Keto Stuffed Peppers Without Rice [Video]

These keto stuffed peppers are an easy, delicious keto dinner recipe that will help you stay satisfied — and won’t kick you out of ketosis. Your whole family will love this keto stuffed pepper recipe. It has everything you want for dinner – meat, lots of veggies, and cheese – wrapped up in a neat little package.  And of course, it’s a stuffed pepper recipe without rice.

Easy Keto Stuffed Peppers Recipe

These Keto Stuffed Peppers are so tasty, you won’t miss the rice one bit. The ground beef and veggie filling is cooked up on the stovetop, and then stuffed into bell peppers. The bell peppers steam and soften in the oven – totally hands off.


This is one of those keto casserole dishes that are perfect for meal prep and batch cooking, too.  These low carb stuffed peppers can be prepped ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to cook. Or, you can prepare the dish all the way through, and refrigerate the leftovers to serve the next day.

Ingredients for Keto Stuffed Peppers

This 9-ingredient keto dinner recipe starts off with sweet bell peppers.  Green, red, yellow, or orange — it’s your choice! But, if you are watching your carb count extra carefully, you should know that the red peppers have 1 gram more carbs per cup than the green peppers.  It’s not enough to make a big difference — but I thought I’d point that out!

In any color, bell peppers are good sources of vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid, and fiber.  One half red bell pepper has about 2.5 net carbs.

Here’s what else you’ll need to make this yummy keto dinner:

  • Ground Beef. I used 80% lean in this recipe.  You could use whatever blend you like.  I think it would also be delicious with a mixture of beef and Italian sausage — yum!
  • Onion and garlic.
  • Zucchini. Since we aren’t using rice in this recipe, I add grated zucchini for moisture, flavor, and fiber.
  • Tomatoes.  I used plain, crushed, San Marzano tomatoes.  You can use your favorite tomato sauce instead — a lot of people recommend Rao’s brand — just make sure to check the carb count. Or, make my quick and easy keto tomato sauce.
  • Cheese.  A mix of shredded cheddar and mozzarella worked really well in this recipe.

How to Make Keto Stuffed Peppers

To start, cut each of your bell peppers in half, and clean out the seeds and membranes.  Season the inside of each pepper half with salt and pepper.  Place the halved bell peppers in a greased baking dish in one layer.  Set the dish aside while you make the filling.

Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Cook the ground beef until browned.  Add the vegetables and seasonings and cook until they are soft and translucent.

Stuff the peppers with the ground beef mixture.  Do your best to evenly divide the mixture among the peppers. Carefully pour 1/2 cup of water between the peppers into the baking dish and cover with foil.  The water and the foil will create steam in the oven, which will soften the bell peppers as they cook.

Bake until the peppers are tender and the filling is heated through — about 45 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle the peppers with shredded cheese. Return to the oven until the cheese is melted — about 5 more minutes. And you’re done!

So what does it taste like?

  • Cheesy
  • Flavorful
  • Comfort Food(!)
  • Warm and satisfying
  • Easy to make
  • & Super delicious

What to serve with Keto Stuffed Peppers

This would make the perfect entrée when served with something like keto cauliflower rice. Need something green on the side? Try out roasted broccoli.

If you like these keto comfort food dishes, be sure to check out our other keto dinner recipes.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #greenandketo on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Keto Stuffed Peppers without Rice

Keto Stuffed Peppers without Rice

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This Keto Stuffed Pepper recipe is an easy, delicious dinner that your whole family will love. Made without rice to make it keto-friendly and low carb.



  • 3 medium bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes, or your favorite tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • Cooking spray
  • Thinly sliced scallions or fresh herbs, to garnish (optional)



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare the peppers and the filling. Use a knife to cut each bell pepper stem in half. Remove the ribs and the seeds. Season the inside of each pepper with salt and pepper. Place the peppers into the greased baking dish in one layer. Set aside.
  3. Cook the filling. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the ground beef, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned. Add the onions, zucchini, garlic, and oregano, and cook until softened. Stir in the crushed tomatoes. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Remove from heat.
  4. Stuff the peppers. Evenly divide the mixture among the peppers. Carefully pour 1/2 cup of water between the peppers into the baking dish. Cover with foil.
  5. Bake until the peppers are tender and the filling is heated through -- about 45 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle the peppers with shredded cheese. Return to the oven until the cheese is melted -- about 5 more minutes. Remove from the oven and garnish with scallions and herbs, if desired, before serving.


Recipe Notes Make ahead: The peppers can be stuffed and refrigerated up to 1 day ahead. Add 10 minutes baking time. Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 720mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 27g

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15 thoughts on “Keto Stuffed Peppers Without Rice [Video]”

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    • Hi Ellie,
      I haven’t tried freezing these myself, but I bet you could!
      Most “traditional” stuffed pepper recipes recommend freezing after filling, but before baking. I also would recommend leaving off the cheese until you are ready to bake.
      Let me know how it goes!

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  4. Hello,
    Any tips on cooking this over the fire while camping? I can cook all stuffed ingredients on the stove but would like to “bake” this over the fire.

  5. I did some modifications
    – instead of zucchini (I do not like zucchini) I used 1 cup fresh cauliflower rice and shreded small carrot
    – I did not have chopped tomato in kitchen and I used a 1/2 cup tomato juice
    – topped with shredded parmesan cheese
    It came fantastic!
    Definitly I will make many times again 🙂
    Thank you for great recipe.

  6. 09/23/2019. Prepared the Keto Stuffed Peppers. OMG! perfect comfort food and very filling. Thank you. Excellent substitution with no rice. Carbs have been my enemy my entire life.


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