Combining the earthy flavor of fresh mushrooms, the saltiness of roast beef sandwich meat, the savory sweet of caramelized onions, and the gooey goodness of cheese, these easy to make Philly cheesesteak stuffed peppers will dance across your taste buds and into your heart!
This recipe is pretty simple. It contains the basic flavor profile of a Philly cheesesteak sandwich, but, instead of bread as the administering platform, it is served in bell peppers. This is great because it not only makes it taste super good, but it also makes it lean and perfect for a low carb, keto, or Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle!
To amp up the tastiness and the nutrition of this Philly cheesesteak stuffed pepper recipe, I added some cayenne pepper. Cayenne pepper has been proven to assist in weight loss (yay for THM’ers!) as well as boost immunity. Plus it injects just a little spiciness into the recipe. But if you don’t like spiciness, feel free to omit it. When I make this, I omit the cayenne pepper for my kids’ stuffed peppers, then add it to the remaining stuffing for my hubby’s and mine.
As for the cheese, feel free to use whatever cheese you like! I suggested using mozzarella, provolone, or pepper jack because white cheese is traditional with Philly cheesesteak. However, if you like cheddar or something like asiago better, feel free to use that instead!
- 3 bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise, ribs and seeds removed
- 2 tablespoons butter or bacon fat, divided
- 1 medium to large yellow onion, julienned
- 8 ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced
- 2 pounds roast beef sandwich meat (such as Applegate's which is nitrate and nitrite free), cut into strips
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
- ¾ cup mozzarella, provolone, or pepper jack cheese, shredded, divided
- Preheat the oven to 400° F.
- Grease a 9- by 13-inch dish. Place the pepper halves in the dish and pre-bake for about 10 to 15 minutes to start softening the peppers.
- Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium-high heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add the onions and mushrooms and sauté, stirring often, until the onions are translucent.
- Add the remaining butter, roast beef, garlic, salt, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes to the skillet. Sauté an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until onions are caramelized and meat is heated through.
- Pull the peppers from the oven. Add about 1 tablespoon of cheese to the bottom of each pepper half.
- Stuff the peppers with the meat mixture. Top with remaining cheese.
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and beginning to lightly brown.