Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Quinoa stuffed bell peppersI love southwestern flavors! I also love how southwestern/mexican food lends itself to vegetarian friendly meals, since beans are often the protein (instead of beef or chicken). I also love how pretty the peppers are, such a colorful meal.Quinoa stuffed bell peppers Oh and this meal takes around 30 minutes to make. Cheesy, spicy, healthy and easy-gotta love that!How to make stuffed peppersQuinoa Stuffed Peppers, serves four to five.

1 cup quinoa
5-6 tablespoons olive oil
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, seeds removed and chopped (I used half the jalapeno you see pictured, since it was so large)
1/2 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 3/4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup shredded cheddar (or pepper jack) cheese
3-4 bell peppers

In a medium size pot heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Saute the garlic, jalapeno and onion until the onions begin to soften (about 2 minutes). Rinse the quinoa. Add the quinoa to the hot pot. Cook for one minute. Pour in the vegetable broth and tomato sauce, season with cumin. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Roasting bell peppersPreheat the oven to 400°F. Cut the bell peppers in half and remove the seeds and veins. Rub the peppers with 4-5 tablespoons olive oil. These don’t need a lot of oil because as they roast they will start giving off their own juices. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Once the quinoa is cooked and the peppers have softened fill each pepper with the quinoa mixture. Bake at 10-12 minutes. During the last two minutes of cooking add the cheese to the tops of the peppers. Best quinoa stuffed bell peppersServe these along with some black beans. I used one small can of black beans seasoned with cumin and garlic salt. Cook in a small pot just until hot.My favorite quinoa stuffed bell peppersTop the beans with a little cheese (I used feta) and serve alongside the peppers and a few slices of fresh lime. You could also cook the beans with the quinoa in the peppers. Just add the beans at the stage where you stuff the peppers. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 5-6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno seeds removed and chopped (I used half the jalapeno you see pictured, since it was so large)
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 3/4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese
  • 3-4 bell peppers

Instructions

  1. In a medium size pot heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Saute the garlic, jalapeno and onion until the onions begin to soften (about 2 minutes). Rinse the quinoa. Add the quinoa to the hot pot. Cook for one minute. Pour in the vegetable broth and tomato sauce, season with cumin. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cut the bell peppers in half and remove the seeds and veins. Rub the peppers with 4-5 tablespoons olive oil. These don't need a lot of oil because as they roast they will start giving off their own juices. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Once the quinoa is cooked and the peppers have softened fill each pepper with the quinoa mixture. Bake at 10-12 minutes. During the last two minutes of cooking add the cheese to the tops of the peppers.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman

  • Just wanted to let you know that I finally tried this recipe yesterday and everyone loved it! Needless to say it brought me much joy to be eating a healty meal 🙂 Thanks for sharing and keep the tasty dishes a comin’!

    Angelina

  • I made this dish last night for meat-free Monday and it was amazing! My husband, the ultimate carnivore, LOVED it and actually asked me to make it again sometime. I even served the beans on the side and those were great, too. Thanks ladies!

  • This looks delicious! Will have to give it a try

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  • Just made this and it was AMAZING!! This will definitely make it into our favorite recipe rotation. Thanks for sharing!!

  • I just made this and it’s was soooo delicious (:
    Everyone enjoyed it! Thank you!!!

  • Thanks for this, I am so going to try this. I usually stuff bell peppers with rice/chicken/mushrooms/sheese, but this is a great idea, too.

  • This looks too good! I love adding eggs and bell pepper to my quinoa scramble, next time I will serve it in this cute bell pepper cup to eat! Yum 🙂

    xx
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  • Just made this for dinner tonight…sooo good! The only thing I modified was adding a teaspoon of salt of the quinoa mixture and adding fresh lime juice to the black beans. Thanks for the awesome (and healthy) recipe, Emma!

  • Oh god. I was thinking of eating, now I just have to eat something. At least before my pre-detox begins tomorrow. It looks AND sounds DELICIOUS!!

  • So easy and looks delicious, too! Beautiful photos – love the colors! You gave me a great idea…

  • I made these last night.. absolutely delicious and so easy to make!

