Easiest Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Published on May 24, 2024

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Serves: 6
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Stuffed Bell Peppers are a classic comfort food that fits into most diets. Our easiest version is not only delicious but also gluten-free, egg-free, dair-free, without rice and requiring just 4 ingredients plus seasonings. This makes it a perfect meal for busy weeknights.

close up of baked stuffed pepper with tomato sauce

Whether you’re new to cooking or an experienced chef seeking a quick and easy gluten-free dinner idea for your family, this 4-Ingredient stuffed bell peppers recipe with a delicious sauce is a must-try.

Common Questions For Making Gluten-Free Stuffed Peppers

Let’s dive into this simple, nutritious stuffed peppers dish and address some common questions you might have.

What are some tips for making the best stuffed peppers?

Select firm, evenly-sized peppers for consistent cooking.

Cut the peppers in half horizontally and use a small knife or your fingers to remove the seeds and white membranes inside the peppers. This will create a cavity for easy stuffing of peppers.

Cover the dish with foil to steam the peppers and keep the filling moist.

Are they nutritious?

Yes! Stuffed peppers are packed with nutrients:

  1. As per Cleveland Clinic, bell peppers are rich in vitamins A and C, and antioxidants.
  2. Ground meat provides protein and essential minerals like iron and zinc.
  3. Herbs and spices add flavor without extra calories or sodium.


  1. Bell peppers: Any color will work, but red, yellow, and orange peppers tend to be sweeter, while green peppers have a slightly more bitter taste. 
  2. Ground meat: Choose from chicken, pork, beef, turkey, or gluten-free sausage meat
  3. Gluten-free, egg-free bread crumbs: Helps bind the filling together
  4. Gluten-free roasted red pepper tomato soup: Adds flavor and moisture
  5. Herbs and spices: Customize with your favorites (paprika, thyme, basil, black pepper, oregano, rosemary, chili powder, garlic, parsley, sea salt). If you are using sausage meat you can skip the seasoning. *Recipe details in recipe card below

Substitutions and Add-ins

Meat alternatives: Use ground chicken or turkey for a leaner option, or try a plant-based ground meat substitute for a vegetarian version.

Bread crumbs: Certified gluten-free oats or crushed gluten-free crackers can be used instead.

Extra Veggies: You can add 1 cup of grated veggies such as mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, or onions.

Soup: Substitute with any gluten-free tomato-based soup or marinara sauce that you enjoy.

Topping (optional): If desired, sprinkle cheese or gluten-free breadcrumbs on top of the stuffing for added texture and flavor.

How to Stuff Bell Peppers: A Step-by-Step Guide

Here’s a detailed guide on how to stuff bell peppers, from preparation to the final steps before baking.

bowl with ground meat, GF breadcrumbs, tomato soup, seasoning

Prepare the bell peppers: Cut them in half horizontally and remove the seeds and membranes.

Make the filling: In a large bowl, combine the ground meat, gluten-free bread crumbs, your chosen herbs and spices, and 1 cup of tomato soup or sauce.

6 stuffed peppers with sauce in a dish before baking

Stuff the peppers: Spoon the meat mixture into each pepper half, packing it firmly but not overly tight, and arrange them cut side up. Ensure the peppers are snug in the dish to prevent them from tipping over during baking. 

6 baked stuffed peppers in a baking dish

Add the soup and bake: Pour the remaining tomato soup over the stuffed peppers to keep them moist during baking. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated oven for 35 – 45 minutes. This helps retain moisture and heat.

one stuffed pepper with meat, sauce and garnish. of parsley


Pair it with a side of Yam And Sweet Potato Mash or Garlic Mashed Fauxtatoes, or Southwest Black Bean Rice Salad.

Serve over Simple Rice With Parsley,  or Easy Greek Quinoa Salad.

Drizzle with a bit of gluten-free hot sauce or a dollop of sour cream.


Place the cooled stuffed peppers in airtight containers. If you have multiple peppers, arrange them in a single layer to avoid squishing them.

Store the containers in the refrigerator. Stuffed bell peppers will keep for up to 4 days when refrigerated properly.

overview of a dish with gluten free baked peppers with sauce


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Recipe Review

Making gluten-free stuffed bell peppers with sauce doesn’t have to be complicated. This quick and easy recipe allows you to enjoy a nutritious and delicious meal in under an hour and only 4 ingredients plus seasoning. Enjoy experimenting with different flavors and finding your perfect combination! This dish is delicious and satisfying even for big appetites.

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