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Stuffed Green Peppers are filled with ground turkey, rice, and tomato sauce, then topped with cheese and cooked in the oven. This easy ground turkey stuffed peppers recipe makes a healthy and delicious dinner that the whole family will love!

We love easy meals that take just a few minutes of prep and then cook unattended like our favorite Baked Chicken Legs with Potatoes or these Oven Roasted Potatoes combined with sausages and carrots.

A glass baking dish with halved green peppers stuffed with ground turkey and topped shredded cheese.Stuffed Green Peppers

Easy stuffed bell peppers are a family favorite that makes a delicious comforting dinner during the fall and winter months. You can easily prep this dish in advance and leftovers are already perfectly portioned and reheat beautifully.

Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers are my favorite but you can also use beef, ground chicken or make vegetarian stuffed peppers by adding veggies instead of meat to the recipe. This stuffed pepper recipe is super versatile! You can also make them without rice and use cooked couscous or quinoa instead. Perfect for using up leftovers!

When making this recipe I prefer to cut the bell peppers in half, especially if the peppers are really big, that way they cook more evenly and are easier to fill.

Close-up of glass baking dish with baked stuffed green peppers garnished with parsley.

Tips and Tricks for Making the BEST Stuffed Bell Peppers

  • If you want to add in more veggies you can add 1 finely diced medium zucchini to the pan after the onion is soft.
  • Pepper Jack or any other grated cheese works for this recipe.
  • Freshly grated cheese tastes best in my opinion!
  • Depending on the size of your bell peppers, use 4 medium peppers or 3 large peppers
  • You can also use red or yellow bell peppers
  • Instead of a can of tomatoes, you can also use a jar of marinara sauce
  • Instead of instant rice, you can also use cooked rice. Leftover cold rice works best.

A grey rock pan with ground turkey stuffing topped with shredded cheese.

How long to cook stuffed peppers

How long to cook stuffed peppers depends on how tender you like the peppers to be. This recipe uses instant rice and cooked meat so you don’t need to make sure that the filling is cooked through. A cooking time of 50 minutes makes perfectly tender bell peppers with a little bit of bite to it. If you prefer them more tender cook them 5 minutes longer.

What to serve with stuffed peppers

A great side dish for stuffed peppers is a simple green salad or other vegetable salad.

How to cook stuffed peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers are cooked in a baking dish filled with some chicken broth (but tomato sauce works too!) covered tightly with foil to prevent them from getting dry during baking. The peppers are cooking in steam for the first 30 minutes to make them tender and juicy when the time is up the foil is removed so the cheese can get brown.

Glass baking dish with baked stuffed green peppers garnished with parsley.

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Stuffed Green Peppers

Stuffed Green Peppers are filled with ground turkey, rice, and tomato sauce, then topped with cheese and cooked in the oven. These ground turkey stuffed peppers make a healthy and delicious dinner that the whole family will love!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 green bell peppers
  • 4 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 15 oz. canned crushed tomatoes, or tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 cup instant long-grain white rice
  • 1 cup grated cheese, divided


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C)
  • Cut the peppers in half through the stem and remove the stem. Scoop out the seeds and membrane. Place the peppers cut-side up in a baking dish just large enough to hold them.
  • Heat 2 tsp olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add in the turkey, season it with salt and pepper, and cook, breaking it apart as it cooks, until cooked through and lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Remove it from the skillet.
  • Wipe out the skillet, reduce the temperature to medium and add remaining olive oil. Add the chopped onions and cook until soft, about 3-4 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for one more minute.
  • Add the tomatoes and ½ cup of broth. Season with salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and oregano. Cook until heated through, about 4 minutes, then stir in the cooked turkey and instant rice. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese.
  • Divide the filling between the pepper halves. Sprinkle peppers with the remaining cheese and pour the broth in the baking dish. Tightly cover the baking dish with aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 30 minutes then uncover and bake for another 20 minutes until the peppers are soft and the cheese is browned.


Calories: 528kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 745mg | Potassium: 1079mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 980IU | Vitamin C: 114.7mg | Calcium: 291mg | Iron: 3.8mg
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Nutrition Facts
Stuffed Green Peppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 528 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 745mg31%
Potassium 1079mg31%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 980IU20%
Vitamin C 114.7mg139%
Calcium 291mg29%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  1. 5 stars
    I used a variety of pepper colors, omitted the Worcestershire and added cumin when cooking the ground turkey (99% lean) and onion. Brown rice was cooked in chicken broth and then mixed into pan with a can of petite diced tomatoes. Covered peppers with sliced pepper jack cheese and baked for 35 minutes covered and 15 uncovered. Very good recipe! Served with black beans and tortilla chips.

  2. 4 stars
    So simple to make. Clear, easy to understand directions. I do feel like it’s missing something. But perhaps it’s because I used 99% lean turkey (less fat= less flavor?)
    I’m new to cooking. However, I’m adding this recipe to the recipe book! Thank you