Turkey Stuffed Peppers are wholesome, easy to make, and beyond satisfying. Made with a mouth-watering combination of ground turkey, brown rice, veggies, and cheese, this easy and healthy dinner recipe is perfect for any occasion.
- 6 bell peppers, any color
- 1 pound ground turkey (93% lean) or ground beef
- 2 cups cooked brown rice, from 1 cup dry rice (or leftover cooked rice or quinoa)
- 1 (16-oz) jar or can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt, more or less to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
- optional: 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning, if desired
- fresh cilantro to garnish, if desired
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cook rice, if needed, and set aside. (Pro Tip: Even if you don’t have pre-cooked rice, quinoa only takes about 15 minutes to cook. You can let it simmer while you brown the turkey.)
- Remove the tops from the bell peppers, scoop out the seeds, and remove the membranes. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add the bell peppers and boil for 4-5 minutes. Afterward, drain and let the peppers dry upside down on a paper towel. Set them aside. They should be soft but not falling apart.
- In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent (about 4 minutes). Add garlic (and taco seasoning if using) and cook for an additional minute. Then, add turkey and cook until browned, draining any excess fat.
- Once the turkey is browned, add crushed tomatoes, rice, and seasoning. Sprinkle ½ cup cheese into the mixture and stir until melted.
- Place bell peppers in a baking dish or an oven-proof skillet. Fill each one with the turkey mixture.
- Transfer to the oven and cook uncovered for 20-25 minutes. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and cook for another 5 minutes until the cheese is melted. Remove the peppers from the oven, garnish with fresh cilantro (if desired) and serve.
Grain-Free Option: For a grain-free version of this recipe, try swapping out the rice for black beans or cauliflower rice.
Note on the tomatoes: any 14-ounce to 16-ounce can or jar of crushed tomatoes will work. Look for plain crushed tomatoes, or use a can of whole, peeled tomatoes and crush them by hand before using.
Keywords: turkey stuffed peppers, turkey and rice stuffed peppers, healthy stuffed peppers, stuffed peppers recipe