Everyone loves stuffed bell peppers.
Or, everyone thinks they do until they dig into an unseasoned, watery vegetable filled with dry, overcooked beef.
There might be a suggestion of tomato sauce inside, or an overwhelming amount of cheese. But there is never a big, bold flavor statement where there so easily could be.
So I set out to develop a recipe for the best stuffed peppers with ground turkey and tomato sauce— one that finally lived up to expectation. I decided to go with turkey stuffed peppers rather than beef, because that’s what I had on hand at the time. Plus, ground turkey opens up so many more possibilities for flavor combinations than ground beef.
I got all of my best tools ready: I planned to dice and deep-fry, I imagined breadcrumbs and butter, I prepped piles of shredded cheese. Then, I got lazy.
And that’s when I struck gold.
Turns out, tomato sauce, ground meat, and cheese are the only things you need to make excellent stuffed peppers, you just have to treat them better than that dude who always brings them to game day.