Cheesy Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers


Guilt free Cheesy Stuffed Peppers full of spicy meat, beans, and spices. Perfect dish if you want Mexican food without the carbs! Weight Watcher friendly (7 SmartPoints).


I love stuffed peppers!  There are so many different combinations of ingredients to stuff into a pepper, just like enchiladas or tacos.  When I am craving Mexican food but want to save some carbs, I make Cheesy Stuffed Peppers.  This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and only 7 SmartPoints per serving!


The first time I made these for my husband, he couldn’t believe that something like this existed!  Sautéed peppers, spicy meat and beans stuffed into a fresh pepper and covered in cheese…. And it’s healthy?!  He requests this dish on the regular, and I am always ready to make them.  I recommend using a cast iron skillet to bake these peppers, but if you don’t have a cast iron skillet any baking dish will work great.  I LOVE my Lodge Cast Iron Skillet… I use it just about every day for cooking anything.


Peppers without cheese


Peppers with cheese



Once you have cooked the meat and bean mixture, lay each pepper in the skillet, top each with the meat and bean mixture, and top with cheese.  If you are baking the peppers in a cast iron skillet, I’ve found that putting a few tablespoons of water in the bottom of the skillet and covering the skillet with foil helps to speed up the cooking process.  Bake for about 30 minutes with the foil, then bake for another 15 minutes without the foil.  


Cheesy Stuffed Peppers are healthy, cheesy with a nice kick of spice.  Top with a little bit of salsa or hot sauce and they are ready to dive into.  They are filling and you won’t feel guilty for eating them because they are healthy!  My favorite hot sauce is Cholula.  If you can’t find it at your grocery store, order it from Amazon!


Cheesy Stuffed Peppers


I hope you enjoy these cheesy bites of flavor!

For Cheesy Stuffed Peppers, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials:



Yields 6, 1/2 Pepper Per Serving

Cheesy Stuffed Peppers

7 SMARTPOINTS per serving

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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  • 3 Red Bell Peppers
  • 1 pound 97% Fat Free ground turkey
  • 2 Cups Fat Free Pinto Beans
  • ¼ White Onion
  • ½ Jalapeno (seeds removed to make less spicy)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Avocado or Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Salsa (any jarred salsa)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cilantro
  • 1 1/2 Cups Reduced Fat Mexican Shredded Cheese
  • ½ Teaspoon Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Mexican Oregano
  • 2 Teaspoons Cumin
  • ½ Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Queso Fresco, optional
  • Avocado, optional


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Dice onion, jalapeno, and garlic then set aside.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet, sauté onion, jalapeno, and garlic.
  4. Once onions are translucent, add the ground turkey.
  5. Add salt, pepper, chipotle chili powder, oregano, cumin, and chili powder.
  6. Brown turkey and break up the meat in to small pieces until meat is fully cooked.
  7. Add pinto beans, onion mixture, and salsa.
  8. Cook until well combined, then turn off heat.
  9. Cut off the stems of the bell peppers. Cut the bell peppers in half lengthwise, and remove the seeds.
  10. Lay the bell peppers in the cast iron skillet.
  11. Scoop the turkey bean mixture over each bell pepper.
  12. Cover peppers with cheese.
  13. Put toothpicks in the peppers so they stick up, and cover the skillet with foil.
  14. Bake for 30 minutes.
  15. Remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes.
  16. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 6
Servings Per Container 1 Half Pepper

Amount Per Serving
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 76.5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.5g 13%
Saturated Fat 3.6g 18%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol mg 0%
Sodium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 19.5g 7%
Dietary Fiber 6.5g 26%
Sugars 2.7g
Protein 25g 50%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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