Santa Fe Stuffed Peppers

Santa Fe Stuffed Peppers: a healthy dinner made with ground turkey, corn, beans, and tomatoes! You’ll love this twist on a classic meal.

Santa Fe Stuffed Peppers: a healthy dinner made with ground turkey. Lots of flavor! #stuffedpeppers #healthy #dinner

Tell me you all are enjoying the dinner recipes I’ve been putting on the blog this year!  Today I’ve got another delicious, healthy option for you! It’s no secret that I love the spice, cumin. Seriously love it. I try it put it in as many dinners as possible. Today’s stuffed peppers are no exception!

Normally I would make my mom’s version of stuffed peppers: green peppers stuffed with a mixture of ground beef, minute rice, tomato soup, salt, pepper and egg. Delicious? Yes. Healthy? um, no.

Santa Fe Stuffed Peppers: a healthy dinner made with ground turkey. Lots of flavor! #stuffedpeppers #healthy #dinner

I knew I wanted to do a healthy spin on my favorite dinner. We are trying real hard to eat healthier this New Year! When I saw the can of Classico crushed tomatoes at Walmart, I knew where I would go with this recipe. Mexican inspired! With cumin of course.

I added jasmine rice to my healthier version. With 4 active kids they need some carbs in their meal. But if you’re watching your carbs, feel free to use less, or skip the rice all together (or try using quinoa)!

I also added in some black beans and sweet corn to give these stuffed peppers more of that Santa Fe feel! The crushed tomatoes helped bring all the ingredients together. I was surprised at how fresh they tasted, even though it’s tomatoes from a can! Delicious! Did you know Classico Canned Tomatoes are 100% all natural, packed fresh with no added preservatives?

This was a bad year for my garden’s tomato crop and I have relied on canned tomatoes this winter to make my favorite chili and spaghetti sauces. Classico canned tomatoes have come in handy by providing such a great tasting product. Especially since we use tomatoes at least once a week! Classico’s website is filled with some other great recipes too! Give them a try!

This recipe makes a large pan (8 peppers), perfect for company or a big family (like mine)! Feel free to make a smaller portion by cutting the recipe in half! ENJOY.

Santa Fe Stuffed Peppers: a healthy dinner made with ground turkey. Lots of flavor! #stuffedpeppers #healthy #dinner

Santa Fe Stuffed Peppers: a healthy dinner made with ground turkey. Lots of flavor! #stuffedpeppers #healthy #dinner

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Yield: 8 servings

Santa Fe Stuffed Peppers

Santa Fe Stuffed Peppers
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Delicious, healthy Santa Fe Stuffed Peppers recipe!


  • 3/4 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 can (28oz) Classico Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 can (15.25oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15.25oz) sweet corn, drained
  • 3 cup Jasmine Rice (cooked)
  • 8 fresh Sweet Red peppers
  • 1 cup reduced fat Colby Jack cheese
  • 2 green onions, sliced


  1. Wash red peppers and slice the tops off each pepper. Remove the seeds. Stand each pepper up next to eachother in a large baking dish (13x9).
  2. In a large skillet, brown ground turkey until fully cooked. Drain. Return to skillet. Add cumin, salt, tomatoes, black bean and sweet corn. Simmer about 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook Jasmine rice according to package.
  4. Add cooked rice to skillet, combining completely. Remove from heat. Fill each red pepper with turkey mixture.Cover dish with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 40-45 minutes. Remove foil and to with cheese. Bake an additional 5 minutes, until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and sprinkle with green onion pieces.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 pepper

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 281 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 44mg Sodium: 443mg Carbohydrates: 34g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 6g Protein: 23g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.
 Santa Fe Stuffed Peppers: a healthy dinner made with ground turkey. Lots of flavor! #stuffedpeppers #healthy #dinner

Santa Fe Stuffed Peppers: a healthy dinner made with ground turkey, corn, beans, and tomatoes! You’ll love this twist on a classic meal.

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92 comments on “Santa Fe Stuffed Peppers”

  1. I love how stuffed these are! And great alterations from your mom’s version!

  2. I am most certainly enjoying the dinner recipes so far, Aimee. While I obviously have a huge sweet tooth – I need dinner too. πŸ™‚ I haven’t made stuffed peppers in ages. The black beans and corn are a wonderful addition – “santa fey” salsa is my favorite kind, full of both beans and corn and peppers. I would love all of the chunks and textures in these!

  3. Honestly, these are the BEST looking stuffed peppers! I am sooo going to make these, thank you!

  4. I say, keep the dinner recipes coming!! Love red peppers and this stuffed version sounds fabulous.

  5. These look very ‘Santa Fe’! We are big fans of cumin in our house as well. I’ll take mine with extra cheese please (cheese= dairy= good for you… right??)

  6. Sounds yummy! I would probably make it just for myself πŸ™‚

  7. these look SO good. they look healthy too cause you omit the carb part that is usually wrapped around the filling. love it!

  8. I really, really love stuffed peppers! They are one of my go-to dinners. This post reminds me it’s been awhile. Now I know what I’m making next week!

