Stuffed Green Peppers – Turkish Style

August 12, 2009 at 8:30 AM Leave a comment

This is one of my personal favorites; one of the dishes I beg my mom to make each time I go home to Turkey or they come visit us in SF.

NOTE: The use of nightshade plants in this recipe can be avoided by omitting tomatoes from the stuffing and stuffing zucchinis rather than eggplants, tomatoes, or peppers.

Stuffed Green Peppers – Turkish Style
Makes enough for 4 servings.


4 small green peppers, washed and tops cut off carefully (will be put back on after stuffing, and the insides cleaned out of seeds, spine, etc.)
1 lb leanest organic ground beef (ideally grass-fed)
1 cup chopped fresh parsley, separated from stems
1/2 cup chopped fresh dill, separated from stems
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint, yep – separated from stems
3 medium, ripe tomatoes, peeled and grated
1/2 cup uncooked white rice
1 medium-large yellow onion, grated
the juice from 1 lemon, fresh squeezed
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 cups filtered water or broth
1 flat tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper (which is not really a pepper)


  1. Put green peppers, olive oil, and water/broth aside.
  2. Mix all the other ingredients well.
  3. Stuff the green peppers equally. Put their “hats” back on.
  4. Place stuffed peppers upright in a pot big/small enough to prop them all up.
  5. Pour the olive oil over the stuffed peppers.
  6. Cover with water or broth.
  7. Bring to a boil on high heat; then reduce to medium heat.
  8. Cook until done, about 40-45 minutes, when the rice is visibly cooked through.


  • Stuff small eggplants, medium tomatoes, or small zucchinis using the same recipe. These veggies need to be big enough to be able to carve out the insides in order to stuff them, but small enough to have a reasonable serving size (about 1 cup of food per stuffed veggie, or less).
  • Use ground chicken or turkey instead of beef. Will be a bit Americanized, but hey – all in the name of health, right? =)
  • Sprinkle hot red pepper flakes in the stuffing, to taste.
  • Get creative with which veggies you stuff, and let me know!


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