Stuffed Peppers with Mince Meat

December 18, 2020  |  By Peg Kern
Filed Under

Stuffed peppers on a cooking vacation in Turkey.The country of Turkey is an exotic destination where east meets west, and that’s reflected in its flavorful cuisine. While specialties vary throughout the country, Ottoman traditions influence much of Western Turkey, including the use of rice, bulgur, and spices. Ingredients are always fresh and locally sourced, and the dishes simple yet delicious. To learn more about this culture and cuisine, check out our 9-night Turkey cooking vacation, The Cuisine of Sultans, which includes tours through Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Kusadasi.

Please contact us for details on this or any of our culinary vacations in Turkey.

Turkish Stuffed Peppers with Minced Meat

Serves: 6
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Cook method: Simmer


  • 6-8 dry peppers

For the stuffing:

  • 500 grams (1 lb. 1 oz) mince meat, beef or lamb
  • 1-2 onions
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 200 grams (7 oz) rice
  • 100 grams (3.5 oz) Bulghur rice
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp red pepper paste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 100 ml (4 fl. oz) water
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1 tbsp dried mint

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Hot water


1. Soak the peppers in boiling water for 15-20 minutes. Do not over soften the peppers.

Visiting the market in Istanbul during a culinary tour of Turkey.2. Wash the peppers with cold water and set aside.

3. Mix all the ingredients for the stuffing, and stuff the peppers with the mixture. Make sure you don’t fill them all the way to the top as the rice will expand as it cooks.

4. Seal the tops of the peppers by pressing the sides together and laying them in a pot.

5. In a separate bowl mix the ingredients for the sauce, and pour the sauce over the peppers.

6. First cook the peppers over high heat, and then turn down the heat and cook until the liquid is absorbed by the stuffed peppers for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Stuffed peppers and tomatoes made during a Greek cooking vacation.Cooking for vegetarians? Try a Greek recipe for Stuffed Green Peppers and Tomatoes or for Greek Grilled Stuffed Peppers.

By Peg Kern

Search our blog for more chef interviews, recipes, and destinations features.

Sign up to receive our newsletter, which includes travel tips, recipes, promotions, and information on our best culinary vacations.

Find more photos, videos, food facts, and travel stories from The International Kitchen on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.

Print This Page

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *