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pork stuffed peppers recipe

Pork Stuffed Peppers Recipe (Pimientos Rellenos de Cerdo)

Bring the taste of Spain into your kitchen with this pork stuffed peppers recipe! They're an easy and delicious meal and a great way to get more vegetables on the table.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author: David Pope


  • 6 large bell peppers tops cut off and set aside
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp smoked Spanish paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (14oz/400g)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste or sofrito


  • Pre-heat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Fill a small saucepan with 1.5 cups of water and the cup of rice. Cover with a lid and place over a high heat and bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer and leave over a low heat until the water has evaporated and the rice is cooked.
  • Meanwhile, prick the peppers all over with a fork, and microwave on high for 5 minutes until soft but not falling apart.
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and saute until soft and translucent (about 4 minutes). Add the garlic, paprika, and cumin and saute for another minute.
  • Next, add the ground pork to the pan and saute, stirring often, for another 5 minutes or until nicely colored all over. You can add a splash of water to the pan if it looks too dry.
  • Pour the can of tomatoes into the pan and add the tomato paste/sofrito. Stir to combine and simmer for another 5 minutes until it has reduced slightly. Remove from heat and stir in the rice. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Stand the peppers upright in a large baking tray, and split the rice-pork mixture evenly among them. Don't overfill, leave a little room at the top. Place the pepper tops back on and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the filling has reduced and is no longer runny. Serve by themselves as an appetizer or tapas, or with a salad or potatoes for a light main.
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