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Inside Out Stuffed Peppers, Naturally Gluten-Free

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Inside-Out Stuffed Peppers is a quick and easy meal made on the stove-top (no need to turn on the oven). Easy to make sweet or spicy, depending on your taste! 

I am one of the lucky gals because I have a husband that loves to cook! But he doesn’t follow recipes, he just throws stuff together (I think that might be typical for a man). One day he was trying to improve upon the classic stuffed peppers and this is how we ended up with inside-out stuffed peppers! Now, it is by far one of our all-time favorites! Even our young children love it! We eat this meal at least once a month.

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Inside out Stuffed Peppers


You won’t need to make anything else for dinner because this is a very filling meal with a great combination of flavors.

Inside out Stuffed Peppers

These Inside-Out Stuffed Peppers make fantastic leftovers and are naturally gluten-free!

You can make this with either regular bell peppers or mini-bell peppers. We’ve made it both ways. Usually our decision is based on which is cheaper at the store! 

inside out stuffed peppers

Inside Out Stuffed Peppers

  • Cook 1 lb. of (gluten-free) sausage, save 2 Tablespoons of drippings.
  • Cook 1 & 1/2 cups of rice.
  • Wash the peppers, remove seeds, dice.
  • Saute in sausage drippings, add garlic. 
Inside Out Stuffed Peppers

Peppers after they have been diced and added to garlic

    • Add cooked sausage, 1/2 cup of brown sugar (more or less to taste), can of diced tomatoes with green chilies, a small can of tomato sauce (8 oz.). Cook on high heat until everything is hot–about 3 more minutes.
    Inside Out Stuffed Peppers

    Diced peppers with garlic, sausage, and tomatoes

        • Add cooked rice and stir together until well blended. Top with shredded Mexican or Colby-Jack cheese.

    Inside Out Stuffed Peppers
    Yield: 6-8

    Inside Out Stuffed Peppers

    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes


    • 1 pound gluten-free sausage, plus drippings
    • 1 & 1/2 cups of cooked white rice
    • 2 or 3 large bell peppers, or a bag of mini peppers
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar (or to taste)
    • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies (use a gluten-free brand)
    • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
    • Shredded Mexican or Colby-Jack cheese for topping


    1. Start cooking rice
    2. While rice is cooking, fry sausage, remove cooked sausage form pan, save 2 Tablespoons of drippings in pan.
    3. Wash the peppers, remove the seeds, and dice the peppers.
    4. Cook peppers in same pan with sausage drippings, over medium-high heat, until peppers are tender. Add garlic and cook for one minute more.
    5. Add cooked sausage, can of tomatoes with green chilies, can of tomato sauce, and brown sugar.
    6. Reduce heat. Add cooked white rice, stir to combine.
    7. Remove from heat, top with cheese.


    Naturally gluten-free.

    Inside out Stuffed Peppers




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