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Stuffed Bell Peppers with Ground Venison, venison and cheese in green bell pepper

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — Want a new twist on stuffed bell peppers? Try adding ground venison! Live Well Alabama’s Stuffed Bell Peppers with Ground Venison recipe is a flavor explosion. Why ground venison? Because it’s rich in protein and iron and low in fat. However, this recipe also works with any ground meat.

 “If you’re fortunate enough to have venison in your freezer right now, this is a great recipe to try. Fun fact–a bell pepper has more vitamin C than on orange!”

— Katie Funderburk, Alabama Extension’s SNAP-Ed Coordinator.


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 pound ground venison
  • Four button mushrooms, chopped
  • Two ribs celery, sliced thinly
  • One medium onion, chopped
  • Two cans petite diced tomatoes with juice, 14.5 ounces
  • 2 tablespoons concentrated tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, dried
  • 1½ cups cooked long grain rice
  • Six bell peppers
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Pro Tips

Adding red pepper flakes during cooking will add extra spice.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F, and spray a large skillet with cooking spray.
  2. In the skillet, over medium heat, cook the ground venison for 5 minutes or until cooked almost through.
  3. Add the mushrooms, celery and onions, and cook until vegetables are tender.
  4. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, parsley and cooked rice. Cook for another 5 minutes or until the rice is warmed through.
  5. Cut off the tops of the peppers and spoon out the ribs and seeds. Rinse. Lightly sprinkle the insides of peppers with salt and place in microwave-safe dish with 1/4 cup water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 5 minutes or until peppers start to soften.
  6. Transfer to the peppers to a 3-quart or 9×13-inch baking dish. Fill the peppers with the cooked meat and rice mixture.
  7. Sprinkle cheese on top, and bake for 20 minutes or until the peppers are tender and the cheese is melted.

Want to learn more? Step-by-step instructions for the Stuffed Bell Peppers with Ground Venison recipe and an instructional video are available at LiveWellAlabama.com.

Live Well Alabama

Live Well Alabama is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) initiative developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. This initiative reaches residents across the state with research-based education.

“Live Well Alabama recipes are all about trying fruits and veggies in tasty, easy and budget-friendly ways,” Funderburk said. “Our recipes are easy to prepare and don’t require fancy kitchen equipment.”

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Live Well Alabama provides numerous recipes that are simple and budget-friendly.

For more information about Live Well Alabama and to find more Live Well Alabama recipes, visit www.LiveWellAlabama.com. Also, check out more Live Well Alabama tips and recipes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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