Unstuffed Pepper Bowls


These Unstuffed Pepper Bowls made with Ground Turkey and Cauliflower Rice are seriously tasty and they couldn’t get any easier! These unstuffed peppers can be ready in 20 minutes, that definitely beats the traditional prep and time of the regular stuffed peppers. They taste just like an inside out stuffed pepper and they’ll definitely to leave you craving more!

Unstuffed Pepper Bowls

Why go with unstuffed peppers vs. stuffed bell 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 mixture of ground turkey, peppers and parsley shown here in a dark skillet on a grey surface

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 Peppers

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Unstuffed Pepper Bowls

4.75 from 12 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! 

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


  • 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, to taste
  • 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 (10 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

Nutrition Facts
Unstuffed Pepper Bowls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 393 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 440mg19%
Potassium 1199mg34%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 3205IU64%
Vitamin C 178.5mg216%
Calcium 291mg29%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: stuffed peppers, Unstuffed Peppers
Calories: 393 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Candice: Added some diced carrots and celery to empty the fridge and boost the veggies. Used more like 1.5 tsp of the spices. HUGE family hit with the little kids and adults alike. Paired nicely with spinach salad with lemon vinaigrette. Super fast and easy and I felt like I really delivered a healthy meal 🙌🙌🙌. Thanks for the recipe. April 14, 2019 at 9:45am Reply

  • Melissa B: One of my go-to recipes now! I like to just mix in the cauliflower rice or sometimes brown rice with everything and add extra tomato sauce. So yummy! December 3, 2018 at 9:15pm Reply

  • Jillian M Walkowiak: Very good! I used a combo of banana & bell pepper and did fresh tomatoes from the garden. I also tossed in some turmeric & hot paprika for some different flavors. Really great recipe. Thanks for posting! September 9, 2018 at 3:31pm Reply

  • Heidi: Very tasty! Fresh flavor and easy. We made it with brown rice. August 30, 2018 at 8:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for leaving a comment Heidi! September 6, 2018 at 11:09am Reply

  • G Norman: Too bland for me. Added some chicken bouillon & curry powder. August 18, 2018 at 1:55pm Reply

  • Mary Work: Also I used the garlic seasoned cauliflower rice last batch! July 10, 2018 at 2:56pm Reply

  • Mary Work: My husband who doesn’t care for Tacos just suggested putting a scoop of this in a taco shell! Maybe he had a good idea! July 10, 2018 at 2:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sounds tasty to me :). July 12, 2018 at 7:18pm Reply

  • tina: I made this last week and we all loved it. Making it again , but am all out of cauliflower rice. I’m going to just use quinoa. I hope my husband still likes it ! July 8, 2018 at 5:28pm Reply

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