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Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers

This is always a great go-to meal on busy days because it comes together so quickly.
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword easy stuffed peppers, sloppy joe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 243kcal


  • 2 green bell peppers to be stuffed

For sloppy joe filling:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 green bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • salt to taste
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon gluten free Worcestershire sauce I use Lee & Perrins


  • Preheat oven to 375℉
  • Cut two of your green peppers in half. Remove the seeds and membranes (you can do this with a spoon). Place them in an slightly oiled baking dish and cover with aluminum foil. Partially cook them in your oven for about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, sauté your diced peppers and onions in olive oil for 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Brown beef in the same pan. Then add tomato sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, and salt.
  • Stir peppers and onions back in with the beef and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • By now, your pepper halves should have become slightly softened in your oven. Take them out and fill them with your beef mixture. Divide the mixture between the halves, gently packing down the mixture.
    Pop them back into the oven for 20 minutes until browned and bubbly.


  • Today, I cut the peppers in half before stuffing them. Sometimes I just slice off the tops, remove the seeds and membranes with a spoon, and stuff them whole as I did in this quinoa and sausage stuffed peppers recipe.
  • Canned sloppy joe sauce can contain high fructose corn syrup and the seasoning packets can contain sugar. You can sweeten your homemade sauce with Stevia or your favorite sweetener if you prefer. I find this recipe to be tasty enough without it, but that's up to you.
  • If beef isn’t your thing, you can substitute ground turkey, ground chicken, ground pork, ground sausage, or ground lamb.


Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.5g