I was so happy to see green bell peppers on sale. Of course when I got them I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to make. They sat there in the crisper drawer for a few days before I had to think of something quick before they started to get all wrinkly and stuff.

I pulled out my old recipe book that I made when I got married and there it was, a recipe for stuffed bell peppers that I got from a friends mom. I had these stuffed peppers at her house MANY years ago and thought they were pretty darn tasty so she gave me the recipe. I adapted the recipe slightly to suit my families taste.

I’m looking forward  to playing around with the fillings a bit more in the future. I already have dreams of pizza stuff bell peppers and philly cheesesteak stuffed bell peppers that I know will be a hit so stay tuned for those.


Stuffed Bell Peppers:
Easy weekday dinner, fit for company!

The yummy filling for the stuffed green peppers

Watch me make these Cheesy, Meaty Stuffed Bell Peppers from start to finish!!


Get the Recipe: Meaty, Cheesy Stuffed Bell Peppers

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  • 4 green bell peppers
  • salted water and/or chicken broth, to boil whole peppers in
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 smoked turkey dinner sausage link, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups rice, cooked
  • 16 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2- 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2- 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2-3/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup of mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Cut about ½ inch off of the top of the bell peppers and diced them up (discard the stem)
  • Remove the membranes and seeds and rinse the peppers out.
  • Lightly shave off the rounded bottoms if needed to make them stand sturdily.
  • Bring chicken stock or salted water to a boil.
  • Add the peppers and parboil for 3-4 minutes.
  • When slightly tender, remove from pot and dry.
  • Sprinkle the insides with salt if desired.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté diced peppers and onions in olive oil until tender.
  • Add in ground turkey and minced garlic.
  • Cook until ground turkey is almost done. Then drain off the fat if needed.
  • Mix in smoked turkey sausage.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Stir in cooked white rice
  • Add in a can of diced tomatoes, parsley flakes, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and onion powder.
  • Stir and taste and adjust the seasonings if needed.
  • Stir in cheddar cheese.
  • Place peppers in a casserole dish.
  • Stuff each bell pepper with the mixture. Pack in it tightly
  • Cover with foil and bake for 15-18 minutes.
  • During the last few minutes of baking, remove the foil and top the peppers with mozzarella.
  • Place back into the oven uncovered until cheese has melted.
  • Serve and enjoy


*note* Adjust seasonings to suit your taste. Be sure to taste after each addition to prevent over-seasoning it. If you're using seasoned diced tomatoes you may want to cut back or omit some of the seasonings.
Feel free to play around with the meat and cheeses! I love using smoked cheese to change it up a bit!
On busy days I cheat and use minute rice, nobody ever knows.
Author: Divas Can Cook
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