Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers

Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers – Tender bell peppers are stuffed with seasoned ground turkey taco meat, black beans, and cheese for a delicious and easy weeknight dinner the whole family will love.

An overhead shot of Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers in a pan.

I love replacing regular ground beef with ground turkey in my recipes to make them a little lighter and healthier, like my Turkey Taco Stuffed ShellsTurkey Taco Burrito Bowls, and Turkey Taco Soup. Ground turkey is leaner and lighter than beef, saving you on calories. It’s delicious and I actually prefer it to beef or sausage in spaghetti sauce and tacos. If you want to try a kicked up version, try these Chicken and Rice Stuffed Peppers!

How To Make Ground Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers always seems like such a complicated dish to make, but I promise you it is so easy. You just need a few ingredients and in under an hour you will have delicious and healthy Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers!

  1. Start by cooking a pound of ground turkey with some onion and garlic. This will add flavor to the meat itself. If your turkey releasing a lot of liquid during cooking, you may want to drain it before adding anything else.
  2. Next, add some of your favorite salsa, but I do recommend that it be a more blended salsa, and not chunky so that it can help to form the sauce a little better. Chunky salsas tend to be more thin and watery. Stir in some taco seasoning and water and let that pot simmer for about 10-15 minutes. The mixture will reduce and thicken a bit, so when time is up you can add some cheese to complete the sauce, then stir in some cooked white rice, black beans, and corn.
  3. While the filling is cooking, prepare the bell peppers. Slice the pepper in half lengthwise then remove and discard seeds and membranes. Rinse the peppers and arrange them in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  4. Stuff the peppers with the meat mixture. Depending on how full you pack the peppers, you may end up with 6-8 stuffed peppers. Top each pepper with a spoonful of salsa and a sprinkling of cheese. Pour some water or chicken broth around the peppers in the dish and cover with nonstick foil. Bake until peppers are soft and the filling is hot and bubbly.

A Turkey Taco Stuffed Pepper lifted on a spoon.

This recipe does make a lot of the taco meat, and you will have enough to fill at least 6 peppers, maybe more, depending on how full you fill them. If you have any taco meat leftover, you can follow the directions below to freeze it.

How to Precook Peppers for Stuffed Peppers

Precooking the peppers is not a necessary step for this recipe, but it can save you some time by softening the peppers. To precook, slice the tops off of the peppers and clean them. Place them in a large pot, then fill with water, making sure the peppers are filled so they don’t float. Bring to a rolling boil for 2-3 minutes, then transfer the peppers to an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Proceed with stuffing the peppers with the filling.

Turkey Taco Stuffed Pepper on a plate with salsa and a wedge of lime.

Top Tips for this Recipe

  • What Color Peppers are Best for Stuffed Peppers? This is really a personal preference. Green peppers tend to have a heavier flavor, while red, yellow, and orange peppers are on the sweeter side. Any of them will be delicious, but I tend to lean towards the sweet reds and yellows.
  • Can You Freeze Stuffed Peppers? Absolutely! These stuffed peppers actually freeze quite beautifully for up to 6 months. Allow baked peppers to cool, then place in a ziploc freezer bag or airtight container. To eat, thaw overnight in the fridge, then bake at 350 degrees until heated through (10-15 minutes).

A bit of the filling from Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers on a spoon.

What to Serve with Stuffed Peppers?

These Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers can be a meal in themselves, but we love to serve them with:

Keep this recipe on hand for a quick and easy dinner that’s fun to eat, too. It’s ready in under an hour and can be prepped ahead of time, making it a perfect meal for your busy life.

