Stuffed Bell Peppers (Pinoy Style)

No need to turn the oven on to make this easy and delicious Asian-style Stuffed Bell Peppers. So good and completely gluten-free!


No need to turn the oven on to make this easy and delicious Asian-style Stuffed Bell Peppers. Completely gluten-free!


I love bell peppers! When they abound in summertime, I think of all the recipes that I can use them for. You see, red and other colored (except for the green) bell peppers are quite expensive so I take advantage of buying them during summer when they are in season.

I love getting the freshest most beautiful peppers in the Farmers’ market.

One of the recipes I have been wanting to do for the longest time is stuffed bell peppers. The question is, what kind of stuffing should I make? I didn’t want to use just the usual browned ground beef.


Stuffed Bell Peppers


I thought why not try to use my recipe for arroz a la cubana and do a Pinoy version of stuffed bell peppers? 

After all it’s a recipe that calls for ground meat but with the addition of carrots, raisins and peppers/potatoes, hmmm….why not?

So I tried it and it worked! From now on, this will be my stuffing for bell peppers as it’s so crazy good!



Most stuffed bell pepper recipes would call for the use of the oven to cook this dish. But it’s summer time and I don’t want to turn the house into a furnace in the middle of an already hot summer so I decided to experiment and use my cast iron instead. 

Instead of using the oven, I cooked it on the stove top. It worked too! Not only is it possible to cook stuffed bell peppers outside the oven, but I also managed to cut the cooking time in half the time.

Most of all, the peppers retained their lovely shape. Easy, quick and delicious cooking! Enjoy this recipe while the peppers abound!

For this dish, the arroz a la cubana recipe is indispensable. Click here to get the recipe. 

The photo below is the ARROZ A LA CUBANA (FILIPINO PICADILLO) RECIPE that you need for the stuffing.



When using the recipe as a stuffing, I replace the peppers with red potatoes since we are already using them as the receptacle for the dish.


No need to turn the oven on to make this easy and delicious Asian-style Stuffed Bell Peppers. Completely gluten-free!


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Ground meat cooked based on arroz a la cubana recipe (click here).
6 large bell peppers of various colors (if using the entire arroz recipe)
1 (14 oz) can tomato sauce plus half a can of water
1 teaspoon gluten-free Soy sauce, or to taste
1 teaspoon gluten-free Oyster sauce, or to taste
1 Tablespoon brown Sugar, or to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste


In a cast iron or any deep and large cooking pan, heat the tomato sauce and the water. Season with soy and oyster sauce, sugar and a little salt and pepper. Adjust the seasoning to your taste. Try to achieve a balance between sweetness, saltiness and tartness. Simmer the sauce while you prepare the bell peppers.

Rinse and dry the bell peppers. Cut the tops off and remove the seeds. You may need to taper the bottom of the peppers to ensure that they stand.

Fill the bell peppers with the ground meat mixture up to the top and more if you wish.

Place the peppers inside the cast-iron casserole and cook on a gentle simmer for about 30 minutes or until the peppers are fully cooked through and tender.

Spoon the sauce on the peppers and serve them with steamed rice on the side. Yum! Truly Pinoy!

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No need to turn the oven on to make this easy and delicious Asian-style Stuffed Bell Peppers. Completely gluten-free!

Last updated on June 14th, 2021 at 04:59 pm



  1. August 2, 2012 / 5:27 am

    Is the stuffing similar to our Giniling? nice idea. i'll try this too. big thanks!

    • August 2, 2012 / 12:13 pm

      Yes, Ann, it's our very own giniling. I just used my giniling recipe for arroz a la cubana 'cause I thought it would look pretty with the other ingredients included in it. Thanks for dropping by!

  2. August 2, 2012 / 11:25 am

    The plating and photography is gorgeous Abby! And using the cast iron is really attractive to me, I will try this for sure, and replace the ground beef with tofu. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • August 2, 2012 / 12:17 pm

      Great! Tofu is a wonderful idea! Let me know Jen!

  3. Diane
    April 5, 2013 / 3:58 am

    Abby, this is a beautiful recipe, and one I think my husband would love [I am not a fan of the bell pepper 🙁 ]. I have two questions: I couldn't find the link to the arroz a la cubana recipe, and I could not copy the recipe to a word document to print out and use for cooking. Is there another way I can copy the recipe for my use (NEVER to republish) and where can I find the arroz recipe? Thank you very much. Diane

    • April 5, 2013 / 1:04 pm

      Hi Diane! Thanks for stopping by. There is a link to the arroz a la cubana recipe. It's above the ingredients – you'll see a photo and above that photo is the recipe link – please click on the word "here" – in green – that should lead you to the recipe. Sorry, I should have made it more prominent. Thanks and glad you already found the print button. 🙂

  4. Diane
    April 5, 2013 / 4:05 am

    Abby – my apologies for taking up your time – I now see the "Print Friendly" button. So sorry to have bothered you. Diane

  5. July 9, 2013 / 1:50 pm

    Good Morning! just wondering…….I belong to a FB group called "Cast Iron Cooking", and we are always searching for new CI recipes. May I please have your permission to share this with my group? It just looks wonderful! Please and Thank You 🙂

  6. June 25, 2015 / 1:56 am

    Abby this recipe is absolutely beautiful! And I was already a big fan of arroz de la cubana to begin with 🙂

  7. June 25, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    I have made stuffed peppers, but they have never looked as gorgeous as these! Cannot wait to try your recipe!

  8. June 25, 2015 / 2:54 pm

    So pretty and they sound fantastic. I like the colorful peppers so much better than green peppers.

  9. June 25, 2015 / 3:04 pm

    what a great idea!, I just clicked over to read your recipe for the filling and love the flavors you have there. And it's all gluten free which means that I can enjoy it without altering the recipe!

  10. June 25, 2015 / 4:44 pm

    I love stuffed peppers and your version looks absolutely delicious!

  11. June 25, 2015 / 5:56 pm

    These are spectacular. I love stuffed peppers but this has some unique ingredient items that intrigue me.

  12. July 23, 2015 / 10:29 am

    Dear Abigail, Stuffed peppers are my favorite and these look wonderful! xo, Catherine

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