Keto Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Lolita Carrico
A certified nutritionist and self-taught chef with a love for entertaining and experimenting with food, Lolita Carrico created Ketology after struggling for years with her own hormonal changes and weight gain. After having two children, she found that managing her weight and moods became more and more of a struggle. After researching the ketogenic diet thoroughly and understanding the science and nutritional aspects, she began her keto journey in 2018. Within three months, she shed 25 pounds and her mood improved, focus sharpened and her energy was through the roof. Three years later, she has maintained a 55-pound weight loss and has learned to intuitively follow a balanced keto lifestyle without sacrificing a thing!

I’ve never had an interest in stuffed peppers – they just never sounded all that delicious to me. But when experimenting with the glorious uses of pork rinds and pork rind crumbs as a breadcrumb alternative for keto dieters, I decided to make this tried-and-true Italian standby. These keto stuffed bell peppers have become a favorite in our house – my sons love them too. I sometimes mix it up and use ground lamb – the flavor combo of the lamb with sweet bell peppers is so delicious.

I stayed pretty true to the way traditional stuffed peppers are made with keto-friendly substitutions. I opt for red or yellow peppers as the vessel versus green peppers. Green peppers have a bitter taste that I don’t love while red and yellow peppers have a sweetness that is further enhanced when baked. If you want a more subtle base for the delicious filling, certainly go for a green pepper. The result will be cozy, comforting, and yummy regardless! Pro Tip: we usually stock up on Rao’s Marinara – it’s the most keto friendly tomato sauce without added sugar. Although it can be pricey, Whole Foods often has it on sale and Costco usually has it too at a great price.

Bell peppers also pack in some great nutrition – they are one of the richest sources of Vitamin C. One red bell pepper (my favorite variety!) provides 169% of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin C which is essential for most of our body to function especially as we age.

Keto Stuffed Bell Peppers

5 from 1 vote
Servings 4
Calories 254 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 medium bell peppers any color you prefer, we like red and yellow
  • 1 tbsp good quality olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 pound 85/15 ground beef
  • 2 slices bacon no-sugar-added. cooked and diced
  • 1 small tomato diced
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp marinara sauce we like Rao's
  • 1/2 cup crumbled pork rinds
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup pepper jack cheese shredded

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375? degrees.
  • Cut tops off bell peppers and deseed. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet or cast iron over medium heat, heat olive oil and then saut? onion and garlic until transparent, about 3 - 5 minutes.
  • Add beef to the skillet and cook until browned. Add bacon, tomato and Italian seasoning and combine. Stir in marinara sauce and crumbled pork rinds.
  • Stuff each pepper with half of meat mixture and stand peppers upright in a baking dish with at least 1 - 2 inch sides. Bake for 45 minutes.
  • Remove baking dish from and sprinkle cheeses evenly among peppers.
  • Switch oven to broil and place dish back in. Broil 5 minutes until cheese is melted and deliciously bubbly.

Nutrition

Calories: 254kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 17gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 228mgPotassium: 383mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 2187IUVitamin C: 80mgCalcium: 109mgIron: 2mg
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