Stuffed Peppers – Cooking With Kids

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Kids are always more likely to eat more when they can help you prepare the meal and it’s even better if they can use their little hands to cook.

Stuffed peppers are a favorite mid week meal for us, as it’s healthy and fairly quick meal to make during the week.

Get your little ones involved by letting them use their hands to mix everything, stuff the peppers and even make mini meatballs. You can adjust the recipe by adding different vegetables to the mixture, using a vegan/vegetarian meat option – the options are endless.

Just have a look the photos below and see how much fun my daughter had preparing the meal. She called herself a mini masterchef and was so proud of making it herself.

The recipe I’ve used is a variation of the one my mum and dad used to make all these years ago, it’s still a big hit today!

Stuffed Peppers

These colourful stuffed peppers are a healthy and quick meal, perfect for little hands to help you prepare it. You can adjust the fillings to your personal taste and use leftover meat for little meatballs.
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4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Beef Recipes, Cooking with children, healthy, Midweek Meal, Pork Recipe
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 611kcal
Author: This German Mama


  • 500 grams mince (beef or pork/beef mix)
  • 1 egg
  • 50 grams feta or grated cheese (add more or less if you want)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp salt (season to taste)
  • 1 tbsp black pepper (season to taste)
  • 1 tbsp paprika (season to taste)
  • 100 grams rice
  • 1 tin tomato paste (small tin)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 500 ml vegetable stock


  • Preheat the oven to 170 Fan or Gas Mark 5
  • Mix together the mince, cheese, cooked rice, onions, garlic and egg, it’s easiest to do this with your hands. 
  • Fill the peppers with the mixture, you can use a spoon do this but it’s much easier with your hands.
  • Make some mini meatballs out of leftover mince. We kept a bowl of water next to it to dip the hands into, it makes the rolling easier. Brown these meatballs in a frying pan so they don’t loose the texture.
  • Melt the butter in a cooking pot and combine it with the flour. Then add the vegetable stock along with the tomato puree and mix it. 
    Bring the mixture to a boil and season it to your taste with paprika, salt and pepper. I put roughly a tbsp of each in.
  • Pour it all in the casserole dish where you have the stuffed peppers and meatballs. 
  • Put it in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes. 
    Alternatively you can also cook it on the hob in a closed cooking pot for 35-40 min on medium heat. 
  • You can serve the peppers with rice or on it’s own. 


Calories: 611kcal | Carbohydrates: 129g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 3461mg | Potassium: 573mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 92g | Vitamin A: 1955IU | Vitamin C: 11.6mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 2.4mg
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If you like this recipe, why not have a look at my midweek chili recipe, which you can find here!



  1. Hello BoundforSomewhere
    16th November 2019 / 10:40 am

    Stuffed peppers are my kiddos favourite, they also love getting messy to make it too!

  2. 16th November 2019 / 10:31 am

    I agree cooking with your kids is a great idea as they are more likely to eat the food. I used to cook stuffed peppers like this years ago. I may try them again!

  3. 16th November 2019 / 10:24 am

    These look great, its lovely seeing kids cooking! Might have to try it with my youngest

  4. 16th November 2019 / 6:47 am

    We absolutely love stuffed peppers in my home, I rarely make them but when we do they are always a highlight.

  5. 15th November 2019 / 8:44 pm

    I’ve only ever had veggie stuffed peppers before, I love the idea of meatballs in them too! Mich X

  6. 15th November 2019 / 4:30 pm

    My son loves cooking with us, I’ll try these with him. They look delicious

  7. 14th November 2019 / 6:00 pm

    I’m so glad you’ve done this as I keep saying I’m going to try stuffed peppers but always forget! Will definitely be using this recipe over the weekend 🙂

  8. 14th November 2019 / 4:56 pm

    Looks like you had a fab time in the kitchen for sure. Love a stuffed pepper with dinner or ideal as a light lunch too xx

  9. 14th November 2019 / 1:48 pm

    This is such a great recipe to complete with the children, they are able to get involved and see how things are made. Then getting to enjoy the fruits of their labour afterward

  10. 14th November 2019 / 12:52 pm

    Stuffer peppers are so scrummy! Your daughter looks like she had a real fun time making these.
    C x

    14th November 2019 / 8:05 am

    I love your version of this dish. I do these too but mine is a little different. I need to mix it up a bit and try your version. Thanks for sharing xxx

    • This German Mama
      14th November 2019 / 8:12 am

      I’d love to see what you version is like.

  12. Rhian Westbury
    14th November 2019 / 7:08 am

    I haven’t done stuffed peppers in ages and this makes me want to do them again. it’s nice that you’ve managed to get the kids involved as well x

    • This German Mama
      14th November 2019 / 8:13 am

      She loved getting her hands stuck in there, she had so much fun

  13. Rebecca Smith
    13th November 2019 / 8:46 pm

    These look delicious. I love stuffed peppers but I never think to make them – I might have to put them on the meal plan for next week.

    • This German Mama
      14th November 2019 / 8:14 am

      They’re really fast to make and so healthy

  14. Cassie Mayers
    13th November 2019 / 5:55 pm

    Lily enjoys peppers and so Do I so sounds a great meal for us. Not sure she would enjoy the mixing with her hands though.

    • This German Mama
      14th November 2019 / 8:14 am

      You can always mix it with a spoon as well ?


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