Meat Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers

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  • Total: 85 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 70 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
235 Calories
5g Fat
30g Carbs
19g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 235
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 761mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Protein 19g
Calcium 51mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Meat stuffed peppers are the perfect dish for Sukkot when stuffed vegetables are traditionally served. They go nicely next to a roast chicken, elevating the menu to that of a Jewish holiday meal. Use ground turkey instead of ground beef for a lite, healthy stuffed pepper. Stuffing peppers are much easier than stuffing cabbage leaves, and the resulting dish is just as delicious.


  • 4 to 6 red bell peppers (green or yellow)
  • 1-pound/0.5-kilograms lean ground beef (or, ground dark turkey)
  • 1 onion (grated)
  • 3 tablespoons uncooked rice
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 (20-ounce) can tomatoes (chopped if possible)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Cut a circle in the top of each pepper and pull out the seeds. Rinse and set aside. Save the top of the pepper.

  2. In a bowl mix together the meat, grated onion, rice, egg, 1-2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp black pepper.

  3. Stuff peppers with this mixture. Stuff lightly, so they won't be too heavy and dense. Place stuffed peppers in a roasting pan.

  4. In a saucepan, heat oil and saute chopped onion until golden. Add all other ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes.

  5. Pour sauce over the peppers making sure that some of the sauce stays on top of the peppers. Place pepper tops back on top of the peppers.

  6. Cover and bake 1 hour, basting once or twice.

Tip: Make in advance and reheat for the meal as the stuffed peppers taste even better after they have sat.