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Turkey Stuffed Peppers combine ground turkey, tons of vegetables, and pepper jack cheese into a satisfying meal. Jump start your smart eating habits with these oh-so-delicious stuffed peppers!

low carb stuffed peppers with turkey and cheese

Why this recipe works:

I’m always looking for meals that not only taste amazing and are packed with flavor, but finding better recipes that make me feel good – especially this time of year – is always a huge bonus when I’m really trying to watch what I eat.

I do find that adding rice or quinoa to a stuffed pepper makes it more filling and it feels more like a complete meal, but I also know a lot of people are searching for grain free or low carb recipes.

That’s why I wanted to create a stuffed pepper recipe that was basically meat, cheese, and veggies.

Ingredients used to make this recipe:

  • whole bell peppers
  • ground turkey (I prefer dark meat)
  • onion
  • garlic
  • zucchini
  • tomato
  • pepper jack cheese
  • salt

How to make them:

First step is to par bake your peppers. The reason you want the peppers partially cooked is because you will fill them with cooked hot filling. By pre-cooking the peppers, everything will be perfectly cooked by the time you’re ready to serve.

To make the stuffed pepper filling, simply start by browning the ground turkey. After a few minutes you’ll add some onion, garlic, and any remaining pieces of bell pepper. Let those turn golden brown and completely fragrant.

To that mixture, I add diced zucchini, diced tomatoes, and season it with salt and pepper.

To assemble the turkey stuffed peppers, simply pack the hot peppers with your filling, top with cheese, and finish them off in the hot oven to melt the cheese. You can choose any kind of cheese that you like, or completely omit if you need a dairy free stuffed pepper, but my preference is to use pepper jack.

healthy turkey stuffed pepper recipe

Some variations:

  • I prefer to use ground dark meat because it has more flavor, but you can also use ground white meat. Instead of using ground meat at all, you can also use diced cooked turkey and add it to the mixture after the vegetables have sauteed for a bit. That would be a great option if you’re looking for a post-holiday leftover turkey recipe.
  • You can also change up the vegetables you add to your stuffed peppers. Instead of tomatoes you could add some baked butternut squash and sage – both of which go fantastic with turkey.
  • Turkey stuffed peppers are also a great recipe to make on the weekends if you are looking for healthy meal planning options. They are great to pack in work lunches throughout the week!
yellow stuffed pepper with ground turkey zucchini and tomato

Love turkey recipes?

You’ll have to try these:

While I typically use bell peppers in our family’s favorite dinner recipes like beef stir fry and American goulash, they are the star in this recipe!

Turkey Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Prep20 minutes
Cook30 minutes
Total50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Turkey Stuffed Peppers combine ground turkey, tons of vegetables, and pepper jack cheese into a satisfying healthy low carb meal.



  • 4 whole bell peppers any color
  • 1 pound ground turkey dark meat recommended
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 zucchini diced
  • 15 ounces diced tomato drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt more or less to taste
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese grated


  • To prepare the peppers, slice the tops off and remove any veins or seeds inside. Do not discard tops as you will use any remaining pepper attached to the stem.
  • Add peppers to a casserole dish, fill with about 1/2 inch of water, cover with aluminum foil, and bake in a 425 F oven for 20 minutes in order to steam, or parbake, the peppers.
  • While the peppers are steaming, cook the ground turkey, onion, garlic, and any remaining pepper from the stem piece (diced) in a large saute pan over medium high heat until the meat is crumbly, about 10-15 minutes. Add the diced zucchini and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes. Add salt to taste. Remove from heat.
  • Once peppers are done, remove from oven, discard water, and return peppers to casserole dish. Fill each pepper cavity with the ground turkey filling until all of the peppers have been evenly filled. Top with pepper jack cheese. If making ahead, store in airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to heat and serve.
  • Return peppers to oven and cook until heated through and cheese has melted. This should only take a few minutes.


Calories: 301kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 36g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 87mg, Sodium: 373mg, Potassium: 956mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 4190IU, Vitamin C: 171.8mg, Calcium: 265mg, Iron: 2.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. I absolutely love this recipe. It turns out perfect every time.

    Do you have any tips on how to pre-make these?

    1. You can prepare them up to the point where you want to warm them in the oven. Keep them refrigerated, let them come closer to room temp when you’re ready to cook, then bake. Enjoy!