Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers are a fiesta in your mouth! The vibrant colors of this dish will pull you in, but the flavors will make you stay.
Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers are great for hosting. They really stand out and are super simple to make. Effortless prep means you get more time to enjoy the party!
Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers hit all the spots. You get the creaminess of the cheese, the savoriness of turkey, the carb fix of rice and a hefty amount of veggies and beans to make your grandma proud. Let’s eat!
Ingredients for The Stuffed Bell Peppers
These bell peppers are essentially stuffed with your favorite taco toppings!
- Red Bell Peppers: There are green and yellow bell peppers, but red tastes the best in this dish. They are the sweetest and complement the savoriness of the filling so well.
- Ground Turkey: Ground turkey is lean and healthy. You might be rolling your eyes thinking it is too dry, but trust us! The juice from the peppers seeps into the meat and keeps it nice and juicy.
- Cooked Rice: If you have a rice cooker, put a pot on while you are preparing the rest of your ingredients. If not prepare your rice in a saucepan. Feel free to use brown or wild rice here if you prefer.
- Frozen Corn: Allow your frozen corn to thaw at room temperature. Strain out any excess liquid to prevent diluting the flavor of your meat mixture.
- Canned Black Beans: Rinse the beans thoroughly underwater before mixing into your filling.
- Salsa: Make your own or grab your favorite store-bought brand!
- Taco Seasoning: This convenient mixture of spices adds that Mexican flare you are looking for!
- Mexican Cheese: Grab a bag of the shredded stuff and hit each pepper with a liberal handful.
What Pairs Well with Stuffed Peppers?
Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers are easily a meal all on their own. But if you want to round them out a bit, make some guacamole or garlic avocado spread to top them with. Or, whip up a Mexican Tuna Salad. You can also grab a bag of your favorite tortilla chips and scoop up your filling. YUM!
How Do You Cut Peppers for Stuffed Peppers?
If making stuffed bell peppers intimidates you because you are afraid of cutting the bell pepper wrong, fear not! There are two ways to pull it off without a hitch:
- Cut off the tops and stuff. This makes for an ultra-juicy filling that you can eat with a spoon! Pick the biggest and flattest-bottomed peppers you can for this method.
- You can also cut the peppers lengthwise, lay them flat on their bottoms and stuff. This is a great method to use if you are going to serve your bell peppers as a finger food at your next party.
Do I Have to Boil Bell Peppers Before Stuffing?
This is really up to you. If you like to keep a bit of crunch (like we do), refrain from boiling. But if you do like a softer pepper, blanch them for a few minutes. Be sure not to go overboard and make them lose their shape and be too soggy to bake!
HUGE Stuffed Peppers Fans Over Here, Hope You are Too
We at Momsdish love a stuffed pepper. If you like this recipe, try some other variations of this fun and healthy dish:
- Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers: This low-carb alternative to a comfort food favorite is great for your weeknight dinner rotation.
- Low-Carb Lasagna Stuffed Peppers: Love lasagna, but trying to stay away from noodles? This is your new non-guilty pleasure.
- Russian Stuffed Bell Peppers: Take your tastebuds on a trip to Eastern Europe will this classic dish. Did we mention these are dipped in sour cream?
- Ground Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers: A rich tomato sauce takes this better to the NEXT level.
- Classic Stuffed Bell Peppers: This one is for all the beef lovers out there.
- 4 large red bell peppers
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 cup cooked rice
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- 10 oz canned black beans
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 tbsp taco seasoning
- 2 cup Mexican cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Rinse black beans and thaw corn. Combine it together with cooked rice, ground turkey, taco seasoning, 1 cup of cheese and salsa.
- Cut bell peppers in halves and remove seeds from the bell peppers.
- Stuff each half of the bell pepper with the mixture. Bake for about 30 minutes, remove from the oven and sprinkle the remaining cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes.
- Serve right away while the tops are still covered with melted cheese.
If I use ground chicken instead of turkey can I still add it raw to the mixture or do I need to cook it ?
Hi Zuhaana, Both of those are poultry. You can stick to the recipe with the substitution to chicken. Hope this helps! Good luck!
I made it in Indian style. I had some leftover rice and some curry. I baked it with cheese. It’s gone within minutes!!
Hi Raji, That's sounds amazing!! I am so glad you were able to make the recipe your own! Thanks for much for the feedback! Enjoy!
Rice, corn, beans? Definitely not keto!
If looking for keto type in keto!
I made these for my hubby, used riced cauliflower instead of rice. Omitted the beans and corn. They still tasted amazing without the carbs.
Hi Kathy- they are lower in carbs, but no they are not Keto as you mentioned. Can you please share where we mentioned they are Keto? I scanned the recipe and didn't see.
Making these now for my husband and I! Using mango habanero salsa! Also used little taco seasoning and added cayenne pepper seasoning, cumin, and red pepper flakes! My husband likes spicy and I figure if it’s too spicy, that’s what sour cream is for! Made the same amount of filling, but only two peppers. Left over filling will be made into wraps for lunch tomorrow! So excited.
Hi Shelly- I love the mango habanero salsa idea, that sounds so tasty. Enjoy! Your dinner AND leftovers will be amazing!
Love these !! The only difference I do is use cream cheese in the rice and meat mixture as a binder. It also adds SO much more flavor. Especially jalapeño cream cheese !!!
Hi Shelby- oh my goodness, jalapeno cream cheese sounds like a fantastic addition to this recipe. Thank you for sharing!
If I use ground beef and bake it raw, will it make it too greasy?
Hey Candy- I don't think so! Ground beef would work well, I'd recommend using a leaner ground beef if you're worried about grease- like 90/10% ration. Enjoy!
Hi can I leave the peppers whole?
Hi Ester- absolutely. Just cut off the top and stuff that way. Enjoy!
I made this but substituted the salsa for Rotel and cooked the mixture prior to stuffing the peppers. And holy crap was it yummy!
Hi Jordan- thanks for giving it a try! Glad you enjoyed it!
Awesome recipe! Thank you! I brushed some olive oil on the inside and outside of the peppers before stuffing them. This added some extra flavor and richness to our feast. Lots of leftovers for tomorrow!
Ooh that's a great tip, James. I'm glad you enjoyed your feast, and YAY for leftovers!
This was great ! I seasoned my bell peppers with taco season and a little cuming which helped the pepper pick up the taste. I topped it off with sour cream which was amazing. I froze the leftovers, well definitely be making these again.
Hi Nakira - YUM! That sounds super good. So glad these are a do over for you.
Do you bake them covered or uncovered? I have them in the oven uncovered, they look delicious and the calorie count is perfect for my diet!! Thanks, Tim
Hi Tim- uncovered is fine. Hope you enjoy them!
Where has this recipe been all my life!! This is a must for Mexican food lovers 😉 Easy, fast and delish. Doubled the recipe to freeze for meal preps. All the comments for changes or additions were helpful too👍🏻 Thank you so much Natalya for this amazing recipe👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Woohooo! That is so awesome to hear, KimiKae. Glad we can be apart of a regular part of your dinner rotation. We LOVE making this recipe for meal prep and truly can't get enough. Thanks for the kind words!
Hi I used bulgar instead of rice and low fat cheddar for a more healthy option. Turned out great!
Hi, Colleen! Thank you for sharing this feedback, appreciate it! Glad you enjoyed the recipe.
Can you freeze the leftover filling for another time?
Hi Hanna - That's a great idea! You can freeze the filling in a freezer-safe bag and pop it in the fridge the night before to thaw before assembling your stuffed peppers.
Was excellent! I used beef and doubled the recipe and used the whole package of taco seasoning. Toasted bread crumbs on top for the crunch. Thank you!
Hello Steve, great idea on adding bread crumbs for the extra texture, thank you for sharing that idea, I'm glad you loved the recipe!
