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Low Carb Bell Pepper Sandwich

How to Make a Bell Pepper Sandwich – Crunchy bell peppers are a delicious gluten-free bread substitute! Load them with cheeses, deli slices, bacon, and veggies for the ultimate keto and low-carb sandwiches.

close view red bell pepper sandwich loaded with meat, cheese, and veggies, held together with a toothpick

There is no denying that low-carb diets tend to be a healthier option. But just because you are skipping gluten and carb-heavy foods doesn’t mean you need to deny yourself the yumminess of a great sandwich!

Thankfully we live in a time when clever folks have come up with all kinds of traditional bread substitutes. From lettuce tortillas to bacon wraps, there are seemingly endless ways to get the meats and cheeses you need in a handheld sandwich-style meal.

These keto bell pepper sandwiches are sure to satisfy even the biggest craving for carbs. Not only are peppers fabulous for imitating the functionality of bread, you also get that crunchiness that makes a sandwich as texturally pleasing as it is tasty!

top view four bell pepper low carb sandwiches

Easy Low Carb Keto Sandwich Recipe

This no-cook keto-friendly recipe could not be any easier. Simply hollow out sweet and crunchy bell peppers, stuff with a delicious cream cheese and mustard mixture, and load on your choice of meats and fresh veggies. In mere minutes you are munching on hearty, healthy, and oh-so satisfying sandwiches… No bread needed!

It’s easy to customize ingredients to make your favorite sammy, so let your imagination run free. We love to set out all kinds of goodies and let each person put together the low-carb sandwich of their gluten-free dreams. :)

Get started with our guide here, then go crazy (within your chosen dietary needs, of course) to create a delicious lunch or light dinner anytime you have a craving.

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Ingredients You Need

These are our favorite ingredients to include in our stuffed peppers. However, you certainly can swap or add whatever you like!

  • Bell peppersany color you like
  • Cream cheesesoftened
  • Whole grain mustardadds a great tanginess to the rich cream cheese
  • Deli slicesyour choice of turkey, ham and/or roast beef
  • Sliced cheesecheddar, provolone, or swiss
  • Veggiesalfalfa sprouts, baby spinach, cucumbers, and pickles
  • Baconcooked
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How to Make Keto Bell Pepper Sandwiches with Cream Cheese

Lay all four bell peppers on their flattest side with the stems out the side, parallel to the cutting board. Cut the bell peppers in half, through the stem. Then remove the stem, seeds, and membranes.

Set out a small bowl. Add the softened cream cheese and whole-grain mustard.

bowl with cream cheese and whole grain mustard

Mix well until smooth.

cream cheese and mustard mixed together

Then use a spatula to spread the cream cheese mixture inside each bell pepper half.

pepper halves with cream cheese and whole grain mustard

Stuff 1-2 slices of deli meat inside each pepper half.

sliced deli meats added

Then stuff all the bottom halves with a quarter-cup of sprouts, and all the top halves with a quarter-cup of spinach.

Get the Complete (Printable) Bell Pepper Sandwich with Cream Cheese Recipe Below. Enjoy!

adding sprouts and spinach

Layer on cucumber slices and bacon. 

topped with slices of cucumber and bacon

Then top with slices of cheese and pickles.

topped with cheese

Flip the pepper tops over onto the bottoms. Use toothpicks to secure the sandwiches.

hand holding assembled low carb keto bell pepper sandwich

Wrap well in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

top view four gluten free no bread sammies loaded with keto friendly ingredients

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best color peppers for bell pepper sandwiches?

Use any color pepper you like to make this recipe! Red, orange, and yellow peppers tend to be sweeter than green bell peppers.

What other ingredients can you include?

This is definitely a versatile dish! You can swap or sub nearly any ingredient here. Instead of mustard try mixing in different seasonings or chopped herbs. Include your choice of deli meats and cheeses, and use turkey bacon if you prefer. And, my goodness, have at it with the veggies!

A few of our favorite extra add-ins are sliced radish slices, avocado, tomato, prosciutto, onions, pickled okra. Yum!

How do I make low carb vegetarian and keto versions?

Feel free to cut out the deli meat and bacon in the recipe. Replace with more veggies, or use your favorite plant-based substitutes for the meat.

How long do these gluten-free sandwiches last?

They will keep well for up to 5 days or so if kept wrapped and plastic in the refrigerator.

What if the bell peppers won’t lay flat?

If you happen to buy bell peppers that are especially round, it might help to cut off 1/2 inch of the rounded stem end to flatten the sandwiches a little and keep them from rolling. This also makes them a bit easier to eat.

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Low Carb Bell Pepper Sandwich Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Crunchy bell peppers are a delicious substitute to make gluten-free sandwiches! Load them with cream cheese and cheddar, deli slices, bacon, and veggies for the ultimate keto and low carb sandwich.
Servings: 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 4 bell peppers any color
  • 8 ounce cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup whole grain mustard
  • 8-16 slices deli ham or turkey, roast beef
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese or provolone, swiss
  • 1 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 4 slices cook bacon
  • 16 thin cucumber slices
  • 8-12 dill pickle slices

Instructions

  • Lay all four bell peppers on their flattest side with the stems out the side, parallel to the cutting board. Cut the bell peppers in half, through the stem. Remove the stem, seeds, and membranes.
  • Set out a small bowl. Mix the softened cream cheese and whole-grain mustard until smooth. Then use a spatula to spread the cream cheese mixture inside each bell pepper half.
  • Stuff 1-2 slices of deli meat inside each pepper half. Then stuff all the bottom halves with a quarter-cup of sprouts, and all the top halves with a quarter-cup of spinach.
  • Layer on sliced cheese, cooked bacon, cucumber slices, and pickles.
  • Flip the pepper tops over onto the bottoms. Use toothpicks to secure the sandwiches. Wrap well in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

Optional Add-Ins: sliced radish slices, avocado, tomato, prosciutto, onions, pickled okra
Bell pepper sandwiches will keep well for up to 5 days or so wrapped in plastic and stored in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pepper, Calories: 475kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 74mg, Sodium: 1408mg, Potassium: 2264mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 2383IU, Vitamin C: 137mg, Calcium: 301mg, Iron: 4mg
Course: Lunch, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Keto, Low Carb
Author: Sommer Collier

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6 comments on “Low Carb Bell Pepper Sandwich”

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  2. This was delicious and such an easy idea! Thank you!

  3. What a fun twist on a sandwich! My whole family loves these so I will be making them again soon!

  4. What a great idea! I Love bell peppers and trying to stay away from carbs, so this is perfect!

  5. Sooo delicious! & love that I feel good eating it! YUM!! 

  6. This is so great! I love snacking on bell peppers and the crisp makes this sandwich so good!