Healthy Stuffed Peppers


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These healthy stuffed peppers make a quick and easy dinner. Loaded with seasoned ground beef and rice, they are easy to customize.

Love easy healthy dinner recipes? Try my easy tuna casserole, stuffed salmon, or zucchini lasagna recipe next.

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Need dinnertime inspiration? Here is an easy and healthy dinner that is always a massive hit in our house: healthy stuffed bell peppers

It’s one of the most versatile dinners ever, and honestly, one of my favorite ways to use up leftover veggies, meat, or even day-old rice!

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed 
  3. How to make healthy stuffed peppers
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Storage instructions
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More stuffed pepper recipes
  8. Healthy Stuffed Peppers (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • Actually healthy. These peppers are packed with protein, fiber, and sneaky veggies, but they taste indulgent.
  • Quick and easy. Besides the hollowing and stuffing, there really isn’t much else needed to do. The hard part is waiting for them to bake!
  • Family-friendly. This is one of my favorite ways to get the little ones to eat their veggies.

★★★★★ REVIEW 

“Delicious and soo so easy!” – Elaine

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Ingredients needed 

  • Bell peppers. Larger bell peppers are easier to stuff. I like using green, yellow, and red ones, for aesthetic purposes. 
  • Olive oil. For the filling.
  • Onion. A must when cooking ground beef. 
  • Beef. I used lean ground beef to keep things healthier, but any cut of ground beef works. If you use a fattier cut, drain the excess liquid. 
  • Canned tomatoes. In their natural juices. I typically use fire-roasted diced tomatoes.
  • Taco seasoning. Use your favorite store-bought kind (look for low sodium and no added sugar) or try my keto taco seasoning.
  • White rice. I used white rice, but brown rice, basmati rice, or even sushi rice are great alternarives.
  • Cheese. I used a Mexican shredded cheese blend, but cheddar cheese and Mozzarella cheese can be used.

How to make healthy stuffed peppers

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Cut the peppers in half and remove the seeds, then arrange them in the prepared baking dish.

Step 2- Prepare the stuffing. Add oil to a pan. Once hot, add the onions and saute until fragrant. Add beef and onions and simmer until most of the moisture has evaporated. Remove the pan from the stove, and add the cooked rice and shredded cheese.

Step 3- Fill the bell peppers and top with extra cheese. 

Step 4- Bake the stuffed bell peppers in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Make sure that you don’t cover the peppers while baking. Once done, serve hot after sprinkling some parsley or cilantro. 

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Recipe tips and variations

  • Do not over-bake the peppers, or else the sides will crisp up and become soggy. Once they are tender to the touch and the cheese has nicely melted, the peppers are ready!
  • Replace ground beef with ground chicken, ground bison, ground pork, or ground turkey. 
  • Use other flavor boosters and spices like garlic, Italian seasoning, or fresh herbs.
  • For a fun flavor change, fill the peppers with my homemade taco meat.
  • Make vegetarian stuffed peppers by omitting meat from the recipe and substitute it with black beans, sweet potato, or veggie-based meatless crumble. 
  • Cut the carbs and use cauliflower rice instead of rice.
  • Use canned tomatoes instead of fresh ones for an easy option. 

Storage instructions

To store: You can store leftovers in the refrigerator in airtight container for up to 4 days.

To freeze: Place the cooked and cooled peppers in a shallow container and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

Reheating: Thaw and then heat in the microwave to enjoy them again. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you soften bell peppers before stuffing?

To soften bell peppers before stuffing, blanch them in a large pot of boiling water for at least 2-3 minutes and allow them to dry on paper towels before stuffing.

How do you keep stuffed peppers from getting soggy?

The key to preventing stuffed peppers from becoming soggy is to NOT over-bake them.

More stuffed pepper recipes

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Healthy Stuffed Peppers

5 from 15 votes
These healthy stuffed peppers make a quick and easy dinner. Loaded with seasoned ground beef and rice, they are easy to customize. Watch the video below to see how I make it in my kitchen!
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



  • 4 large bell peppers cored and halved
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 15 ounces canned tomatoes diced in juices
  • 1 cup coked rice
  • 2 cups shredded cheese divided


  • Preheat your oven to 180C/375F. Lightly coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Place the bell pepper halves in the dish.
  • Add the oil to a large non-stick pan and place it over medium heat. Add the beef and onion. With a wooden spoon or spatula, break the meat into small pieces. Cook for 6-7 minutes, or until the beef is browned.
  • Add the taco seasoning then pour in the can of diced tomatoes along with the juices, and let it simmer. Remove off the heat.
  • Stir through the cooked rice and half the cheese.
  • Evenly distribute the mixture amongst the eight bell pepper halves and top with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake the stuffed peppers for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.


TO STORE: You can store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
TO FREEZE: Place the cooked and cooled peppers in a shallow container and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 246kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 21gFat: 11gSodium: 337mgPotassium: 566mgFiber: 3gVitamin A: 2930IUVitamin C: 111mgCalcium: 174mgIron: 3mgNET CARBS: 13g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Originally published June 2022, updated and republished May 2024

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious recipe! I made this for dinner last night, and it was a hit with my family. The combination of flavors and textures was perfect. The instructions were clear and easy to follow, making the cooking process a breeze. I’ll definitely be adding this to my list of go-to recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I made these
    They are delicious
    I use 1/2 the cheese
    Replace beef with turkey &rice with riced cauliflower
    I have celiac & lactose intolerant
    I just adjust accordingly