This unique take on a classic dish isn’t your mother’s stuffed peppers.
Traditionally, Stuffed Peppers are packed full of a mixture that utilizes beef as the primary ingredient. However, this recipe uses turkey to provide a healthier alternative to tradition that doesn’t sacrifice flavor.
Just the Basics
The term Bell Pepper goes back to at least the late seventeenth century. This was when the term was first used in a written work; a book penned by ship surgeon Lionel Wafer. Stuffed Peppers were first mentioned in a cookbook published in 1880.
Bell peppers are chock full of vitamins, minerals and various antioxidants that have various health benefits. Among the antioxidants found in bell peppers are those that strengthen the cardiovascular, neurological and digestive systems. In addition, bell peppers are rich in folate and potassium.
Recipe & Preparation
While Stuffed Peppers may seem like a complicated dish to make, it is actually quite simple. With only a few ingredients, you can have this healthy and tasty entree ready to serve in under an hour. The following recipe serves eight.
- 1 pound of ground turkey
- 1 small diced onion
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 2 cups salsa (not chunky); divided
- 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning
- ¾ cup of water
- 1 cup of shredded Pepper Jack cheese; divided
- 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese; divided
- 6 bell peppers of any color
- 1 cup of cooked rice
- 1 can of black beans; drained and rinsed
- 1 cup of frozen corn kernels
- 1 cup of chicken broth
- thinly cut green onions or minced parsley for garnish
Often, stuffed pepper recipes call for you to precook the peppers briefly to soften them prior to baking. This recipe doesn’t require that step, however, so you can simply slice the peppers in half lengthwise and discard the seeds and membranes. Arrange them in a baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Then, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and dive right into making the filling.
Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the onions until they are soft. Add the ground turkey and garlic and cook until meat is no longer pink; roughly 5 minutes. Drain the meat mixture and return it to the pan. Next, stir in the chicken broth, taco seasoning and one cup of the salsa.
Bring the mixture to a boil, cover it and reduce the heat to low. Allow it to continue simmering for an additional 10 to 15 minutes to thicken and reduce the sauce. Stir the corn, black beans and rice into the mixture and add half of the cheeses; stirring until they are melted.
Stuff the peppers with the meat mixture and top each one with a spoonful of the salsa and the remaining cheese. Carefully pour a cup of the chicken broth or some water around the peppers and cover the dish with aluminum foil.
Bake for 45 minutes and then uncover the dish and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the peppers are tender. Garnish each with parsley or green onion and serve immediately.
Several countries have their own variations on the stuffed pepper. These traditional versions are passed down for generations and represent the culture of the area. These include:
- Pimientos Rellenos de Arroz con Salsa de Tomates from Spain
- Bharawn Shimla Mirch from India
- Fil Fil Mashsi from Tunisia
- Chile Rellenos from Mexico
- Fyldte Peberfrugter from Denmark
- Toltott Paprika from Hungary
- Ardei Umpluti from Romania
- Gochu Jeon from Korea
- Pandak na tao pinalamanan peppers from the Philippines
This unique take on an old favorite is sure to become a family favorite. Simple to make and loaded with healthy goodness, Turkey Taco Stuffed Peppers are an excellent choice for any meal.