More ground turkey recipes you’ll love:

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A close up of Taco Stuffed Peppers

Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers

Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers are tender bell peppers stuffed with seasoned ground turkey taco meat, black beans and cheese for a delicious and easy weeknight dinner.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 364kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 cups salsa not chunky, divided
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese divided
  • 1 cup cup shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • 6 bell peppers any color
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup chicken broth or water
  • thinly green onions or minced parsley for garnish
  • sour cream for serving

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook onions until soft; 3-4 minutes. Add ground turkey and garlic and cook until meat is no longer pink; about 5 minutes. Drain any liquid and return meat mixture to the pan. 
  • Stir in 1 cup of salsa, taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until sauce is thickened and reduced. Stir in rice, black beans and corn. Stir in half of the cheeses until melted.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the bell peppers. Slice the pepper in half lengthwise, or cut off the tops of the peppers, depending on whether you want them to lay flat or stand up. Remove and discard seeds and membranes; rinse peppers. Arrange in a baking dish and season with salt and pepper. (Note - the size of the baking dish will depend on how you plan to cut the peppers. I recommend slicing them, then fitting them into the pan you think would be the best fit.)
  • Stuff peppers with the meat mixture. Top each pepper with a spoonful of salsa and remaining cheese.
  • Carefully pour 1 cup of chicken broth or water around the peppers.
  • Cover with nonstick foil and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly and peppers are tender.
  • Garnish with fresh minced parsley or sliced green onions and serve immediately with a dollop of sour cream if desired.

Notes

  • Prep these peppers ahead of time, store in the fridge and bake when ready!

Nutrition

Calories: 364kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 32gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 1086mgPotassium: 878mgFiber: 5gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 4640IUVitamin C: 160mgCalcium: 324mgIron: 2mg
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  1. Made these lastnight for dinner and they were absolutely delicious!!!! My family loved them! Will definitely be making them again. Thank you!

  2. We are out of school for two weeks due top the Coronavirus so eating a little lighter will help us stay healthy and still enjoy great flavor. The recipe was so easy to prepare and I substituted yellow rice for a bit more flavor.

  3. Delicious!! Turned out perfectly. I did add cheese as I am cutting out dairy but still tasted delicious. I added a bit extra sauce. I also used a spicy tomatoe sauce instead of salsa.

  4. Loved this!! Even my 8 and 10 year old kids loved it. They gave it a 10/10 and told me I needed to go on a “chef show.” Lolol

    1. We are working on adding the nutritional information to each of our recipes. However in the meantime you can use a site like my fitness pal online.

    1. I haven’t tried prepping only and then freezing. I think it would be fine though; just be sure to thaw in the fridge before baking.

  5. Awesome recipe!! I just found out I’m a diabetic about a month ago and finding something tasty and healthy to eat without sabotaging my sugar levels is nice. Keep the great recipes coming. I used whole grain brown rice instead of white and it was great. My wife even liked it.

    1. Hi Maria, The recipe calls for 6 peppers; The easiest route would be to double the recipe and make 12. They freeze really well!

  6. If I precook the peppers first to reduce the cook time… how long should I bake it all in the oven? Still 45 minutes?

    1. You can probably cut 15 minutes off of the cooking time. I’m not sure how much you’re planning on pre-cooking them, but you don’t want them soft. They still need to be sturdy enough to hold up to the filling.

  7. This recipe is amazing! Easy and delicious. I cut everything in half and still had enough filling for four peppers.

  8. Made them & they are amazing! My father used to make these & out of a family of 6, him & I were the only ones who loved stuffed peppers! Great memories & great recipe! Thank you for sharing!

  9. This was delish! I made it for 5 people (5 peppers) and had just the right amount for a “taco bowl” for lunch the next day (I left out the rice though as I’m cutting back on carbs). I looked for peppers that stood up on their bottoms and cut around the stems. Most of the seeds stay attached and come out with the stem. I knew it was a winner because my 8 & 11 year old’s plates were scraped clean! I will definitely make again, thanks!

  10. This is a solid recipe. The only issue I had with it was how to cut the bell peppers. Cut them in half lengthwise is kind of awkward, especially to eat, because then half of the bell peppers have the stem in the bottom. Also, there was much more filling here and could have accommodated more than three bell peppers. If I make this again, I will buy twice as many bell peppers and just cut off the tops.

    1. I agree. I have so much stuffing left over. Maybe update the recipe to 6 bell peppers instead that way there’s an option to make half the recipe or the full amount.