Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

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Wood platter filled with gluten-free vegan Spanish Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

The stuffed pepper.

It’s a beautiful thing, no?

So, why had I never attempted it?

Things had to change.

Bowl of ingredients for making Spanish Quinoa Stuffed Peppers for dinner

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.

Baking sheet filled with protein-rich vegan Spanish Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Wood platter filled with Spanish Quinoa Stuffed Peppers topped with sliced avocados

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
Super flavorful
Hearty
Filling
Healthy
& Versatile

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!

Close up shot of our Spanish Quinoa Stuffed Peppers recipe with sliced avocados and red onion

Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Amazing Mexican-inspired quinoa stuffed peppers made with just 10 ingredients! Simple, flavorful, full of protein and fiber, and entirely vegan and gluten-free!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Cutting board of Spanish Quinoa Stuffed Peppers topped with avocado, cilantro, and onion
4.92 from 194 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Course Entree
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mexican-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 2-3 Days

Ingredients

PEPPERS

  • 1 cup quinoa or rice (thoroughly rinsed and drained)
  • 2 scant cups vegetable stock (sub water, but it will be less flavorful)
  • 4 large red, yellow, or orange bell peppers (halved, seeds removed)
  • 1/2 cup salsa (plus more for serving)
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans (drained // if unsalted, add 1/4 tsp sea salt per can)
  • 1 cup whole kernel corn (drained)

TOPPINGS optional

Instructions

  • 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 9×13 baking dish or rimmed baking sheet.
  • Brush halved peppers with a neutral, high heat oil, such as avocado oil or refined coconut oil.
  • 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.

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 311 Carbohydrates: 59 g Protein: 14.4 g Fat: 3.4 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 498 mg Fiber: 11.5 g Sugar: 8.2 g
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  1. Annette says

    Made this for dinner last night. Was super easy and delicious! Will be a staple item in my house for future dinners.

  2. Kaitlyn says

    I loved this recipe. It’s so easy and quick for a weeknight. I have been buying the pre-cooked quinoa cups (super lazy) and I also added a single Mexican spiced chicken sausage in to the mix (my BF cringes at the word vegetarian, I’m working on it.) Since all the ingredients are pre-cooked I can just dump it into a bowl and mix it. I also top it with cheese when they are done

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy this recipe, Kaitlyn! And way to be creative with the shortcuts. Thanks so much for the lovely review!

  3. Katie says

    I had never cooked quinoa in vegetable broth before and I won’t be going back to water now!! Instead of using salsa I used some fresh chopped tomato cooked in a pan with kidney beans and mushrooms and a little tomato paste (with no added salt as the broth in the quinoa gives it all that flavour!) It’s my new favourite dish! I also did my peppers under the grill so it’s charred in about 10mins, great for a fast filling meal :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Katie! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

  4. Sabrina says

    I made these tonight, scaling up to 1.5 times the recipe to use up a Costco bag of 6 bell peppers. I didn’t have corn on hand, so I omitted it and added in a 1.5 lb bag of power greens, sautéed with garlic and olive oil. I used 2 whole cans of black beans rather than leaving behind half a can, and topped them with some grated sharp cheddar cheese once stuffed. They were really delicious! My kids don’t normally like cooked peppers, but they loved these. I served them with a big green salad, which made for a veggie-full, nutritious, and filling dinner. My household of 8 (5 adults, 2 teenagers, and 1 preteen athlete) left the table satisfied, and there were still two halves left over.

  5. Manjot says

    If I was to make this with rice would I still follow the same instructions or should I make the rice in the broth or make the rice first then follow the recipe

  6. Nicole says

    Made this last night for my meat eating bf and his friend. Split up the quinoa mix and threw in some ground beef in for them. Topped mine with vegan cheese, avo, and salsa and theirs had the same extra with real cheese. They loved it and I received girlfriend brownie points which is a big deal because I pretty much cook the same thing every night since I’m not much of a cook and am also a creature of habit. Given that I’m not quick in the kitchen this ended up taking me more like 2 hours because my prep took forever ha. But still delicious and would make again. The filling was also great as a dip alone.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tried it that way, but we think it would work! Let us know if you try it!

  7. Beryl Skog says

    This was an excellent recipe. I changed a few things but the basis was delicious. I used vegetarian meatless crumbles and decreased the amount of quinoa. I also added reduced fat mexican blend shredded cheese. I used red kidney beans instead of black beans. The results were really good. Definitely a keeper recipe.

