At first thought this looks like very difficult task. To make stuffed peppers on a campfire? Using charcoal? Believe me it is very simple and easy you just need to come prepared from home. Can this be done in a Dutch Oven? Of course it can. Dutch Oven is one of the most versatile cooking tools in the world. There are many techniques and styles of cooking and you can make almost anything in a dutch oven. These Dutch Oven Stuffed Bell Peppers are such an amazing dish that will become a practice on every camping trip from now on.
Dutch Oven Stuffed Bell Peppers
- 6 green bell peppers tops cut off then diced, seeds removed
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 c yellow onions diced
- 1 lb ground beef or ground pork or 1/2 and 1/2 of each
- 3 cloves garlic diced
- 1/8 c fresh parsley leaves chopped
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes more or less depending on the amount of heat desired
- 2 c white rice
- 8 oz tomato sauce
Start heating up charcoal. I've also made this dish over an open fire with lots of hot coals. Dish can be made in a 350 degree oven.
Cook rice until fluffy.
In a large skillet, heat up the vegetable oil and sauté the onions and chopped "tops" of bell peppers for about 2-3 minutes. I usually use the dutch oven so I one less pot to clean.
Add the beef, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook until the meat is browned.
Add in the rice and tomato sauce. Stir until well blended.
Stuff the bell peppers into the bell pepper "shell" and place upright in dutch oven.
Put the lid on the dutch oven on place on charcoal. Shovel 8-10 briquettes on top of the dutch oven lid.
To make these more kid-friendly, I've put ketchup as a thin layer on top of the mixture. I've also added shredded cheese on top for the last 5 minutes of cooking for extra deliciousness!
For a camping trip without any kitchen space, I have cooked the mixture ahead of time and kept it in a ziplock bag in the cooler until ready to cook. Then all I had to do is is get my fire going, stuff the mixture inside the peppers, and place in the dutch oven.
Photo by Flickr/Diana House