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My Hot Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers are an Italian favorite that I look forward to every summer.

My dad has always been a fan of home gardening, and it seems like his bounties get larger by the year. He’s always planting something new, but what remains consistent are the cucumbers, tomatoes, leaf lettuce and my favorite — the banana peppers.

Growing up, we would eat our stuffed peppers over buttered rice with lots of Parmesan cheese. I often day dream about how the rice soaks up those spicy flavors … it’s amazing.

Hot Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers

While rice may not be on the menu for the Keto diet, we can easily substitute with riced cauliflower or Miracle Rice for those same flavors.

Naturally Keto-friendly, my Hot Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers are spicy, tender and will leave you coming back for more.

The best part is the intoxicating flavor they give off — a total Italian classic!





Stuffed pepper variations

Depending on where you live or the time of year, you may not have access to banana peppers. Try switching up the pepper and seeing what kinds of unique flavors you can create. This recipe works just as well with jalapenos, bell peppers, cubanelle, or another favorite — Hungarian wax peppers.

I will sometimes use ground beef or or mild sausage in the meat mixture for something a little different. Definitely use a fatty meat over lean meat in this scenario to keep the peppers moist and flavorful.

Crushed pork rinds add a texture similar to bread crumbs and can be added to lighten up the meat mixture.

Some other interesting add-ins:

  • cream cheese
  • bacon bits
  • chopped nuts
  • fresh herbs

Stuffed Peppers with Miracle Rice

The spice is in the seeds

The spice level of most peppers is concentrated in the seeds. If you find a tasty pepper that is just too spicy for your liking, try removing all of the seeds.

And most importantly, use gloves if you know what’s good for you! You do not want to get the heat into your eyes.
While the banana pepper isn’t a super hot pepper, they can pack a surprising amount of heat.

Can I freeze my stuffed peppers?

Absolutely, this is one of the great recipes because it freezes so well. I often make huge batches and freeze in aluminum trays. That way, we get to enjoy them all winter long!

Preparing Stuffed Banana Peppers

This recipe is pretty easy and straight-forward. For me, the hardest part is making sure I don’t touch my eyes after working with the peppers!

Banana pepper

Step 1. Prepare the pepper

While wearing disposable gloves, use a knife to cut tops and remove large ribs from inside the peppers. I like to do this over a baking sheet so I don’t make a huge mess.

Any banana pepper will do, but I try to pick them at roughly a medium size. I try to keep them as consistent as possible so that they cook evenly and the amount of ingredients match the recipe.

Banana pepper stuffed with raw sausage

Step 2. Stuff your pepper with the sausage

If the meat doesn’t all fit into the pepper, it’s totally fine if it hangs out of the side.

If you’re adding your own seasonings to the meat, add everything to a large bowl & combine before stuffing.

Banana peppers covered in tomato sauce

Step 3. Layer and cover in pan with tomato sauce

Pour half the sauce in the baking dish and layer your stuffed pepper. Pour remaining sauce over the top.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Foil wrapped stuffed peppers

Step 4. Wrap and bake your stuffed banana peppers

Cover your baking dish with aluminum foil and bake until peppers are fork-tender.

Stuffed Banana Peppers with Cheese

Step 5. Top with cheese and bake until golden brown

To make this faster, I turn the oven to 400 degrees to get it brown and bubbly.

This recipe calls for 1/2 cup of cheese, but I usually add more.

Crispy mozzarella cheese mixed with the tomato sauce and banana peppers is such a tasty combination.

Hot Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers

Hot Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers

by Dom Geracia
My Hot Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers are juicy and tender with the perfect kick of spice. I always make huge batch to enjoy all winter long!

4.27 from 53 votes

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Italian

Servings 4 people
Calories 420 kcal

Equipment

  • disposable gloves

Ingredients

  

  • 8 fresh banana peppers
  • 1 lb spicy Italian sausage ground
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Start by preparing your peppers. While wearing disposable gloves, cut tops of the peppers and remove any large pieces of the Inside rib. There will be small bunches of seeds inside. If you like a lot of heat, leave them. If you prefer a more mild pepper, remove the seeds.
  • Divide the ground sausage into 8 separate, equal portions and stuff one portion into each pepper. It's okay if the sausage is exposed and doesn't completely fill the contents of the pepper.
  • In a baking dish, take half of the tomato sauce and spread it along the bottom of the baking dish. Add the water and mix it together with a spoon or whisk.
  • In a single layer, lay each pepper in the sauce in the dish.
  • Pour the remaining tomato sauce over the peppers.
  • Cover the baking dish with foil and pop it into the pre-heated oven for roughly 40 minutes.
  • At 40 minutes, remove the baking dish from the oven and carefully remove the foil. There will be hot steam released. If a knife easily pierces the pepper, they're ready for the next step.
  • Top each pepper with mozzarella cheese.
  • Turn the oven to broil and put the peppers back in the oven, uncovered.
  • Broil until the cheese is golden brown and remove from the oven.
  • Let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Video

Notes

5g net carbs per serving (2 peppers)

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Hot Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 420
Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 4g16%
Protein 26g52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Keyword banana peppers, sausage, spicy
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10 Comments

  1. Avatar Joe on October 1, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    5 stars
    Great recipe!
    I’m going to make it for the 3rd time tonight.
    I may vary a bit by adding diced onion to the sausage, different herbs to the sausage, etc.
    If I can’t find banana peppers, almost any pepper will do.
    Thanks for this.
    JF

  2. Avatar Edita Pakarkle on September 9, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    5 stars
    Wow! This meal is amazing! Thank you very much for a recipe.

  3. Avatar Terrissa Johnson on April 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Are you cooking the italian sausage prior to stuffing the peppers?

  4. Avatar Melissa on August 5, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    5 stars
    Love these! I often can’t find banana peppers so I sub out cubanelle peppers which I can always find at my super Wal-Mart. The whole family loves them!

  5. Avatar Crystal Clark on June 13, 2019 at 5:41 am

    4 stars
    I’ve made these for years but was never on a keto diet. This is my husbands favorite meal and while searching online to find recipes for him I came across this. You have no clue how happy he will be 🙂 I never even thought about this

  6. Avatar Jan Diemand on November 8, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    How do you determine the carb count of your recipes?

    • Dominic Dominic on November 10, 2018 at 10:26 am

      I usually put the info into MyFitnessPal and calculate it. Some of my recipe didn’t originally have them listed, but I’m slowly but surely going through and adding them haha.

  7. Avatar Cath on September 3, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    5 stars
    www loved this recipe, simple, delicious and all we could say say, wow!

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Dom Geracia is a long time Keto diet follower who is passionate about simplifying the low carb lifestyle for beginners. When he's not posting yummy food pics on Instagram, you can likely find him cuddling the nearest cat or guzzling down (yet another) iced coffee.

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