  8. Laurie says

    This was a super easy and delicious recipe! Very easy to make and my whole family liked it. I ate part of the filling as a snack while preparing it. My filling got a little overdone and dried out. I probably cooked it too long; the full hour. Maybe next time I would leave it covered longer or watch closely at the end so it doesn’t dry out. Still, very tasty and satisfying! I’m glad I discovered this website! Thank you, Dana!

  9. Leigh Ann says

    This was delicious! As always, minimalist baker to the rescue!
    I made this with a few additions/substitutions from what we had on hand during the quarantine.
    I “pre cooked” the pepper for 5 minutes while my pressure cooker was finishing up with the quinoa in order to attempt to cut down on time later on in the recipe…I think it worked. I ended up baking 20 min on 375 and then 10 min on 400 and the pepper had a little bite (as we like).
    We added tempeh to the stuffing mix and threw some meltable vegan cheese on top at the point you instructed to cover with tinfoil and raise the oven temperature to 400. Unfortunately no avocado in the house, but the lime, extra salsa, and cilantro trio worked. Thanks again!

  10. Trina says

    I made this for dinner tonight, along with your “green gold” creamy cilantro dressing. Wow, what a delicious dinner! Have leftover filling will be using this to make burrito bowls for lunch.
    The creamy cilantro is a must for this recipe.
    Thank you,
    Trina

  11. Tressa says

    I made this and added some chopped onions into the mix before baking. My husband and I loved the stuffing and he didn’t miss the meat at all. It’s great all on its own and we’ll be chopping up leftovers to put into flautas tonight. We topped with vegan sour cream, avocado, salsa, and hot sauce.

    I can’t wait to make this again for some friends!

  12. Linda says

    I made this and used Poblanos and Bell. We all liked the Poblanos better as it was “less meaty” than the Bells. I paired it with roasted sweet potatoes and regular potatoes as we have so many and needing to use them. Served it with the Cilantro Dressing. My family loved it! I will be making it again tomorrow for my husband’s party. 5 ?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We don’t think so. They will likely be very mushy. But if you try it, let us know how it goes!

  13. Valerie says

    I made this last night to use up leftover quinoa and it was amazing! I didn’t have creamy dressing or avocados for the top, so I added marble cheese prior to baking. Then a dollop of salsa & sour cream after it was baked. So good!

    I only had 2 small peppers on hand, but the leftover “stuffing” is delicious on it’s own!

  14. Kristin says

    Delicious! Lots of flavor and so easy to make (especially if you already have cooked rice or quinoa in the fridge). Thanks for sharing!

  15. Olga says

    Love this! Taste like it actually has meat, not much difference! The only modification I made, I didn’t cook grain beforehand, but used raw and instead of baking, cooked it in a pot of stock and tomato souse. My guests loved it!!

  16. evelyn herrera says

    Skipped the chillar powder to make it pleasant for my teen son. Also skipped oil on bell peppers. Still very flavorful and delicious. Removing foil for last 5 minutes made the stuffing nice and roasted. Everyone said this recipe is a keeper.

  17. Michelle says

    I love regular stuffed peppers with beef but have recently wanted to try more a more plant based diet. I was a little nervous making this but I am so glad I did. This recipe was so simple and AMAZING!!! My mother whom usually stays away from plant based meals loved this. It was so light, and filling. I topped it with tomato sauce and guacamole and it turned out amazing. Thank you so much for this fantastic recipe, I cant wait to make it again!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Gail. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

    • Angelic Green says

      I am currently a new vegan. And this dish was a hit for my nine year old daughter, who has trouble adjusting to the vegan lifestyle. My boyfriend’s roommates who aren’t vegan loved them! I just left out the salsa for my daughter and I added vegan cheese on top. It was so delicious and easy and healthy! It was a hit! Thank you!

  18. Kim says

    We LOVE this recipe!
    I add a box of crushed tomatoes or a can of fire roasted tomatoes depending what I have on hand. I also like to use roasted frozen corn when I can find it.
    We always use quinoa and use the filling as a nacho topper, for huevos rancheros on top of corn tortillas with eggs on top, or just on it’s own with a dollop of guac. It’s so good, quick, easy and super satisfying.

