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stuffed bell pepper for two with mashed potatoes

Stuffed Bell Peppers for Two

An easy recipe to make for two people using fresh bell peppers and a few pantry staples. Can be done in under an hour. Although my meatloaf mix consists of ground beef, ground pork, and ground veal, any ground protein can be used.
Course Beef, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Bell Peppers, cooking for two, Easy Meal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 people


For the meat filling

  • 2 large, fresh green bell peppers
  • 1/2 lb. meatloaf mix my mix was ground beef, ground pork, and ground veal combined.
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar plus, 1 teaspoon
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup ketchup I use Heinz Simply Ketchup, which does not contain any sugar.
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ground thyme
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground oregano
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder

For the sauce topping

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp light brown sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • In a large bowl combine the meat and all other filling ingredients, except for the bell peppers.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Using an ice cream scoop or your hands, form the meat filling into four oval-shaped balls.
  • Place them on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cut the bell pepper in half, lengthwise. Remove the stem and seeds.
  • Remove the meat from the oven and place each ball inside a bell pepper half. The meat should be flexible so you can mold it to the pepper. Mound up the meat.
    ***I put on cotton gloves, then I put on latex gloves, protecting my hands from burning while adding the meat to the peppers.
  • Place the peppers, meat side up, on a sheet pan, lined with parchment paper.
  • Thoroughly blend the ketchup and brown sugar for the sauce.
  • Apply the sauce to the meat mounds on each pepper.
  • Bake the peppers for 20 minutes.
  • Remove and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Each pepper can be topped with a Tablespoon of shredded cheese if desired.