Mini Stuffed Peppers

Mini Stuffed Peppers


  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 (15oz.) can black beans, drained, rinsed
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup grated Cotija cheese
  • ¼ cup of sour cream
  • 1 lb. bag of snack peppers (sweet mini peppers)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice snack peppers in half vertically and arrange on a baking sheet in a single row. Roast in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

In a small bowl, combine all spices (chili, garlic, onion, cayenne, oregano, cumin and salt). Set aside.

In a large skillet, coat with non-stick cooking spray. Add diced onions and sauté until softened, about 3-4 minutes. Add ground turkey and cook until meat begins to brown. Add spice mix and ¼ cup of water to the pan. Stir to combine and continue to cook until turkey is no longer pink.

Next, add black beans to the pan and heat through. Once filing is cooked, remove from the heat and allow to slightly cool.

Using a teaspoon, top each pepper half with the turkey filling. Sprinkle grated Cotija cheese. Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.

Remove from the oven and top with chopped cilantro and a drizzle of sour cream.


Kitchen Activities for Budding Chefs

Little Chef

  • Have your child sort the snack peppers by color. Help identify the colors. Count how many are red, orange and yellow.
  • Working together, have your child help drain the canned beans and rinse using a colander.
  • Allow your child to help pull the cilantro leaves off of the stems. This is a great way to practice their fine motor skills. Explore the smell of the leaves together.
  • With adult supervision, ask your child to help sprinkle the finished peppers with the chopped cilantro leaves.
  • Let them taste your creation and ask them if they like it!

Kid Chef

  • Allow your child to help measure all the different spices in the recipe and mix them in a small bowl.
  • With adult supervision, have your child help brown the turkey meat in the skillet. Practice stove safety when cooking. Ask them to also add the spices to the pan.
  • With adult supervision, introduce a box grater and allow your child to grate the cheese. Talk about the texture and taste as you go.
  • With adult supervision, practice proper knife skills and have them help peel and dice the onion.
  • Working together, allow your child to help stuff the peppers with the filling.
  • Ask your child to help top the finish peppers with the sour cream and/or the chopped cilantro.
  • Once the recipe is done, allow them to taste their creation and ask them to describe the flavor.


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