    When we have friends over, the filling is perfect to put in a big bowl with chips. More filling than just chips and salsa and everyone loves it!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Kim. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  19. Jen Overturf says

    I made these on Saturday and they came out delicious! I had some chipotle powder, so I swapped that out for the regular chile powder. I am vegetarian working on WFBP, and my husband is not, lol. The nice thing about doing the cooking is that he is eating cleaner also. He commented the texture of the quinoa was a good substitute for ground beef… it did have a nice bite to it. The addition of creamy avocado in the bowl made it creamy, slightly spicy, with great flavor and texture. Thank you! I am learning to cook with your recipes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed this recipe! Yay for learning to cook =) Thanks so much for sharing!

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  21. Jodi says

    I am just starting to turn our menu to a more plant-based diet. I was looking for a simple dish to make and this was a great alternative to how I have made stuffed peppers in the past. My husband and son loved these so much that they did not notice the beef was missing. I did sprinkle the tops with cheese, but other than that, I made them exactly as the recipe above. I will definitely make these again!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Jodi. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  22. Maddie says

    Love this recipe! My go-to for feeding friends and family over for dinner, with plenty to go around. I always make the filling the same day as baking the peppers, but am wondering if it’s just as good making the filling the day before and storing overnight in the fridge to bake the next day?? Would totally save on prep time for our next gathering!

  23. Jen says

    Excellent recipe! I’d been a cheese loving vegetarian for 30 years and recently developed a severe lactose intolerance and was looking for a cheese free version to replace my old recipe which relied on pepper jack and cheddar. I was SUPER happy that you do not use vegan cheese product in this recipe and just rely on spices and whole ingredients! I’m just not a fan of the fake meat and cheeses and prefer to go without. I did not have any salsa so I made a mix of fire roasted tomatoes and green chilies. I also toasted the dry quinoa before boiling in water with some onion powder, garlic salt, and paprika rather than using stock. The timing and cook temps were spot on with a very nice texture to the pepper and a crunchy quinoa top layer. My meat loving husband was equally happy (his got a topping of cheese of course). Chili dusted sweet potatoes were a perfect side dish. Definitely will make again!

  24. Jessica says

    Absolutely loved this recipe! Used some left ofter chilli that I had in the freezer (instead of the beans and salsa) and it worked perfectly! Thank you so much

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Jessica! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modification! xo

  25. Kaylyn says

    My roommates and I are vegan and are always looking for simple recipes! This one is delicious! I topped it with vegan shredded cheese and it’s AMAZING!

  26. Jasmine Williams says

    I made this using the brown rice option. I also used regular “taco” toppings (lettuce, onion, tomatoe). It taste just like a taco. The rest of my family loved it too and they love their meat. Definitely making again.

  27. Pamela Nanku says

    Absolutely Delicious!! Topped it with some homemade chipotle mayo and served it with roasted sweet potatoes. AMAZING!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Pamela. We are so glad you enjoyed these! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  28. Stephen Zielinski says

    AWESOME!!! Added some roasted Hatch green chile and some “meatless” ground meat. Also used fresh roasted corn that I cut off the cob. I HATE canned corn. SUPER WONDERFUL. Thanks

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Stephen. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  29. Dylan says

    I find the chilli powder in a lot of these recipes a l it the overpowering. I’m writing from Australia, does anyone know if there is a difference between chilli powder and ground chilli in Australia? Thank you

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Dylan, chili powder is a blend of spices where as ground chili is just the chilies. So that makes sense that you are finding it overpowering. We would recommend getting chili powder blend for best results!

  30. Angie says

    I have made these and they are delicious. Here’s my question.
    I want to Dice up the peppers and add them to it with maybe some chopped baby portobellos or spinach and sautéed onion and make this in the crockpot. Has anybody tried this? But I just need to add maybe some fire roasted tomatoes or tomato sauce to keep it from drying out? And any clue how long I would have to cook LOL

  31. Christine says

    Really enjoy making this recipe. It’s a great make-ahead recipe where I can put together a number of stuffed peppers, store them in the refrigerator, and then have dinner mostly made for later in the week. Have also used the stuffing as a side next to a salad. Used the stuffing recently to stuff roasted sweet dumpling squash and then topped it with Pickled Jalapeno Ranch dressing which was fabulous.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, usually peppers tend to take on moisture and get soggy if frozen. But we haven’t tried it that way and it might work! Let us know if you do!

