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Crock Pot Picadillo Stuffed Peppers

Leftover picadillo[1] and brown rice makes a super easy second meal, all in the crock pot. Top it with melted cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese and you’ll have a delicious dinner without much fuss. Each pepper is a complete meal-in-one.
As I mentioned in my last post, we use leftover picadillo many ways in my home. Stuffed peppers are a great way to use leftovers and nothing goes to waste here –  the tops of the peppers get diced and are
added to the filling.

The slow cooker is the perfect appliance for making stuffed peppers, I’ve also included oven directions below.

When buying bell peppers for the slow cooker, I look for peppers that have flat bottoms that can stand upright on their own.

You can double the recipe to make 6, which would fit perfectly in a 6 qt slow cooker.

BTW, we love stuffed peppers in my home and I’ve posted other variations:

Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Santa Fe Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Chicken and White Bean Stuffed Peppers[2][3][4]

and there’s even a stuffed pepper soup[5]. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Picadillo Stuffed Peppers
Servings: 3 • Size: 1 pepper • Old Points: 8 pts • Weight Watchers Points+: 10 pts*
Calories: 375.5 • Fat: 13 g • Protein: 37 g • Carb: 29.4 g • Fiber: 4.6 g • Sugar: 2 g
* without the cheese: 8 Points+ each


  • 3 red bell peppers (with flat bottoms)
  • 1 cup left-over cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups leftover crock pot picadillo[6]
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese


Cut 1/2 inch of the tops of the bell peppers and dice fine.

In a medium bowl combine cooked brown rice, picadillo and diced pepper tops. Stuff the peppers with the picadillo and rice filling and place upright in the crock pot. Pour the water into the bottom of the crock pot, cover and and cook 3 hours on HIGH -or- 4 to 6 hours on LOW.

Just before serving, top each pepper with 2 tbsp shredded cheese, cover and leave until it melts, 2-3 minutes.

Oven directions: Preheat oven to 350°. Place peppers in an oven-proof dish, pour about 1/3 cup water in the bottom of the dish, cover and bake 50 minutes, or until the peppers become soft.  

Remove foil, top each cheese and bake uncovered 5 minutes.


  1. ^ picadillo (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Turkey Stuffed Peppers (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Santa Fe Turkey Stuffed Peppers (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Chicken and White Bean Stuffed Peppers (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  5. ^ stuffed pepper soup (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  6. ^ crock pot picadillo (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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Santa Fe Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Santa Fe inspired stuffed bell peppers loaded with a zesty filling of ground turkey, corn, black beans, hot peppers and tomatoes, topped with melted cheese and scallions.

These were sooo good I heavily debated saving this recipe for the cookbook! They have just the right amount of kick, but you can certainly turn the heat up a bit more if you like.

High in protein and fiber, one serving filled me up with a side of sliced avocado and a little sour cream on top, but if you want more carbs, a side of cilantro lime rice[1] would be perfect!

Santa Fe Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 1/2 pepper • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 160 • Fat: 3 g • Carbs: 19 g • Fiber: 4 g • Protein: 15.5 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 119 (without salt) 


For the filling:

  • 1/2 lb 99% lean ground turkey
  • 3/4 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cups frozen corn
  • 1 hot pickled serrano pepper, chopped (or jalepeño) more to taste
  • 1 large diced tomato
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • kosher salt to taste

For the peppers:

  • 3 red bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium, fat free chicken broth
  • 9 tbsp shredded reduced-fat Sargento Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped scallions, for garnish


In a large skillet brown the turkey and season with salt. When the turkey is browned, add onion, garlic, black beans, cilantro, serrano pepper, diced tomatoes, and cumin. Mix well and simmer on low, covered for 20 minutes. Remove lid, add corn and simmer an additional 5 minutes or until all the liquid reduces.

Preheat oven to 350°. Cut peppers in half lengthwise, removing seeds and stem.  

Place peppers, cut side up in an oven-proof dish. Fill each pepper with 1/2 cup turkey mixture. Pour about 1/3 cup water or chicken broth on the bottom of the dish. Cover tight with foil. Bake 45-50 minutes, or until the peppers become soft.  

Remove foil, top each with 1 1/2 tbsp of cheese and bake uncovered an additional 5 minutes.  Top with scallions and serve with reduced-fat sour cream if desired (optional).

Makes 6 servings.


  1. ^ cilantro lime rice (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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