Turkey-Stuffed Bell Peppers
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
- 5 medium green, red or yellow peppers
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1-1/4 pounds extra-lean ground turkey (99% lean)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
- 1-3/4 cups shredded cheddar-flavored lactose-free or other cheese
- 1-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- Preheat oven to 325°. Cut peppers lengthwise in half; remove seeds. Place in a 15x10x1-in. pan coated with cooking spray.
- In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook and crumble turkey with onion, garlic and seasonings over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink, 6-8 minutes. Cool slightly. Stir in tomatoes, cheese and bread crumbs.
- Fill with turkey mixture. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, until heated through and peppers are tender, 20-25 minutes.
Nutrition Facts2 stuffed pepper halves: 323 calories, 10g fat (0 saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 771mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 40g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch, 1/2 fat.
Sep 17, 2019
I really liked the bell pepper filling. I forgot the cumin and it was still delicious. Next time I'll have to try it with the cumin. I love stuffed bell peppers but i think i liked this filling more without any rice. The flavor was good too. Plan on trying this filling in a zucchini boat next time too.
Aug 2, 2019
Recipe was easy and the end result was a two thumbs up from my family. However, I added a lot more seasoning and also some crushed pepper and way less bread crumbs. I also used canned tomatoes with the juice for moisture and added pepper jack on top of the peppers. I followed the baking instructions; 325 for 20-25 minutes and had to crank up the oven to 350 for another 25 minutes. Will definitely make this dish again, but with my tweaks.
Jun 15, 2018
A fairly simple meal to throw together. Everyone seemed to enjoy the meat mixture. I had varying opinions on the pepper hearing "It was good" or "I would have like the pepper a little softer". They all ate it and there weren't any scraps thrown in the trash so I'd say a winner.
Feb 2, 2018
This is a delicious recipe which I've now made quite a few times. My husband loves it, especially with the paprika on top. The only thing I've really changed is instead of using Italian seasoning, I use Italian style breadcrumbs. I also use roasted garlic seasoning rather than minced garlic. It's an easy recipe and lasts us for a few meals which is perfect in a busy household!
Sep 16, 2017
I used quinoa instead of bread crumbs since that is what I had. I also cooked the quinoa with low fat/low sodium chicken broth and used whatever was left of the broth in the turkey mixture. Wasn't dry and was flavorful.
Apr 14, 2016
I have made this dish more than once and loved it ! I used more tomatoes and also added a new ingredient-a carrot-finely grated. Some of it added raw to meat and some-sauteed with onion. I omitted cheese. Great and good for you ! I do not like rice, so this is a great alternative for me and my family. the Best.
Sep 29, 2014
Peppers had a good flavor. I found the filling a bit dry, as often is the case with ground turkey. I used fresh tomatoes. Next time I may try canned tomatoes and use the excess juice to add some moisture. I only used 1 lb of turkey and 4 peppers, adjusting the remaining ingredients. Also used regular cheese :)
Sep 21, 2014
I confess that I also used real cheese, and also substituted a can of diced tomatoes instead of fresh. I will also confess that I don't usually like stuffed bell peppers, but my husband requested them. This recipe has totally changed my opinion! These peppers were absolutely delicious! Perfectly seasoned, nice and filling . . . I'll be making them again!
Feb 13, 2013
My first time making AND eating stuffed bell peppers...my dinner guest said that they were the best she'd ever had!
Jan 9, 2013
Turkey tends to be bland and the recipe did a good job of bringing some of it out.The next time I try this, I will use goat cheese, and lots of it. I tried that on a turkey meatloaf, and it was great.