  32. Becky J says

    I added fire roasted tomatoes with green chiles in lieu of the salsa, also a few sprinkles of onion powder to the mixture. Baked per recipe instructions and everything turned out absolutely delicious. This is a fantastic recipe, thanks for posting!

  33. Lauren says

    I made this today and it came out delicious! My meat-eating boyfriend even loved them ?I had some chestnut mushrooms that I needed to get rid of so to add more flavor I sautéed them with onion, garlic and chilli and then omitted adding the powered garlic. It made a bit more mixture so I just added an extra pepper to stuff. Followed everything else perfectly and they came out amazing. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Lauren. We are so glad you enjoyed these! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  34. Ali says

    Amazing!!! We used spicy taco seasoning in addition to the other seasonings. Also added jalapeños to the mix & topped with shredded mexican cheese!

  35. doug says

    this was so delicious, it’s going on the regular list for sure. i made a couple of changes, only because i didn’t have all the ingredients. for the dressing on top i used baba ghanouj, used a fresh salsa, and i threw in some beefless ground. i had just picked up fresh peppers at the farmers market, which made it extra tasty. thanks for this :)

  36. Vandy says

    Was excited to try this due to the high rating. Unfortunately, at least for us, this was a little too bland. The spices may need to be doubled for the amount of quinoa. Cilantro dressing didn’t help.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Vandy, sorry to hear that! Is it possible that your spices weren’t fresh? That could definitely impact the flavor. Otherwise, feel free to adjust to taste next time!

  37. Susan Hood says

    Wonderful recipe, great flavor.
    I made the stuffed peppers last night intending to reduce it by 1/2. I made half the quinoa and added half of the salsa. Then I opened and drained the beans and corn and started adding spices. I got side tracked and forgot to cut ingredients in half – used the entire can of beans, 1 cup corn and full amount of spices. We loved it! Not too spicey at all.
    Next time, I’ll add a little chopped onion or onion powder.
    This is certainly a “keeper” recipe.
    Looking forward to trying more.

  38. Sara says

    I made these with my boyfriend last night and they were delicious! We used quinoa and orange bell peppers with avocado on top and didn’t have any substitutions – I had all ingredients on hand. This recipe will be a keeper to put into dinner rotation – I’m already happy to have leftovers tonight!

  39. Jacki says

    Awesome recipe. The first time I made with quinoa and the second time I made with rice. Have to say I prefer the rice. Next time, in addition to rubbing olive oil, I’ll rub in a little salt. The mixture is so perfectly seasoned but the pepper feels a little bland by comparison. I stuffed the peppers a day in advance and put in the fridge, then had them ready to bake when I got home from work. We topped with your chipotle ranch dressing and it was heaven!!

  40. Jessica says

    Great Recipe!

    I added 2tbsp of hummus and a couple pinches of crushed red pepper flakes for added heat. Delicious!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Jessica. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  41. sita says

    hi!
    I ordered your book all the way to Israel last year and I LOVE your recipes!
    ABOUT the 1 15-ounce can black beans in this recipe…
    we use grams here and I KNOW THAT OUNCE IS 28 GRAMS but i don’t understand what 1 15 mean.. thanks

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! Thanks so much for your support! “1 15-ounce can” is equivalent to “a 15-ounce can” or “one 15-ounce can.” In metrics, that would be one 425-g can. Hope that is more clear!

  42. Susan Mckernan says

    Great. I have tried several “stuffed pepper” recipes, but this one is a winner. I try to eat vegan, plus oil free and these peppers work!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Susan. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  43. Tina and Bob says

    We didn’t have all the ingredients but did some substitution.
    Black eyed peas for Black beans etc.
    The recipe was excellent and filling.

  44. Tiffany says

    My husband was so excited for this meal when he sat down and saw what I had made. It was 5 star and easily could become a regular meal. Such beautiful flavours. Thank you for the recipe!

  45. Tneisha B says

    The idea for this recipe is genius and it turned out really great with some adjustments. I hate long cooking times and hard peppers so I didn’t want to risk it. I boiled the peppers for a few mins and popped them in the oven for about 5 mins on the broil setting to get the skinned charred just a tad. I made the filling as is minus corn and added roasted jalepenos that I charred with the peppers in the oven (YUMMY _ OMG!) I only had fire roasted tomatoes vs. salsa and it worked perfectly.

