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Bell Pepper Meat Boats

These bell pepper boats are easy to prepare and are a hearty meal.
Course Beef, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, Bell Peppers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 - 8 servings
Author JoAnn's Food Bites


  • ½ lb ground pork
  • ½ lb ground chuck
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 small onion chopped fine
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Worchestershire Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon ground thyme
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground oregano
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ stack of crushed saltines
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar


  • Prepare bell peppers, by cutting them lengthwise, top to bottom to make two even halves.
  • Clean out the seeds, stems and veins without breaking the skin of the peppers.
  • Set on a sheet pan with cut edges upwards.
  • Mix together:
  • Pork, ground chuck, eggs, brown sugar, onion, ketchup, mustard, Worchestershire Sauce, and spices, in a large bowl.
  • Mix all of the above very well in a large bowl.
  • After mixed very well
  • add ½ stack of crushed saltines
  • Heat oven to 350º
  • Place nonstick foil on a sheet pan.
  • Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out large mounds of the meat mixture and place on the sheet pan.
  • Cook the meat for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make up sauce in a small measuring cup
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • Using a fork, mix two ingredients together till brown sugar is mostly dissolved.
  • Take meat mounds out of the oven.
  • Place a mound inside the bell pepper boats.
  • The meat mixture should be pliable enough to mold to the pepper.
  • Brush each pepper meat mound with the sauce; using all the sauce.
  • Place back in the oven for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and top with 2 Tablespoons of shredded Monterrey Jack cheese.
  • Serve.