Last Updated on February 6, 2023 by Kathryn Donangelo
Cheesy Pizza Stuffed Peppers are stuffed with lean ground beef, pizza sauce, lots of cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings. This is a healthy low carb version of pizza since we ditch the dough. Pizza peppers are customizable and perfect for the whole family!
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Pizza Stuffed Peppers
If you’re craving pizza but not craving the carbs, Pizza Stuffed Peppers are what you need! Loaded with all pizza flavors except the crusty doughy base.
Make this meal complete by serving these peppers with a salad, baked sweet potato fries, or roasted veggies!
This is a fun way to enjoy pizza night and the carbs won’t even be missed since the pepper halves are stuffed with hearty ground beef, pizza sauce, gooey bubbly cheese, and pizza toppings.
If you love pizza but not the carbs, try my Cauliflower Crust pizza! Other pizza-inspired recipes you might like are my Pizza Roll Ups, Hot Pizza Dip, and Green Goddess Pizza.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Low-carb recipe: This recipe is low in carbs, high in protein and totally satisfying. Made with nutritious ingredients and is significantly lower in carbs than regular pizza.
Customizable: You and your family can pick and choose your favorite toppings by adding your favorite pizza ingredients. Perfect for picky eaters or anyone who loves making their own pizzas. See below for a list of recipe variations.
Delicious dinner: These are quick, easy, made with simple ingredients, and take less than an hour to make. You can make these the day or night ahead of time so all of you have to do is pop them into the oven to bake.
Fun for kids to help make: Kids will love assembling these peppers together by adding the meat filling and/or toppings.
- Bell peppers: Your choice of red, orange, yellow or green bell peppers.
- Ground beef: Lean beef, ground turkey, or any lean ground meat will work. It’s best if the meat is lean so the grease doesn’t make these peppers soggy.
- Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder: Added for flavor.
- Mozzarella cheese: I always prefer to shred my own cheese so the cheese is extra melty. You could also use a pre-shredded Italian blend, provolone, cheddar, or Monterey Jack.
- Pizza sauce: You can use homemade or store-bought. Alternatively, you could use marinara sauce or tomato sauce.
- Pizza toppings: Your choice! You can use any of your favorite toppings or have everyone pick their own. I love using pepperoni, olives, and cheese.
How To Make Pizza Stuffed Peppers
Prepare baking dish: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and lightly spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish or casserole pan with cooking spray. Add 1/2 cup of pizza sauce to the bottom of the pan and spread with a spoon or spatula. Set aside.
Cook meat: Heat a large skillet or pan over medium heat and add olive oil, ground meat, and seasonings (Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper). Cook until meat is fully cooked and no longer pink, about 7-9 minutes. Crumble the meat with a wooden spoon.
Assemble peppers: Place peppers onto prepared baking dish. Spoon in ground meat into each bell pepper. Top each with 2-3 tablespoons of pizza sauce and a small handful of cheese. Top with your favorite pizza toppings (I used olives and pepperoni). Add the remaining pizza sauce to the bottom of the pan and spread it out with a spoon if you can.
Bake: Cover peppers with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the foil and bake for another 15-20 more minutes until cheese is melted and the peppers are tender. Let cool for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with parsley (optional) and enjoy!
- Pepperoni: Use regular pepperoni slices, mini pepperoni, or turkey pepperoni.
- Peppers: Instead of bell peppers, you could use mini sweet peppers.
- Meatless: Omit the ground beef completely and make vegetarian pizza peppers or use a vegan ground meat alternative.
- Cream cheese: Add a smear of cream cheese to the bottom of the pepper halves for a creamier and cheesier texture.
- Sauce: If you love white sauce on pizza, swap the pizza sauce for your favorite Alfredo sauce.
Pizza Topping Ideas
- Regular or hot Italian sausage
- Diced tomatoes
- Black olives
- Roasted garlic or minced garlic
- Parmesan cheese
- Bell pepper slices
- Diced onions
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- Parmesan cheese
Leftovers & Storage
To-store: Cover peppers with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until warmed.
To-freeze: Cool peppers completely and wrap each baked stuffed pepper in plastic wrap, and place all of the peppers together in an airtight container. Keep in the freezer for up to 2 months. It’s best to reheat from frozen without thawing first, to keep the pepper from getting too soggy.
Reheat stuffed peppers in a 400 degree F. oven for 10-15 minutes if refrigerated, or 30-40 minutes if frozen.
Other Low-Carb Dinner Recipes
- Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers
- Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats
- Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- Taco Lettuce Wraps
- Healthy Turkey Chili
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Pizza Stuffed Peppers
- 3 bell peppers (any color will work) seeded and cut in half lengthwise
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 pound ground lean turkey or lean beef
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups pizza sauce or marinara sauce divided
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- toppings of choice I use olives and pepperoni
- chopped parsley optional
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and lightly spray a 13 x 9 inch baking or casserole pan with cooking spray. Add 1/2 cup of pizza sauce to the bottom of the pan and spread with a spoon or spatula. Set aside.
- Heat a large pan or skillet over medium heat and add olive oil, ground turkey, and seasonings (Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper). Cook until meat is fully cooked and no longer pink, about 7-9 minutes. Crumble the meat with a wooden spoon.
- Spoon in ground meat into each bell pepper. Top each with 2-3tablespoons of pizza sauce and a small handful of cheese. Top with your favorite pizza toppings (I used olives and pepperoni). Add the remaining pizza sauce to the bottom of the pan and spread it out with a spoon if you can.
- Cover peppers with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the foil and bake for another 15-20 more minutes until cheese is melted and the peppers are tender. Let cool for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with parsley (optional) and enjoy!
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