    For the topping I made some vegan sour cream (hemp seeds, pine nuts and lime juice), added ciliantro, with the suggested alvacado and lime.

    Even my kids at this which is a huge accompliment! Thanks so much for this recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      So glad to hear everyone enjoyed these! Thanks so much for the lovely review! xo

  46. Linda Moore says

    I made this with Path of Life All Natural Southwest Quinoa, just toss the bag in the microwave and heat for 4 minutes, then added the other ingredients. It was delicious and easy! Thanks!

  47. Meghan says

    This is my favorite recipe! It’s always my go to when I’m cooking for a large crowd with vegetarian guests or when I’m out of ideas of what to make for dinner. I have even taken a batch of the filling to a party as a bean dip and it was a hit! Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Meghan. We are so glad you enjoy this recipe! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  48. Gail says

    I made these and added a little sautéed onion, fresh garlic and red pepper, I omitted the cumin.
    Delicious, second time I maxed them.
    Does anyone know if I can freeze the?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Gail, We don’t think these would freeze well as there would be too much moisture and it would make them soggy. But another reader mentioned success with freezing the filling only. If you give it a try, let us know!

    • Chrissy says

      I froze these… I made the stuffing, stuffed the peppers and frozen them upright on a baking sheet then transferred them to a ziploc bag. I bake them a little longer and they were just as good. I popped one in the oven this morning as I was getting ready for work, packed it and eating it right now for lunch (microwaved for 3 minutes)

  49. Brendy says

    I’ve made this as is and with modifications and it’s always good!! The modifications that work well for me: taco seasoning instead of the spice combo, add some garlic, ginger, and hot peppers.

  50. Nancy Somit says

    This is one of my go to recipes. I have even frozen the left over peppers without the toppings and enjoyed them at a later date.

  51. Darlene says

    I made these stuffed peppers for our dinner tonight & they were delicious! I didn’t have any salsa in the house, so I used 2/3 cup fire roasted canned tomatoes instead. They were filling & loved the spice combination, had homemade cornbread on the side.

  52. Emma says

    I am not a frequent comment leaver but this one was a big win! We used a multi grain rice. I think the addition of lime squeezed on top alongside avocado after cooking really won me over. My non-vegan boyfriend added mozzarella to melt on top during the last bit of cooking. We have lots of leftover filling. Definitely could’ve done at least another whole pepper. A yummy leftover, though. Thanks, Dana!

  53. Ann says

    I’m not vegan but these are by far my families favorite stuffed peppers. We have them at least once a month…usually when I realize I need to use up several peppers soon. I toss some Daiya chedder shreds in with the filling to make it a heartier texture, maybe 1/2 cup. Have added chopped zucchini if I need to get rid of those as well. Otherwise its made exactly as described and absolutely has fantastic flavor. Thanks for posting these!

  54. Christy says

    This is recipe has all my favorite spices & I loved it! I also loved the combo of the Creamy Cilantro dressing and Hot Sauce toppings.

  55. Lindsey says

    This recipe is so delicious and easy! I cut the recipe in half and it was the perfect amount for two. I also made the “stuffing” the night before so my partner could just pop these in the oven when I was still at work. Tip if you don’t have fancy pans: I used a bread pan to bake these and it was absolutely the perfect size for two peppers. Thanks for the great recipe- this will for sure be a regular in our dinner rotation!

  56. Kay says

    This was so delicious and easy! We do meat in our house, so I cooked a pound of ground turkey with some taco seasoning and mixed that into the filling and topped it all with a little cheese. This will be a part of our dinner rotation, for sure.

  57. Nia says

    This is a golden meal right here. I didn’t have salsa on hand, so I sauteed some onions before adding the beans, and then when that was mostly cooked, I added a can of crushed tomatoes, the corn, quinoa, and I substituted the written seasonings for two teaspoons of garam masala, plus garlic and peperoncino. It did take me longer than an hour and 15 minutes, because I let the filling cook for a while to really incorporate the flavors, but it was spectacular. I will definitely be making this again!

  58. Lisa A. Lande says

    These were absolutely fabulous!! I made a cashew based chipotle cream to drizzle on top, so yummy. Thanks for the great recipe.

