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Bell pepper nachos

Total Time
50 min
20 min
30 min
Check out this twist on classic nachos! Tricolor baby bell peppers make a colorful, tasty swap for chips, plus they are loaded with nutrients. To streamline the prep for this recipe, use your favorite taco seasoning instead of the first 8 ingredients. Cider vinegar and brown sugar add moisture and sweetness to super-lean ground turkey. This protein-packed spin on a game day classic is sure to stay in your regular recipe rotation. It's a craving-satisfier and crowd-pleaser. Try this recipe with lean ground beef or vegetarian ground meat to change things up. Serve these nachos with wedges of lime on the side.


Chili powder

1½ Tbsp

Ground cumin

2 tsp


1 tsp

Table salt

1 tsp

Garlic powder

½ tsp

Onion powder

½ tsp

Dried oregano

½ tsp

Cayenne pepper

¼ tsp

Uncooked 99% fat-free ground turkey breast

12 oz


½ cup(s)

Apple cider vinegar

1 Tbsp

Unpacked light brown sugar

1½ tsp

Sweet mini peppers

21 item(s), halved and seeded

Reduced fat cheddar cheese

1¼ cup(s), shredded, sharp variety

Jalapeño pepper

2 small, thinly sliced (optional)

Large canned ripe black olives

8 olive(s), thinly sliced

Light sour cream

¼ cup(s)


4 Tbsp, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large rimmed baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. To make turkey seasoning, in a small bowl, mix together chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and cayenne (or swap in taco seasoning); set aside.
  3. Place turkey in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; cook, breaking apart meat with back of spoon, until no longer pink, 4-5 minutes. Sprinkle turkey with seasoning mixture and stir in water; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of liquid is absorbed, 5-10 minutes. Stir in vinegar and sugar; simmer 2-3 minutes more.
  4. Arrange pepper halves, cut-side up, in a single layer on prepared pan.
  5. Evenly divide turkey mixture among peppers and sprinkle with cheese; top with jalapeno slices, if using.
  6. Bake until heated through and cheese is melted, 8-10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven; top with olives, sour cream, and cilantro. Serve immediately.
  8. Serving size: 7 nachos