Healthy Meals Monday: Healthy Southwest Stuffed Red Peppers

I love stuffed green peppers but I never really thought to use red peppers. I LOVED the taste of red peppers a lot more! This meal will fill you up, and it is good for you!


Healthy Meals Monday: Healthy Southwest Stuffed Red Peppers
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  • For the filling:
  • 1/2 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can of sweet corn, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large diced tomato
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 4 Tablespoons of chopped onion
  • 3 Tablespoons of Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cumin
  • salt to taste
  • For the peppers:
  • 3 red bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium, fat free chicken broth
  • 9 Tablespoons shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped green onions


  1. In a large skillet brown the turkey and season with salt. When the turkey is starting to brown, add taco seasoning, onion and garlic. When turkey is cooked through add your black beans, corn, cilantro, diced tomatoes, and cumin. Mix well and simmer on low, covered for 10 minutes. Remove lid and cook for 5 to 10 more minutes until most of the liquid is gone.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Cut peppers in half lengthwise, removing seeds and stem.
  3. Place peppers, cut side up in an oven-proof dish. (I used a 9X13) Fill each pepper with 1/2 cup turkey mixture. Pour about 1/3 cup water or chicken broth on the bottom of the dish. Cover tight with foil. Bake 45 minutes, or until the peppers become soft.
  4. Remove foil, top each with cheese and bake uncovered an additional 5 minutes. Top with green onions and serve with reduced-fat sour cream if you want.
  5. My husband ate it with his favorite salsa! YUMMY!
  6. Makes 6 servings.
  7. Need it faster? (You can also boil your red peppers while you cook your meat until they they soft, then you don't need to add the chicken broth on the bottom of the pan - cook them for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted)


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14 Responses to “Healthy Meals Monday: Healthy Southwest Stuffed Red Peppers”

  1. Laura Lewis
    Made these a few nights ago but kept the peppers whole. I doubled the recipe since I was feeding a lot of people. My husband who absolutely loves anything mexican really loved these! I had a lot of left over meat mixture so we made nachos with it.... so good on tortilla chips as well! Thanks for another great easy recipe!
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  2. Mom of Five
    Weird question, we are already in the 100's where I live, anybody have ideas as to how I might grill this? If I wrapped in tinfoil and placed on the top rack would it cook the pepper enough? I don't want to burn everything while trying it out haha Thanks!

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