The stuffed pepper.
It’s a beautiful thing, no?
So, why had I never attempted it?
Things had to change.
This recipe was inspired by my ongoing love for Mexican food and my desire to create more plant-based, substantial entrees.
The trouble with eating less animal products is you can sometimes feel less full. But not so with these stuffed peppers! They’re hearty, filling and oh-so flavorful.
Bonus? They’re simple, requiring just 10 ingredients you likely have on hand right now.
The filling is so delicious on its own – loaded with quinoa cooked in vegetable stock, smoky spices, black beans and corn – but it becomes even more delectable once its stuffed into sweet bell peppers and roasted to perfection. Swoon!
I think you guys are going to LOVE these peppers! They’re:
SO easy to make
We enjoyed these recently for breakfast, but they could really be great for any time of day! I think they’d be especially ideal for entertaining meat eaters and vegans alike, since they’re so filling and flavorful. You know they’re good when they’re hungry-husband approved (ftw)!
If you make this recipe, let us know. Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram so we can see. We LOVE seeing what you come up with. Cheers, friends!
Spanish Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
- 1 cup (168 g) quinoa or rice, thoroughly rinsed and drained
- scant 2 cups (460 ml) vegetable stock (sub water, but it will be less flavorful)
- 4 large red, yellow, or orange bell peppers, halved, seeds removed
- 1/2 cup (120 g) salsa, plus more for serving
- 1 Tbsp (4 g) nutritional yeast (optional)
- 2 tsp cumin powder
- 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 15- ounce (425 g) can black beans, drained (if unsalted, add 1/4 tsp sea salt)
- 1 cup (168 g) whole kernel corn, drained
Add quinoa and vegetable stock to a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until all liquid is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy - about 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish or rimmed baking sheet.
Brush halved peppers with a neutral, high heat oil, such as grape seed, avocado or refined coconut.
Add cooked quinoa to a large mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients - salsa through corn. Mix to thoroughly combine then taste and adjust seasonings accordingly, adding salt, pepper, or more spices as desired.
Generously stuff halved peppers with quinoa mixture until all peppers are full, then cover the dish with foil.
Bake for 30 minutes covered. Then remove foil, increase heat to 400 degrees F (204 C), and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until peppers are soft and slightly golden brown. For softer peppers, bake 5-10 minutes more.
Serve with desired toppings (listed above) or as is. Best when fresh, though leftovers keep covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat in a 350-degree F (176 C) oven until warmed through - about 20 minutes.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 4)
- Calories: 311
- Fat: 3.4g
- Sodium: 498mg
- Carbohydrates: 59g
- Fiber: 11.5g
- Sugar: 8.2g
- Protein: 14.4g