Stuffed peppers recipe

Stuffed Peppers: Easy, Healthy and Delicious.

Warning: these stuffed peppers are so tasty,  you might start hearing requests for them multiple times a week. At least, that’s what happened in my house.

I threw this recipe together one night when my husband and I realized that we didn’t have a dinner plan. We figured we could either run out and grab some fast food, or I could rummage around in my refrigerator and see what I could throw together. We’re really trying to limit the amount of fast food we eat, so we chose the latter.

As soon as I saw that we had a couple of bell peppers that were probably nearing their end, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Thankfully, I had a pound of ground turkey in my freezer that I could thaw, rice left over from the night before, and we always keep Ro-tel tomatoes on hand for easy dips.

stuffed peppers ingredients

I was able to prep and cook up the filling in about fifteen minutes, and then I threw the stuffed peppers into my air fryer for another seven. The result? Perfectly crispy peppers, hot tasty filling, ooey gooey cheese, and a very happy husband. He not only cleared his plate, but he finished off mine and requested them again the next night.

Stuffed peppers filling

A few notes about this recipe:
  • I used red and green peppers because they were what I had on hand. You can use whichever kind of peppers you like best; just make sure that when you cut them in half and hollow them out, you get a bowl type shape so that they’ll hold the filling. Some peppers are too skinny or irregularly shaped, so when you half them, they fall too flat to hold.
  • I used an Air Fryer for this recipe, but if you don’t have one, you can bake in the oven at 350 for about ten minutes. I’d check on them every five or so to be safe, but you want the peppers to look a little crisp and the cheese to be very gooey.
  • We use lean ground turkey for nutritional purposes, but it would be just as tasty with ground beef.
  • You can use any type of cooked rice for this recipe, but I use long grain jasmine rice. Also, whenever I make rice, I add chicken broth and cilantro for an extra burst of flavor.
  • If you’re someone who likes spice, you can use one of the spicier or flavored versions of Rotel. We use the original in most recipes because I’m never sure how my one year old will be with the spice. (We serve with Tabasco to make up for the lack of spice for us.)
For a toddler friendly version:

I simply put the cooked filling on a plate and served it with a few bite sized pieces of pepper and a little bit of cheese on the side. My daughter devours it!


This recipe makes enough for six, but there are only three of us. That means we usually end up having the second half later in the week. I’ve found that the best way to make this work is as follows: Make all of the filling at once, but only cut/fill the peppers you’re going to eat that night. Store the unused filling in an air tight container in the refrigerator until the second night. Then, cut, fill, top and cook your peppers as if it were the first time. (I like to heat up the filling for a minute or so in either a frying pan or the microwave, just to make sure it all gets hot and gooey without risking burning the cheese or peppers.)

Stuffed Peppers

Easy, healthy and delicious stuffed peppers
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Servings: 6


  • Air fryer


  • 1 lb Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 can RO*TEL Original diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Onion
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbs Crushed Red Pepper
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • ¾ cup Marinara Sauce
  • 4 Bell Peppers
  • 1 cup Prepared Rice


  • Cook ground turkey and drain the grease.
  • Add Ro-tel, garlic powder, chopped onion, crushed red pepper, salt, pepper, marinara sauce and rice to pan with the meat.
  • Mix ingredients over a medium flame until well combined.
  • Cut each pepper in half and remove the core in order to form 'bowls'.
  • Fill each pepper half to the top with the meat filling.
  • Cover the tops of each stuffed pepper with mozzarella cheese.
  • Cook in the air fryer at 400° for 7 minutes.
  • Allow to cool, serve and enjoy!

If you make this, I’d love to see how it turned out! Tag me on Instagram and Facebook (@emilyeverafterco)!!

Check out some of my other recipes here! (Don’t forget to subscribe to follow along for more deliciousness!)


Want to connect further?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating