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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
What to Serve with Stuffed Peppers?
These Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers can be a meal in themselves, but we love to serve them with:
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.
Prep these peppers ahead of time, store in the fridge and bake when ready!
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.