Stouffer’s Classic Stuffed Pepper Review

Stouffer's Classic Stuffed Pepper

We don’t often think about stuffed peppers when we’re dreaming about our favorite frozen foods. That’s not to say we don’t admire a good stuffed pepper; it’s just not something that’s usually there at the forefronts of our imaginations. Yet we keep seeing Stouffer’s Classic Stuffed Pepper on lists of the best frozen food out there, so we knew we had to give it a shot. (This also comes in a family-sized version, but we found a single-serve meal, which is the version we sampled for this review.)

Now, we talk about this all the time, but Stouffer’s frozen foods have a tendency to take a very long time to cook, even in the microwave. That’s true of the Stouffer’s Stuffed Pepper as well. You’ll need to pop this into the microwave for seven and a half minutes. You can also cook this in the oven, which means you’re looking at a 50-minute cook time, so no matter what, you’ll be spending a good amount of time heating this thing up.

No matter how you cook this, you’ll definitely want to let it cool afterward. We used the microwave, and this came out exceedingly hot. We almost burned our fingers on the plate!

Stouffer’s Stuffed Pepper is a pretty simple dish — it’s just a beef and rice blend that uses a green bell pepper bottom as an edible bowl. Now, even though it contains its own bell-pepper bowl, it also comes in a plastic tray, since the bottom of this thing comes swimming in a dark red goo. It actually reminds us a bit of tomato soup.

Stouffer's Classic Stuffed Pepper

In fact, that’s not far off from what this is. One of the prime ingredients in this meal is tomato puree. This means that this sauce has a bit of a ketchup-y flavor, making it great for scooping over the beef and rice mix.

That mix is actually more like a beef patty than we expected. We thought we were going to get a loose mix of rice and ground beef, when actually these ingredients cook together into a ball. It ends up tasting a bit like meatloaf, a fact that’s enhanced by the ketchup-y flavor of the sauce.

The bell pepper is a bit wrinkly, but it adds a lot of flavor to this dish. Now, as a bell pepper, don’t expect any spice here, but it does lend the whole meal a bit of a southwest vibe, which we really dig.

This is more of a snack than a meal. Fortunately, the calorie count is pretty low, at 200 calories (70 from fat). This means you can munch on one of these when the mood strikes without having to feel too guilty about it. Of course, the sodium level is still quite high, at 740 mg. So if you’re watching your sodium levels, you might want to avoid this (in fact, you might want to avoid frozen food in general, since most of it tends to be quite high in sodium).

While we doubt we’d put it on a “Best Frozen Food” list of our own, the Stouffer’s Classic Stuffed Pepper makes for a pretty tasty snack. This is really designed for people who just can’t get enough meatloaf in their life, as the taste is similar, though it adds the bell pepper for some southwest flavor. If you’re a lover of meaty snacks, give this one a try.

To learn more about the nutrition content or ingredients in this Stouffer’s Stuffed Pepper, check out our package scans below.

Stouffer's Classic Stuffed Pepper

Stouffer's Classic Stuffed Pepper

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ginny McShane
ginny McShane
3 months ago

Do I take the plastic wrapping on each green pepper off after I cook the meal?

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