Stuffed peppers were a new thing to me up until about 6 months ago, but I now make these about every other week. They are filled with ground turkey (or beef), black beans, tomatoes, onion and wonderful spices like cumin and chili powder.
There was a time in my life when I hated peppers, avoided them completely. I’m also not a fan of too much spice. A burning mouth is not my idea of a good time (and still isn’t). I’ve grown to love bell peppers (and a few others in salsa) because they are sweet (especially orange bell peppers) and don’t make my mouth feel like it’s on fire. I have no doubt you can alter this recipe if you like more spice to include pepper flakes or chopped spicy peppers if you prefer a little kick to your food.
The stuffing is also great served by itself in a bowl or as a dip with tortilla chips! We use leftovers as dip. And, it’s naturally gluten free*!
When I found this recipe, I was just looking for something new with a lean meat to eat (you can use ground turkey or ground beef, I obviously go with turkey). A mom in one of my mommy groups shared this recipe, and I can tell you it was a huge hit with the whole family. Even my picky eater son will eat the beans, larger chunks of turkey and some of the pepper!
While the spices aren’t called out in measurements, this made the recipe that much more fun to play with and get the taste everyone enjoyed. For instance, I never think anything has too much cumin (my favorite spice) so I just keep adding it until the mixture smells up the whole house as it cooks. When it’s time to eat, I just throw some sour cream on top and you’re set!
Depending on the size of your bell peppers, you are likely to have leftover stuffing mixture which is great to eat by itself. This recipe usually makes it through at least 2 meals for my family of 3 (which includes a toddler, baby as well but he doesn’t count yet for meals). Feel free to share your experiences with this recipe, what worked for you and what didn’t!