Polish Stuffed Peppers (Gluten-free, Grain-free Option)

Polish Stuffed Peppers (Gluten-free, Grain-free Option) | This is so good...I’ve been working on perfecting a recipe for Polish Stuffed Peppers for a long time and I can happily say that I have finally nailed it!  The recipe I am sharing with you today is a real-foodified version of the Polish Stuffed Peppers, or Paprika Nadiewana, that my mother and grandmother make.

I was a very lucky child in many ways.  For example, my mother provided our family with home-cooked meals just about every night.  Growing up, our meals were certainly not Paleo or gluten-free, but they were delicious and made from scratch.  And I am so thankful for that as I see way too may kids growing up on fast food and other processed junk.

Some of my favorite meals had my mom’s Polish touch: stuffed cabbage, city chicken, pierogi, and stuffed peppers.  I’ve probably watched her make these dishes a hundred times and they were always eagerly awaited!

Her version of Polish Stuffed Peppers used seasoning salt for flavor and canned tomato soup for the sauce.  I’ve made a few simple changes and have managed to match her flavor profile pretty darn closely!  I have experimented with including white rice in my diet and find that I do well with it when eaten occasionally.  If white rice does not work for you, you can easily substitute cauliflower “rice” (cauliflower shredded in a food processor) and get the same delicious results!

Polish Stuffed Peppers (Gluten-free, Grain-free Option) | This is so good...I used fairly large peppers when I made these and the filling made seven stuffed peppers.  If you are using smaller peppers, just buy some extras.  Polish Stuffed Peppers freeze well, so even if you are only cooking for one or two, make the full recipe and freeze the leftovers.

Polish Stuffed Peppers (Gluten-free, Grain-free Option)



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the empty peppers in a high sided casserole dish large enough to hold them all or divide between two dishes.
  3. Cook the rice with one Tablespoon of butter and then let it cool to room temperature.
  4. While the rice is cooking and cooling, sauté the onions in one Tablespoon of butter until lightly caramelized.
  5. Add the onions and rice to a large bowl.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine the black pepper through the dried dill and mix to combine.
  7. Sprinkle half of the spice mixture over the rice and onions and mix to combine.
  8. Add in the two pounds of ground beef and the rest of the spice mixture.
  9. Use your hands or a large spoon to thoroughly combine the meat, rice, and spices.
  10. Stuff the meat mixture into the peppers, slightly mounding it on top.
  11. Combine all of the ingredients for the tomato sauce in a separate bowl and then top the peppers with the sauce.
  12. Cover the stuffed peppers and place them in the oven for 60-75 minutes or until cooked through and lightly browned.

Polish Stuffed Peppers (Gluten-free, Grain-free Option) | This is so Good...If you enjoyed this recipe for Polish Stuffed Peppers, you might also enjoy the flavors in my Smoked Sausage and Cabbage Soup!


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  1. YESSS. I love this. This is how I grew up with stuffed peppers too (my grandparents are from Spain but used a lot of spanish paprika in their cooking) – this is very similar! Love it! Love the cauli rice too!

  2. Well this answers what’s for dinner tonight! I LOVE food like this. Thank you so much for sharing! =)

  3. Mmmmm those look tasty! I love how you said you real foodified the recipe. 😉 I definitely say that all the time haha.

  4. Recipes that are passed on from generation to generation are the best, each person adds their own twist while keeping the spirit of the original.

  5. These look amazing. This is how I love to eat! Love the spices and the sauciness of it all. I will try it grain-free- with the cauli-rice, yumm!! What a beautiful job you’ve done with this recipe and a lovely tribute to your memories.

  6. we make something similar at our house

  7. These really look great. I loved that you took a meaningful, family recipe and made it more paleo/real food. I am sure your Mother and Grandmother are really proud of you. I definitely want to try this.

    • Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I hope to make them both proud. I also hope you enjoy the stuffed peppers!

  8. We lived in Hungary for a while and this is very similar to how my mother in law makes stuffed peppers. It’s a very delicious dish. Maybe I should try to make it for hubby. Thanks for posting!

  9. I love the addition of turmeric. I will have to try your version soon. Yum.

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