Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Loaded with protein, veggies and healthy grains, these stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal!

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers - These stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal!

Did you all have a good weekend? Jason and I had the time of our lives this weekend, and it all started off at my niece’s house where we went over to pick her up for her ballet dress rehearsal. Little did we know that when we arrived, we would walk into this: her dad attempting to put on mascara while Chandler, her 2-year old brother, was glued to her side, watching along and being, well, adorable.

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers - These stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal!

When hair and make-up was done, we rushed on over to her ballet studio, but not before I snapped a couple of photos of her while Jason installed the car seat.

Isn’t she the cutest? I kind of wish I could pull off that dress. And that hair clip.

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers - These stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal!

After her awesome practice run, we fueled up at Mel’s Drive-In, which consisted of bacon, Micky Mouse pancakes and of couse, a vanilla milkshake.

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers - These stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal!

As we headed back to the house, Sherman said she was too full to walk back home so Jason carried her all the way back. She refused to give up the balloon and made sure it had a prime spot in this photo.

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers - These stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal!

After we got home, we all suited up to spend the day in the pool since it was just too hot to do anything else in the 100 degree weather.

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers - These stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal!

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers - These stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal!

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers - These stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal!

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers - These stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal!

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers - These stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal!

We all had such a blast, and when all was done, we sat down at the dinner table for an awesome teriyaki-filled family dinner. It was the perfect way to wrap up the day.

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers - These stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal!

Now that I’m done jabbering about my weekend, let’s talk bell peppers.

Stuffed bell peppers have been on my bucket list for at least a year and I’m so glad to finally cross it off my list. Using leftover ingredients, I created a southwest quinoa mixture loaded with corn, beans, tomatoes, green chilis for a bit of heat and cheesy pepper-jack-feta goodness. It’s incredibly filling and hearty, making it the perfect vegetarian option for Meatless Monday or any other day of the week!

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers - These stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal!

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Total Time 50 minutes

Yield 6 servings

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Loaded with protein, veggies and healthy grains, these stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 (4-ounce) can green chiles
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup petite diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, or more to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 bell peppers, tops cut, stemmed and seeded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine quinoa, green chiles, corn, beans, tomatoes, cheeses, cilantro, cumin, garlic, onion and chili powder, salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Spoon the filling each each bell pepper cavity. Place on prepared baking dish, cavity side up, and bake until the peppers are tender and the filling is heated through, about 25-30 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.
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Comments

  1. says

    Your niece is adorable, Chung-Ah!

    Quinoa Stuffed Peppers have been on my bucket list for a while. I’ve made vegetarian stuffed peppers and taco stuffed peppers but never quinoa stuffed peppers. I really need to get on the ball and make some. Your’s look great! Pinned!

  2. Sharleen says

    Oh, I love that photo where Dad is putting makeup on your niece and little brother seems to be waiting for some too! All your photos are lovely and your recipes seem to be too. I can’t wait to start making some and I will start with this one! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Brie says

    I loved these. My youngest isn’t much for anything with spice, so the pepper jack cheese was a bit much for him, but he just added a dollop of sour cream to his, and all was good! Thanks for a great recipe!

  4. says

    Looking forward to making these tonight for dinner! Cardiologist has me on a meat-free test run to see if it reduces inflammation factors, so I’ve been scouring the ‘net for tasty ideas!

    Thank you for sharing and those kiddos are ridiculously cute. :)

  5. Kristen says

    Yum! So excited to try this and the quinoa chili. I purchased a bag of quinoa the other day and thought WHAT do I do with this but now I have two great options.

    Can’t wait!

      • liz says

        I tend to parboil the peppers first, so if I have make more than I need, I can put them in Pyrex with sauce and pop then right into the freezer. They are just as good thawed and cooked in oven. Good luck!

  6. says

    Oh my gosh, I cannot wait to make these! Found these on Pinterest which led me to your site and ALL of your delicious looking recipes. Filled my recipe box with things to try this next week. Thanks!

  7. Lisa Griffin says

    Gosh, these were so damn delicious! ;-) My family loved them . Thanks for this meatless, delicious , easy to prepare, healthy meal.

  8. Angie says

    Made these tonight for my “it can’t be good if it’s healthy” family. My husband spent 10 minutes tryin to figure out what meat was in it! But both he and my teenage son loved them. Even after they found out what it was. Haha Found this on Pinterest which led me to your blog. Will be making many more of your recipes. Thank you!

