Acorn's Turkey-Stuffed Peppers

Stuffing peppers with ground turkey and rice and baking them under a layer of cheese will definitely get everyone to eat their vegetables!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
6 peppers


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 ¼ pounds ground turkey

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 1 pinch adobo seasoning, or to taste

  • 1 pinch dried oregano, or to taste

  • 1 (24 ounce) jar tomato sauce

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • ¾ cup uncooked white rice

  • 2 medium red bell peppers

  • 2 medium orange bell peppers

  • 2 medium yellow bell peppers

  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend


  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add ground turkey, onion, and garlic. Season with red pepper flakes, adobo seasoning, and oregano. Cook until turkey is browned and onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.

  2. Set 1/2 cup tomato sauce aside. Mix remaining tomato sauce, water, and rice into the turkey mixture. Bring to a simmer and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender, about 30 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, cut stems and tops off the peppers. Carefully core the peppers, removing all seeds and excess ribs, and rinse. Place the peppers on a microwave-safe plate. Cover and microwave for 3 minutes.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  5. Evenly spread reserved tomato sauce in the bottom of a baking dish. Carefully arrange peppers in the dish so they will not fall over during baking. Carefully fill about halfway with turkey-rice mixture. Distribute 1 cup cheese over the filling. Add remaining filling and sprinkle tops with remaining cheese.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until peppers are tender, about 30 minutes. Broil in the last 3 minutes for a crispier, browned top.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

485 Calories
25g Fat
35g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 485
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 31%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 113mg 38%
Sodium 1000mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 206mg 1,029%
Calcium 348mg 27%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 907mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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