Stuffed Peppers With Ground Turkey or Beef

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This stuffed peppers with ground turkey recipe is a quick and easy gluten-free weeknight supper option that tastes absolutely delicious! 

Janice's stuffed peppers with ground turkey serving

This is my mother’s recipe for stuffed peppers with ground turkey or beef and boy are they good. A meal in and of itself, stuffed peppers are classic comfort food, no matter which way you look at it. This stuffed peppers recipe is so simple and uses mostly pantry staples. Plus, it’s gluten-free!

To make life even easier, you can make these ahead of time right up to the point of putting them in the oven. Simply cover the turkey stuffed peppers with foil or cling wrap and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake them. This would be a great meal to prep on Sunday for a busy night later in the week. Quick, easy, delicious – what more could you want, right?

ingredients for stuffed peppers with ground turkey.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Tomato soup
  • Cheese
  • Chili powder
  • Chopped garlic
  • Cooked rice
  • Onion
  • Ground turkey or ground beef
  • Peppers
  • Salt and black pepper

adding salt to water

Begin by filling a pot deep enough to submerge the peppers in with water and add a teaspoon of salt. Put this over medium-high heat and bring it to a boil while you prepare the filling. 

chopping onions

Peel and chop your onion.

adding garlic to onions

Place your onions and garlic in a skillet. Cook over medium heat until onion is lightly browned.

Normally you would add your ground meat along with this and cook until browned, but I usually pre-brown my ground beef and freeze it so it is already cooked.

Sauteing onions

When those get cooked a bit, move on to the next step.

Adding soup to meat mixture

Add in tomato soup.

Did y’all see that post I did on Simple And Delicious Tomato Soup?

adding ingredients to meat

Add in cooked ground turkey or beef…

adding spices to meat mixture

Stir in all of your seasonings and your cooked rice. 

making meat mixture for stuffed peppers with ground turkey.

Stir it up a bit. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for about ten minutes.

Prepping peppers for stuffed peppers with ground turkey.

Meanwhile, rinse your bell peppers under water and cut the tops off.

Trimming peppers

Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.

Blanching peppers

Drop them in the boiling water and boil them for about five minutes.

Blanching peppers

Carefully remove with tongs.

Making meat mixture for stuffed peppers with ground turkey.

Stir cheese into the ground turkey or beef and rice mixture.

preparing dish

Spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.

Stuffed peppers with ground turkey prepped for the oven.

Place peppers inside and stuff with beef or turkey mixture.

Stuffed peppers with ground turkey ready for the oven

Top with additional shredded cheese and place in a 350-degree oven for ten minutes.

Stuffed Peppers with ground turkey baked in dish

When I make stuffed peppers, that’s supper! Nothing else needed.

Janice's stuffed peppers with ground turkey serving


Recipe Notes

  • You can easily swap the rice for quinoa in this stuffed pepper recipe for something different. For a lower-carb option, try frozen cauliflower rice.
  • To make this recipe even lighter, use less cheese or replace it with reduced-fat cheddar cheese.
  • If you’re making this recipe around the holidays, you can also swap the lean ground turkey for leftover roast turkey.
  • If you want to just prepare the filling in advance, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for two days or in the freezer for up to three months.


You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

Recipe FAQs

What do you serve with stuffed peppers?

While they’re great on their own, I also think they taste great when served with salad. For some tasty salad options, check out this tomato, onion, and cucumber salad, summer corn salad, or my favorite Greek salad.

Janice's stuffed peppers serving

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Ground Turkey

This stuffed pepper with ground turkey or beef recipe is so simple and uses mostly pantry staples. Make these ahead of time or for dinner tonight!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bellpepper
Servings: 4
Calories: 408kcal


  • 1 lb ground turkey or beef
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese plus more to sprinkle on top
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 4 medium-sized bell peppers


  • Fill a large pot with water. Add a teaspoon of salt and set over medium high heat to bring to a boil.
  • Chop onion. In a large skillet, brown hamburger meat, chopped onion, and garlic until hamburger meat is browned. Drain off grease. Add spices, soup, and rice to the beef mixture. Stir well. Simmer for ten minutes.
  • While that is simmering, wash peppers and remove tops. Scoop out seeds with a spoon. Drop bell peppers into boiling water and boil for five minutes. Carefully remove with tongs.
  • Spray 8x8 pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place peppers upright inside. Add one cup cheese to beef and rice mixture and stir until melted. Spoon into peppers. Top with additional cheese.
  • Bake at 350 for ten minutes.


Calories: 408kcal
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  1. I wonder if you could print a copy of my folder with the recipes in it. I would love to send a few to family and friends in Finland and New Zealand. I absolutely love everything you print but cannot print it myself!

  2. 5 stars
    These were excellent! Also quick and easy. I made them a week ago with leftover sloppy joe and I will be making them again this week. Glad you reposted in 2020.

  3. Hi Christy! What does boiling the pepper do?

    Love all your stuff! Favorite shortcut is browning a bunch of meat at once then dividing and freezing for quick weekday dinners! Why didn’t I think of that!!

  4. I think the ground beef would work, but the texture would be vastly different. Cooked brown rice, should be an easy substitute also. Thank you. I used cooked ground beef cooked brown rice and it was DELICIOUS!! So delicious that my husband (who was not a fan of stuffed peppers not looking forward to me making them at dinner) said this is one of his favorites. I ve made it twice so far. I couldn t find the Hunts sauce but prefer to use real food so I used some tomato sauce, Worcester and some spices. This recipe is a keeper!

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