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Quinoa and Ground Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers: A Spicy Delight!

When it comes to the perfect blend of health and flavor, our spicy quinoa and ground turkey stuffed bell peppers have got you covered! With protein-packed quinoa and lean ground turkey, this recipe ensures you're enjoying a hearty meal without compromising on taste. Plus, the kick of spices will leave your taste buds craving more. Let’s dive right into it!



Quinoa and Ground Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers


Ingredients:

  • 4 large bell peppers (any color of your choice)

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa

  • 1 lb ground turkey

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, drained

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped (remove seeds for less heat)

  • 1 can black beans

  • 1 can corn kernels

  • 2 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese (optional)

  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preparation: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

  2. Bell Peppers Prep: Slice off the tops of the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes. Set aside.

  3. Sauté Base: In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent, roughly 3-4 minutes.

  4. Cook Turkey: Add the ground turkey to the skillet. Cook, breaking it apart with a spatula, until browned and cooked through.

  5. Spice it Up: Stir in the chopped jalapeño, ground cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.

  6. Combine: Once the turkey is fully cooked, add the drained diced tomatoes, black beans, corn and cooked quinoa to the skillet. Stir well to combine all ingredients and let cook for another 2-3 minutes.

  7. Stuff the Peppers: Fill each prepared bell pepper with the quinoa and turkey mixture, pressing down gently to pack the mixture.

  8. Bake: Place the stuffed bell peppers upright in a baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until the peppers are tender.

  9. Cheese Topping (Optional): If using cheese, remove the foil after 25 minutes, sprinkle the cheese on top of each pepper, and return to the oven. Bake for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

  10. Serve: Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro if desired. Serve hot and enjoy your spicy, wholesome treat!

Incorporate this dish into your weekly menu, and it's sure to become a favorite in no time. Not only is it healthy and packed with flavors, but it also looks stunning, making it perfect for family dinners or gatherings. Dive fork-first into this spicy, nutritious adventure!

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