Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are a healthy and delicious weeknight option! A fun Mexican flavor kick too!

Hoookaay dokkkayyy folks, I’m back! Yay!…or nay? Haha, you decide, you don’t have to tell me ;) Thanks again to Rachel & Megan for filling in while I was getting my life in order.

I can’t believe it’s almost been a week since we moved into our new place. I found a new area of the house to take my pictures (bear with me for a few weeks while some of the recipes are still using photographs from our apartment days) and we have SO.MUCH. natural light. We’re in a townhouse that’s the end-unit and our walls are covered with WINDOWS! It’s absolutely amazing. So yeah, you can imagine the excitement every time I take pictures now. That is until winter time, and when that rolls around, I’m going to have to likely chase sunlight.

So lately, I’ve been trying to eat better. I talked about in my previous posts how I’ve been gaining unnecessary weight due to this food blogging. Well, new plan, y’all. I’ve decided to cook healthier and if I don’t cook healthy, I plan on portion controlling. I also have been making desserts for the blog and just giving them away. I downloaded My Fitness Pal to my iPhone last week and I’ve been really good about keeping track of what I eat. It helps me because you realize if you don’t portion control, you take in so many more calories (I know this is a given but sometimes you tend to forget if you don’t have something or an app helping you out). I feel like someone is always “watching” me so I don’t eat as much because then I’ll be judged haha

I’ve been seeing stuffed peppers pop up all over the place and I hear they’re healthy too, if you combine the right amount of ingredients. So I decided to give it a shot and make some. Seriously, they’re so good. I love that you get the sweet pepper taste and also all the stuffing that is inside. I tried to go a little “Mexican” on it by adding taco seasoning to the meat and onions. This also is really filling. I was full after one half of a pepper. Jason loved it and I think he had 1 1/2 peppers! I used ground turkey for a healthier spin on it and turkey is really moist so none of this came out dry. Super easy to make and very versatile! Traditionally I think they’re filled with rice, but I omitted it. I’ve seen it done with quinoa too!

Stuffed Peppers
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Stuffed peppers with a little Mexican twist!

Servings: 4
For the stuffing:
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 3 large bell peppers, halved, de-seeded
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese, I used Monterrey jack
  1. On a large baking sheet, place your pepper halves on them, upright and drizzle olive oil all over them and bake them in the oven at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until peppers are blistering and getting slightly translusent around the edges. Set aside.
  2. In the meantime, in a large skillet, saute your onions in a tbsp or two of olive oil until soft. Then add in the ground turkey. Cook the turkey and onions all the way through and then add the taco seasoning. Stir to combine then add in the beans and corn.
  3. Cook for about 5 minutes longer then remove from heat.
  4. Take the (cooled) halves of peppers and place them in a small casserole dish then using a spoon, scoop the filling inside the peppers. Overstuffing is a good thing :)
  5. Sprinkle a good amount of cheese on top of the filling, enough to cover it all, then place under the broiler on high until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  6. Serve immediately.



Posted on June 08, 2012

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  1. 06/08/2012 at 6:09 am

    I’m right with you on trying to eat better and I need all the healthy dinner inspiration I can get. These look super-delicious and I love those Mexican flavours in the filling!

    • Corinne
      08/10/2015 at 3:19 pm

      My daughter makes these and they are absolutely delicious!! Love the Mexican version and healthy too:)

  2. 06/08/2012 at 7:26 am

    I adore stuffed peppers and it’s been far too long since I’ve made them!

  3. 06/08/2012 at 8:19 am

    Hello, I’ve been a reader/stalker for awhile. This is my first time commenting. I think it’s so great you are taking a healthy approach! I have been doing the same and am also an MFP user. I was actually going to make some of my stuffed peppers next week but instead of rice, I’m using barley. It’s filling and has tons of fiber and a little protein too!

  4. 06/08/2012 at 8:23 am

    Love that you are back!! I’m so excited for you on the house!! I am so jealous about your wall of windows. Anywho – I love stuffed peppers, so this one is going into the rotation! Thanks love!!

  5. 06/08/2012 at 8:59 am

    Mm, one of my faves–I really want to try these with quinoa or brown rice. We could all use a little health in our lives once in a while, right? :)

    • 06/08/2012 at 9:09 am

      Definitely. Especially since I just inhaled a cupcake for breakfast :)

  6. 06/08/2012 at 9:18 am

    Julie, I LOVE stuffed peppers. And mexican food. And ground turkey. And cheese. Can I come over and we can have a stuffed pepper bonanza??!? Looks delicious! Happy Friday :)

  7. 06/08/2012 at 10:04 am

    Yum! I made these all the time :) Glad you like the new place…we have an end unit too and it makes ALL the difference!

  8. 06/08/2012 at 10:55 am

    You probably know how I feel about these. L.O.V.E. Mexican is my fave, fave, fave. Yum!

  9. 06/08/2012 at 11:45 am

    i love stuffed peppers. i haven’t made them in forever but i think you’ve just changed that.

  10. 06/08/2012 at 12:32 pm

    This looks super healthy and tasty. Thanks!

  11. 06/08/2012 at 12:53 pm

    Happy moving, Julie! So glad you had a safe move, and I can’t believe it’s been a week already! And these peppers, man oh man! I’m not even into stuffed peppers but now I really want to try these, and add the rice – I can’t get rid of carbs man. It’s my ultimate weakness!

  12. 06/08/2012 at 1:02 pm

    I usually stuff my peppers with minced meat. But, this is a great alternative…thanks for sharing! I am so glad to have found your blog… There are so many other recipes here i can see myself making :)

    • 06/08/2012 at 1:31 pm

      How great :) I’m so glad to hear that you can find many recipes to make!

