I’ve always been a fan of tacos, but the carbs from the taco shells? Not so much. These keto stuffed bell peppers are the perfect low carb substitute, and I must say they deliver every time I make them.
How to Make the Most Crave-worthy Keto Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Prepare the bell pepper halves. Cut them in half and remove the seeds. You can also slice a teeny tiny part of the bottom halves to keep them stable if they’re wobbling around.
- Bake for 15 minutes. They will soften and wrinkle a tiny bit.
- Make the filling. Saute your onion and garlic, and add your seasoned beef.
- Prepare the bell peppers. Scoop the beef mixture into the bell pepper halves. Top with cheese.
- Bake until the cheese is melted.
Are Bell Peppers Keto-friendly?
Yes! Bell peppers are low in carbs and have three times more vitamin C per serving than oranges. Green bell peppers have the least amount of carbs with only 2.9g per 100g compared to the red and yellow varieties.
1 medium pepper (116 grams) – 6 grams carbs (2 grams dietary fiber)
4 Other Peppers That Make Really Good Stuffed Peppers
- Poblano Peppers – These are similar to bell peppers, but do have a bit of heat.
- Banana Peppers – Shaped just like a banana, this kind of pepper is long and curved and is even milder in heat than poblano peppers.
- Cubanelle Peppers – This pepper is widely used in Latin American dishes and is the mildest pepper on this list.
- Jalapeño Peppers – Did someone say jalapeño poppers? With the most kick in the list, the jalapeño will liven up any dish.
Ground Beef Substitutes
Pork Sausage – Pack in some smokey flavor by using your favorite Italian pork sausage.
Ground Turkey – A leaner alternative is ground turkey which ends up having fewer calories AND more protein per serving than ground beef.
- 100 gram serving of ground turkey – 143 calories, 18 grams of protein.
- 100 gram serving of ground turkey – 259 calories, 16 grams of protein.
Lamb – There is something special about bell peppers that are stuffed with hearty lamb with some crumbled feta on top.
Cheddar Cheese Substitutes for Keto Stuffed Peppers
I love cheddar cheese, but feel free to use other types of cheese as well:
Can I Freeze Stuffed Peppers?
Absolutely! You can store your bell peppers in a tightly sealed container or you can individually wrap your cooked stuffed peppers in freezer-safe plastic or aluminum foil.
Make sure to completely cool down your peppers before freezing.
Are These Stuffed Peppers Good for a Make-Ahead Meal Prep?
Definitely! You can make this recipe in large batches, then store it in the freezer for 2 to 3 months. To reheat, simply pop them in the oven at 350 to 375 degrees fahrenheit for 5-7 minutes or until hot.
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Crave-worthy Keto Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers (Easy Ground Beef Recipe)
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
- 4 bell peppers (any color), halved and seeded
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 ¼ pound ground lean beef
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ medium onion, chopped
- 2 tbsp homemade taco seasoning
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- salt and black pepper to taste
For serving (optional):
- sliced jalapeno pepper
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Place the bell pepper halves on a large sheet pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
- To make the filling, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add the beef and cook until no longer pink.
- Add the taco seasoning and mix to combine.
- Remove the sheet pan from the oven.
- Scoop the ground beef mixture into the bell peppers.
- Top with cheese.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven.
- Serve with guacamole and sliced jalapeno.