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California-Style Stuffed Bell Peppers

Total time:

60 min

Prep time:

10 min

Cook time:

50 min

Nutritional Highlights (Per serving) See Full
320 Calories
21 g Fat
8 g Fiber
170 mg Sodium
19 g Carbs
California-Style Stuffed Bell Peppers


This stuffed bell pepper recipe is great for meal planning and has a high potency of vitamin C giving more than 2 times you daily value (240 DV%). An excellent source of dietary fiber (29% DV), protein (34% DV), vitamins B3 (60% DV), B6 (60% DV), B5 (40% DV), B2 (30 % DV), A (20% DV), K (25% DV), E (20% DV), folate (30% DV) and potassium (25% DV) while providing a good source of vitamins B1 (15% DV), B12 (15% DV) and iron (10% DV). Stuff bell peppers during the weekend to eat during the week.


Serves: 5

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. garlic, minced
2 celery stalks, 6", diced
1 carrot, 6", diced
1 zucchini, 6", diced
1 lb. ground chicken
1/4 tsp. sea salt, or to taste
1/8 tsp. black pepper, or to taste
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
2 ripe, Fresh California Avocados, peeled, seeded and cut in small cubes
6 bell peppers, large colorful, tops cut off

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting.
Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. When hot, add onion and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  3. Add celery, carrots, and zucchini. Cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Add ground chicken to pot and mix well. Cook for 6 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
  5. Add the cherry tomatoes and avocados and mix well.
  6. Divide ground chicken mixture among bell peppers. Line up bell peppers on rimmed baking pan and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove pan from oven and carefully remove aluminum foil. Place back in the oven and cook for another 10 minutes or until peppers are tender.

Variations: You may use ground turkey instead of chicken and grape tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes.

Beverage Pairing: A glass of carbonated water.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Nutrition information per serving

Calories 320
Total Fat 21 g (Sat 4 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 3 g, Mono 12 g)
Cholesterol 65 mg
Sodium 170 mg
Potassium 1274 mg
Total Carbohydrates 19 g
Dietary Fiber 8 g
Total Sugar 5 g
Protein 17 g

Vitamin A 181 mcg; Vitamin C 214 mg; Calcium 45 mg; Iron 2 mg; Vitamin D 0 mcg; Folate 124 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.23 g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 20%; Vitamin C 240%; Calcium 4%; Iron 10 %; Vitamin D 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

About the author

Manuel Villacorta, MS, RDN, is an internationally recognized, award-winning registered dietitian-nutritionist and author.

Villacorta is a well-respected and trusted voice in the health and wellness industry. He acted as a health blog contributor for The Huffington Post, an on-air contributor to the Univision television network, and a health and lifestyle contributor for Fox News Latino. His latest contribution was as leading nutrition expert for a series about Superfoods with National Geographic. He is an in-demand health and nutrition expert on radio shows and local and national television including National Geographic, The Today Show, Good Day New York, CNN, and ABC7 Eye Witness News.

He has served as national media spokesperson for The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2010-2013) and acts as a national spokesperson who represents food commodities and recognized brands, including the California Avocado Commission.

Villacorta earned his Bachelor of Science in nutrition and physiology metabolism from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master of Science in nutrition and food science from California State University, San Jose. He has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his research and contributions to the field of nutrition and dietetics.

Manuel is a brand advocate. Their content on the California Avocado Commission website and/or blog is part of their partnership with our organization.


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