Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Red Peppers

Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Peppers ~ this classic comfort food gets an exotic makeover with ground lamb, lightly spiced with cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, and nutmeg, along with fluffy couscous to replace the traditional rice. The aroma is swoon-worthy!

Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Red Peppers in a casserole dish

I love to create recipes where animal proteins, in this case lamb, aren’t the star of the show, but part of a cast of delicious characters all working together in unison. I love to put meat and plant based foods on equal footing, and here the spiced lamb is just one of the many flavors that make up this dish. I get lots of inspiration from other cultures where meat is treated more like an accent rather than the main focus of a meal. In these stuffed peppers 12 ounces of ground lamb stretches easily to feed eight.

Spiced Lamb and Cous Cous Stuffed Red Peppers with mint yogurt sauce

My beautiful red peppers are stunning to begin with, the color really pops. But they get even more brilliant after cooking. Best of all, they keep their structure and their ‘bite’, never getting mushy. I purposely don’t pre-cook them like so many stuffed pepper recipes advise. Tenting the pan in foil keeps enough steam in to tenderize the peppers while keeping them firm.

Spiced Lamb and Cous Cous Stuffed Red Peppers with mint yogurt sauce on a table

Couscous is a great binder for stuffed peppers because it stays fluffy, unlike traditional rice which can get starchy and stodgy. I like to add pine nuts, (toasted first!) and currants for a punch of texture, flavor and sweetness. You can substitute dried cranberries for the currants, and walnuts for the pine nuts if you have trouble finding them.

Toasting pine nuts for Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

Feta cheese gives the filling for these stuffed peppers a nice sharp tangy element.

Making the filling for Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

I make sure to mound the filling into each pepper because I know it will shrink down a little as it cooks. I want each pepper to be a satisfying meal in itself, no skimpy peppers for me.

Spiced lamb and couscous stuffed peppers ready to bake

Ingredient spotlight: Pomegranate Molasses
a bottle of pomegranate syrup.

Pomegranate molasses is an amazing ingredient that I won’t be without. It’s basically pomegranate juice that has been reduced down to a thick syrup, and the flavor, as you might imagine, is explosive. It adds a pop of sweet/tart flavor to so many dishes from dressings  and dips to all kinds of sauces and marinades. It needs no refrigeration and lasts a long time in the cupboard.

Hint: You can make it yourself, too, I have instructions here.


Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Red Peppers in a casserole dish

Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Red Peppers
4.08 from 28 votes

Spiced Lamb and Couscous Stuffed Red Peppers

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Yield 6 -8 servings
Calories 238kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 6 -8 red bell peppers look for similar sizes and shapes so they cook evenly
  • 12 ounces ground lamb
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 onion minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups cooked couscous I cook mine in chicken stock for extra flavor
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • pomegranate molasses optional
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes or any plain tomato sauce

Yogurt mint sauce

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • juice of 1 lemon


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Slice the tops off of your peppers and reserve. Remove the seeds and veins from the insides of the peppers.
  • Brown the ground lamb and the spices in a skillet, breaking apart the meat as you cook. After it is well crumbled and no longer pink, remove it to a plate.
  • Add a drizzle of olive oil to the pan and sauté the onions and garlic for a few minutes, until translucent. Remove to the plate with the lamb.
  • Add the pine nuts to the pan and toast, stirring almost constantly, until they turn golden. Add a touch of olive oil if the pan is dry.
  • Add back the meat and onions to the pan, along with the cooked couscous, currants, and feta. Mix well, and season with salt and pepper to taste. I like to drizzle in a little pomegranate molasses, if you have some, but it's optional.
  • Pour the tomato sauce into the bottom of a casserole dish that just fits your peppers. Arrange the peppers on top. Fill each pepper with the filling, pressing down slightly to insure each one is completely filled. Mound the filling up a bit at the top. Replace the tops loosely on the peppers.
  • Cover the casserole dish and peppers with a sheet of foil. Crimp the foil along the sides of the pan so the peppers can steam. Bake for about one hour and 20 minutes, removing the foil for the last 20 minutes. The peppers should be tender and slightly browned.
  • Serve with yogurt mint sauce on the side.
  • To make the yogurt mint sauce, blend the ingredients together in a small food processor.


Calories: 238kcal
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    April 15, 2020 at 9:45 am

    5 stars
    I know this is an old post but I’m hoping I can still ask this. So, I am making the Pomegranate molasses and I’m wondering how much do you add when you drizzle it on the lamb? a tablespoon, a cup? Just your round-a-bout guess. Thanks so much…making this today.

    • Reply
      April 15, 2020 at 10:03 am

      It’s intense, so maybe a tablespoon or so. You can give it a taste and adjust it that way. Hope you enjoy!

      • Reply
        Elaine Kert
        February 11, 2021 at 7:55 am

        My husband dislikes peppers:(. Could I sub a zucchini?

        • Reply
          Sue Moran
          February 11, 2021 at 10:06 am

          That sounds good, or even eggplant.

  • Reply
    August 11, 2019 at 9:11 am

    I love middle eastern food, do you think harissa would be a good thing to add to this? I love spicy and wanted your opinion before I ruin this dish haha.

    • Reply
      August 11, 2019 at 9:33 am

      Oh absolutely!

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