Camp Fire Recipe: Summer Stuffed Peppers

One of my favorite dishes is stuffed peppers. While my family recipe required me to light the oven, I decided to try to cook my stuffed peppers in a Dutch oven. Well, to my surprise these peppers came out tender and the meat perfectly cooked.

If you are a stuffed pepper lover like I am, this recipe is wonderful when the heat of summer is upon you and you do not want to light the oven.

Camp Fire Recipe:  Summer Stuffed Peppers


Spray or liquid oil

29 ounces of tomato sauce

1 cup of water

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of salt

½ teaspoon of ground black pepper

1 pound of ground meat such as beef or turkey

1 cup of uncooked instant rice

1 small onion

6 bell peppers



  1. Build fire to prepare the coals.
  2. Lightly grease a 10 inch deep Dutch over with liquid or spray oil.
  3. In one bowl, combine the tomato sauce, water, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir until completely incorporated.
  4. In a second bowl, add the ground meat and instant rice.
  5. Chop onion and put in the bowl with the meat.
  6. Measure out one cup of the tomato sauce in step 3. Mix well.
  7. Wash the peppers, core and seed them.
  8. Stuff each pepper with the meat mixture.
  9. Pour two cups of tomato sauce into greased 10 inch deep Dutch oven.
  10. Stand up the stuffed peppers in the Dutch oven.
  11. Top the peppers with half of the remaining sauce.
  12. Put lid on top of the Dutch oven and move it to a heat resistant surface.
  13. Arrange 10 prepared coals in a circle on the heat resistant surface.
  14. Place Dutch oven on top of these coals.
  15. Put 14 prepared coals around the edge of the Dutch oven lid. Add six to the center.
  16. Cook them for 25 minutes. After that time, carefully remove the lid and add the remaining sauce to the top of the peppers. Place the lid back on and cook for another 25 minutes.
  17. The peppers at this point should have cooked for a total of 50 minutes. After this time, knock off the coals from the lid and remove the Dutch oven from the circle of coals.
  18. Serve.

Yes, this dish tastes wonderful but if you want to change it up a bit, consider sprinkling cheese on top after your remove the Dutch oven from the heat. Do not concern yourself as to whether the cheese will melt or not. There will be enough heat left in the Dutch oven with the lid to easily melt the cheese.