Easy Low Carb Keto Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers

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This is the best easy recipe for healthy meatloaf stuffed bell peppers. Bacon wrapping optional. 8 Fresh Ingredients. 45 Minutes. Keto. Gluten-Free. Low-Carb.
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This is the best easy recipe for healthy meatloaf stuffed bell peppers. Bring a 1970s classic to the 21st century with bacon wrapping and green pepper stuffing. 8 Fresh Ingredients. 45 Minutes. Keto. Gluten-Free. Low-Carb.

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high side shot of stuffed green peppers on a sheet pan.

The full credit for this idea goes to Cody – he grew up eating meatloaf and hadn’t eaten it in many years. So, one day he requested that we have it for dinner, so we did.

It was the first time that I ever ate meatloaf and not surprisingly, I loved it.  

We immediately thought that we should bring this recipe into the future – and Cody had the idea of stuffing the meatloaf into peppers. And let me tell you, it was a great idea.

Stuffed pepper with ground beef is nothing special, but putting that “meatloaf” twist on it really amps up the yumminess.

Since bell peppers are keto friendly and approved, it just made sense to create these easy stuffed peppers (without rice)!

high side shot of a meatloaf stuffed green sliced in half on a grey plate.

It’s an amazing low carb stuffed peppers recipe that’s incredibly simple, but still flavorful! A delicious way to put a new spin on mince for a healthy weeknight dinner. It’s got almost no hands-on time, and only 45 minutes in the oven.

That gives you more than enough time to throw together a quick salad to serve on the side. You can also go for the full meatloaf experience and serve it with mashed potatoes and peas.

How To Make Keto Stuffed Bell Peppers In The Oven:

This stuffed bell pepper recipe with ground beef is as easy as can be and takes barely any hands-on time.

Do you have to cook ground beef before stuffing peppers?

A big NOPE to that question! The ground beef mince does not need to be cooked BEFORE stuffing the peppers. It’s what makes this recipe so quick and easy to prepare. The raw ground beef is stuffed into the peppers and everything gets cooked at the same time!

Do you have to boil or blanch peppers before stuffing?

Another no!

I stuff raw halved peppers with raw ground beef and it comes out perfectly everytime. So, there is no need to pre-cook the mince OR the bell peppers.

Can a recipe be any easier?

Now, let’s get into the “how to cook” part of this stuffed peppers recipe…

Start by adding all the ingredients for the meatloaf into a large bowl.

  1. Ground Beef
  2. Eggs
  3. Onion
  4. Celery
  5. Garlic
  6. Cheese
  7. Almond Flour
  8. Herbs, Spices, Salt and Pepper
top shot of a large bowl with the ingredients for meatloaf stuffed peppers.

Mix until everything is well combined. Then, set it aside.

top shot of a mixing bowl with all the ingredients for meatloaf stuffing combined.

Now, take your bell peppers, wash them, and then slice them into half – down the middle. Use a spoon to scoop out the ribs and seeds. Don’t worry about the hole at the bottom of the top half of the pepper where the stem was.

Spread a little bit of ketchup on the inside of each pepper. We use our own healthy (and incredibly delicious) homemade ketchup for this recipe. This is what makes it fully low-carb keto approved.

top shot of a sheet pan with green bell pepper halves, with ketchup spread inside.

Add two strips of bacon to each pepper.

high side shot of green pepper halved and bacon strips inside.

Now, bring the meatload mix closer and start stuffing the peppers! We use medium sized peppers and this recipe is enough to stuff 4 bell peppers, or 8 halves. 

Then you need to fold the bacon over the ground beef.

high side shot of stuffed green peppers uncooked

Then spread about a tablespoon of ketchup over top of the stuffed peppers.

top shot of fully prepared meatload stuffed green peppers on a sheet pan ready to go in the oven.

Slide it into the oven for 45 minutes at 200 F (400 C). The meatload is done when the internal temperature of the ground beef is 160 F/70 C.

Top shot of cooked meatloaf stuffed peppers.

Serve immediately, and enjoy!

We recommend using our delicious Homemade Keto Ketchup for this recipe.

We also have plenty of other easy recipe using ground beef. Go check them out:

  1. Instant Pot Ground Beef Hamburger Soup
  2. Easy One Pot Keto Ground Beef Stroganoff
  3. Cheesy Zucchini Bake with Corn and Ground Beef
  4. One Pot Amish Beef and Cabbage Skillet
  5. Best Instant Pot Cottage Pie [Paleo, Whole 30]

Easy Low Carb Keto Stuffed Peppers Recipe and Calories:

Easy Low Carb Keto Meatloaf Stuffed Pepper

This is the best easy recipe for healthy meatloaf stuffed bell peppers. Bacon wrapping optional. 8 Fresh Ingredients. 45 Minutes. Keto. Gluten-Free. Low-Carb.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 382kcal


For the Meatloaf Stuffing

  • 1 lb ground beef (500g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 medium onion (Finely chopped)
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (We prefer gouda or medium cheddar)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos (Can use soy sauce as well)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder (Mexican mild chili powder)
  • 2 tsp salt (We use course salt, so use less if you’re using fine table salt)
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

For the rest:

  • 4 bell peppers (Sliced in half, ribs and seeds removed)
  • 8 bacon strips
  • 1 cup ketchup


  • Turn on the oven to 400F/200C
  • Mix all the ingredients for the meatloaf in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • Wash the bell peppers and then slice them in half. Use a spoon to carefully scrape out the ribs and seeds. Remove the entire stem area of the top half as well.
  • Spread approximately 1 tbsp of ketchup on the inside of each pepper.
  • Add 2 strips of bacon to each pepper. (See process shot above)
  • Divide the meatloaf stuffing evenly between the peppers.
  • Fold the bacon over top of the ground beef.
  • Spread approximately 1 tbsp on ketchup over the top of the bacon and ground beef.
  • Put the peppers into a sheet pan or oven dish and slide into the oven for 45 minutes.
  • The meatloaf stuffed peppers are done when they reach an internal temperature of 160F/70C.
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Tips and Tricks:

1. The bacon strips are completely optional and the recipe works perfectly fine without it – it does add an extra layer of yumminess though.
2. Be sure to use ketchup compliant to your personal diet requirements. For low-carb, keto, paleo and whole 30 approved ketchup – we use our own personal recipe. Find it here.


Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.9g | Protein: 33.3g | Fat: 22.6g | Saturated Fat: 7.9g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 1509mg | Potassium: 585mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 3.8g | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 11.9mg
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  1. Hello – I was looking for clarification on the serving size. It looks like there are 8 half peppers and it is for 6 servings. Is that correct? So, 1 full half stuffed pepper with a third of another half? Thanks!

    1. Hi, I have it as 6 servings on average based on what I see when I serve it to family. But honestly, it will depend on how much your family eats per person in the end. We serve 4 adults and 2 kids and there’s always one or two half peppers left over.

    1. Hi Sheila! It’s so hard to answer this. I would assume that you would need to add at least 20-30 minutes on top, but I really can’t be sure unless I test it myself first.
      I usually try hard to keep recipes as short as possible and would definitely recommend you prepare them cut in half as recipe requires. Once I find time to do a recipe test with whole peppers, I will update the recipe card with my findings.

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