Stuff it! Low Carb Cheesey Stuffed Peppers Recipe


If you love your beef but are worried about the effect the some carb-rich recipes like Shepherds Pie will have on your diet, look no further. Here is a healthy alternative that is as easy on the waistline as it is delicious. While most stuffed pepper recipes have rice, or some other starchy carb, this one is stuffed only with meat and cheese and it's totally low carb friendly!

So stuff it! Whether you’re cooking for a group or just for the family, these protein-rich stuffed peppers are loaded with flavor and make a great dinner with a salad on the side. Make sure to make extra so you can have leftovers for lunch.


Cooking Time:30  
Serves: 2-3
Estimated cost: $10

Ingredients
  • 6-8 green, orange, or yellow bell peppers
  • 1-2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 garlic wedges, minced
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut the tops off the peppers and remove all the seeds and white stuff. Simmer peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes
  3. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onions, garlic and diced tomato and fry for about 3 minutes. Stir in ground beef. Cook the meat until it is no longer pink.
  4. Stuff the mixture into the hollowed-out peppers. Place stuffed peppers onto a baking tray
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Top with cheddar cheese and bake for 5 additional minutes. 
Husband Says: "Stuff it! Ah shhht stuff it real good! Remember that 90s song 'Push it, push it real good'? No? Damn. I'm old. Anyway, stuff it! These things are tasty. Carmen's made a few versions of this and this recipe is my favorite of the bunch. Bell peppers are severely underrated as a main dish. Its nice to add something else to a bell pepper for a change, rather than dicing them up and having them play second fiddle." 

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September 4, 2012 at 10:29 AM delete

My husband loves stuffed peppers! I'll have to try these!

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Balvinder Ubi
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September 4, 2012 at 11:18 AM delete

I have never tried beef. It is prohibited in Hindu religion, I am not Hindu but I respect that religion because I have studied in Hindi and English medium schools.

We do make stuffed peppers as a side and I will try it with nutrella granules.Its a vegetarian protein look just like minced meat.

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Alida
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September 4, 2012 at 3:35 PM delete

this is a yummy way of stuffing peppers and a very healthy one too! Well done!

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anne
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September 5, 2012 at 7:16 AM delete

I love bell pepper and usually use it for stir fries and of course stuffing those same ol' same ol' minced fish ! lol Love your mouthwatering cheesy stuffed peppers ! To me , beef and cheese is such a delectable match ! ;D

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sandra
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September 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM delete

You can't go wrong with bell peppers, tomatoes, and cheese ~ Way to go, these stuffed peppers look divine...Yummm ;)

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Feisty Tapas
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September 12, 2012 at 5:14 AM delete

You and I seem to have really similar tastes Carmen, I do a version of this (the original recipe was passed on to me by a Colombian friend). I had to come back to say this and: where did you get your blog design (I love the featured posts on the home page and the general design), I'm on Blogger too and mine doesn't look half as good as yours (although granted I don't have much time for the design in between work and toddler). Help please! ;)

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May 2, 2013 at 7:58 AM delete

At what point are the tomatoes added?

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Judy Clink
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May 3, 2013 at 3:50 PM delete

HELP! In step #3, what peppers are diced and cooked with the onions? Do you chop up some of the peppers or add others? You do not mention the tomatoes in your directions. I assume you chop them and add to onion and hamburger?

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May 8, 2013 at 11:52 PM delete

Hi Judy, I am very sorry for the confusion, when I said "diced peppers" in Step#3 , I meant diced tomatoes. I have now made the correction. Thank you so much for mentioning it. I hope you enjoyed the recipe. And Danny, the tomatoes are added to make the meat more juicy. Hope you like the recipe.

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KLH Designs
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July 18, 2013 at 7:51 PM delete

I remember that song! ;)

These look so Yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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Beth Brady
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September 30, 2013 at 12:47 PM delete

Is the ground beef raw when you stuff it into the peppers?

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Ella
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October 22, 2013 at 4:40 AM delete

It looks delicious. I have to try. Thanks for sharing!

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Melissa
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October 28, 2013 at 2:45 PM delete

Do you cook the beef through before filling peppers?

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October 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM delete

Thank you for all your lovely comments, and sorry for the late reply. @Ella @Melissa: Yes, you do have to cook your ground beef by following instruction step 3 "Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onions, garlic and diced tomato and fry for about 3 minutes. Stir in ground beef." I am sorry if the instruction is not clear enough. What I meant to say is "stir in ground beef, cook the meat until it is no longer pink." I am going to do some editing now. Thanks for checking out Carmen's Kitchen. And I hope you will enjoy the recipe!

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nelskye sky
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November 29, 2013 at 4:15 AM delete

would love to try it, looks yummy!

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nelskye sky
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November 29, 2013 at 4:17 AM delete

i will try this, looks yummy

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December 5, 2013 at 12:22 AM delete

Made this tonight! Delicious!!!! Added some carrots and a can of tomato sauce. So easy and quick to make! Will definitely be making this again! Thank you!!

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Milly Rarick
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January 3, 2014 at 7:08 PM delete

Thank you for sharing this recipe it was delicious. I made it tonight but used ground turkey instead of the beef. I will definitely make this again :-)

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darlene bibby
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March 10, 2014 at 6:41 PM delete

This looks delish!! But do u drain the tomatoes first or add the liquid?

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Jerimy Deerr
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April 13, 2014 at 3:39 PM delete

When you say garlic wedge is that the same as a garlic clove? I'm getting ready to make this myself and can only find garlic clove. And like Lorrie asked do you drain the tomatoes?

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Suttonc
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April 13, 2014 at 7:47 PM delete

Making these now - used ground turkey and also grated. Cauliflower and baked them on a cookie sheet prior - added the baked cauliflower to trick me into thinking we had rice in them but also added some extra veg - smells amazing - will have to post how they turn out. Hanks for sharing the receipe.

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April 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM delete

Hi Lorrie, sorry for the late reply. Yes, i drained the tomatoes first before cooking them. Enjoy!

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Kim Donegan
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June 19, 2014 at 1:42 AM delete

My family loved these.. even my 2 yr old. It was my 1st time ever making stuffed peppers and this was super easy. I also tried the filling in portobello mushroom tops instead of peppers and it was amazing. Thank you.

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Tami
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August 18, 2014 at 9:49 PM delete

I've never liked stuffed peppers because of all the rice. Complete turn-off for me, even though I like rice by itself. That being said, this recipe is something I am definitely going to try :)

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October 3, 2014 at 9:05 PM delete

Can you use red peppers instead?

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January 3, 2015 at 12:59 PM delete

Don't worry, I remember the song...Salt and Peppa's here!

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Missy Magee
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April 20, 2015 at 1:36 PM delete

dont know if i missed it, but about how many carbs are in one stuffed pepper? thanks in advance :)

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