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Turkish Stuffed Peppers (Etli Biber Dolması)

Turkish stuffed peppers (etli biber dolması) are a favorite around here. If you’ve never tried them, here’s your chance to taste the best recipe out there!

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The stuffed peppers of my youth were pitiable little things, wrinkled and desiccated like the mummified remains of some long-forgotten Pharaoh buried under the hot Egyptian sands. It took an iron will and a glass of milk to chew past their leathery exteriors and probe the mysteries of the arid inner chambers. Desert conditions prevailed within those oven-baked artifacts of meat and bell pepper, and a boy could choke if he didn’t haul in enough life-sustaining milk to see him through the excavation.

After those harrowing stuffed pepper adventures in my younger years, I shied away from them for decades, much as I did with pot roast. But then along came Handan and with her, a whole new take on the petrified stuffed pepper.

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The Turkish stuffed peppers she made for me were juicy and salty and bursting with so many flavors I could hardly name them all! They were a revelation, and I vowed to crack their code and make them over and over and over again.

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Over the past four years, I have developed my own recipe for Turkish stuffed peppers, using all the same ingredients that Turks would use in their cuisine, but I’ve apparently combined them in a way that Handan says most Turks wouldn’t. But she also agrees, they are the best stuffed peppers she’s ever had in her long Turkish life. For this post, I used bell peppers, but I’ve also included a pic from last year (pictured above) for which I used cubanelle and banana peppers from my garden. This is one of my favorite uses of my peppers each summer.

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These stuffed peppers are healthy and low carb. Though there is rice in this recipe, I use a lot less than the traditional recipe calls for. They’ll work on a paleo or keto diet.

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Okay, enough of my blabbing. Let’s make some Turkish stuffed peppers! Oh, by the way, in Turkish it’s written etli biber dolması (pronounced et-lee bee-BARE dole-MA-suh).

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Turkish Stuffed Peppers (Etli Biber Dolması)

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Turkish Stuffed Peppers (Etli Biber Dolması)

Turkish stuffed peppers (etli biber dolması) are a favorite around here. If you've never tried them, here's your chance to taste the best recipe out there!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 6

Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds ground beef - 80% lean
  • 1 pound tomatoes - diced
  • 1 sweet onion - finely diced
  • 1 bunch parsley - chopped
  • 1 bunch dill - chopped
  • 8 ounces feta cheese - crumbled
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried mint
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon pul biber (Turkish hot pepper) - optional
  • 1 teaspoon isot biber (Turkish hot pepper) - optional
  • 12 bell peppers (can sub almost any style pepper) - tops removed, seeded and ribs removed
  • 1 quart beef broth
  • plain yogurt - for serving

Instructions
 

  • In large mixing bowl, combine first 12 ingredients and mix thoroughly with hands.
  • Stuff mixture into peppers and place into a large, wide-bottomed pot.
  • Add broth until the peppers are about half covered (may only take 2 cups).
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 45 minutes. 
  • Can be eaten right away or left to cool and then reheated (as the Turks would do it).
  • Serve with some of the flavored broth and a dollop of plain yogurt.
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  1. Thanks a lot for this recipe – the rice you mix with the meat is raw or cooked? I guess raw, as later you simmer it all in broth, but just wanted to make sure. And one more question – for the delicious stuffed Turkish eggplant, is the procedure similar?
    Happy 4th of July!

    1. Hi Maigwen, the rice you add is raw – i will update the recipe. Thanks for reminding me about Turkish eggplant. I’ll have a recipe for that once my eggplants ripen in the garden!

      1. Looking forward to the eggplants recipe – my eggplants are still tiny but I can see some buds, so I hope I’ll see some of my own veggies to stuff Turkish-style 🙂

  2. Hi Greg. How do you think this recipe would work if I substituted ground turkey for the ground beef…. too dry, maybe??Thanks for all the wonders you and your lovely wife, Hansen share. You make this world a better place.❤️

    1. Hi Janise, I do think it would be a little dry unless you added some beef fat in there with it, but you certainly could give it a try. You are so very welcome, and thank you for your beautiful comment! You put a smile on both of our faces! 🙂

  3. Greg you crack me up. I am the mother of 3 sons all born within 5 years! Yes I’m crazy & have a wish to go to an asylum. My boys would get along very well with you & your wise ass attitude. I love your story about reaching out of your comfort zone & finding true love. Handan is such a smart amazing woman. How is she adjusting to America & our different culture? Along with a tricky, jokster husband?
    Thank you for the laughs & insite into your lives.

    1. Thanks, Marcia, that’s my goal! Handan is adjusting well – she’s been living abroad in various countries since her 20s, so it’s just another stop on the tour for her, really, lol! Send your boys over anytime. I’ll teach them the ways of the wise ass 😀

  4. I couldn’t wait to try these – made them during a family vacation this past weekend and WOW! They were as delicious as they were beautiful on a plate! My son-in-love ‘doctored’ the yogurt with a wee bit of mint, lemon, and garlic, though… The flavor was amazing (used aleppo pepper to season), and subbed bread crumbs because I forgot the rice. We WILL make these again – and soon!!!!

  5. My boyfriend is Turkish, living in the US and when I suggested stuffed bell peppers for dinner his eyes lit up as he asked me if I could do them Turkish style. I’m a pretty brave and competent cook and didn’t hesitate to start searching for a recipe. I stumbled upon this one. He said that I could safely substitute 1 tsp cayenne pepper for the Turkish spices listed. I did and it worked great. He hasn’t had this since he was ten years old and he was thrilled to death. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe that allowed me to give him this nostalgia. A definite new favorite.

    1. Oh, wow, what a great compliment! I’m thrilled to have my recipe validated by a real Turk (besides my wife and son)! Thank you so much, Ashley! 🙂

    2. I have some cooking now because I had way too many peppers and didn’t want to do the same old PA Dutch stuffed peppers that I usually do. I added a half teaspoon pepper flakes for the hot peppers. I’ll go with cayenne next time! Thanks for that!