stuffed pepper casserole

Story Behind the Recipe

Maria grew up in a household where stuffed peppers were a comfort food, a dish that brought the family together around the dinner table. When she transitioned to a keto lifestyle, she missed the hearty, flavorful experience of her family’s stuffed peppers. Determined to recreate that comforting feeling without the carbs, Maria decided to transform the traditional recipe into a casserole that would be easier to prepare and share. After several iterations, she developed a Keto Stuffed Pepper Casserole that retained all the rich flavors and textures of the original dish while keeping it low-carb. This casserole quickly became a favorite in her household, proving that keto-friendly meals can be both delicious and comforting.

Key Considerations

  1. Low-Carb Ingredients: Use cauliflower rice instead of regular rice to keep the carb count low.
  2. Quality Meat: Opt for high-quality ground beef or turkey for the best flavor and nutritional value.
  3. Cooking Time: Ensure that the peppers are cooked until tender but not mushy.
  4. Seasoning: Properly season the meat and vegetable mixture to enhance the flavors.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Even Cooking: Ensure the cauliflower rice is evenly distributed to avoid soggy or dry spots.
  2. Browning the Meat: Brown the meat thoroughly to develop a deeper flavor.
  3. Peppers: Cut peppers into uniform pieces for even cooking.
  4. Cheese Topping: Add cheese towards the end of baking to prevent burning.


  • For the Casserole:
    • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
    • 1 medium onion, diced
    • 3 bell peppers (red, green, or yellow), diced
    • 3 cups cauliflower rice
    • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
    • 1 cup marinara sauce (sugar-free)
    • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tsp dried oregano
    • 1 tsp dried basil
    • Salt and pepper to taste
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