Quinoa Turkey Enchilada Stuffed Peppers. Peppers filled with delicious quinoa and Mexican spiced turkey, with enchilada sauce and veggies, and topped with a bit of melted cheese! A cross between stuffed peppers and enchiladas, and a healthier take on both.
Last Friday night my husband and I took our kids to meet some friends and their families at a local winery. The winery does this thing on Friday nights where they have live music and a food truck. There is a lot space for kids to run around, and it’s just fun.
I get off work before my husband, so I went home to get our kids and the stuff we’d need for the evening. After 45 minutes of preparing to leave for a two hour event, it struck me how much work it is to go anywhere with tiny little people. Just five years ago, I could’ve packed for a month long trip in that time frame. But now there is so much to think about … What if someone gets thirsty? What if they’re hungry? What if they refuse the first food I pack? What if someone poops themselves? Will they need sunscreen? The list is seriously so long. If you’ve ever read this blog and thought “why does this girl cook so much?”, it’s because it takes way too much effort to go places that often.
So, we go to the winery, and all is good. My son is going through a super friendly phase. He likes to tell people his name and start conversations with them. At some point during the evening, my husband and I are chatting with a friend when my husband realizes we haven’t seen our son in a couple of minutes. I was horrified. Mind you it had only been about 120 seconds since we had seen him, but all reason went out the window. We enlisted our amazing friends to join a search party that seemed like it lasted for years, but was probably two to three minutes. A friend found our son just five feet away, sitting in a chair in a circle of older women, chatting them up. All was fine, he was just being a sweet kid, but that is why I prefer to eat in confined spaces, such as my kitchen.
If you’re like me, and find it easiest to eat dinner at home the majority of nights, these Quinoa Turkey Enchilada Stuffed Peppers are perfect for you. They’re easy to make, make a TON (as in invite over some friends to help you eat), and they are delicious. Plus, quinoa and turkey, those things are just healthy.
A cross between stuffed peppers and enchiladas, and a healthier take on both. Peppers filled with delicious quinoa and Mexican spiced turkey, with enchilada sauce, veggies, and topped with a bit of melted cheese!
- 1 cup quinoa uncooked, I used tri-color quinoa
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 jalapeno seeds removed and diced
- 1.25 pounds ground turkey
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 4 teaspoons chili powder divided
- 1 15.5 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 10 ounce can enchilada sauce I used mild
- 1 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with chiles drained
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
- 6 large peppers assorted colors
- 2 ounces mixed cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cook quinoa according to package directions and set aside.
In a large pot over medium-high heat, heat olive oil.
Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds.
Add onion, corn, and jalapeno. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion is soft.
Add turkey, cumin, and 2 teaspoons of chili powder. Cook, stirring frequently, until turkey is cooked through.
Add black beans, enchilada sauce, diced tomatoes, lime juice, and cilantro. Mix well. Simmer, uncovered and stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
Stir cooked quinoa and 2 additional teaspoons of chili powder into turkey mixture. Remove from heat.
Cut peppers in half vertically. Use a pairing knife to carefully remove stem and core.
Place peppers, skin side down, in a large 9x13 baking dish (you will like need two 9x13 dishes).
Divide turkey quinoa mixture among peppers. Pour 1/2 cup water into bottom of each baking dish and cover dish(es) with aluminum foil.
Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until peppers are softened. Remove foil and top with cheese. Return to oven and bake for another 3-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
I sometimes freeze stuffed peppers. To do this, I do them in a pan without the liquid, and cover the pan with plastic and aluminum foil. I thaw it before I bake it.
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