  59. Andrew says

    Turned out awesome. My mods:

    – I used a spice packet from the supermarket for chili (one without a bunch of additives) and most likely contained chili powder and garlic powder
    – I pressure cooked the pepper halfs for about 8 minutes. After stuffing the peppers, I just warmed it up for 30s in the microwave. Kept everything nice and moist.

    Found that the avocado and lime really made the difference to even out the flavour.

  60. TJ says

    I’ve never really cared for stuffed peppers. They sound good. They look good. But they’re usually not good. Just bland disappointment. I wanted to try these since they look so amazing and I love every recipe of yours that I’ve tried. I didn’t really make stuffed peppers though. I realized when I got to the baking part that I didn’t have any foil, or a covered baking pan (I just moved…). I was thinking about how I should bake them and tasted the quinoa mixture. I couldn’t stop eating it. I finally got a giant bowl of greens, added chopped bell pepper, 1/4 of the quinoa mix, avocado, cilantro and a chopped chipotle pepper. I drizzled it with lime juice and blended salsa. It. Was. Divine. I’ll call it unstuffed pepper salad:)

    • Meredith says

      You know what they say about necessity being the mother of invention! That sounds great, and I may try it that way.

  61. Loren Gebo says

    These are amazing and a regular at our house. Has anyone frozen the stuffing or prepared peppers? Has that worked out?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Loren! Glad you enjoyed these. As far as freezing goes we haven’t tried that yet. I wouldn’t recommend freezing the bell peppers and then baking because they likely would turn out soggy. However the filling could be made ahead and frozen if you’d like. Hope that helps.

    • Meredith says

      I’ve frozen other stuffed peppers after they’re all assembled and cooked, and they were a little soggy, but the flavors blended together nicely. I’m planning on freezing a few of these after I make them for meal prep and can let you know how it goes.

  62. Don says

    These are AMAZING!! I make them all the time and have leftovers to eat during the week. One of my All time favorite recipes!! None of your recipes ever disappoint.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Post to Instagram using the hashtag #MinimalistBaker, Tracie! We’d love to see what you cooked up :D

  63. Bridie says

    I made this topped with your Easy Chimichurri sauce for an oil-free vegan dinner….and it was a DREAM!!! Will be in regular rotation at my house!

  64. Linda says

    Made this using green bell peppers ( abundance from garden), and they were delicious. I did add a little fresh grated shatp cheddar on top after baking.
    Even my picky grandson ate one. Will definitely make again.
    Thanks for a fabulous healthy recipe!

  65. Jen says

    I made this but changed up the cooking method. I hollowed out the peppers and stuffed them , rather than cutting them in half. I covered them with tomato sauce and cooked them in a slow cooker, rather than baking them. They were delicious! I look for ways to use a slow cooker often, due to my busy schedule. I had leftover ingredients that I froze and will use in another recipe, such as burritos.

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  66. Serena says

    I absolutely loved how this turned out, although I didn’t quite follow the recipe. I added ground turkey, used different seasonings, used chicken broth, didn’t use salsa, and used green bell peppers (only because I had green on hand); topped with pepperjack cheese, cilantro and lime juice.

    Regardless, it has become an official favorite that I can’t wait to try again. Next time I make it, I do want to try it with red/yellow/orange peppers to see the taste difference. What got me to try the recipe were the instructions on how to make the quinoa and the logistics involved in temperature and timing. I would have never thought to add stock instead of water for the quinoa and it completely changed how I view quinoa.

    Thanks for a great recipe!

  67. James Kerr says

    I’ve made this a bunch of times now, and love it, but honestly the best part for me is having leftovers and using it for breakfast wraps.

    Stops being vegan in my case, I just fry it up with a couple eggs, peppers, throw it in a wrap with avocado, siracha and a little Chipotle mayo.

    Overall though, however it’s used it’s a great recipe, super easy weekday after work food.

  68. Kerstin says

    Have made this recipe twice now and serve it with guacamole and also sour cream for the non vegans at home. I use a whole tin of corn (400g) as I didn’t have a small tin on hand and didn’t want to waste the rest of the corn. Also added a bit more salsa for flavour and reduced the chilli powder as I’m not a fan of spicy food and 1/4 of a teaspoon was plenty for me. I have to add that my husband smothered it in sriracha as he prefers his food spicy. :-)
    This will definitely be a regular in my meal planning.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yum! Thank you for sharing your process, Kerstin! We are glad you’re adding it to the meal rotation :D

  69. J says

    Hi – this recipe looks great and I’d love to give it a go. Although, the salsa’s that I see in the stores seem to have a lot of not-so-pleasant ingredients in them which I would like to avoid. What can you recommend as a home-made alternative? TIA x

  70. Sarah says

    I wanted something easy to make after work. Easy, healthy and delicious – how is that even possible!! I had all the ingredients in my cupboard although adapted it slightly by leaving out the beans and corn and adding more veg. Have passed this recipe onto all my friends. I have a feeling this will be a go to dish. Thank you!

