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Turkey-Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

Turkey-Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

This well-seasoned entree is so tasty, you won’t even miss having real cheddar cheese. Round out the meal with a salad or a side of rice. Thanks to Judy Hand-Truitt from Birmingham, Alabama for sharing the recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:5 servings


  • 5 medium green, red or yellow peppers
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1-1/4 pounds extra-lean ground turkey
  • 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


  • 1. Preheat oven to 325°. Cut peppers lengthwise in half; remove seeds. Place in a 15x10x1-in. pan coated with cooking spray.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Fill with turkey mixture. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, until heated through and peppers are tender, 20-25 minutes. Yield: 5 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor’s Notes: To make soft bread crumbs, tear bread into pieces and place in a food processor or blender. Cover and pulse until crumbs form. One slice of bread yields 1/2 to 3/4 cup crumbs. Some breads are made with milk and butter or margarine. For a lactose-free recipe, check the label or ask your baker.

Nutritional Facts

2 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.

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goodcookusa User ID: 8083602 247095
Reviewed 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."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 173923
Reviewed 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 :)"

LisaLozosky User ID: 6228993 209931
Reviewed 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!"

KitchenGenie1 User ID: 7136485 162041
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2013

"My first time making AND eating stuffed bell dinner guest said that they were the best she'd ever had!"

MikePerez User ID: 7079807 113803
Reviewed 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."

Kimberly Hines User ID: 1929928 141614
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"Yeah, I used real cheese. Sorry healthy people!"

Bellykaker User ID: 2706904 101103
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2011

"We love this stuffed pepper recipe! We found it in the healthy Cooking magazine a few years ago, and we make them all the time. Our 2 year old son even really likes them. I highly recommend them!"

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