These turkey stuffed bell peppers are an easy and healthy weeknight meal loaded with ground turkey, brown rice, tomato sauce and spices. Serve with a side salad for a veggie-packed meal.

I’m so excited to share this stuffed pepper recipe with you! It’s simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but would also be fun for a weekend dinner party!

Four stuffed peppers in a baking dish. Peppers stuffed with turkey, rice, onions and tomato sauce, topped with cheese.

Ingredients in Stuffed Peppers

  • Bell peppers – The star of the show slash what gives this recipe its name! Any color bell pepper works great.
  • Ground turkey – I used ground turkey in this recipe but any ground meat would work! You could do ground chicken or ground beef. And if you’re vegetarian or vegan, you could use lentils, crumbled tempeh or tofu.
  • Yellow onion and garlic – I’m convinced that most (if not all!) meals should include onion and garlic. They just add amazing natural flavor to the meat!
  • Brown rice – We’re adding texture, flavor and fiber to this meal by mixing in brown rice with the ground turkey.
  • Tomato sauce – The tomato sauce is what holds all of the filling together and gives it lots of flavor. Aim for an organic tomato sauce with no sugar added. I love the Muir Glen brand!
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese – I sprinkled shredded cheese on top because I knew it would excite the cheese lovers, but if you’re dairy-free, feel free to skip or sub in dairy-free cheese.
  • Spices – This recipe is loaded with great spices – Italian seasoning, sea salt, ground pepper and ground cinnamon are all added to the turkey mixture.

Six stuffed peppers in a baking dish. Peppers stuffed with turkey, rice, onions and tomato sauce, topped with cheese.

How to Make Healthy Stuffed Peppers

Start by prepping your peppers. Cut them in half, remove the seeds and set aside.

In a large skillet, brown the ground turkey with the onion and garlic. Once brown, remove from the heat and add in the rice, tomato sauce and spices.

Add the prepped peppers to a 9 x 13 baking pan. If your peppers are wobbly or not sitting properly, you can cut a strip off the base so they sit evenly. Add about 1/2 cup of the turkey mixture into each pepper, top with an additional tablespoon of tomato sauce and sprinkle with cheese.

Pour 1 cup of water in the bottom of the baking pan to help steam the peppers (and keep them from getting too crispy!), cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes.

Turkey stuffed pepper in a baking dish. Peppers stuffed with turkey, rice, onions and tomato sauce, topped with cheese.

I decided to serve the peppers with a side salad to really up the veggie count of this meal! Feel free to keep your salad super simple with a base of greens, sliced fresh veggies and a delicious dressing. Here are two of my favorite homemade dressings: lemon vinaigrette and zesty tahini, as well as, my top 5 healthy store bought dressings.

Two turkey stuffed peppers on a plate with a green salad.

If you make these turkey stuffed peppers, be sure to leave a comment and star rating letting me know how they turned out! Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

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Four stuffed peppers in a baking dish. Peppers stuffed with turkey, rice, onions and tomato sauce, topped with cheese.

Turkey Stuffed Peppers


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

These turkey stuffed bell peppers are an easy and healthy weeknight meal loaded with ground turkey, brown rice, tomato sauce and spices. Serve with side salad for a veggie-packed meal. 


Ingredients

  • 4 bell peppers (any color)
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 1/3 cup tomato sauce, divided
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook brown rice if you haven’t already.
  2. Cut bell peppers in half, remove seeds and discard. Set aside.
  3. In a large nonstick pan, brown ground turkey with chopped onions and garlic. Use a spatula to break ground turkey into small pieces while it cooks. It should be fully cooked after 7-8 minutes. Remove from heat and add rice, 1 cup tomato sauce (save remaining 1/3 cup for later), Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and cinnamon to the pan. Mix well.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Add halved bell peppers to a 9×13 baking dish. If the peppers are leaning too much, you can trim the bottom of the pepper to help it lay flat in the pan without the stuffing falling out. 
  5. Stuff each bell pepper with about 1/2 cup of the turkey and rice mixture and top each with 1 Tablespoon tomato sauce and a sprinkle of shredded cheese. Carefully pour 1 cup water in between peppers in the bottom of the pan to help steam the peppers while baking.
  6. Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and place peppers back in the oven uncovered for about 5 minutes more, until cheese melts and peppers are soft. Serve immediately. 
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 pepper halves
  • Calories: 346
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 29g

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    15 comments
    1. Susan
      October 29, 2020 AT 4:30 am

      Looks so yummy!! Must try. Can I make these in the crock pot?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 29, 2020 AT 1:45 pm

        I’ve never tried it, but I bet you could! Let me know if you end up trying it.

    2. kay
      September 12, 2020 AT 9:31 pm

      This recipe calls for WAY too much Italian seasoning. It definitely overpowered any other flavors even after adding more spices to compensate. I would recommend three TSP (at most) definitely not three TBSP.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 14, 2020 AT 3:25 pm

        Hey Kay, just curious – where did you get 3 TBSP? The recipe calls for 1.5 TBSP. Did you double the recipe?

    3. Kim
      September 12, 2020 AT 2:32 pm

      I made this and added sautéed zucchini, can of fire-roasted tomatoes and 1/2 t.fennel seed. All I can say is FABULOUS! The flavors are out of this world!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 14, 2020 AT 3:29 pm

        Yay!! So glad you loved this recipe, Kim. I so appreciate you making it and coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    4. Aneta
      July 27, 2020 AT 8:08 pm

      So delicious! I added some chili powder and some more salt and pepper as well. Next time I’ll probably use a bit less cinnamon. I’m excited to make it again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 27, 2020 AT 9:28 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Aneta! 🙂

    5. Madison
      April 22, 2020 AT 1:47 pm

      A fantastic recipe! Swapped the turkey for lentils and it was a delicious meal.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 23, 2020 AT 1:12 pm

        I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Madison!! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    6. Kara
      March 21, 2020 AT 10:15 pm

      SO SO good! 5 stars from each person in our family.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 22, 2020 AT 8:17 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Kara!! I’m glad this recipe was a hit with your family. Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating, I really appreciate it. <3

    7. Ghulam Mohyudin
      March 15, 2020 AT 2:22 pm

      This was really interesting to read! I love the range of posts, there is really something for everyone, great post!

    8. Melissa
      March 13, 2020 AT 7:37 pm

      I sort of made this…lol…instead of stuffing the whole peppers, I diced orange, red & green peppers and added a cup of diced celery. Sauteed it all and put in the bottom of a casserole. Put the meat and sauce on top (no cheese) and baked, covered, for 25 min. Then removed the foil and crumbled 3 gf/df corn bread muffins I had on top(tossed with a drizzle of olive oil) and baked another 10 minutes, uncovered. Really good!!

      1. dj
        August 7, 2020 AT 7:45 pm

        Wish I had seen your post be4 I made mine! Sounds so good as does using lentils! I used the small sliced open peppers and basically just put the meat mixture on top. Being hungarian, we usually just put the stuffed pepps in tomato juice and let them cook, and use egg for binding. Can’t wait to see how this turns out.

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