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This quick ground turkey and peppers recipe is one of my favorite easy weeknight dinners! It has all the flavors of classic stuffed peppers but is so much easier to make and serve. Instead of stuffing and baking the peppers, you just cook everything in a skillet. Plus, it can be served in a variety of ways so it never gets boring. 

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Easy Ground Turkey Dinner Recipe

I love stuffed peppers but they can be a pain to make, so I just take ground turkey, peppers, and onions and cook them together in one pan for a super easy weeknight dinner. You get the great combo of savory ground turkey and bell peppers with no stuffing and no baking required!

This is also one of those recipes that you can repurpose to make several different dinners. Once you’ve cooked the ground turkey and vegetables you can serve them over rice, with some pasta on the side or you can use it as a filling for easy tacos

Once you’ve prepped the ingredients this easy dinner cooks in about 15 minutes in one pan, but it tastes like it took a lot longer. It’s seasoned with smoked paprika and savory Worcestershire sauce and they give the meat and veggies such an amazing flavor.

This ground turkey recipe is so versatile you can add it to your weekly dinner rotation and not feel like you’re eating the same thing over and over.

Ingredients for Turkey and Peppers

  • Ground Turkey: I always use 93/7 but you can substitute 99/1 if you’re being extra low fat. Or use ground beef or ground chicken instead.
  • Bell Peppers: Use 2 peppers, any colors. I used a red bell pepper and a green bell pepper. Dice them small.
  • Green Onions: Love adding green onions – they’re milder in flavor.
  • Garlic: Everything I make has garlic!
  • Worcestershire: Adds a ton of flavor
  • Spices: Salt, ground black pepper, smoked paprika.

Ground Turkey and Peppers in 3 Easy Steps

  • Once your skillet is heated, add the ground turkey and cook it for about five minutes – it will still be a little pink.
  • Add the peppers and onion and cook them with the turkey for about three minutes, add the garlic and cook it all for another two minutes.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir and cook it for two more minutes.
turkey and peppers mixed in a white bowl

Serving Suggestion

  • Serve it with pasta like penne, macaroni, or orecchiette. Just stir the cooked pasta right into the pan after you’ve cooked the turkey and veggies.
  • Serve it with brown or white rice. You can mix the turkey and peppers with the rice or spoon it over the rice on the plate.
  • You can also use the ground turkey and peppers as a filling for tacos. Warm up the tortillas, fill them up and top with your favorite taco toppings.

That’s like three different dinners in one! Plus, the leftovers keep well in an airtight container. Just pop them in the refrigerator for up to two or three days for easy lunches and dinners during the week.


How long do you cook ground turkey?

Ground turkey cooks pretty fast in a skillet. Depending on how much you’re cooking it usually only takes about 10 minutes to cook through.

What temperature do you cook ground turkey to?

Be sure it’s no longer pink and cooked to 165 degrees.

Can I use ground beef?

You can if you want but be sure to use at least 90/10. I love using ground turkey in place of ground beef because it’s lighter and healthier and you can use it in so many dishes. It’s simple but the seasonings add so much bold and delicious flavor. 

How do you break up ground turkey?

When you add the ground turkey to the pan use your spoon or spatula to break it apart as it cooks. You can also use a potato masher!

What other spices could I use on ground turkey?

Taco, chili and fajita seasoning, dried herbs like parsley, thyme, and rosemary, or Italian seasoning is great, too!

Bowl of ground turkey and peppers

Ground Turkey and Peppers

5 from 6 votes
Looking for an EASY and fast dinner recipe? One Pot Ground Turkey and Peppers is a 30 minute meal that goes well with rice, pasta or make tacos! This is a picky eater approved meal!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Rice or pasta for serving
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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook ground turkey, breaking it up as you cook, until it’s almost cooked through (still a bit pink), about 5 minutes.
  • Add the peppers and green onions and cook until peppers are softened, about 5 more minutes, adding the garlic after about 2 minutes.
  • Add the Worcestershire, smoked paprika, salt and pepper and cook 2 more minutes.
  • Serve hot with rice or pasta for a complete meal.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 684mg | Potassium: 509mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1253IU | Vitamin C: 64mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

I also use ground turkey in some of my other favorite dinner recipes:

You can also substitute cooked ground turkey in these recipes:

Looking for an EASY and fast dinner recipe? One Pot Ground Turkey and Peppers is a 30 minute meal that goes well with rice, pasta or make tacos! This is a picky eater approved meal!

Last Updated on January 31, 2023

Dorothy Kern

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  1. Love this recipe! The only changes I made were to use diced yellow onion instead of green onion, and add slightly more Worcestershire. I’ve been looking for easy and healthy recipes because I’m trying to lose a bit of weight and complicated recipes aren’t my thing, and this is absolutely perfect. I’m sure it would be great with rice or pasta but it’s also delicious all on its own!

  2. HI dorothy! Sharing this on a future post for dinner recipes! Love your blog! I pin weekly from your blog! laura