Pimentones Rellenos (Colombian Style-Stuffed Peppers)

by Erica Dinho on June 23, 2011

Pimenton Relleno

Every country and every family has its own variation of stuffed peppers. This is my grandmother’s Colombian version.

This simple dish is hearty and delicious. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

Vegetarians can simply omit the meat and add some chopped mushrooms.

Buen provecho!

Colombian Stuffed peppers



(6 servings)

  • 6 red or green bell peppers, tops removed and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound bacon, diced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 cooked eggs, diced
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs

Pimenton Rojo Relleno


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the peppers in a pot with water and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the peppers from the pot and allow to cool.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the oil and the bacon and cook for 5 minutes or until cooked. Add the onions, scallions and garlic and saute for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and continue to cook until the vegetables are tender.
  5. Add the beef, cooked rice, cooked eggs, cumin and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Stir in the tomato paste. Cook for about 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and add the fresh cilantro and parsley.
  7. Spoon the mixture into the cooled peppers. Transfer the peppers to a baking dish and top with breadcrumbs. Bake until the peppers are heated through, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve.
  8. Stuffed Pepper

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa June 23, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Looks simply delightful!


2 Lyndsey ~The Tiny Skillet~ June 23, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Mmmm…this looks amazing…I love grandma recipes! I’ll bet it would be great as stuffed tomatoes too, my husband would not eat the pepper so I could do his in a tomato!


3 Stevie June 23, 2011 at 11:14 AM

I adore stuffed peppers! Have you tried using poblano peppers instead of bell? Recently we’ve been stuffing those and the flavor is less sweet and almost smoky. Either way this looks sensational.


4 Erica June 23, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Stevie- I am going to try Stuffed Poblano Peppers….It sounds delicious!


5 Karen June 23, 2011 at 1:27 PM

This sounds good with the bacon and eggs in the recipe. Looks delicious!


6 Chef E June 23, 2011 at 6:25 PM

The minute your food titles come through my feed I am hungry! I love stuffed peppers for all my life :)


7 Paula @ Cookware Cooking June 24, 2011 at 12:24 PM

I love stuffed peppers! I’m so glad I’ve found your blog; you have such wonderful recipes with beautiful photos!


8 Chris June 26, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Stuffed peppers put a huge smile on my face, I love them! I can’t wait to try this version.


9 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best June 26, 2011 at 11:47 PM

I love stuffed bell peppers! This recipe looks especially enticing with all of the spices and delicious meats!


10 grace June 30, 2011 at 2:02 AM

god made peppers hollow for this very reason! :)


11 norma July 13, 2011 at 4:38 PM

I think that I would like to try this with the mushrooms instead of meat. They do look good…


12 Edubb March 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM

These were delicious..I didnt put the rice in the meat but as a side..great recipe!


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