You just can't beat a healthy meal of stuffed peppers, especially when they are filled with classic Greek flavors! 226 calories and 5 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP
Greek Stuffed Peppers with Feta Cheese Recipe
Both my husband and I grew up eating stuffed peppers - his mum's a classic green pepper version and my mum's a version with sautéed mushrooms and mushroom gravy (magical words for this mushroom lover). And now these Greek Stuffed Peppers have become one of our boys' favorite meals. They're fantastic for weeknight dinners and reheat well for lunches the next day.
Having some sort of stuffed pepper in the recipe box should be a "must" for any home cook. They're easy, healthy (assuming you don't top them with an Everest-sized mound-o-cheese) and always a crowd pleaser. After taking a few bites of these Greek Stuffed Peppers when I first made them, my then-11-year old son said, "You HAVE to make these at least once a week." Definitely high praise!
Whenever I've eaten stuffed peppers in the past, I've never been able to finish an entire pepper, particularly if served alongside a green salad. So, I took an idea straight from the The Skinnytaste Cookbook (if you don't have it in your personal library yet, you need to change that! This is an affiliate link.) and cut the peppers in half lengthwise. Less pepper, less stuffing, less need for elasticized pants after eating.
While I typically use ground turkey for this sort of recipe, I was feeling the need for a dose of iron, so opted for extra-lean ground beef. However, if ground beef really isn't your thing, then feel free to substitute an equal amount of ground turkey. My husband isn't an olive fan, so I just left out the kalamatas from his serving. Just remember that they add a dose of salt, so be sure to season with a dash of extra salt if your taste buds notice the omission of the olives.
To make ahead, cook the ground beef mixture and prepare the peppers in the morning, then just stuff and cook before serving.
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Greek Stuffed Peppers with Feta Cheese Recipe
- ¾ pounds extra-lean ground beef
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ yellow onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- ¾ teaspoon ground oregano
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 ¾ cup canned crushed tomatoes
- 1 ½ cup cooked brown rice
- ¼ cup sliced kalamata olives
- 3 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley
- 3 red bell peppers cut in half lengthwise, seeds & membranes removed
- ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, salt and pepper, and cook until the ground beef is browned, crumbling with a wooden spoon.
- Turn the heat to medium and add the olive oil. Stir in the onions and cook until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes, and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the crushed tomatoes and brown rice, and simmer the mixture for 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the kalamata olives and parsley.
- Place the peppers, cut side up, in a large baking dish. Divide the ground beef mixture evenly between the peppers. Pour ½ cup water in the bottom of the baking dish.
- Cover tightly with foil and cook until the peppers are tender, about 35 minutes.
- Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of feta cheese over each pepper. Bake for an additional 5 minutes. Serve.
This post was originally published on October 14, 2015, and has been updated.
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Your website is the most reliable for spot-on recipes every single time! I've made several of your recipes - all which have been hits and this stuffed pepper recipe did not disappoint. This will be my go-to recipe for now on. The only the changes I made was, instead of oregano, I used a greek spice blend I had on hand, and I left out the olives for my husband's sake. Amazing! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you so much, Nicole! And I'm so glad you both enjoyed the stuffed peppers.
Delicious peppers! I used half ground chuck and half ground lamb for a truly Greek flavor. This recipe is great cause u can make filling day before and let the flavors develop and then stuff the peppers next evening. Will definitely make thes again, my husband really loved the stuff peppers
I made these for the first time last night and they were delicious. They're a really nice change from regular stuffed peppers.
That's great to hear, Stephanie! We're making a batch here for dinner tonight. 🙂
Hi Dara, I have always made mine similar, wit ground beef , rice, onions and garlic, and sometimes corn if I had leftover corn on the cob. I then topped with Campbell’s tomato soup and sprinkled cheddar cheese on top for last few minutes. Since I strive to eat healthy and can tomatoes and we love Greek anything I am anxious to try your variation. My mouth is watering already!! Maureen the Budget Queen
I made these today and they are exceptionally good! Nice update to an old classic. The Mediterranean flavors work so well with the red/yellow peppers. The feta cheese and olives really add so much.
I'll make these again. Thanks for the recipe!
That's great to hear, Susan! I just made another batch for my family last night - always popular here.
Valerie L Casano
Love these and make them all the time. Would like to know how long to cook them in slow cooker after step 6. Filling would be fully cooked . Thank you!
My husband and I really enjoyed these peppers. The flavors were excellent--I can't think of anything that would make them better. Amazingly, when I took them out of the oven, they looked just like the picture! (That never happens.)
I love stuffed peppers but I almost never make them. I'm nto really sure why since they are so freaking delicious! Love this greek twist 🙂
We don't eat enough stuffed peppers either and we love them! These look awesome!!
Happy Valley Chow
I absolutely love stuffed peppers and recipe sounds phenomenal. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Justine | Cooking and Beer
I have a sweet spot for stuffed peppers! I love all of the deliciousness you have going on in this recipe! Beautiful!
Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet
These are gorgeous! And I just imagine the wonderful aroma filling the kitchen as they're baking, yummy!
Stuffed peppers bring back so many childhood family party memories. This Greek version you did look fantastic, Dara!!
Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen
Oh I Love the greek flavors that you used in this! Stuffed peppers are my hubby's favorite!!!
Love this variation on stuffed peppers. I'm a huge fan of anything Greek so this sounds great to me. Your moms mushroom stuffed peppers sounds yummy, too.