Paleo Stuffed Peppers

Paleo Stuffed Peppers are filled with seasoned ground sirloin and slow cooked to perfection. Served with cauliflower rice and smothered in spaghetti sauce.

Stuffed peppers have always been one of my favorite fall meals. Large, garden fresh green peppers call out to be stuffed with meat and smothered in spaghetti sauce.  I remember this meal being one of my favorites from my childhood. That and stuffed shells.

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Healthy Stuffed Bell Peppers

I took the classic stuffed pepper recipe that my mom has used of years and made just a few slight changes to turn it into Paleo Stuffed Peppers, Whole30 approved.

This is an easy, healthy dinner that will be ready to dig into when you get home from a long day.

We use beef in this recipe, but feel free to use turkey for ground turkey stuffed peppers.

Looking for a meatless stuffed peppers? Try our Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers.

Can you eat peppers on paleo?

Yes! Peppers are a great option for snacking and for meals when following the paleo diet.

A bowl of food on a plate, with Stuffed peppers and Rice

Should I blanch peppers before stuffing?

Blanching peppers means you place the peppers in boiling water for about 3 minutes. Then you place them in ice water to stop the softening process.

Blanching peppers helps them keep their vibrant colors, but it is not necessary to blanch peppers before stuffing.

It’s a matter of preference, but we do not blanch or soften our peppers before stuffing them.

How to Make Stuffed Peppers

This is one of our favorite dinners to make in the summer when we have garden fresh bell peppers, but you can make it any time of the year. It’s takes only about 20 minutes to prepare for the slow cooker.

  • Cut the tops off of the peppers and clean out the seeds. Set aside.
A green pepper on top of a wooden cutting board
  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground sirloin, garlic salt, egg, coconut flour, Italian seasoning, basil, pepper and 3 teaspoons of spaghetti sauce.
stuffed pepper mix in bowl
  • Stuff the ground sirloin mixture into the cleaned green peppers. If there is any extra meat mixture, form it into a loaf. You can slow cook the extra loaf along with the green peppers or you can bake it in the oven, if desired.
uncooked stuffed peppers
  • Place the stuffed peppers in the slow cooker and top each pepper with ¼ cup additional spaghetti sauce.
uncooked stuffed peppers with sauce
  • Allow the peppers to cook for 3-4 hours on high, or 5-6 hours on low.
 stuffed peppers in a slow cooker

What to Serve with Stuffed Peppers

Serve this Italian favorite over cauliflower rice with healthy, homemade marinara  on top. You can find our favorite marinara recipe here. 

If you’re not looking for low carb, use rice or pasta.

stuffed pepper cut in half

Can you freeze stuffed peppers?

You can even make up the peppers ahead of time and freeze them unbaked.

  • Defrost them in the refrigerator the night before you want to cook them.
  • Then place them in the slow cooker and add a scoop of spaghetti sauce on top.
  • Cook on high for 3-4 hours. If they are still quite frozen they may take a little longer.

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Paleo Stuffed Peppers
Paleo Stuffed Peppers

Paleo Stuffed Peppers

5 from 1 vote
Paleo Stuffed Peppers are filled with Italian seasoned ground sirloin and slow cooked to perfection. Serve with cauliflower rice and smother it in spaghetti sauce.
Servings 6
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Cut the tops off of the peppers and clean out the seeds. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground sirloin, garlic salt, egg, almond flour, Italian seasoning, basil, pepper and 3 teaspoons of spaghetti sauce.
  • Stuff the ground sirloin mixture into the cleaned green peppers. If there is any extra meat mixture, form it into a loaf. You can slow cook the extra loaf along with the green peppers or you can bake it in the oven, if desired.
  • Place the stuffed peppers in the slow cooker and top each pepper with ¼ cup additional spaghetti sauce.
  • Allow the peppers to cook for 4-5 hours on high, or 6-8 hours on low.
  • Serve over cauliflower rice and top with spaghetti sauce.

Notes

Our package of ground sirloin was 2 ⅓ pounds. If you use an even two pounds of meat, the recipe should still turn out. If your peppers are on the smaller side, you’ll end up with leftover meat mixture. Make this into a small meatloaf and cook it along with the peppers. You could also use the extra meat to make meatballs.

Nutrition

Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 763mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 605IU | Vitamin C: 131.8mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 4.1mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 481
Keyword beef recipe, paleo recipe
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Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner
7 years ago

Stuffed peppers remind me of my mom and her recipe…comfort food for me! I’m glad you converted your husband 🙂

Cindy Eikenberg
7 years ago

This reminds me of my mom’s recipe too! I love stuffed peppers but my hubby does not…maybe I can convert him! 🙂 This looks so delicious!

Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling
7 years ago

Hooray on getting him to eat the green pepper! My mom used to make stuffed green peppers like this when I was growing up….but she had to make them “to order” for all the picky eaters in the family! 🙂

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
7 years ago

This reminds me of my mom too! 🙂 This was one of those meals I looked forward to because we didn’t have it very often! Love the paleo changes in your recipe!

Katie
7 years ago

I made these yesterday and they came out great. They’re delicious with some of the extra sauce poured over them when they’re done, and they even reheat well.

stephanie
7 years ago

Hi – Can you make these in the oven? If you do not have a slow cooker?

Thanks!
stephanie

Brooke
7 years ago

Do you cook the ground sirloin before putting in the crock pot – or does the crock pot do that part?

Sarah
7 years ago

These look great! I was wondering…when you say these freeze well, do you cook them before freezing or after? I love your Paleo recipes by the way 🙂 Your slow cooker paleo pork chops are a weekly staple in my house!

Joe
6 years ago

Can you use ground turkey instead?

Amy
5 years ago

After cooking these all day I came home to the peppers sitting in 2 inches of liquid in the slow cooker. The peppers did not hold up and became so thin. Where did I go wrong?

Jess Carson
5 years ago

Anyone mix the cauliflower into the meat? Make it a bit heartier?

Ivory
4 years ago

I’ve been looking for an amazing stuff peppers recipe, and I know I just found it, because yours making my mouth water. Yummy!

Anonymous
4 years ago

Can you use almond flour instead of coconut flour?

sydne
4 years ago

Looking forward to trying these because I love stuffed peppers but most recipes call for rice and my husband won’t eat rice!