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A turkey and lentil stuffed red bell peppers with melted cheese on top, served with couscous.

Turkey and Lentil Stuffed Bell Peppers with Tomato Sauce

Tender, sweet bell peppers stuffed with a delicious spiced turkey and lentil filling. What's not to love about that?
Course Main Course
Cuisine Not Specific
Keyword Stuffed capsicums, Stuffed peppers, turkey stuffed peppers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 900 kcal
Author Nicolas


Tomato Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon of canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and sliced
  • 800 g of tinned plum tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning

Stuffed Peppers:

  • 5 bell peppers
  • 500 g of turkey mince
  • Canola oil (or any other light oil with a high smoke point)
  • 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs
  • 1 onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • 800 g of tinned cooked lentils drained and rinsed
  • ¾ cup of frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 100 g of cheddar cheese grated
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning


Tomato Sauce:

  1. Put the tinned tomatoes in a bowl, then use your clean hands to crush the plum tomatoes.
  2. Pre-heat a pan or sauce pot over medium heat, add your oil, then add your garlic and fry for a good minute.

  3. Once the garlic just starts to turn light brown, add your tomatoes. Turn the heat down and let the tomatoes simmer for a good 10 minutes.
  4. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper, then set aside. 

Stuffed Peppers:

  1. Cut the tops of the bell peppers off, cut out the middle core part that holds all the seeds to hollow out the bell peppers. Then, just use a spoon to scoop out the remaining seeds and the white pith.

  2. Use your clean hands to mix the turkey and the breadcrumbs together in a bowl.

  3. Pre-heat a large pan over high heat on the stove for at least 1 minute.
  4. Add about 1 tablespoon of your canola oil, then add your ground turkey without overcrowding the pan (if you need to add the turkey in 2 batches, do so). Once the turkey is nice and browned, transfer to a new clean bowl and set aside.

  5. At this stage, preheat your oven to 200 degrees C (400 F)

  6. Turn the heat on the pan down to about medium heat, add a touch more oil, then add your onions and fry for about 1 minute. Next, add your garlic and fry for another 30 seconds, then add your chicken stock. 

  7. Bring the stock to a boil, then turn it down to a simmer and let the stock bubble for a few minutes. If there are any brown bits in the bottom of the pan from frying the meat, try to use your wooden spoon to clean the bottom of the pan (all of that residue can give the filling a lot more flavour). 

  8. Once the stock has simmered for a few minutes, add about 2-3 tablespoons of your tomato sauce to the mixture and stir it through. 

  9. Add your turkey back into the pan, along with your lentils, frozen peas, cumin, paprika and ground coriander.
  10. Mix together, then season the filling to taste with salt and pepper.
  11. Spoon the turkey and lentil mixture in the hollowed bell peppers.
  12. Put the rest of your tomato sauce in a deep baking dish (or something similar), then spread it out evenly.

  13. Place the filled bell peppers inside over the sauce.
  14. Put the lid on top, or if you don't have a lid, cover with foil.

  15. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes covered. After 45 minutes, take the lid/foil off, put your grated cheese on top of the stuffed peppers and then bake uncovered for another 15 minutes.

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Recipe Notes

  • Have a feel of the green peppers (if you're using them) before you serve them to see if they are tender enough. Put them back in the oven if think they could be cooked a little more.
  • Make sure the pan is really nice and hot before you start frying the minced meat.
  • Add breadcrumbs to the meat to keep a lot of the moisture inside.
  • Don't season the meat when it's raw. Rather, season the filling with salt and pepper at the end when it's done.
  • Don't overcrowd the pan when cooking the meat, if you need to add the meat in 2 batches, do so.
  • Couscous is always an easy stress-free side to prepare, so maybe that is something you want to consider if you're wondering what to serve with these stuffed peppers. 
Nutrition Facts
Turkey and Lentil Stuffed Bell Peppers with Tomato Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 900 Calories from Fat 136
% Daily Value*
Fat 15.1g23%
Saturated Fat 6.2g39%
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 450mg20%
Potassium 2513mg72%
Carbohydrates 123.1g41%
Fiber 54.4g227%
Sugar 18.5g21%
Protein 71.7g143%
Calcium 330mg33%
Iron 14.9mg83%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.