  71. Beth says

    I made these for dinner today and WOW!!!! They were phenomenal!!! Even my omnivore husband was totally impressed! I used vegan beef flavored broth instead of the veggie broth and homemade chili powder, and I did opt to add the nutritional yeast. Definitely will be making these again!! Easy, healthy, and scrumptious!

  72. Jacki says

    Solid recipe and perfect for a warm summer night. I made the filling the night before to cut down on meal prep time after work. Carnivore hubs loved it as did I–so bright and flavorful!

  73. Randolph says

    This offering was a HIT with the vegan-guest at our BBQ. My modifications included: sauteed onions and garlic, oregano, starting the peppers in the oven and finishing on the grill to impart a delicious smoky flavor. THEY TURNED-OUT DELICIOUS!!!

  74. Alison Thibodeau says

    I am wanting to prep a full week of meals and want to incorporate this dish as its so easy and makes a nice quick meal, do these freeze well? thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, I don’t think this would freeze well. There would be too much moisture and it would make them soggy. But if you give it a try, let me know!

  75. Carol says

    I made these per the recipe (minus the nutritional yeast since I didn’t have any) and they were wonderful! I also made the creamy cilantro dressing and that was fabulous – I can see putting that on all manner of things, not just these peppers. I think it would go great on your black bean & corn burgers (which are also fabulous btw, and sooo easy) but I digress.
    Have you tried making these in an IP? I figured I’d give it a go next time I make them

    • Renee says

      Can you give me the black bean corn burger recipe? It sounds like something I would love. Making the peppers now. They smell delicious baking!

  76. Barb says

    This is a regular in our dinner rotation. I bake the peppers, inside down, for about 20 minutes while preparing the quinoa (prefer red). Then bake for 30-40 minutes with the filling. Also include a pinch of cinnamon with the spices. The first time was an accident, but turned out pretty good. Delish!

  77. Taz Daya says

    I have made these twice and followed the recipe for the most part! Each time they were outstanding especially with the cilantro avocado dressing. Love your recipes! I’ve shared them with friends and they have been a big hit!
    A huge Thank you for all your recipes!!

  78. Anne Reynolds says

    I printed this out ages ago and made it tonight for dinner. Delicious! And we only had 2 peppers, so I have leftover quinoa to snack on for lunch tomorrow. Thank you, so good.

  79. Sophie says

    Wonderful! Thank you for this gorgeous GF & Vegan recipe it’s delightful! Why anyone would want to spoil it with animal products is beyond me! I’d like to follow you on Instagram what’s the name?

    Thanks again :)

  80. Heather says

    These are amazing. I have made them several times and serve them every time we have vegetarian friends come for dinner as a side dish . My son who is not vegetarian said this was the best dish at our Christmas dinner. My family and guests were eating the left overs for breakfast the next day. If you haven’t tried them I would highly recommend it. I usually cut the peppers in 1/2 if I can’t find small ones and stuff them. My daughter will eat the stuffing just by itself. Thank you for a lovely recipe.

  81. Janet A Latko says

    I am 9 days in as a vegetarian so have been searching for easy to make vegwtarian meald. This recipe is pwrfect and they look absolutely yummy. I plan on making these tonight. Nervous and excited at the same time.

  82. Karen says

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I have been making stuffed peppers for years… when we went plant based, I just left out the meat and cheese… always used rice. Let me tell you, I made this recipe last night and it was amazing!!! I roasted the red peppers just a bit before stuffing, baked and then in the hotter oven to crisp up… the quinoa really does get crispy and it’s SO good!!! so glad there are leftovers for tonight! :)

  83. Brandy Elliott says

    I’m so happy I found your website while searching for, “vegetarian stuffed peppers” we made this tonight, it’s still in the oven but the mix was delicious! (I had to sample!) I didn’t change anything except we only had green bell peppers. Tomorrow I’m trying your jerk eggplant. So many recipes I’m definitely going to try. These are all our kinds of recipes and I’m so happy I found you! We have pretty much everything on hand for all your recipes. Super excited!

