These Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers are easy to make and filled with a hearty mixture of lean ground turkey, brown rice, and cheese!
Healthy Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers
When it comes to weeknight dinner comfort food, stuffed peppers are definitely on my list. They are hearty, packed with protein, there’s plenty of veggie action, and they reheat well which means the leftovers are great for lunch the next day.
If you have never tried making stuffed peppers before then this easy (and delicious!) recipe is for you! The peppers are filled with lean ground turkey, hearty brown rice, veggies, and then topped with plenty of mozzarella cheese for good measure.
This recipe is sure to be a hit and it’s another delicious way to use ground turkey!
Stuffed Pepper Ingredients
Bell Peppers: I like to use a wide variety of colors for this recipe simply because it looks so pretty but any color bell pepper will work. Choose peppers that are on the larger side so that there is plenty of room for all of the yummy filling.
Ground Turkey: either ground dark or white mean turkey will work well in this recipe.
Onion and Garlic: to help build a delicious flavor base.
Marinara Sauce: you’ll need one large jar of your favorite marinara sauce for this recipe.
Spinach: fresh spinach gets wilted into the stuffed pepper filling.
Brown Rice: to make these peppers nice and hearty we’re using cooked brown rice in the filling.
Cheese: we’re using a combination of parmesan and mozzarella for the ultimate flavor and the cheesy gooeyness on top.
Fresh Herbs and Spices: plenty of fresh basil and parsley helps to give the peppers the best flavor.
- Ground turkey – you can easily substitute ground turkey for ground chicken or ground beef if you prefer. If you want to make a vegetarian version of these stuffed peppers you could use your favorite meat crumbles!
- Brown rice – easily swap the brown rice for white rice or quinoa if you like.
- Cheese – leave it out altogether or use your favorite dairy free version instead!
- Spinach – I love using spinach in these peppers but feel free to swap it for thinly sliced kale if you prefer.
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How to Make Stuffed Peppers with Ground Turkey
Step One: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat a large deep skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the olive oil and then ground turkey. Brown the turkey, breaking it up as it cooks.
Step Two: Once the turkey is brown, add the diced onion, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 3-4 more minutes or until the onion is tender.
Step Three: Add the marinara sauce and chopped spinach. Let the sauce simmer for 2-3 more minutes until the spinach is wilted. Remove from the heat and stir in the brown rice and parmesan cheese.
Step Four: Stuff the pepper halves with the filling and place them in a 9×13 casserole dish.
Step Five: Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
Step Six: Remove from the oven and top the peppers with the mozzarella cheese. Return them to the oven and bake another 10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown. Garnish with fresh chopped basil and parsley.
My Favorite Tips and Tricks for This Recipe
- Use leftover brown rice – whenever you make brown rice make extra and freeze it! When it’s time to make these peppers remove the extra brown rice from the freezer to use in this dish!
- Add extra veggies – finely chopped zucchini, carrot, or celery would all be delicious in this recipe. Feel free to get creative!
- Do some prep in advance – you can easily assemble these peppers ahead of time and then place in the fridge until you are ready to bake them!
Can You Freeze Stuffed Bell Peppers?
Yes! These peppers are a great option to meal prep in advance and then store in the freezer for a rainy day when you need a quick recipe.
To freeze the peppers: Prepare the peppers according to the recipe instructions and then let them come to a complete cool. Transfer the peppers to a freezer safe storage container. Place the lid on the storage container and then freeze for up to 2 to 3 months.
How to Reheat and Store
You can easily reheat the stuffed peppers in a 350 degree oven, microwave, or even an air fryer if you have it.
- Oven: reheat at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, covered, until warmed through. If the peppers are frozen reheat them for 45-50 minutes.
- Microwave: you can microwave the peppers on high for 2-3 minutes until completely warmed through.
- Air Fryer: place the peppers in your air fryer basket and reheat for 5 minutes at 350 degrees until completely warmed through.
Of course, feel free to adjust these times if needed to ensure your peppers are perfectly piping hot!
More Pepper Recipes to Try
Taco Stuffed Peppers
Hearty Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup
Philly Cheesesteak Skillet
One Skillet Beef Tips with Peppers and Onions
Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Skillet
I hope you give these Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers a try! They are so hearty and filling
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- 3–4 large bell peppers, sliced in half lengthwise and seeds removed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- salt, to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
- 1 cup spinach, chopped
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, for topping
- extra basil and fresh parsley, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Heat a large deep skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the olive oil and then ground turkey. Brown the turkey, breaking it up as it cooks.
- Once the turkey is brown, add the diced onion, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 3-4 more minutes or until the onion is tender.
- Add the marinara sauce and chopped spinach. Let the sauce simmer for 2-3 more minutes until the spinach is wilted. Remove from the heat and stir in the brown rice and parmesan cheese.
- Stuff the pepper halves with the filling and place them in a 9×13 casserole dish.
- Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and top the peppers with the mozzarella cheese. Return them to the oven and bake another 10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown. Garnish with fresh chopped basil and parsley.
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Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: THE MINDFUL HAPA