Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

Heather says:

Looking for a tomato side dish? How about one with bacon? This easy recipe for stuffed tomatoes comes together very quickly, is company worthy, can be made the night before and could even be baked in a toaster oven -I don’t have one, but I plan to remedy that. I’d like to be able to put it on the back porch and avoid heating the house entirely during these summer months. In a toaster oven, consider placing a foil tent over the tomatoes the first half of baking to prevent over browning. As an aside, this totally makes a kicking  side for an otherwise boring meal like tuna salad sandwiches.

For a vegetarian version, swap out the bacon for a few mushrooms sautéed in tiny bit of olive oil or butter. If you want, this could make a great main dish, but I would consider upping the amount of bacon or adding cooked and shredded chicken. Even though the stuffing appears fairly dry when mixing, it’s quite moist, but not soggy after baking.

To make printing a little easier, I’m keeping all the text together this time. Let me know if that’s helpful. The print friendly button makes removing extraneous text and pictures quick and easy, but we’re all about easier here. (Why do I talk about myself in plural?)

Stuffed Tomato Recipe Ingredients:

  • 4 slicing tomatoes (Big Boy etc, not Roma or cherry)
  • 4 slices of bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1 med bell pepper, diced
  • 4 TBSP grated parmesan cheese (no reason to use the expensive kind in this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • fresh ground pepper – to taste, just a few turns
  • 2 TBSP approximately olive oil – to brush the top

Stuffed Tomato Recipe Directions

Slice top off of the tomatoes, scoop out the seeds which may be discarded. Use a knife to carefully hollow the tomato. Just slice through the internal walls and it may be pulled from the bottom.

Coarsely chop about 1/3 of the pulp -not the seeds- and toss this into a bowl. To this add the bacon, bell pepper, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, and fresh ground pepper. Mix the stuffing well. Fill each tomato with the cheese mixture. Place in a a small baking dish, brush or drizzle with olive oil and bake at 350F for 25 minutes, unless the tomatoes were stuffed and held in the refrigerator, in that case it will take 40 – 50 minutes.


Submitted to Tasty Tuesdays @ Beauty and Bedlam.


  1. Michelle on February 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Awesome images they clarify to an unfamiliar cook 🙂 Im trying this one asap…thank you for posting

  2. Simone on July 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Looks very delicious, I will definitely test this recipe! 🙂

  3. Brandi on June 16, 2010 at 1:14 am

    These look so delicious–I am printing right now!

  4. comida chinesa on June 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Looks delicious

  5. April Harris on June 15, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I love stuffed tomatoes – yours look scrumptious!

  6. rachel on June 14, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I love stuffing tomatoes and peppers. this looks and sounds delicious, Heather!

  7. TidyMom on June 14, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    This sounds SOO good, I just wish my family would eat something like this!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Sara on June 9, 2010 at 1:03 am

    These were really delicious, and not at all difficult to eat! Although, I now understand why your recipe says to put them in a small baking dish – both of mine split/fell over (I halved the recipe to make enough for just two people). They were still really good though.

    • HeatherSolos on June 10, 2010 at 10:25 am

      I'm so glad you liked it. If you want the tomatoes to stand up on their own, you can cut a very thin slice from the bottom, being careful to not cut into the cavity. In that case, I would use a touch of cooking spray to keep it from sticking.

  9. Sara on June 9, 2010 at 12:10 am

    I'm making these for dinner tonight! Adding the cooked chopped chicken per your suggestion and I substituted a serrano pepper for bell pepper because I hate bell peppers.

    Though it occurs to me that I have no idea how to eat these things, I look forward to trying!

  10. Stacy on June 8, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    These look good. I'll try them this summer sometime. My husband has a gigantic aversion to stuffed bell peppers due to his mom's growing up. However, he's never mentioned any other stuffed vegetables. There's a restaurant out here called Rutabegorz that serves great stuffed squashed and stuffed mushrooms (big ones), and I've always wanted to try making them. Maybe your stuffing could work well for other vegetables too. I think they cover them with cheese on top before baking.

  11. Linda on June 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    My mom made these and I did not like them. Yours look better tho. Like the bacon and pepper….that might be key.

    • HeatherSolos on June 8, 2010 at 9:45 pm

      I have seen variations with white wine and parsley which isn't my favorite flavor combination unless there is a lot of butter and garlic involved. Vampirism doesn't run in my family.

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