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Turkey Stuffed Cubanelle Peppers - Recipe
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5 from 3 votes

Turkey Stuffed Cubanelle Peppers – Recipe

Sweet Cubanelle peppers with just a touch of spice, stuffed with seasoned ground turkey and Manchego cheese, then baked. Here is the recipe. Great for any larger pepper, like bell peppers or poblanos.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cubanelle, dinner, stuffed peppers
Servings: 5
Calories: 280kcal


  • 5-6 Cubanelle peppers
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup water or chicken stock
  • 1 cup shredded Manchego cheese


  • Fresh chopped herbs spicy chili flakes, pesto or zhug (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Heat a large pan to medium heat and add the olive oil.
  • Add the jalapeno and onion and cook until softened, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the ground turkey and cook it through, stiring as you go, about 8 minutes.
  • Stir in the seasonings and water or chicken stock. Simmer for 10 minutes to let the flavors mingle and the moisture to evaporate. Remove from heat.
  • Slice the Cubanelle peppers in half lengthwise and scoop out the innards. Set them onto a large baking sheet.
  • Scoop the seasoned ground turkey into the pepper halves then top them with Manchego cheese.
  • Bake them for 20 minutes for slightly crunchier peppers, or 30 minutes for softer.
  • Remove and sprinkle with spicy chili flakes, fresh chopped herbs, and pesto, zhug or chermoula, if desired.


I served mine with homemade zhug recipe that I made very recently, but it’s also great with either a homemade pesto or homemade chermoula.
Heat Factor: Mild, though Cubanelle peppers can have a bit of spiciness to them.


Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 412mg | Potassium: 305mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 690IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 279mg | Iron: 1.9mg