanching the peppers for a few minutes in hot water.
Can you freeze Costco prepared stuffed peppers?
The answer is true if you want to freeze Costco stuffed peppers. The Costco Kirkland Signature Stuffed Peppers are so easy to make in the oven that I highly recommend them for a quick and easy supper. Did you know that the peppers may be frozen individually, thawed, and then baked?
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