Deconstructed Stuffed Peppers combine ground turkey, lots of peppers and tomatoes, beans, rice, enchilada sauce, and cheese. This "inside out" meal is an easy spin on stuffed peppers and makes great meal prep!
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper- to taste
15oz.pinto beans- rinsed and strained
3cupscooked white rice
20oz.enchilada sauce (medium heat)- or use my homemade sauce
Tostito chips- to serve
Thinkly slice the peppers and onions. Chop up the tomatoes.
Heat a stock pot (or LARGE skillet) over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and the peppers and onions, and cook until softened (about 5 minutes). Remove the mixture to a bowl and set aside.
To the same pot, add the ground turkey and cook until browned, stirring frequently. Then add the seasonings (the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper) and stir for a couple more minutes.
To the pot, add the chopped tomatoes, beans, and the enchilada sauce. Simmer until hot.
Meanwhile cook the rice. I normally use the instant pot for rice.
Then add the softened peppers and onions and the cooked rice. Stir well and continue heating until hot.
When the pepper mixture is hot and bubbly, add cheese to the top. Add a lid (or foil) to the top, turn the heat off, and let the cheese melt.
Serve the deconstructed stuffed peppers with a sprinkle of cilantro and a side or two. Also great with a frozen margarita! (Ideas on the blog post!)
Modify as you like. Use a different ground meat (beef, chicken, pork), other peppers (jalapeño or habanero for heat), skip the beans or add a different type (black bean or white bean), skip the tomatoes, add other seasonings.
Make sure you have some heat. If you use my homemade enchilada sauce, the heat will be just right. If not, make sure you use a canned sauce with some heat or add some red pepper flakes etc.
Try using quinoa instead of rice for a protein boost!
You can prep this casserole ahead, refrigerate, and then heat up in the oven. Just add everything to a 9x13 casserole dish and bake.
This recipe is a great one for meal prep and makes great leftovers!