Enjoy Tasty Taco Mini Stuffed Peppers, baked with melted cheese, taco meat, olives and cilantro. Drizzle lime sauce on top and serve! WATCH THE VIDEO!

Taco Mini Stuffed Peppers

Happy May Day, Friends! Just in time for the month of May, these mini stuffed peppers, little bites of “Mexican goodness” with melted cheese, olives, and cilantro, are the best appetizer for a Cinco de Mayo party.

Tasty Taco Mini Stuffed Peppers

Delicious for lunch or dinner, too, served with a side salad! Or the perfect bite served on this Epic Taco Dinner Board!

You may have also tried my popular Taco Stuffed Peppers (big peppers) recipe, which is also a great main dish (watch the video)! Or, Pesto Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers.

Warning: It’s hard to stop at one. (Below, the Whoodle’s nose is in everything–stinker boy!)

Mini Stuffed Peppers

The time involved in making these little bites is so worth the effort. The secret is in the flavors of the meat. I personally do not like to use packaged taco seasoning, so this mixture is fantastic.

Ingredients for taco peppers

  • Ground turkey
  • Olive oil
  • Sweet onion
  • Cumin, cinnamon, paprika, coriander, chili powder, garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Mini bell sweet peppers, I buy at Costco
  • Shredded Mexican cheese
  • Sliced olives, drained
  • Fresh cilantro
  • BRIANNAS Homestyle Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Taco Mini Stuffed Peppers meat

You may remember my recipe, Sweet Potato Mushroom Ground Turkey, for Mexcian Bowls.

Happy May Day

We can’t tell you enough how ready we are for May! It made me think of this: “With the coming of spring, I am calm again.” -Gustav Mahler

For me, May is calming, warm, and beautiful, and the perfect month for hospitality! It’s a time to put away the excuses, open the doors, and look for new opportunties! (I just bought this beautiful flower pot at Costco here in Bend, OR. LOVE, love, love, love, love the orange pot!)

Spring plant Costco

Mini Stuffed Peppers

And why May? Because there are babies being born (look for a few families to bring meals to), and it’s May Day today (visit someone lonely or who needs a bright cheering up with flowers). You can host a small Cinco de Mayo gathering (who doesn’t love Mexican food) this weekend, and bring these Taco Mini Stuffed Peppers to the party!

BEST Taco Mini Stuffed Peppers

Clean off your deck and invite your neighbors over! Celebrate Mother’s Day with a brunch. (I have a super easy idea coming next week, if you love all my charcuterie ideas, or look at my recent Instagram post.) And then to celerbate the beginning of summer, Memorial Day is coming!

Hospitality is about changing the way we view life from a normally selfish point, stretching ourselves to see opportunities and listen for ways to serve others. It’s when we forget about ourselves, do for others, and look people (in real life, folks, not just over Facebook) face to face and say: I care, how are you?

We stand with people, and in return, we’re not wanting anything.

I don’t even let those words “reciprocate” come to mind. Do you?

Hospitality looks different for each of us, depending on circumstances and the season of life that we’re in. I get that. But how does it look for you in the month of May?

Best Taco Mini Stuffed Peppers recipe

Taco Mini Stuffed Peppers

What it looks like for me today: a delicious plate of Taco Mini Stuffed Peppers and a few smiling faces around our table. WATCH THE VIDEO!

TIP: I always keep a few extra bottles of BRIANNAS Homestyle Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing in the pantry, folks. It’s something I don’t every want to run out of. But you can make your own cilantro drizzle with sour cream, lime, avocado, and fresh cilantro (season to taste).

So good! ENJOY!

Taco Mini Stuffed Peppers - BITE

More taco recipes: Homemade Taco Seasoning [Wine and Glue], Easy Chicken Taco Soup [Spend with Pennies], and Cheesy Low Carb Taco Casserole [Kalyn’s Kitchen].

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Taco Mini Stuffed Peppers

Tasty Taco Mini Stuffed Peppers, baked with melted cheese and delicious taco meat, topped with olives and cilantro. TIP: You can skip all the spices and use a packet of Mexican Spice Mix. You can make your own cilantro drizzle with sour cream, lime, avocado, and fresh cilantro (season to taste).
Yield: 24 bites
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  • 1 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 lb. mini bell sweet peppers, I buy at Costco
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1 small can sliced olives, drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • BRIANNAS Homestyle Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing, for drizzle


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Slice the peppers in half (stems will remain on), and remove seeds.
  • In a 10-inch skillet, heat olive oil on medium-high heat. Add the diced onion and saute for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the ground turkey and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until grouund turkey is brown; drain any liquid. Stir in the spices. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  • On a baking sheet, line the sweet peppers. Fill each pepper with ground turkey mixture; place on a baking sheet. Bake 13 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove peppers from oven, and top with cheese.
  • Turn oven to BROIL (HI) and return peppers to broil for 1 minute to melt the cheese.
  • Place the peppers on a fun party plate, lightly drizzle with the dressing and top with drained olives and fresh cilantro; serve warm!
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