Stuffed Peppers Recipe by Elira Punter, 12


GRANDMA’S KITCHEN—I was a very picky eater when I was younger. The only thing I would stick into my five-year-old mouth was  Chipotle and my grandmother’s food, but I was still skeptical about it. I had no idea what she did in the kitchen. I also didn’t really like vegetables that much, so the idea of a stuffed pepper wasn’t very appetizing. I knew I wouldn’t stand a chance with debating against my Albanian grandma, but it was worth a shot. After a lot of persuasion from her, I finally agreed to try. I felt like I was on those anime-cooking shows like “Food Wars;” the spicy smell turned into a tornado and engulfed me with its taste. 

It was delicious! I couldn’t believe how good it tasted! With the perfectly cooked rice and ground beef, it was literally the best thing I ever had. So now, I am passing this mouth-watering recipe down to you!


  1. Rice (any kind except forbidden rice)
  2. Ground Beef ( if you are vegetarian, substitute for veggie of choice)
  3. Bell Peppers (serving size: 1 per person) 
  4. Seasoning (your choice but preferably turmeric, garlic powder, salt and Vegeta) 
  5. Sides (optional if you’re hungry 😋) 
  6. Traditional Albanian Kos (basically homemade Greek yogurt) 


  • Make sure when you cut the top of the pepper off, cut straight! 
  • Use different colored bell peppers to make it look interesting.  


  1. Wash peppers and set to the side.
  2. Pour rice, water, and seasoning into pan or pot and cook half way through
  3. While rice is cooking, heat oil in a pan. Add meat and seasoning, using a spoon to grind the meat as it cooks.
  4. When finished, turn off heat and let it sit for about seven minutes.  
  5. Cut peppers in half lengthwise and scoop out core and seeds. 
  6. Add 2-3 scoops of rice and 2-3 scoops of meat to each hollowed-out pepper half. 
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. 
  8. Plate peppers, sides, and kos. 
  9. Enjoy 😊

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