Turkey Stuffed Peppers

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Rule #339: Just because it says “stuffed” in the name doesn’t mean it will leave you stuffed in the end.

These Turkey Stuffed Peppers are so easy to make and equally as delicious! Plus, they’re kind to your lil’ ole waistline, too. The leftover turkey mixture freezes like a charm making an additional easy weeknight meal in your beautiful future.

Turkey Stuffed Peppers recipe

These make for a delightful little spin on Taco Tuesday!

Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers

First, sauté a diced yellow onion in some olive oil until cooked (about 8 minutes).

saute onion

Then, add in 1 lb. lean ground turkey. Cook until browned.

brown ground turkey

Next, add in 3 minced cloves of garlic.

add minced garlic

Now, add your spices: 1/2 tsp. cumin, 1/2 tsp. ground oregano, 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt, and 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper.

add spices

Then add in 1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce and 1 (14-oz.) can petite diced tomatoes that have been drained.

add diced tomatoes

I like to add these Caulibits (rice or finely chopped cauliflower). You can also sub 1 cup of cooked rice, too!

add cauliflower bits

I think the riced cauliflower just adds a nice little texture to the mixture.

riced cauliflower

Now, stir everything together until well mixed.

turkey stuffed bell pepper filling

Then spoon the turkey mixture into the bell peppers. I like to use a glass loaf pan like this one to hold the peppers upright.

stuff bell peppers

The leftover turkey mixture freezes like a CHARM, y’all! Don’t waste it!

leftover turkey mixture freezes well

I just put our leftovers in a Tupperware container, label the top with Sharpie, and throw ‘er in the freezer. It makes for an easy weeknight meal later on.

turkey stuffed bell pepper mixture freezer

Bake the bell peppers at 400 for 20-25 minutes, until cooked through.

cook bell peppers

We like to garnish ours with some cilantro and Cotija cheese.

ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Have you ever seen a sight so turkifully purty?

easy Turkey Stuffed Peppers recipe

Side Dish Recommendations:

Simmered Black Beans (rinse, drain beans; add 2 cups chicken stock; add Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder, cumin, and onion powder; stir together and simmer 20 minutes)

Sautéed Squash and Zucchini

Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Veggie Medley

Taco Bell Beans

easy Turkey Stuffed Peppers

I hope you and your people love these as much as we do!

Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Turkey Stuffed Peppers recipe

Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Turkey Stuffed Peppers: a healthy delicious dinner recipe that's easy to make. They're low calorie, low carb, and the leftovers freeze well!
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 165 kcal


  • 1 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion diced (about ½ cup)
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 3 garlic cloves minced or pressed
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. ground oregano
  • ½ tsp. Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 14 oz. can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup riced or chopped cauliflower
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 oz. Cotija cheese crumbled, plus more for garnish
  • 6 large bell peppers tops, membranes, and seeds removed


  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion until translucent, stirring occasionally (about 5 minutes). Add turkey and cook until browned (about 5 minutes). Add garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Sprinkle spices all around, stir, then add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, riced cauliflower, cilantro, and Cotija cheese. Stir until well combined.*
  • Spoon the turkey mixture into your prepared bell peppers. Place in an oven-proof dish (loaf pans work well to keep the peppers upright) sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes, until cooked through.
  • Garnish with more cilantro and Cotija, if desired.


*Up to this point, these steps can be done ahead of time (up to 3 days). This mixture also freezes well. Just thaw overnight in the fridge then place in prepared peppers and cook as described above.


Serving: 1gCalories: 165kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 21gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 267mgPotassium: 596mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 3824IUVitamin C: 167mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary, and Pineapple House Rules makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

Keyword ground turkey, healthy recipe, keto friendly, low calorie, low carb, stuffed bell peppers
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