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This Low Carb Unstuffed Peppers Stir Fry skillet meal whips up in just 30 minutes with all the flavors of classic stuffed peppers – without the carbs!

Low Carb Unstuffed Peppers Stir Fry Bowls on White Wooden Table

When it comes to dinner, more often than not I’m torn between wanting a healthy homemade meal and needing something I can whip up quickly. Most of us can relate, right?

30 minute meals are a lifesaver for me, especially when they’re as flavorful as my Low Carb Unstuffed Peppers Stir Fry. This recipe has the same components as stuffed peppers – ground beef, onion, garlic, bell pepper, tomato, and herbs – but in an easy-to-make skillet!

This stir fry is basically a skillet meal, but I like to serve it in bowls on top of cauliflower rice. If keeping this dish low carb isn’t a concern, feel free to serve the Unstuffed Peppers Stir Fry on top of regular rice.

Low Carb Unstuffed Peppers Stir Fry Bowls with Description

Healthy Stuffed Peppers Recipe – Stuffed Peppers Recipe No Rice

When it comes to remaking classic meals into healthier versions, I usually try to cut carbs whenever possible. Sometimes it’s an easy swap, like using cauliflower rice instead of regular rice!

Pro Tip: Check out this post for a step-by-step photo guide of how to make cauliflower rice.

Also, I skipped the cheese to keep this recipe paleo and Whole30 compliant. However, if that isn’t a concern, feel free to add a sprinkle of your favorite shredded or crumbled cheese on top before serving.

Close Up Overhead View of a White Bowl with Unstuffed Peppers Stir Fry and Cauliflower Rice

Unstuffed Peppers with Cauliflower Rice

In this recipe, I stir fry the components of stuffed peppers together instead of stuffing them inside bell peppers. The ingredients are basically the same, but this meal cooks up in a fraction of the time and requires just one pan.

And bonus, serving this up on cauliflower rice means that this meal is low carb, keto friendly, as well as paleo and Whole30 compliant!

Ingredients for Low Carb Unstuffed Peppers Stir Fry:

  • Avocado oil
  • 90% lean ground beef
  • Yellow onion
  • Green bell pepper
  • Garlic
  • Tomato paste
  • Dried Italian herb seasoning
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Prepared cauliflower rice
  • Fresh oregano leaves

Low Carb Unstuffed Peppers Stir Fry in White Bowl on White Wooden Table

Unstuffed Pepper Bowls

Bowls are such a trendy way of serving things. Salad bowls, grain bowls, Buddha bowls, you name it. If the word “bowl” is in the title, it’s trendy, totally Instagrammable, and usually full of healthy components!

How to Make This Recipe Into an Unstuffed Pepper Skillet

After the meat and vegetables are cooked, simply add the prepared cauliflower rice or prepared regular rice to the skillet with the unstuffed peppers stir fry. Cook until warmed throughout and serve.

Low Carb Unstuffed Peppers Stir Fry in White Bowl with Vintage Fork

How Do I Cook Peppers?

You can eat bell peppers raw (they’re delicious dipped in homemade ranch dressing!), or cook them in a variety of different ways. Here are a few cooking methods:

How to Bake Peppers:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Drizzle 1 tablespoon avocado oil on a large baking sheet.
  2. Wash and pat dry the peppers. Cut each pepper in half and scrape out the seeds.
  3. Place the red bell pepper halves (cut side up) onto the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes.
  4. Use a pair of tongs to pick up each pepper and drain off any water inside.

Pro Tip: The method for How to Bake Peppers is great for preparing peppers for stuffed peppers!

Front View Vertical Orientation of Low Carb Unstuffed Peppers Stir Fry Bowl

How to Broil Peppers:

  1. Preheat the broiler and line a large baking sheet with foil.
  2. Wash and pat dry the peppers. Cut each pepper in half and scrape out the seeds.
  3. Arrange the peppers on the prepared baking sheet (skin side up). Broil until the skin is charred, about 5 minutes on the first side, and 2 minutes on the second side.
  4. Transfer the peppers to a bowl, cover it, and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Peel off the pepper’s skin (don’t run it under water, as this will remove the pepper’s smoky flavor). 

How to Grill Peppers:

  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Wash and pat dry the peppers. Cut each pepper in half and scrape out the seeds. Lightly spray or brush avocado oil on the peppers.
  3. Place the peppers on the hot grill (skin side down) and cook until the skin is charred, about 4 to 5 minutes on the first side and 3 to 4 minutes on the second side.
  4. Transfer the peppers to a bowl, cover it, and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Peel off the pepper’s skin (don’t run it under water, as this will remove the pepper’s smoky flavor). 

Pro Tip: The methods for How to Broil Peppers and How to Grill Peppers are great for making roasted red peppers! Once they’re cooked, store roasted red peppers in the fridge for up to 5 days. To extend their life, store roasted red peppers in olive oil in the fridge for up to 10 days.

How to Stir Fry Peppers:

  1. Wash and pat dry the peppers. Cut each pepper in half and scrape out the seeds. Thinly slice the peppers.
  2. Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat; once hot, add 1 tablespoon avocado oil.
  3. Add the peppers and cook until they’re crisp-tender, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pro Tip: The method for How to Stir Fry Peppers is great for making peppers for fajitas!

More Stuffed Peppers to Make:

Front View Horizontal Orientation of Low Carb Unstuffed Peppers Stir Fry Bowl on White Wooden Table

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Low Carb Unstuffed Peppers Stir Fry Bowls

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
This Low Carb Unstuffed Peppers Stir Fry skillet meal whips up in just 30 minutes with all the flavors of classic stuffed peppers – with just 7g net carbs per serving!

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Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the beef and cook until browned, about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally to break up the meat.
  • Add the onion and bell pepper, and cook until the vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the garlic, tomato paste, Italian herb seasoning, salt, and black pepper and cook 1 minute more, stirring constantly.
  • To serve, top 1/3 cup of cauliflower rice with 1/4 of the stir fry, and garnish with fresh oregano leaves if desired.

Notes

  • Net Carbs: 7g per serving
  • If keeping this recipe low carb isn’t a concern, you can serve this on regular rice instead of on cauliflower rice.
  • If keeping this recipe paleo isn’t a concern, right before serving, top with a sprinkle of your favorite shredded or crumbled cheese!

Nutrition

Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 707mg | Potassium: 671mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Stir Fry Bowls, Unstuffed Peppers, Unstuffed Peppers Stir Fry

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About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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