Unstuffed Pepper Bowls {Made with Ground Turkey and Cauliflower Rice}


These Unstuffed Pepper Bowls with Ground Turkey and Cauliflower Rice are seriously tasty and they couldn’t get any easier!  Stuffed peppers can be a process so here I’ve really simplified things and cut that cooking time way down so you can have this meal ready in 20 minutes. They’re like an inside out stuffed pepper and they’ll definitely to leave you craving more!

Unstuffed Pepper Bowls with Cauliflower Rice

Why go with unstuffed peppers vs. stuffed peppers?

So instead of multi-step process of boiling peppers, making a white rice (and waiting the 30 minutes for it to finish), prepping a filling, stuffing peppers, then baking peppers, here you just saute everything in a skillet and serve it over a store-bought microwavable cauliflower rice.

You save so much time (traditionally stuffed peppers take 60 – 90 minutes, here it’s about 20 – 25) and there’s also a lot less effort – less prep, less steps, less clean up, etc. BUT you still get all those same flavors!

It’s the easiest dinner I’ve made in a while plus my family loved it so and I’m sure this will become a regular for around here!

Unstuffed Pepper Bowls with Cauliflower Rice

Ground Turkey or Ground Beef? Cauliflower Rice or White Rice?

I also chose to make these bowls healthier than the traditional stuffed peppers by swapping the ground beef for ground turkey, then I used cauliflower rice instead of white rice. You could even nix the cheese but I don’t really know how to do that so ummm here we are. Bring on the cheddar!

If lean ground beef and white rice are what you’ve got on hand you can definitely use those here as well, it’s just not quite as healthy. Leftover brown rice would be a great option too if you’ve got that in your fridge.

Not only is this a great dinner but it’s the perfect recipe for meal prep. Make it on Sunday then have it for lunch for the next few days.

The filling would also be great in tortillas – because tacos for life!

Add this one to your menu this week! I myself am already planning on making it again this week. It’s just too easy and so good, plus when you get organic ground turkey on sale for $1.99 a pound you stock and make make everything with it, right? :)

Unstuffed Pepper Bowls with Cauliflower Rice


Unstuffed Pepper Bowls

4.67 from 3 votes

Bowls are layered with store-bought cauliflower rice (white or brown rice may be substituted), cheddar, and a seasoned ground turkey and bell pepper mixture. Just think unstuffed bell peppers - meaning all the flavor without all the time and hassle! 

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced (1 cup)
  • 2 cups chopped bell pepper (any color)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Few dashes cayenne pepper, (optional)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 2 (12 oz.) pkgs. frozen cauliflower rice, cooked according to package instructions and seasoned with salt
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese (optional)


  1. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. Add onion and saute 2 minutes then add in bell peppers, season with salt and pepper and saute until softened, about 6 minutes. 

  3. Transfer pepper mixture to a plate. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat.

  4. Add in turkey in large crumbles, season with salt and pepper. 

  5. Let rest, until golden brown on bottom, about 2 minutes then toss.
  6. Continue to cook and break up turkey, about 2 minutes more, until almost fully cooked through, then add garlic, chili powder, cumin and cayenne.

  7. Cook turkey through then stir in tomatoes and pepper mixture and warm through, about 1 minute. Stir in parsley.

  8. Plate cauliflower rice, top with cheddar cheese (I like to add it in the middle layer so it melts nicely), then finish with ground turkey mixture, serve warm.

  9. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

These Unstuffed Pepper Bowls are the BEST! They're layered with store-bought cauliflower rice (white or brown rice may be substituted), cheddar, and a seasoned ground turkey and bell pepper mixture. Just think unstuffed bell peppers - meaning all the flavor without all the hassle! #stuffedpeppers #stuffedpepperbowls #healthy #dinner #recipe #groundturkey #groundbeef


  • Isabella: I like this, have done stuffed peppers with cauli rice but that does require more pre-planning March 5, 2018 at 5:03am Reply

  • Xtian: Loved it. March 6, 2018 at 7:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved these, thanks for your review! March 6, 2018 at 9:37pm Reply

  • Mary L: Excellent – next time I will use the Italian seasoned ground turkey for a tad more flavor. March 8, 2018 at 8:11am Reply

  • Susan: Hi. I just “stumbled” on your web site and I’m very excited about your wonderful recipes. Is there a section that provide nutritional value for your recipes? I may be missing it. I’m on a weight-loss program and that would be very helpful. March 9, 2018 at 10:20am Reply

  • Lauren D.: Wow! This was so delicious! Everyone, including my kids, had seconds. I’ll defi be making this again (and again…). Thanks! March 13, 2018 at 6:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback – so glad it was enjoyed! March 15, 2018 at 10:23pm Reply

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