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  • Quinoa is not an ingredient I used yet but it looks like it can create some nice healthy dishes.

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  • Hmm…I have two picky little eaters who LOVE peppers and might just think this recipe is the bees’ knees! Yum – thanks for sharing…

    -Courtney

  • I just made these and they were amazing!! I probably should have put a bit more cheese on top though. I have lots of leftover stuffing too which will make great leftovers!

  • I love these – I use cous cous and add some mushroom and diced zucchini to the cous cous mix. MMM

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    x

  • Love quinoa, and I have been desperately trying to find new and exciting ways to whip it up! I can’t wait to give this recipe a shot – thanks for sharing!

    -Elle

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  • Stuffed peppers are one of my absolute favorites! I’m a Texan native, so southwestern recipes are a must in our house! This looks amazing, needless to say 🙂

  • These look delicious! I’ve been leaning more toward a vegetarian lifestyle and your recipes are helping a lot! The next on my list to try is tofu!

    xoxo
    Taylor

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  • Looks VERY tasty. And I only just found out that I was pronouncing quinoa all wrong…so now that I’ve been corrected, I can even confidently serve this! 🙂

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  • looks like a great recipe! I cook quinoa at least once a week for the protein…I’m pregnant and baby has not liked the idea of me eating meat for most of my pregnancy haha But I think quinoa is so much better anyways!

  • Stuffed peppers are one of my absolute faves! I normally make them Greek style, with rice, feta and herbs, but I’ll definitely be giving this recipe a go!

  • Looks yummy but… 4-5 tablespoons of olive oil is not a lot?? Sounds like a lot to me!

  • Quinoa is gluten free and a complete protein, so this is an excellent recipe for vegetarians that include dairy, as well as the gluten-intolerant. I’ll skip the cheese for my son’s vegan friends.
    Thanks for the great idea!

  • Looks really yummy and I love when you have some vegi recipes. xa

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  • These look absolutely delicious! I’d have to modify them a bit because of my dairy allergy, but I think they’d still make a wonderful dinner even without the cheese topping or with vegan cheese.

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  • Considering a TEASPOON of oil is a serving, 4-5 tablespoons is 12 to 15 servings and is a lot of oil.

  • i’m definitely trying this…minus the jalapeno seeds. i think gum is spicy sooo

  • Have you guys tried queso fresco in southwest/mexican dishes? Its like feta, but more moist/creamy. It’s really easy to find, it’s in most grocery stores. My family loves it in dishes like this!

  • Adding this to our weekly menu! YUM! Thank you for more quinoa inspiration. I made it this morning with a drizzle of honey and one egg, a little turkey sausage. It was a sweet, savory, and filling way to start my day!

  • Yum! Now I am hungry. Always looking for healthy recipes so I’ll have to try this soon.

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  • This is my idea of a perfect dinner! I’m all about south west flavors being a native Zonie 😉

  • Looks delish and healthy 🙂 Will definitely be making soon!
    xx, Erica
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  • I love the pepper + quinoa combination. It’s an easy way to make a meal look cute and get lots of nutrients in!

    M.

  • Yum. In the recipe box it goes!

    xo Denise
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  • So delicious! I just made stuffed peppers last night with rice, I like the idea of using quinoa instead.

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  • My old house mate always used to make this and I’ve always wanted to give it ago and maybe I will. =)

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  • What a great recipe! And such a fun shape and color to add to a plate! So darn cute!

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  • mmm they look and sound delicious. I’m going to have to try this recipe out! lovely post

    Gema xx

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  • I love stuffed peppers! I just made some earlier this week. So yummy.
    Carlee
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  • Oh my goodness! This sounds so delicious!

    xo, Juliette Laura
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  • stuffed peppers were always one of my favorite meals growing up. this recipe looks delicious!

  • This looks amazing. I love all the colors, and literally my mouth watered a bit! I am really trying to eat vegetarian 90% of the time, so this is definitely going on my rotation to try. 🙂

  • These are one of my favourite busy night dinner recipes. I love using quinoa!
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  • They look delish….def earmarking this. x

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  • Love this! I’ve done bell peppers as a tuna melt too, sub the peppers for bread! Very low cal. Xxoo

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