Two classic comfort foods combine to make one mouthwatering meal! You have GOT to try these cheesy, delicious Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers!
The whole business of stuffing vegetables with delicious goodness really appeals to me. You can dirty them up with any sticky, cheesy, salty indulgences you like, because at the end of the day… you’re eating your vegetables. Like the good little cook you are.
I’ve paired peppers with a Mexican mix of beans and rice, and filled them to the brim with bubbly, gooey macaroni and cheese. But, stuffed with sloppy joe? Be still my heart. This kid-friendly spin on stuffed peppers has got to be one of my favorite variations! Simple, comforting and absolutely scrumptious for a weeknight meal with family.
To keep this Monday-thru-Friday favorite fast and easy, I used a canned sauce for the sloppy joe mixture. But, I have a recipes made from scratch here and here. Those would also make fine fillings for these “sloppy” sandwiches-turned-stuffed-peppers! As for a stuffed pepper re-do? I’ve even turned them into soup!
You could say I like to play with my food.
Topped with a slice of creamy Colby jack cheese (or whatever cheese you prefer), every bite of these peppers is melt-in-your-mouth good. Even a simply seasoned dish like this can pack major flavor… and this one does! For a pop of color, use red, green and yellow peppers, but the color difference won’t impact the taste. These also make delish next day leftovers.
You’ll love this hearty, (mostly) healthy meal for an easy weeknight fix. It’s become a fast favorite in my house!
Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers
- 3 bell peppers, I used green, yellow and red
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 1 lb. lean ground turkey or ground beef
- 1 16 oz. can sloppy joe sauce (I used Hunt's Manwich)
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 6 slices colby jack or cheddar cheese
- 1 green onion, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 13 x 9-inch (or other large) dish with cooking spray.
- Cut each pepper in half lengthwise. Remove the stems, seeds and membranes. Place peppers, cut side up, in the baking dish.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add oil. Once hot, add onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add ground turkey or beef. Cook, stirring and crumbling as it browns. Drain off any excess liquid. Reduce heat to low and stir in sloppy joe sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Divide mixture evenly among pepper halves. Bake for 20 minutes. Top each pepper with a slice of cheese and bake for 5 additional minutes, or until cheese is melted.
- Sprinkle with chopped green onion.
Great dinner idea! Love it, Georgia!
I’ve gotten so into stuffed peppers this year, and I <3 this sloppy joe version. Eating veggies, comfort-food style!
Hi Georgia! My family & I LOVE “Stuffed Peppers”, and we make ‘Stuffed Peppers’ many different ways.
We will now (definately) try making yours, exactly as your recipie insructs.
I’ve always stuffed ‘whole’ peppers in the past, but slicing them in half makes for a very nice presentation….so I’ll follow your instructions when I next make them.
I’ll use a 50/50% mixture of (lean) Ground Beef & (lean) Ground Turkey….. in order to keep down the fat & the calories. I’m sure that these “Stuffed Peppers” will turn out very well, and will be delicuous. I can’t wait to make them!
I (just now) came across yoiur Blog, so I’m sighning-up to receive your recipies. Keepem comming! .
This is such a great idea, Georgia, and I love myself some stuffed peppers! Pinning. :)
I so agree about stuffing veggies with cheese and meat :) and these are the perfect dinner!!
I haven’t stuffed a vegetable in ages. These photos are so good, who could resist the urge to head to the kitchen?
This is my kind of dinner! So delicious!
These peppers look amazing, and I love the sloppy joe sauce in them! They’re almost too pretty to eat… ALMOST. Your photographs are beautiful!
oh boy! Oh boy! My husband would love this. He loves peppers and likes the idea of the sloppy joe but not the fact it gets sloppy:) LOL! to have the taste and flavor in the pepper but not the mess is genius