Sometimes, we love a traditional recipe around here, but there are some that just taste better with a twist. A handful of recipes have been on our go-to list for 10-plus years, and Southwest Stuffed Peppers is one of them.

Why Southwest Stuffed Peppers Are Great

One of the things I love about this recipe is that it doesn’t just have to be stuffed like a traditional stuffed pepper. Depending on the time of the year, the peppers you buy may or may not be all that great. They might be small and not fit too much filling at the time or huge, and all of your filling is gone.

If you have leftover filling, instead of buying more peppers to stuff, you can bake it separately in a dish and use it as a nacho topping. You can also freeze it and use it next time you crave Southwest Stuffed Peppers.

Often, instead of using huge peppers, I will use this same recipe and slice mini sweet peppers to look like nachos, then put the filling on top.

Keeping It Gluten-Free

Most of this recipe is already naturally gluten-free. The biggest areas to watch are the taco seasoning and the salsa. I prefer to use homemade taco seasoning; that way, you know that no filler was added, and the ingredients are all gluten-free.

If you are using fresh salsa, it should not contain gluten; however, always double-check the ingredients before cooking with any type of pre-made food.

When it comes to black beans, corn, rice, etc., always make sure you are grabbing ones that do not have any added seasoning or flavor. Trust me, the taco seasoning will add enough flavor for you.

Add this recipe to your meal plan for next week, you won’t regret it.

Southwest Stuffed Peppers

Southwest Stuffed Peppers

One of the things I love about this recipe is that it doesn't just have to be stuffed like a traditional stuffed pepper. The filling for these stuffed peppers can be used in so many different ways.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 10 peppers


  • 1 lb uncooked ground turkey
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups fresh salsa
  • 3 tbsp homemade taco seasoning
  • 10 yellow, orange, or red bell peppers
  • 2 cups Mexican cheese (Optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350°
  • Mix ground turkey, brown rice, frozen corn, fresh salsa and taco seasoning together.
  • Chop tops off of the peppers
  • Fill peppers to the top and place tops of peppers back on
  • Line the peppers up in a baking dish
  • Bake for 25 minutes
  • Pull out from oven, remove tops, top with cheese (optional) and place back in the oven without the tops on.
  • Bake for 25 more minutes
  • Enjoy!

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Kristin Longacre

Hey There, I’m Kristin, a gluten-free nutrition coach helping gluten-free families adjust to their new lifestyle.

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