  13. I love stuffed peppers! I just made some the other week with barley so good! I use My Fitness Pal and i love it. It’s harder to track your own recipes (you have to add in each ingredients, subtract servings, blah!) but it keeps you accountable!

    Can’t wait to meet up in a few weeks to talk all about your new place!

  14. 06/08/2012 at 2:21 pm

    Yum, I made stuffed peppers this weekend for the BF and I! I used brown rice in mine – totally rationalizes all the cheese I put on top!

    I use LoseIt for calorie counting and I totally agree with you about feeling judged, I HATE seeing my calorie total in the red! I feel like the app is angry at me haha. But at the same time, I don’t think its healthy that I’ll, like, turn away a cookie because it’d put me “over my limit”. So for that reason, I usually don’t use the app on the weekends ;P

  15. 06/08/2012 at 3:56 pm

    These looks and sound amazing. This is the way I make stuffed peppers when we have leftover Mexican food! Its funny you posted about this because I just made and edited and have scheduled out a post for traditional stuffed peppers! Great minds think a like!

  16. 06/08/2012 at 5:01 pm

    A Mexican stuffed pepper?! These are awesome Julie. It’d be hard to stop at just one lol

  17. 06/08/2012 at 6:06 pm

    i love stuffed peppers but rarely get to make them because hubby doesn’t like peppers. SOB! TEARS! i really need to try to make them next time he’s out of town – these look great!

  18. 06/08/2012 at 8:23 pm

    I really like the idea of healthy eating :) baking and blogging really does put on the lbs. You are strong for being able to give your treats away without eating them. I’m gonna have to give that one a try haha! These peppers look great!!!

  19. 06/09/2012 at 6:27 pm

    These look awesome! I love healthy recipes that don’t taste healthy, and this appears to fall under that category :)

    I bet they make delicious leftovers too!

  20. 06/10/2012 at 12:15 am

    These stuffed pepper look so good. And your pictures are beautiful too. Congratulations on moving in to your new place.

  21. 06/10/2012 at 7:31 am

    Stuffed peppers are one of my favorite summer time meals when we have fresh peppers in the garden. I’m salivating just looking at your photos. YUM

  22. Priscilla
    06/10/2012 at 1:29 pm

    I can’t wait to make this! Just discovered your site & love it.

    • 06/10/2012 at 4:43 pm

      Aw thank you! I hope you love it :)

  23. 06/11/2012 at 3:33 pm

    love this! the perfect summer side dish to grilling. hoping to make this this weekend!

  24. 06/14/2012 at 6:04 am

    I lvoe the idea of filling these with protein instead of carb!

  25. Jessica
    06/18/2012 at 11:16 pm

    Just made these for dinner. Yum! Simple, delicious, healthy.

  26. Elizabeth
    01/03/2013 at 1:07 pm

    I made these the other day and they were delicious!

  27. Amber
    02/19/2013 at 7:23 pm

    They are currently in the oven right now, can’t wait to try! Thanks for the recipe :)

  28. Linda
    02/25/2013 at 9:21 pm

    Made these this weekend, I did add spanish Rice into the stuffing…and used the leftovers for Southwestern Eggrolls! Definitely will make again…Thanks!

  29. 03/05/2013 at 6:46 pm

    Do you use canned black beans?

    03/06/2013 at 10:09 pm

    Can these be frozen and then put in the oven?

    • 03/07/2013 at 7:38 am

      No, I don’t think that’d work.

  31. Pam
    03/11/2013 at 8:24 pm

    Just made this for my family and company and they loved it. I made brown rice on the side sprinkled with lemon dill seasoning and mixed this with it. Sounds gross but was really good!

  32. Amber
    04/09/2013 at 12:54 pm

    I have made this recipe over 20 times now! My family loves…the only problem I have is finding a side dish to compliment it….any suggestions?

    • 04/09/2013 at 2:42 pm

      Zucchini? Salad?

  33. Olivia
    04/12/2013 at 9:16 pm

    These look amazing! do you know if they make good left overs??

    • 04/13/2013 at 2:03 pm

      Yeah, definitely!

  34. Nika
    04/23/2013 at 12:57 am

    This was absolutely delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Jesenia
    05/08/2013 at 9:39 pm

    Just tried it today, it was amazing!!!

  36. 05/27/2013 at 4:56 am

    Victory! I knew I would love this recipe, but what a wonderful treat when my two oldest kids devoured it as well! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

  37. Sami S
    06/11/2013 at 7:11 pm

    I made this tonight and it is delicious!!!! Even my roommate who doesn’t like peppers said she loved it and wants to make it for herself sometime! Great low cal version to Taco Tuesday! Thanks :)

  38. Emily
    08/01/2013 at 12:18 pm

    I made these the other day and they were delicious! My peppers were still a little crunchy. Do you have a suggestions how to make them more tender? Thank you!

    • 08/01/2013 at 8:33 pm

      Hi Emily! Sorry to hear your peppers were still a little crunchy. Next time, you could have them stay in the oven a little longer to tenderize them a bit more! Hope that helps. I’m glad you enjoyed them the first go-round :)

  39. Emily
    08/14/2013 at 9:54 pm

    Thanks for the response!

  40. 09/12/2013 at 12:59 pm

    These were absolutely divine! They were super easy and super quick to make, especially for a college kid with her first kitchen looking for something with a little Mexican flair. Big hit amongst my roommates and friends!

    • 09/12/2013 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Katie! This makes me so happy to hear!! I’m so glad you all enjoyed it and were able to satisfy that Mexican craving! :)

  41. 06/11/2014 at 3:43 pm

    I’m posting a link to this recipe on my blog on Friday. Thanks for such a delicious idea! We all loved it.

    • Julie
      06/11/2014 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad you all enjoyed it!

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