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Low Carb Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ground beef, tomato sauce, and cauliflower rice baked inside a delicious, nutritious bell pepper.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 282kcal


  • Large Saute Pan
  • Large knife
  • Cutting board
  • large bowl
  • Mesh strainer
  • measuring spoons
  • Baking pan or muffin pan


  • 1 lb Ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 12 oz Cauliflower rice, steamed and drained
  • 5-7 Large green bell peppers
  • 2 ea 8-oz cans Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Shredded cheese, mozzarella or Italian blend
  • 1 tbsp Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook the ground beef until done and drain the grease.  While the ground beef is cooking, steam the cauliflower rice in the microwave. VERY IMPORTANT:  After the cauliflower has cooked, you must press out as much liquid as possible.  Place the cooked cauliflower rice in a mesh strainer, then place several paper towels on top of the cauliflower and use your fist to press very firmly on the cauliflower rice. Repeat this process, switching out the wet paper towels with dry paper towels until there is no more liquid draining/dripping out of the strainer.
  • Combine the ground beef and cauliflower rice. Add the tomato sauce (use the tomato sauce with basil, garlic, and oregano for added flavor but check carb content), sour cream, and seasonings.  Mix well. Check the flavor and add additional seasonings if desired.
  • Wash and dry bell peppers.  Cut the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and white membrane. 
  • Fill the peppers with the ground beef mixture and place in a baking dish or muffin pan. SEE RECIPE NOTES BELOW FOR SOFTER BELL PEPPERS.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 20-25 minutes.  For softer bell peppers, cover with foil before baking (see note below). Remove from oven, and top with cheese.  Return to the oven for another 5-10 minutes to melt the cheese.  Use the broiler to brown the cheese to your liking.


A) For softer bell peppers, cover with foil before baking. However, if you like your bell peppers to be really soft:  before filling them, place them in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes; remove from the pot, let cool, then fill with the ground beef mixture. Be sure not to boil them for too long or they'll be too flimsy.  Proceed with the rest of the instructions.
(B) Slow Cooker Method: Follow Steps 1-3 of the recipe card.  Place stuffed peppers in the crock pot.  Cook 4 hours on low (5 hours for a much softer pepper).  Add the cheese, cover, and cook for another 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
(C) Store cooked stuffed bell peppers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
(D) You can freeze these stuffed bell peppers for up to 3 months.
stuffed bell peppers nutrition label


Serving: 1pepper | Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 14.9g | Saturated Fat: 6.9g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 484mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g