Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers

Instead of using traditional hamburger buns, this flavorful sloppy joe is served in roasted bell peppers and finished with basil sprigs for a pop of color and herbaceous flavor.
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Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers recipe

Whole30 Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers

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  • 6Servings


  • 6 red bell peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds and ribs removed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 lb ground beef or turkey
  • ¾ cup diced yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 18-oz jar crushed tomatoes or tomato purée
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos or fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp unsalted tomato paste
  • 3 tsp chili powder blend
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper ground black pepper, to taste
  • fresh basil leaves, optional


1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Rub outside of peppers with one- third of oil and place cut side up in a baking dish. Bake until just softened, about 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet on medium-high. Add beef and brown, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until just cooked through, 8 minutes. Drain; transfer to a bowl.

3. In same skillet on medium, heat remaining two-thirds of oil. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onion is tender and translucent, 5 to 6 minutes.

4. Return beef to skillet and add remaining ingredients (except basil). Stir to combine and simmer on medium-low for 15 minutes. Fill peppers with beef mixture. Garnish with basil (if using).

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 411
  • Carbohydrate Content: 19 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 89 mg
  • Fat Content: 23 g
  • Fiber Content: 5 g
  • Protein Content: 31 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 7 g
  • Sodium Content: 757 mg
  • Sugar Content: 12 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content: 12 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 2 g