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Mini Pepper Dippers


  • 1.5-2 lbs ground turkey  do not use lean ground turkey
  • 3 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 4 jalapeño or serano chili peppers, chopped remove seed and ribs if you want less heat
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder 
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 lb baby sweet peppers They are usually sold in 1lb bags - washed and split in half lengthwise, removing seeds and stem.
For Serving:
  • Your favorite salsa
  • Extra lime wedges 


Step 1
  • In a skillet ,heat olive oil over medium heat. Add diced onion and chopped jalapeño or serrano peppers. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let cool for 10 minutes. 
Step 2
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
Step 3
  • In a mixing bowl. Add turkey, cumin, chili powder, cilantro, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and option cayenne. 
  • Top the turkey and spices with the cooled onion and pepper mixtures. 
  • Combine the turkey, spices and cooked pepper and onion mixture together. 
Step 4
  • In a large low edge casserole dish, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to bottom. 
  • Using a small spoon, fill each mini pepper half with the turkey seasoned mixture and placed into the greased casserole dish. Move the pepper around the dish to evenly spread the olive oil. This will prevent the peppers from sticking to the casserole dish when baking. 
  • Once your peppers are stuffed, place into the over for 30-45 minutes or until browned on top. 
  • Remove from oven and serve with your favorite salsa or salad, or both. 
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