Dutch Oven Stuffed Peppers

I’m an official runner now. Training for this marathon. I think I’ll like it because its scenic (though we all know the real reason is that its downhill). Anyone ever done it? I’m pretty surprised with how obsessed I already am. I’ve been tracking my weight, my heart rate, my total miles, pace, clothes, food. I haven’t even really been drinking! And Wes just bought me a new monster GPS watch so I can be even more obsessed.

We look forward to Sunday Funday all week so we can eat french fries and drink beer. Lately, though, I’ve found myself accidentally migrating to the kitchen for a salad or a handful of blueberries. I have to stop myself and say “no! you can’t have those things on Sunday!” I guess if you’re consistent and you put a lot of focus into your goal at first, it really can become habit and be easy to continue.

One thing I read recently was that the pain or difficulty that comes with anything new (quitting smoking, eating healthy, running farther than ever before) comes only in waves. When that wave comes up and hits you, don’t quit, because you know that it will pass. And the more waves you work through, the shorter and easier the next ones will be- until eventually, maybe they’ll go away forever. I have been getting a lot of side stitches since I started running (always at the 30 minute mark), and I’ve thought about this wave thing each time and been able to run through them. They really do go away.

I ran the LA Kings 5K on Saturday. I’d never done an organized race before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was pouring rain and freezing, of course, but I kept a good attitude and ended up having a lot of fun. I did it in 26:45, placed 209 out of 690, but I didn’t beat Daryl Evans. He’s the ex-Kings player that ran the event. I had him in my sights the entire race, but his pace was just a bit faster than mine. I also didn’t really know how to pace myself, and I got really confused about the distance left throughout the race. Hopefully my monster watch will help me out next time. Overall, it was a blast and I can’t wait to race again! If anyone has any advice for a marathoner like me, I’d love to hear it.

I’m hoping to do most of my long runs on weekends in beautiful locations, so I’ll be cooking a lot of good post-workout meals camping. Here’s a great one that can be pre-assembled and doesn’t require a lot of dishes afterwards, allowing you plenty of rest next to your campfire.

Dutch Oven Stuffed Peppers


6 servings

Prep Time / Cook Time


Activity Guide

Car Camping


  • 6 bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing the dutch oven
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10 ounces mushrooms, chopped
  • 14 ounces vegetarian ground meat (or real meat, if you like)
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3/4 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar


  • Can opener
  • Cutting board
  • Dutch oven
  • Knife
  • Large skillet
  • Large spoon or spatula


  1. Grease your dutch oven. Get your campfire going and prep it so there is eventually a nice bed of hot coals to place your dutch oven on.
  2. Cut the tops off of the peppers. Remove the seeds from the main part of the pepper, and set them aside. Trim the remaining pepper off of the pepper tops. Chop and reserve for stuffing.
  3. Saute the onion in olive oil until translucent. Add garlic, mushrooms, and chopped peppers. Cook until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the veggie meat and cook for a few minutes more. Mix in the rice and about half the can of tomato sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the stuffing inside of the peppers and then into the dutch oven. If you have any additional stuffing, you can put it around the peppers (just make sure you greased your dutch oven well).
  5. Add the ketchup to the remaining tomato sauce and stir to combine. Spoon some of the tomato sauce mixture on top of the stuffed peppers. Sprinkle the peppers with cheese.
  6. Place dutch oven hot coals, making sure it is stable and level. You may have to shift some of the coals around, or add a rock under the dutch oven to get it just right. Cook the peppers until they’re softened and the stuffing is heated through.

32 thoughts on “Dutch Oven Stuffed Peppers

  1. Hi Emily,
    Just found your website from tastespotting, and I’m enjoying it! My family, relatives and friends camp frequently and we always cook every meal over the fire, so I’m delighted to find some great campfire recipes. We are always looking for new ideas.
    I run some and have been thinking of running my first 5k race this yr. Glad you enjoyed your race. Love your website!

    1. Hi Linda,
      Tastespotting is one of my favorite websites, and I’m glad you came across us there. Yes, you should definitely do a 5K this year and let us know how you liked it. Also, if you have any great camping recipes in your arsenal, please share them with us on Facebook. Thanks for the comment!

  2. I am “camping” out in an extended stay rental place with a kitchenette. The kitchenette is really a built in two burner hot plate, with a full size refrigerator and a sink. I brought my dutch oven and wanted to make stuffed peppers (poblanos), so I did a web search and found your recipe. I think I may have first found your recipe at Red Tricycle, but eventually found your site. Wanted to say THANKS! What a great recipe. I hope to find more great dutch oven recipes at your site.

    1. Thanks Kirk! It’s great to hear where you’re finding our recipes. A dutch oven on a hot plate is not something I’ve thought about before, but that’s a really great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks soooo much for sharing this.My husband and I are trying to improve our diet and health and into days times it is not easy. Especially for my husband who is a truck driver. Society has a set idea of how he can eat. That is not exceptable for us. So thanks for this idea. We will just use brown rice instead.

  4. Those look amazing. I am going to make them at home for my family–wish they could transport for backpacking. I will use the conventional over for first try. Any temp/ time recommendations?

    Distance is relative. When I feel less than optimal, a mile feels like 5. The opposite is also true. When I am nearing global (mental/physical and sometimes spiritual) bonking during a run or when cycling, I work math problems out in my head –like counting backwards in 7s from 100 or how I might form integration limits to calculate the volume of an asymmetric object. Geeky? Yes. Effective? Almost always. The miles go quickly and I find myself operating efficiently in my targeted HR zone/perceived effort. Its all about redirection. Good luck with your marathoning.

    1. @Dave, thanks for the advice! I just re-read that post and it’s funny to look back to that time. It’s been a long time and I’ve learned a lot since then! I love hearing everyone’s different ways of dealing with this stuff. Maybe I’ll work on figuring out a version of these that would be backpacking friendly. I bet it’s possible.

  5. These look delicious. Are you still running? I used to run but had to stop because of complications. One of the hardest things I had to do. I finished a half and was hoping to do a full at some point but it never happened.

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