Low-Carb Cheesy Stuffed Peppers

This content originally appeared on Low Carb Yum. Republished with permission.

A meaty low-carb stuffed peppers recipe that makes a tasty keto-friendly meal. It can even be made ahead and frozen for an easy meal any time.

These stuffed peppers could not be any easier. I’ll share all my tips with you so you can make the perfect stuffed peppers every single time.

Green bell peppers aren’t something I cook often so it was a nice change. Lately, I’ve been eating a ton of zucchini and cucumbers from the garden.

Frequently Asked Questions About Stuffed Peppers

Here are the most common questions about the keto version of a stuffed bell pepper recipe.

What Is The Best Type Of Meat For Stuffed Peppers

Any kind of ground meat will work for these peppers. But pulled pork stuffed pepper tastes great too.

I have grown to love deer meat and I rarely use ground beef or other types of sausage. We always have tons of venison meat in our upright freezer.

Since venison isn’t as common as ground beef, I never list it as an ingredient. However, most of the ground meat recipes on this site were made with deer meat.

You’d never know these low-carb stuffed peppers were made with venison instead of beef. Adding tomatoes is one way to hide any gamey taste.

What Can You Use Instead of Peppers

If you aren’t a fan of bell peppers, or peppers in general, you can easily stuff the ground meat mixture into zucchini or squash. But, bell peppers tend to hold the stuffing much better unless you are using a round squash.

Stuffed vegetables make great low-carb meals. Other ideas are taco stuffed yellow squash and zucchini boats. Or, you can stuff pepper rings.

Do you have a favorite filling for stuffed vegetables? I’m thinking of making a lasagna stuffing next time.

How Do You Add Less Meat To The Peppers

If you want to use less meat in the stuffing, you can add in some cauliflower rice or Miracle Rice. Since I wanted to use up our ground venison, I kept the filling for the low-carb stuffed bell peppers on the meaty side.

What Type of Cheese Is Best For Stuffed Peppers

You can also change up the cheese topping to suit your preferences. I had some slices of Colby Jack and mozzarella cheese so that’s what I used.

Other types of cheese that work just as well are sharp cheddar or even spicy pepper jack.

How Do You Store Low-Carb Stuffed Peppers

These taste the best fresh out of the oven. If you want to make them ahead of time to save yourself time in the kitchen, I recommend filling the raw peppers with all of the ingredients (including the cooked meat).

Then, store the peppers in a sealed container in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake them.

If you have leftover peppers, keep them in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 4 days. They taste best if you heat them back up in the oven, but the microwave will work too (it will just make the peppers feel softer).

How Do You Make Stuffed Peppers In the Slow Cooker

If you don’t have time to bake your stuffed peppers, you can still make this recipe in the slow cooker.

They bake faster than other slow cooker recipes. They will probably be ready in just 4-5 hours on low.

To make stuffed bell peppers in the slow cooker, cook your meat like normal and stuff the peppers with all the ingredients.

Then, put the stuffed peppers in the slow cooker for 4-5 hours on low or 1-2 hours on high. Add the cheese during the last 10 minutes of cooking time.

This will also make the peppers softer and it’s a lot easier to overcook them this way. I recommend using the oven.

How Do You Make Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

It is possible to make vegan stuffed peppers that are also low-carb. Instead of meat, use vegan crumbles that are made of beans and other keto ingredients.

Stuff the peppers with lots of cauliflower rice. This will give it bulk and lots of flavor at the same time.

Instead of cheese, use a dairy-free cheese alternative like Daiya. Please read all labels before you add the dairy-free alternative since they all have different amounts of carbs in them.

What To Serve With Keto Low-Carb Stuffed Peppers

These are an entire meal on their own. They have the meat and veggies all in one satisfying dish.

If you want to eat something on the side, you can prepare a plate of cauliflower Mexican rice and maybe even a slice of coconut flour cornbread.

Other Keto Ground Beef Recipes

I have a great collection of low-carb ground meat recipes if you also happen to have a freezer full to use up. You are sure to find a new family favorite.

Here are some more of my favorite low-carb beef recipes.

Keto meatloaf uses pork rinds instead of bread crumbs and has the signature tomato sauce.
Ground beef stroganoff has a creamy sauce on top of zucchini noodles.
Keto Korean ground beef bowl sits on a bed of cauliflower rice and has a really nice spicy kick to it.
Ground beef and green beans stir fry is a different look and texture than other stir-fries but with the same amazing taste.
Low-Carb taco casserole bake is a fun way to enjoy Taco Tuesday and feed your entire family.


Low-Carb Stuffed Peppers

A bell peppers stuffed with a meaty filling. They make a tasty keto friendly meal. It can even be made ahead and frozen for an easy meal any time.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Low-Carb
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 29 minutes
Total Time 44 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 243kcal


6 medium green bell peppers washed and seeded1 tablespoon olive oil3 cloves garlic minced1 pound ground beef14.5 ounces diced tomatoes2 teaspoons Italian seasoning½ teaspoon sea salt½ teaspoon onion powder¾ cup marinara sauce divided3 slices Colby Jack cheese chopped3 slices mozzarella cheese chopped


Cut tops off peppers. Hollow out inside and discard seeds. Chop half the tops and set aside.
In skillet, saute garlic in olive oil until fragrant. Add in chopped green peppers from tops. Cook for about five minutes.
Add in ground beef and cook until browned.
Mix in diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, sea salt, and onion powder. Cook another five minutes.
Stuff beef mixture into each hollowed out green pepper. Top each with 1 tablespoon marinara sauce then sprinkle with the chopped cheese.
Combine the remaining marinara sauce with any liquid remaining in the pan used to cook beef mixture. Pour into an 11×7 baking dish. Place stuffed peppers on top.
Bake at 375°F degrees for about 20 minutes.


If you want softer peppers, it’s best to boil or blanch the peppers before stuffing and baking. About 10 minutes in boiling water is recommended. Otherwise, they will likely be a bit crunchy.
You can also make this recipe in the slow cooker. Just cook the meat filled peppers without cheese in the crock pot for 4-5 hours on low. The cheese can be added at the end until melted, about 10 minutes more.


Sodium: 344mg | Calcium: 90mg | Vitamin C: 122.1mg | Vitamin A: 1450IU | Sugar: 4g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 354mg | Cholesterol: 59mg | Calories: 243kcal | Saturated Fat: 5g | Fat: 14g | Protein: 21g | Carbohydrates: 10g | Iron: 2.7mg

Please note that the nutritional information may vary depending
on the specific brands of products used. We encourage everyone to check specific
product labels in calculating the exact nutritional information.


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