The perfect party or game day appetizer–serve Mini Taco Stuffed Peppers, made with mini bell peppers, melted cheese, taco meat, olives and cilantro.

plate of Mini Taco Stuffed Peppers
We love to serve a plate of these Mini Taco Stuffed Peppers, little bites of “Mexican goodness” with melted cheese, olives, and cilantro. They make the best “anytime” appetizer, or they are great for Taco Tuesday or a Cinco de Mayo party. Everyone loves these mini stuffed peppers, and you can serve on the Big Board!

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Mini Taco Stuffed Peppers

Mini Taco Stuffed Peppers are little bell peppers (called mini bell peppers) stuffed with taco meat, and we love them served as small bites, but they can also be served for dinner. This dish can be made ahead of time, and just pop it in the oven before you’re ready to serve.

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 (regular size bell peppers), which is also a great main dish, or Pesto Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers.

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Why I love this recipe

  • If you’re serving tacos for dinner, this makes a low-carb option.
  • You can prepare ahead of time and keep in the fridge until ready for baking.
  • This dish makes the BEST game day or party appetizer. Serve with a side of salsa and sour cream!

You may remember our recipe, Sweet Potato Mushroom Ground Turkey, a meat mixture for Mexcian Bowls or tacos. You can use the same meat in these mini peppers.

cheesy mini bell peppers stuffed with taco meat

Gather these ingredients

  • Ground turkey
  • Olive oil
  • Sweet onion
  • Spices: 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

How do you make Taco Stuffed Mini 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.

Stuff as much of the taco meat as you can into the prepared bell peppers.

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  1. Slice the peppers in half (stems will remain on), and remove seeds.
  2. In a 10-inch skillet, heat olive oil on medium-high heat. Add the diced onion and saute. Add the ground turkey and cook, stirring occasionally, until grouund turkey is brown; drain any liquid. Stir in the spices.
  3. On a baking sheet, line the sweet peppers. Fill each pepper with ground turkey mixture; place on a baking sheet. Bake!
  4. Remove peppers from oven, and top with cheese.
  5. Turn oven to BROIL (HI) and return peppers to broil to melt the cheese.
  6. 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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Tips and substitutions:

  • Optional to use ground beef, turkey, or chicken.
  • Add “taco toppings” on top. Optional to skip the olives if you are not an olive fan.
  • Serve with a side of salsa, guacamole, sour cream, chopped cilantro.
  • You can double or triple this recipe and serve on the BIG BOARD.
  • 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).
  • SERVE:  Place the peppers on a fun platter or BIG BOARD, lightly drizzle with the dressing and top with drained olives and fresh cilantro; serve warm!

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Mini Taco Stuffed Peppers

The perfect party or game day appetizer--serve Mini Taco Stuffed Peppers, made with mini bell peppers, melted cheese, taco meat, olives and cilantro. You can make your own cilantro drizzle with sour cream, lime, avocado, and fresh cilantro (season to taste). Makes 24 bites.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 12
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Ingredients
 

  • 1 ½ pound ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ lb. mini bell sweet peppers, I buy at Costco
  • 1 ½ cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1 small can sliced olives, drained
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • BRIANNAS Homestyle Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing, for drizzle

Instructions
 

  • 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!

Notes

Reposted from May 2018.
Cuisine: Mexican
Course: Appetizer
Calories: 148kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 211mg, Potassium: 423mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 2427IU, Vitamin C: 74mg, Calcium: 211mg, Iron: 3mg
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