  9. I have not had stuffed peppers in so long. These look fabulous! I am definitely adding these to our dinner menu!

  10. We love stuffed peppers…I love that you made these with the red peppers. Very striking! The funny thing is that I have a very similar recipe photographed and just sitting on my computer…maybe one day I will get around to sharing it. I just love how much we think alike with food!!!

  11. Oh I love stuffed peppers! And these look to die for <3 Well, not die, since then I couldn't eat them. But still. Very yummy. And I love the change of peppers to red – a nice colorful pick-me-up to all the cold weather we've been having πŸ™‚

  12. My Mom used to make these when I was little. Time to make some for me!

  13. I love stuffed peppers and these look mouthwatering, Aimee! Mmmm!

  14. Aimee…these look outstanding! I am going to have to try making them!

  15. We love stuffed peppers! I love the addition of corn and black beans!

  16. Must try these soon! I used the Crushed Tomatoes for my Albondigas soup last week and they rocked! I can’t wait to try them in these peppers! Great recipe Aimee! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  17. These are some of my favorite flavors and I love putting things in peppers (and my daughter will flip because the new American Girl doll is from Santa Fe)

  18. I keep seeing stuffed peppers. These are definitely going on my to make list!

  19. I’m making stuffed peppers on my birthday dinner tomorrow πŸ™‚ Yours look soooo delicious!

  20. Rebekah

    These look so good. I’m am making them tonight. I have a question though. One of the pictures shows garlic and an onion, but the recipe doesn’t call for it. Do I leave it out or put it in? Thanks in advance.

    • Haha! You caught me. I had meant to put some in, but didn’t (yet for some reason I still used it as a photo prop). Sorry for the confusion. It was delicious without garlic, but you could certainly add some in if you’d prefer! I had planned on adding 2 cloves, minced to the turkey as I browned it. ENJOY!

  21. Hello! Planning to post this on my blog – this looks so tasty. Have bookmarked your site

  22. Gillian

    I made these last night and they were simply DELICIOUS!!! I’m sure they will taste even better tonight…..Will be a staple for me!! Thanks for the great recipes, looking forward to trying more!!!

  23. Ruth

    how muh uncooked rice to make 3 cups cooked?

  24. Sara

    Can I use frozen sweet corn instead of canned?

  25. Mmmm…. I’m making these for dinner tonight! Can’t wait to try them!

  26. Lindsay T

    Do you think I could make the stuffing part and freeze it and then whenever I want to make them just thaw that and stuff the peppers and bake? The real dilemma is I meant to cut the recipe in half but didn’t so I have lots of extra “mixture” left. Would it freeze okay?

  27. I think these look so good and healthy, I just sent my husband to buy the ing. to make them for dinner.

  28. would love for you to Email your recipe and nofity me new post by Email . thank you Melody Morrow

  29. Sydney

    I would like to thank you for sharing this recipe. I’ve had it pinned for months. I decided to create this today and it was delicious (at least the stuffing). My peppers are still in the oven. Twenty more minutes to go! My whole family is enjoying the stuffed peppers and I have you to thank. I’m still a beginner cook, I’m 16 and this helped me feel more comfortable with cooking in general. I will most definitely make these again and will check out your other recipes. Thank you, once more. πŸ˜€

  30. Melissa

    These were quite delicious! I haven’t really enjoyed stuffed peppers before these!

  31. Anonymous

    Made these tonight and they were delicous! Will definitley be making these again!

  32. Sheila

    I m not much of a cook and go right by the recipe. I don’t like cumin:( what spice should I use to replace it ? And am I right that I can use regular white or brown rice? These look delicious and I love the red pepper choice

  33. Amanda

    Made these last night and they were so delicious! Thank you for sharing a great recipe!

  34. Jessica ramos

    What is the recipie for two?

  35. Sheryl

    Hi Aimee,

    I accidentally used 1.5 tsp cumin instead of 1.5 Tbsp! I only used 6 peppers so had a bunch of rice left over. Do you think I could add extra cumin to the already cooked rice? It made a big difference – too bland!

  36. Lorie

    If I were to use ground beef, should I use cumin or another spice??

  37. Amanda

    So I just made these, waiting for them to come out of the oven! Here’s the kicker, I only needed to make 2 peppers so I have TONS of stuffing left over! Can I freeze it and reuse it later? How long will it last in the freezer?

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  40. Emma

    Hi I was wondering about how many calories one stuffed pepper has?

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  44. AbeKline

    Is that 3 cups of rice measured before or after cooking?

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  46. Amanda

    Do you have nutritional info for this?

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  49. can you substitute ground beef instead of turkey meat?

  50. Leslie

    Just made these for company and they loved them! Made just as the recipe said. Thank you!

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  52. Cindy

    I made these tonight for dinner, and they were a huge hit! To give them more of a Mexican taste, I added some chili powder (I also added some fresh minced garlic). What a hearty meal!! We normally don’t use ground turkey, as my kids aren’t fans of it, but honestly, no one could tell the difference.
    Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

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  55. stefanie

    Hi Aimee,

    how do you think this recipe would be with quinoa instead of rice?

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  57. Jenni

    I have made these peppers a bunch of times. I just love how they turn out. So much flavor with the red peppers. In my opinion, these are better than the traditional stuffed green peppers. Great recipe!

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