Super convenient comfort food!
Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. I purchased this product with my own money and the opinions in this review are strictly my own. I am not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. I am just a fan of the company. I write these reviews to help my fellow shoppers.
I think I tried stuffed bell peppers once as a kid, I’m pretty sure my grandma made them in tomato soup or something like that and I didn’t love them. 20 years later, I’m eating stuffed peppers again and also making them! I’ve made my own stuffed peppers using ground turkey, rice, black beans and corn but wanted to try the Costco version because they look delicious and it’s way easier for me to make these then to make them from scratch.
These are delicious! They’re full of well seasoned ground beef, a cheese mixture, rice and then topped with more cheese. They’re not overly fancy or full of complex flavors which is how comfort food should be in my opinion. The spices used are pleasing and the peppers I had were nice and sweet and not soggy or over-ripe. One of my family members found these tasted a little spicy but I didn’t feel that they were very spicy at all. If you like ground beef, tomato sauce, bell peppers and cheese then these are a pretty safe bet. They have parmesan cheese on top so if you’re not a fan of parmesan, take note, but honestly you can't really taste strong parmesan flavor. I recommend adding even more cheese on top when you bake these because cheese is amazing and you can never have too much cheese.
The Costco Kirkland Signature stuffed peppers come in a large, oven safe tray. I received six stuffed peppers for $19.99 Canadian. The price is pretty similar to the other pre-made deli items at Costco. Whether this is expensive is kind of subjective and depends on different factors such as how many this feeds or how many meals it lasts. When your husband can easily eat three or four in one sitting, then it seems slightly expensive! If you eat one and the tray lasts you two meals, this is a steal of deal. I don’t feel that the Stuffed Peppers from Costco are super overpriced; ingredients like bell peppers can be expensive (sometimes $6 Canadian for a bag of six). I feel like $15.99 would be a slightly more reasonable price.
The Costco Kirkland Signature Stuffed Peppers are so easy to bake in the oven, if you need a super convenient, easy dinner I definitely recommend picking these up. You just pop them in the oven and bake them! Also did you know, you can freeze the peppers individually, take them out to defrost and bake them? They’re slightly softer but they still taste delicious and make a perfect lunch or dinner for one. I’m a person who hates waste and freezes… everything. If you want to know if something can be frozen, just ask me.
Shall we discuss nutrition information? Half of a stuffed pepper contains 320 calories, 13 grams of fat, 610 mg of sodium, 11 grams of sugar and a nice 24 grams of protein. I edited this post because a kind reader named Jessica from Calgary pointed out to me that half of a bell pepper means 1/6th of the tray. So one full serving. I initially thought half of a bell pepper meant only half of an individual stuffed pepper! Thanks Jessica! The calories and fat aren't outrageous at all and the protein is actually a really large amount! Protein keeps you full and makes you feel full. For some reason I feel the need to eat these with bread and butter, which counteracts the fact these are a lower carb option. Individuals who are really trying to watch their sugar intake may not appreciate the added sugar. Otherwise the ingredients on the label are pretty straight forward and simple.
These Costco Kirkland Signature Stuffed Peppers make perfect comfort food for cold winter nights in January and are so amazingly easy to quickly bake up. I find them to be very tasty and will repurchase them again!
What's your favorite winter comfort food? What's your favorite "stuffed" food? I've seen stuffed acorn squash but have never tried it! Do pretzels stuffed with peanut butter count?