  9. Melanie says

    These are absolutely fantastic! Great taste from the first bite and easy to make. My husband refuses to eat quinoa- anything, tasted this and said he really liked it and would like if I made it again. 5 out 5!

  10. Shannon says

    Just found this… love your pics and love, love your recipes… great ones, I cannot wait to try…
    Cheers,
    Shannon

  11. says

    Looking forward to making these this week. Stuffed peppers have been on my “to cook list” for quite some time. A couple of silly questions about them though: Do you serve anything with them or treat them as a side dish themselves? Do they refrigerate well to be eaten as leftovers?
    Thanks for the great recipes. Several of your will be happening in my kitchen this week. So glad I found your site!

  12. Tina F says

    These sound so delicious, I can’t wait to try making them tonight! Just wondering, what is the purpose of lining the baking dish with the parchment paper? Is 30 mins enough for the bell peppers to become tender? Would it help to add some liquid to the bottom of the dish?
    Thanks for the great recipe idea!

    • Chung-Ah says

      Tina, I generally like to line my baking dish with parchment paper or foil to ensure that nothing sticks to the pan. 30 min is sufficient for the bell peppers to become tender but if you really want them softer than the norm, you can bake for an additional 15 minutes. Hope that helps!

  13. Laurie E says

    Saw this last night & made them today. Yummy! I didn’t have any feta so I used so goat cheese anmil and mild Ro-tel tomato. Very visually appealing & tasty in the tummy.

  14. says

    Oh my gosh, those kids are absolutely beautiful! What a super fun day (why was i not invited). And I love quinoa so these are going to be made for my next week lunch!

  15. Rachel says

    Just made these last night and they are SOOOO yummy! Will definitely be making this a staple. I had a bag of quinoa that I bought and had no idea what to do with it haha Thanks for sharing!! :)

  16. Kristen says

    Just found this recipe and it looks so good! I have been wanting to try making stuffed peppers for a while. I’ve also been wanting to try quinoa and this would do both!
    I also wonder about reheating as it’s just me and my hubby and I doubt he’d eat these (though you never know!)

    • Chung-Ah says

      Kristen, unfortunately, we didn’t have any leftover to reheat. I would hate to give you the wrong suggestions so I recommend using your judgement on the best method of reheating.

  17. Katie Bigler says

    I am going to try these tonight! This may be a dumb question, but when you say petite diced tomatoes, do you mean from a can?

      • Melissa says

        I was curious about that too. Do you think it would taste just as good with fresh, diced cherry toms or are the canned tomatoes required due to how “liquidy” they are?

        • Chung-Ah says

          Yes, the canned tomatoes provide a nice liquid base to these stuffed peppers. You can certainly use fresh diced cherry tomatoes but please remember that by using a substitution, I cannot speak for how much this will change in the overall taste or texture of the dish. I recommend using the specified ingredients listed in the recipe whenever possible for optimal results.

  18. Jessica Schaefer says

    These are amazing!! I used chopped onions instead of onion powder for more texture and flavor.

  19. Natalie says

    Just threw mine in the oven! Fingers crossed that they will taste just as good as they looked :) I used no beans or tomatoes, since I’m not a huge fan of either. I added red onion to the mixture. I also used cooked white rice because my grocery store had no quinoa…

  20. Ali says

    These were delicious! I served with a side of Cajun seasoned sauteed tilapia, because my boyfriend always has to have some fish or chicken with a vegetarian dish, and similarly seasoned shrimp with the leftovers. Both were perfect accompaniments to this yummy dish. Will definitely make again and again. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  21. Heidi says

    These were seriously delicious. I have been in a rut for recipes and was looking for health and taste. These surely hit the spot. I used a can of rotel tomatoes instead of the diced tomatoes and green chiles it called for. I also didn’t have cumin so I used taco seasoning in it’s place. Finally I used the entire can of black beans. I will definitely be making these again.

    Thank you for sharing!

  22. Ean says

    OK, this will be the third thing from your site that I try. The first two (one pot andouillle sausage skillet pasta and one pot zucchini and mushroom pasta) were absolutely incredible. I love how easy and simple most of your dishes are (in terms of ease putting them together and limited number of ingredients). This one seems one of the more complex in terms of needing a lot of items (although the preparation is still super simple), but it sounds absolutely delicious and my mom (the vegetarian in the family) loves stuffed peppers. So, this should make her happy.

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