Croatian Stuffed Green Peppers (“Punjena paprika”)

3 reviews, 5 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 1 hour 40 minutes

This is in fact Turkish heritage in Croatian gastronomy. We use mixed pork and beef meat. This is the recipe I use and the difference is that I roast peppers before putting them into sauce.


1500 g green peppers; (8 to 10 pieces)
250 g grounded beef
250 g grounded pork
30 g lard
10 g onion
50 g rice
1 egg
For sauce:
500 g tomato juice; (strained tomato juice)
40 g lard
40 g flour; (all purpose)
20 g Sugar
100 g sour cream; (optional)

Original recipe makes 5



Wash green peppers and cut the stem part to open a hole and to remove seeds part.

Sauté finely minced onion on lard. When transparent remove from heat and add grounded beef and pork. Cook rice until half done and add into meat. Also add 1 whole egg, salt and pepper. Mix well into a compact stuffing. Stuff each green pepper with stuffing until full (Surplus of stuffing use as meat balls to cook with peppers). In a pot melt lard and sauté flour until brownish. Add tomato strained juice, salt and sugar. Add water if needed. Roast each green pepper in a frying pan on some oil making sure they don’t over burn. Put each peppers into a sauce and cook 60 minutes. At the end you can add sour cream.

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Wonderful recipe! Exactly what I was looking for and just like my Croatian ex-grandmother-in-law used to make. We will make again for sure!
sgrishka 4y ago

Delicious! The seasonings were a little light, but I made myself cook it as posted for the authentic taste, and did it ever deliver! Will definitely make again!
Firebyrd 4y ago

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Oudeis 7y ago

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