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Poblanos Stuffed with Chipotle Turkey Chili Recipe

Poblanos Stuffed with Chipotle Turkey Chili Recipe

As an emergency room doctor, I like to make dishes that are healthy without sacrificing great taste. These yummy stuffed peppers are family-friendly and nutritious, too. —Sonali Ruder, New York, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 8 poblano peppers
  • 1 package (20 ounces) lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8-3/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 tablespoon minced chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream


  • 1. Broil peppers 4 in. from the heat until skins blister, about 5 minutes. With tongs, rotate peppers a quarter turn. Broil and rotate until all sides are blistered and blackened. Immediately place peppers in a large bowl; cover and let stand for 20 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook the turkey, onion and garlic in oil until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, corn, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, salt, cumin, chili powder and pepper; heat through. Remove from the heat; stir in 2 tablespoons cilantro. Set aside.
  • 3. Peel off and discard charred skins from poblanos. Cut a lengthwise slit down each pepper, leaving the stem intact; remove membranes and seeds. Fill each pepper with 1/2 cup turkey mixture.
  • 4. Place peppers in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro. Serve with sour cream. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 539 calories, 28g fat (11g saturated fat), 147mg cholesterol, 1180mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 7g fiber), 38g protein.

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Fourcornerscook User ID: 8842567 247395
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2016

"Great basic recipe. I replaced the corn with chopped dried dates. It gave some sweetness which complimented the heat. Also, I roasted the chilis over a gas flame on our stove top. This method imparted the chilis with a subtle smokey flavor. For the cheese, I combined menchengo with a little mozzarella and some bourbon wenslydale cheeses. The cheese flavors stood out nicely. I plan to make this tonight for some company

I will serve it with homemade guacamole and tortilla chips."

shaddamiller User ID: 4058218 186423
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2013

"Super tasty & really easy to make. I had a hard time getting the skin off the poblanos but other than that, really great. My boyfriend is so picky and he couldn't stop eating this!"

barbtotherow User ID: 5463405 183224
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2012

"These were fantastic. Didn't care that the peppers tore and didn't hold their shape; once they're filled and bubbling with cheese who can see and who would care?"

uneeda User ID: 5199749 144937
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"not wanting to waste most of the can of chipolte chilis, I used the whole thing- a little spicy hot! still very good though."

stravnikoff User ID: 2244781 184741
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

"Very good! Great way to spice tasteless ground turkey up."

mrscrazyed1 User ID: 6143812 125938
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

"Admittedly I altered this quite a bit, and will do more alterations in the future. Roasting the peppers didn't impart enough flavor for the work involved, and there were impossible to stuff. I ended up layering pieces of pepper with the chili mixture. Next time I'll use canned whole chili peppers. And I didn't have some of the ingredients and didn't want to specially purchase items that I might not use again, so used things that I had on hand: 93% ground beef instead of turkey, regular diced tomatoes and frozen corn. I thought the flavorings were absolutely perfect -- just enough spice with the chipotle pepper to notice it but not rip your head off. We really enjoyed this dish."

medewaard User ID: 5328533 166027
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2011

"This was so delicious! I added a little more adobo sauce and chipotle pepper. Charred the peppers on the grill. Will definitely make again!"

kat7464 User ID: 2958227 100970
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2011

"Sorry...wasn't too impressed. Trying to stuff limp peppers was impossible and the filling wasn't that great anyway. I did mix in half pepper jack to the cooled filling, which gave it some cohesiveness, then sprinkled the rest on top. The filling would be better suited to burritoes or a Mexican lasagna."

decar48 User ID: 5127622 184739
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"Made as stated without the salt. It was yummy. Don't miss the salt at all. My peppers were homegrown and small so ,I like another reviewer, sliced them in half and layered them on the bottom of the pan. Guess it could be called "poblano casserole" prepared that way."

joedebfry User ID: 265172 106566
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"My poblanos were overcooked and didn't hold their shape at all. I laid them in the bottom of the pan and put all the toppings on. They were delicious even though they didn't look as nice."

joedebfry User ID: 265172 171393
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2011

"These were excellent! The poblanos must have been over-cooked; they didn't hold their shape at all. I laid them in the bottom of the baking pan and put the topping over the peppers to bake."

Durbymom User ID: 6073830 125936
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"This was excellent! If you cook and eat at home you already eat less salt than most people! Just review the recipe and get off your soap box! It was delicious!"

odawn User ID: 6123557 117669
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"My son and I made these for dinner; they turned out great. Lots of flavor! As with any recipe, one can adjust the salt content to their taste. I used smoked sea salt, yummy!"

vieux User ID: 4712790 117667
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"I make these stuffed peppers but differently and I have a problem. As a doctor you should know that high sodium in a diet is not a good thing. If you must use the canned prepared ingredients in the recipe do NOT add extra salt. Ingesting half your daily requirement of sodium in one serving of a meal is NOT A GOOD THING. Were it not for the addition of salt i would have given this recipe 4 stars. As it stands it stands where I put it. Talk to a nutrition and rethink the whole thing"

stravnikoff User ID: 2244781 115299
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"Excellent recipe and very healthy!"

jogon User ID: 5854876 211008
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"Very delicious! I used ground beef instead of turkey and 2 chipotle peppers, which made it very spicy. My family loved it. Next time I will make it with Spanish rice."

Mandakay117 User ID: 5296504 101032
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2010

"Very good. The chipolte makes this dish. Don't leave it out"

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