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sloppy joe stuffed peppers on baking sheet and ivory plate

Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers

Easy homemade sloppy joe stuffed peppers, made with ground beef and baked in the oven, are a healthy dinner recipe the whole family will love!
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Course: Dinner Ideas
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 408kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff


  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease *
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion minced
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 4 whole bell peppers


  • Pre-heat the oven to 350°.
  • Mince the garlic and onion really well.
  • Sauté the garlic and onion in a large skillet. 
  • Then add the meat and mix together with the garlic and onion, cooking the mixture just until the meat is browned.
  • Be sure to drain off any excess oil when the meat has finished cooking.
  • Add the sauce ingredients, including the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and light brown sugar, to the ground beef. 
  • Give the meat mixture a really good stir and let it simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove the meat mixture from the stovetop, and mix the shredded cheddar into it. 
  • Wash and prepare the peppers by either removing the top of the pepper, along with all the pith and seeds that are down inside. Or cut the peppers in half and remove all the pith and seeds inside. 
  • Spoon the sloppy joe mixture into the washed and prepared peppers. 
  • Bake the stuffed peppers on a baking sheet at 350° for 30 to 45 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of at least 160°F with a meat thermometer.**
  • Garnish with fresh basil if you want and serve!


*I recommend using bacon grease for the added flavor to the meat mixture. But if you don’t have bacon grease, no worries; you can also use butter or olive oil.
**You may need to cover the peppers halfway through with aluminum foil to prevent them from getting too brown on top.


Serving: 8people | Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 347mg | Sugar: 5g
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