Stuffed Peppers

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

    Stuffed peppers are a great healthy alternative to have a meal! Use the cavity of the peppers and stuff it to your hearts content with the ingredients that you love!

    Stuffed peppers are so versatile.

    It’s one of those meals where it’s all in one.

    You have everything stuffed into a pepper.

    It’s a brilliant idea.

    Although, if you don’t like bell peppers, it’s probably not for you.

    Funny thing is, Jason isn’t a fan of big hunks of raw bell peppers but he’s totally fine with these stuffed peppers.

    I think it’s because when you cook them down, they get somewhat sweeter and they aren’t as pungent.

    I know bell peppers have that distinct flavor and some people don’t really like that.

    Stuffed peppers are a great healthy alternative to have a meal! Use the cavity of the peppers and stuff it to your hearts content with the ingredients that you love!

    What is this stuffed pepper stuffed with?

    • Ground turkey
    • Corn
    • Black beans
    • Cheese

    What else can you stuff in a bell pepper?

    Some people like stuffing rice in their stuffed peppers or quinoa!

    Those are great easy grain options if you wanted more filling.

    Stuffed peppers are a great healthy alternative to have a meal! Use the cavity of the peppers and stuff it to your hearts content with the ingredients that you love!

    Can you use something other than ground turkey?

    Yes! If you want this leaner, you could use ground chicken.

    Ground beef would make this like a taco; I would suggest going for 90/10 or 93/7 for the ground beef so it won’t be overly oily.

    My peppers aren’t softened after 20 minutes

    That’s totally okay.

    You may just have a thicker bell pepper.

    Just keep it in the oven longer.

    Stuffed peppers are a great healthy alternative to have a meal! Use the cavity of the peppers and stuff it to your hearts content with the ingredients that you love!

    Can you stuff the peppers raw and just have everything cook in the oven together?

    If you’re going to do this, I would cook the filling and then stuff them into the raw bell pepper.

    I would then bake for 30ish minutes until the bell peppers are softened.

    I would also sprinkle the cheese on in the last 5-10 minutes of cooking.

    Stuffed peppers are a great healthy alternative to have a meal! Use the cavity of the peppers and stuff it to your hearts content with the ingredients that you love!

    Stuffed peppers are a great healthy alternative to have a meal! Use the cavity of the peppers and stuff it to your hearts content with the ingredients that you love!
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    Stuffed Peppers

    Stuffed peppers with a little Mexican twist!
    Prep Time: 25 mins
    Cook Time: 10 mins
    Total Time: 35 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Calories: 440kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    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


    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Cook for about 5 minutes longer then remove from heat.
    • 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 :)
    • 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.
    • Serve immediately.


    You can add quinoa and/or any other ingredient you feel like using in the mixture!
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
    Nutrition Facts
    Stuffed Peppers
    Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
    Calories 440 Calories from Fat 135
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 15g23%
    Carbohydrates 51g17%
    Fiber 11g44%
    Sugar 8g9%
    Protein 31g62%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Kathryn says:

    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 says:

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

  • Blog is the New Black says:

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

  • Thu says:

    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!

  • Mackenzie @SusieFreakingHomemaker says:

    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!!

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

    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? :)

    • Julie says:

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

  • sally @ sally's baking addiction says:

    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 :)

  • [email protected] Food Ramblings says:

    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!

  • Cassie says:

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

  • Christina @ Oven Adventures says:

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

  • Stephanie says:

    This looks super healthy and tasty. Thanks!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    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!

  • Cakewhiz says:

    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 :)

    • Julie says:

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

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    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!

  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition says:

    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

  • katie says:

    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!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

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

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    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!

  • Carla @ Carla's Confections says:

    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!!!

  • Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen says:

    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!

  • Nancy @ CouponClippingCook says:

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

  • [email protected] Bakeaholic Mama says:

    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

  • Priscilla says:

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

    • Julie says:

      Aw thank you! I hope you love it :)

  • Let Me Eat Cake says:

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

  • Jenny @ BAKE says:

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

  • Jessica says:

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

  • Elizabeth says:

    I made these the other day and they were delicious!

  • Amber says:

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

  • Linda says:

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

  • Lacie says:

    Do you use canned black beans?

    • Julie says:

      I used canned.

  • Can these be frozen and then put in the oven?

    • Julie says:

      No, I don’t think that’d work.

  • Pam says:

    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!

  • Amber says:

    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?

    • Julie says:

      Zucchini? Salad?

  • Olivia says:

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

    • Julie says:

      Yeah, definitely!

  • Nika says:

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

  • Jesenia says:

    Just tried it today, it was amazing!!!

  • Shannon A says:

    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!!

  • Sami S says:

    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 :)

  • Emily says:

    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!

    • Julie says:

      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 :)

  • Emily says:

    Thanks for the response!

  • Katie says:

    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!

    • Julie says:

      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! :)

  • Sharon says:

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

    • Julie says:

      Thanks! I’m glad you all enjoyed it!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    What tasty stuffed peppers!

  • Maria says:

    My boys love when they can eat their bowl too!

  • Julie says:

    Funny, I am the total opposite of the commenters you mentioned. While I do appreciate inspiration from seeing new recipes, I have enough to last a lifetime(!) and not a lot of time to read a million food blogs. I have pared WAY down to reading only the ones that share a bit of personality and life stories as well as reliable recipes. Thanks for both!

    • Julie says:

      Aw thanks!!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    These look amazing Julie!!

  • Heather Christo says:

    OMG- my old pictures are SOOOOO bad! I should do this too- love the new pictures and what a delicious looking recipe!

  • Jasmine says:

    I never thought to add corn and beans into stuffed peppers before. These were GREAT. I also added jalapeño when I was cooking the onions. I will definitely make these again!

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