Stuffed bell peppers are a meal that packs a powerful, flavorful, and notorious bunch. What I love about these southern stuffed bell peppers is the combination of freshly cooked vegetables, flavorful ground turkey, and gooey melted cheese that makes us all want to come running for a bite. So, if you’re looking for an easy yet scrumptious dinner tonight, don’t worry, I got you.  

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Why This Meal Is the Best

Healthy/Notorious- Stuffed bell peppers are a classic dish that can be easily transformed into a healthy and nutritious meal. When we think of southern food, we automatically think unhealthy, but that’s not always true.

Versatile- The versatility of these colorful vegetables allows for a range of flavorful filling options, such as ground turkey, quinoa, or black beans, to name a few. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants, bell peppers offer a sweet crunch that complements a variety of herbs and spices. I don’t know about you, but these southern stuffed bell peppers sound versatile!

Quick and Fast-Are you looking for a delicious and satisfying meal you can whip up quickly? Look no further than these quick and fast stuffed bell peppers. They also taste a lot like Costco stuffed peppers.

 Packed with protein- Stuffed bell peppers are a delicious and nutritious meal option packed with protein. These colorful vegetables provide a flavorful and healthy alternative to traditional meat dishes.

Ingredients

Southern Stuffed Bell Peppers

5-6 Bell Peppers- Red, yellow, or orange bell peppers also work in this recipe.

Ground Turkey Meat- I used this choice of meat as a healthier alternative. You can always use ground beef or even ground chicken.

Olive Oil- Extra virgin to sear the ground turkey and help lock in the flavors.

Brown Rice– You can use white rice if that’s your preference. I used brown rice because it’s packed with nutrition.

Salt and pepper- Bring a ton of flavor to these southern stuffed bell peppers.

Garlic Powder- To add a tremendous amount of flavor.

Italian Seasoning- To give that balance of sweet and savory.

Dice Tomatoes- To help compliment the ingredients in this recipe.

Mozzarella Cheese- Gives these stuffed bell peppers a lot more texture.

Shallots- I used shallots in this recipe, but you can also use onions.

How To Make These Stuffed Peppers

Chop and Prepare- Chop bell pepper in half. Remove the seeds. Place into an oven-safe dish.

Brown Meat- To a pot on medium-low, add olive oil. Once hot, add your ground turkey meat, chopped spinach, shallots, and mushrooms. Allow cooking until browned.

Cook Rice- Next, add your cooked brown rice and diced tomatoes. Season to taste. Stir well.

Turn stove to medium-low and allow to simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until rice is done.

Fill Peppers- Remove from the stove. Fill the peppers with rice. 

Into the Oven- Sprinkle cheese over the top and bake in a preheated oven of 375 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes. Use whatever cheese you would like to use.

Equipment You Will Need

You will need to make sure you have all the necessary equipment. First and foremost, you’ll need a good quality baking dish that can accommodate your peppers. A sharp knife and cutting board will also be useful for slicing and dicing your ingredients. A large mixing bowl will be useful for combining all the ingredients, while a spoon or spatula can help you stuff the peppers. And, of course, you’ll need an oven to bake them to perfection. With these basic tools, you’ll be well on your way to creating these delicious southern stuffed bell peppers.

Variations/Substitutions

  • Veggies- Add more veggies, such as onions, carrots, cucumbers, or zucchini!
  • Meat- You can use ground beef, chicken, or even tofu.  
  • VeganQuinoa can be added in the place of rice, and the chicken can be taken completely out.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What to serve with stuffed peppers?

Try serving your stuffed peppers with brown rice or quinoa for a classic pairing. But if you’re looking for something more adventurous, a side salad with fresh greens and berries can add a nice touch of sweetness. Or, if you’re a fan of spice, a side of jalapeño poppers can take your meal to the next level. You can even try with my honey bbq chicken legs.

How long can you freeze stuffed peppers?

You can freeze these southern stuffed bell peppers for up to 3 months. They will still be fresh.

Is it better to freeze stuffed peppers cooked or uncooked?

It’s best to cook your peppers before freezing them.

Southern Stuffed Bell Peppers

In conclusion

You should make this meal simply because they’re super easy to make – whip up the filling (which can be customized to your liking) and stuff it into halved bell peppers before baking. In no time, you’ll have a savory and filling meal to please your family members. So why not give them a try tonight? Your taste buds and your schedule will thank you!

The Best Stuffed Bell Peppers In The South

Stuffed bell peppers are a meal that packs a powerful, flavorful, and notorious bunch. What I love about these southern stuffed bell peppers is the combination of freshly cooked vegetables, flavorful ground turkey, and gooey melted cheese that makes us all want to come running for a bite.
Southern stuffed bell peppers
Servings: 4 People
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 5 to 6 Bell Peppers Any color
  • 1 Pound Ground Turkey
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Brown Rice Precooked
  • 1 1/2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • Salt To Taste
  • Pepper To Taste
  • Garlic Powder To Taste
  • Season Salt To Taste
  • Italian Seasoning To Taste
  • 1/2 Shallots or Onion Chopped
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms Chopped
  • 1 Spinach Chopped
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes 14.05oz
  • Parsley For garnish

Instructions

  • Chop bell pepper in half. Remove the seeds. Place into an oven-safe dish.
    5 to 6 Bell Peppers
  • To a pot on medium-low, add olive oil. Once hot, add your ground turkey meat, chopped spinach, shallots, and mushrooms. Allow cooking until browned.
    1 Pound Ground Turkey, 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, 1 Cup Mushrooms, 1 Spinach, 1/2 Shallots or Onion
  • Next, add your pre-cooked brown rice and diced tomatoes. Season to taste. Stir well.
    1 Cup Brown Rice, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Season Salt, 1 Can Diced Tomatoes, Italian Seasoning
  • Turn stove to medium-low and allow to simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until rice is done.
  • Remove from the stove. Fill the peppers with rice mixture.
  • Sprinkle cheese over the top and bake in a preheated oven of 375 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes. Use whatever cheese you would like to use. Garnish with parsley
    Parsley, 1 1/2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese

Nutrition

Calories: 517kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 43gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 477mgPotassium: 1079mgFiber: 6gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 5113IUVitamin C: 201mgCalcium: 274mgIron: 4mg
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword southern stuffed bell peppers, stuffed bell peppers

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