Was delicious family loved it. Made it with ground beef instead. Thanks for the easy recipe.
So glad you loved it, Gina, thank you for your feedback!
I made this with some minor variations and it was very well received--even converted a couple of 'no peppers' people. I had beef instead of turkey and also added mild green chilies instead of some of the salsa since I'm a big fan of those.
Haha, I'm glad you turned them to the stuffed pepper side! Thank you for your feedback!
I made this for the first time and we enjoyed it. I was looking for an easier recipe than one I have used in the past and this one was passed the test. I am used to a more saucy filling so I did opt to add more salsa and it was still fine and I probably could have added more for my desire. I think it could use more spice which I did add a bit more. I would suggest you would need 6 peppers as I had leftover filling. Was also hesitant on no liquid in the bottom of the dish or covering, but as noted in other comments it does allow the peppers to be a bit crisper (I was worried they would be too crisp/hard), but they came out well.
Thank you for your tips and feedback, I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe and found it easy to make!
Quick question… how do you get the nutritional info? I had a lot of leftover mix after filling the 8 halves.
Some peppers are larger than others. You can make wraps with leftovers!
I love these! Delicious! I was wondering if you’ve tried using cauliflower rice in place of cooked rice?!
Laura, I have, frozen cauliflower rice works great. Its amazing!
i’m making them right now, how do you know the raw meat is cooked? it looks like a pasty texture after 30 min
Hey Annica, the meat will be cooked after 30 minutes of baking. You can also use a thermometer to check the temperature.
Can you cook the meat first
Hi Natosha! You can cook the meat first, but it will be on the drier side. I like to stuff the peppers with raw meat for this reason. Hope this helps!
Will they freeze well after baking?
Hi Esther, yes, you can freeze them in a sealed container. Enjoy 🙂
Great and easy recipe! Turned out delicious and perfectly cooked! I made the mistake of sprinkling the cheese on in the beginning and it cooked for the whole 45min and I was afraid it would burn but it didn't 🙂
I served it with a bit of extra salsa and sour cream on top! Yuumm!!
Hannah, I'm so glad you enjoyed these stuffed peppers, thank you for taking the time to comment!
If I stuff the peppers whole instead of halving them, will the meat still cook the same without having to be precooked?
Hey Olivia, yes, you can leave the peppers whole, I mention that in the "How to cut the peppers section", and you would cook them the same as if they were cut lengthwise. Enjoy the recipe, and let me know how it goes 🙂
Best stuffed pepper recipe I have tried! Delicious, my family loves it!
I'm so glad you have enjoyed this recipe, thank you for taking the time to comment your feedback!
I followed the directions to a T but *accidentally* put the cheese on before sticking them in the oven, will they still turn out alright?
Thats awesome, happy to hear that the recipe is delish!
Hi, try the same recipe with roasted poblano peppers. They come out yummy!!!i roast the peppers, place them in a plastic bag for about 10 minutes, remove the charred skin , cut open and remove seeds. I do brown the meat and then follow the recipe as written. I make burritos with the leftover meat mixture and poblano strips from a extra pepper that I roasted, wrap in a large flour tortilla and freeze for an on the go lunch. Thanks for the great recipe!
That sounds divine!! I like the idea of using poblano peppers! Thank you for sharing your tips and feedback!
Great taste. Simple ingredients. My only input is that the stuffing mix is for 8 bell peppers not 4 peppers. Thanks for sharing . Great simple recipe.
Robert, so good to hear. My peppers must have been for giants 🙂 lol... but leftovers make amazing burritos!
Delicious!! My husband is planning to have the leftovers for breakfast😜
Cathy, I'm so glad you enjoyed these stuffed peppers, thank you for taking the time to comment!
Hi there. I am planning to make this with cauliflower rice instead of regular rice. Should I cook the cauliflower rice first or put in raw (like the meat)? Thanks!
Hey Kristin, yes, that should work great. Hope you love it.