Gemista (Stuffed Peppers)

So, This was an all time favorite growing up! Stuffed peppers or Gemista in Greek, is a traditional stuffed pepper with rice, meat, and spices.

Kouzini Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4 large bell peppers (any color) 

1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef 

2 tablespoons chopped onion

1 cup cooked rice

1 teaspoon salt

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 can (15 oz) organic tomato sauce 

3/4 cup Parmesian Cheese cheese (3 oz)


  • 1 Cut thin slice from stem end of each bell pepper to remove top of pepper. Remove seeds and membranes; rinse peppers. If necessary, cut thin slice from bottom of each pepper so they stand up straight. In 4-quart Dutch oven, add enough water to cover peppers. Heat to boiling; add peppers. Cook about 2 minutes; drain.
  • 2 In 10-inch skillet, Pour in some Kouzini EVOO and cook beef and onion over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain. Stir in rice, salt, garlic and 1 cup of the tomato sauce; cook until hot.
  • 3 Heat oven to 350ยฐF.
  • 4 Stuff peppers with beef mixture. Stand peppers upright in ungreased 8-inch square glass baking dish. Pour remaining tomato sauce over peppers.
  • 5 Cover tightly with foil. Bake 10 minutes. Uncover and bake about 15 minutes longer or until peppers are tender. Sprinkle with cheese.