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4 Stuffed Peppers with ground turkey recipe in a pan

Stuffed Peppers with Ground Turkey


These Stuffed Peppers with Ground Turkey are easy to make with simple ingredients and make a healthy dinner the whole family loves!


  • large bell peppers (any color)
  • 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Use a sharp knife to remove the top (stem side) of the peppers*. Remove seeds and membranes.
  3. In a large skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium heat 7 to 9 minutes, stirring occasionally, until turkey is brown; drain. Stir in rice, Italian seasoning, salt, garlic and the tomato sauce; cook until hot.
  4. Stuff peppers with turkey mixture. Stand peppers upright in square baking dish.
  5. Cover tightly with foil. Bake 10 minutes. Uncover and bake about 15 minutes longer, until the peppers are crisp-tender, adding cheese to the top of the peppers in the last 5 minutes of the baking time. Enjoy!



  1.  I like to chop the part of the pepper surrounding the stem and use it for salads. No need to waste that part!
  2. I don’t find parboiling the peppers is necessary as they get very soft when I have done that and don’t hold their shape as well. I love a crisp-tender bell pepper and feel it gets plenty soft enough during the cooking time. If you prefer to have much softer peppers, parboil your peppers for about 2 minutes.
  3. You can use any color or variety of sweet bell peppers.
  4. Brown rice will be your healthiest choice here, but if you’re in a rush, white rice is just fine.
  5. The cheese is optional here. Feel free to leave it off and these are both gluten free and dairy free!
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: dinner recipes
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 stuffed pepper
  • Calories: 413
  • Sugar: 11 g.
  • Sodium: 840.4 mg.
  • Fat: 18.7 g.
  • Carbohydrates: 30.9 g.
  • Fiber: 5.5 g.
  • Protein: 31.1 g.
  • Cholesterol: 108.6 mg.

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