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

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: 281Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 443mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 23g

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 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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Posted on January 21, 2013

Comments & Reviews

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

    1. Thanks Leslie for stopping back over and leaving a comment. I’m so glad the recipe was loved and enjoyed by many!!

  3. 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?

  4. 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!

    1. You can try to add more seasoning to the cooked rice. Add it before stuffing more peppers! You may also want more salt and pepper if using day old filling, tends to lose it’s flavor with the cooked rice in there!

  5. 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

  6. 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. 😀

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe Sydney! Your comment brought a smile to my face! I was about your age when my mom had me making dinners, and stuffed peppers were always a favorite in our house! Keep up the great work!

  7. 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?

    1. Honestly, I’ve never tried before. I would be afraid that the rice would be so soft. But you can certainly try it (better than throwing it away, right??)

  8. 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!!!

  9. 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.

    1. 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!

  10. Oh delish! I can’t wait to try them. We have featured them here:

  11. 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)

  12. 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! 🙂

  13. 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 🙂

  14. 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!!!

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

  16. 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!

    1. I go on droughts where I never know what to make, then I remember I have a whole reserve of favorites to draw from!!

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

    1. For one person? You may want to scale the recipe back, otherwise you will be eating stuffed peppers for weeks!

  18. 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??)

    1. Thanks Jenn, I plan on keeping the dinner recipes coming for the next couple months. You all seem to like them 🙂

  19. I am most certainly enjoying the dinner recipes so far, Aimee. While I obviously have a huge sweet tooth – I need dinner too. 🙂 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!

    1. I’m glad you enjoy the dinner recipes Sally. Definitely not “shugary” but hopefully others find it helpful too! To see that we do sometimes eat healthy!

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