  84. Audrey says

    Hi there! So excited to try these peppers this week. I’ll have to come back and let you know how it goes for sure. I’m also excited to check out more of your recipes! I am wondering if you think I could meal prep these though? I would just like to make 4-5 days worth. I have prepped lots of things, but never stuffed peppers! I have been missing these from my life lol! Thanks in advance!

  85. Rachel says

    So tasty! I just made this and it was de-lish! I had way more of the filling than for the 4 peppers, but it won’t go to waste. I also added in chopped red onion and jalapeño’s in the filling. Thanks for the recipe!

  86. Boyan Minchev says

    I’ve eaten similar to this dish in Spain this summer. I will definitely try to cook this stuffed peppers they look delicious :) Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

  87. Amanda says

    These were pretty good! think they could have used a bit more flavor, but were helped along by some guac and pickled jalapeños! I used thawed Birdseye C&W Ultimate Southwest Blend (corn, black beans, poblanos and roasted onion) in place of the beans and corn. I used a mild salsa with pickled peppers, next time I think a medium would give the flavor I was hoping for. Great base recipe!

  88. Anna says

    I just finished devouring this and it was amazing! I used quinoa and added vegan mince for some more extra protein. I also ran out of garlic powder so I added a bit of fajita spice mix and it turned out incredible.
    Will definitely be making this over and over again!

  89. Suzanne says

    I make these stuffed peppers regularly! We absolutely love them. I add one can of green chilis and serve them with refried beans. In fact we’re having these tonight! Thanks for the great recipes! Sb

  90. Michelle says

    Just made these and they’re incredible!! Served with cilantro avocado cream. One thing is I used more salsa and i had enough filling to stuff 7 peppers (14 halves). A pleasant surprise :)

  91. Lauren says

    Oh, Dana. Thank you for your wonderful recipes. :) We tell everyone we know about your website and cookbook; Both have made our vegan dinners so much easier!

    These peppers were great! I made a double batch and had some filling leftover. After a few days sitting in the fridge, I decided to heat it up in some vegan cheese (Earthbalance, nooch, paprika, garlic, cayenne,salt), and it was the most amazing thing ever. Drizzled it on some tortilla chips and then licked the bowl clean.

    Thanks for all you do!

  92. Robin says

    I LOVE bell peppers. Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t. Any suggestions on using something other than bell peppers? Zucchini, maybe? Mushrooms? Anything else? I’m not sure how those changes would affect (if any) the cooking temps/times?

    Keep all these AWESOME recipes coming!!

  93. Jodie Mulford says

    My husband stumbled upon this yesterday and we decided to have it for dinner the same day! We we’re so very pleased with how it turned out AND how filling it was (adjusted the recipe for two).
    I already had some pre-cooked quinoa in the refrigerator so we didn’t require the vegetable stock, none the less, a delicious recipe! I will be posting this to my site and tagging #minimalistbaker all over the place~ Thanks for sharing! :-)

  94. Ashley says

    So good! We topped the second serving with Trader Joe’s vegan cream cheese to give a bit of a sour cream kick and because it was here, and it really worked. Will definitely make again.

  95. Patricia says

    Made these last night for dinner! So easy and so yummy! Even better for today’s lunch. Will be making these on a weekly basis now that the chilly temps have set in.

  96. nicole says

    Very flavorful! I cooked the quinoa in “Better than Bouillon” which was an amazing choice. I would recommend tasting as you add the chili powder, it was WAY spicy. I could tolerate it but I would have preferred a bit less.
    Beware of the Chili Powder!!

    Thanks for the recipe

  97. Jennifer Murov says

    Tonight was the third time I made these and I did so because my family asked for them. My 16-year-old took a selfie and put it on Instagram. I make it exactly as stated and it is a amazing every time. I will make it again and again.

  98. Jackie H says

    oh my goodness, I made these last night for dinner ‘cos I had bought peppers and was uninspired about what to do with them – holy peppers it was goooood! I am eating the leftovers for lunch right now. This is definitely a new favourite recipe and will be made again and again. So easy, tasty and nutritious at the same time. Thanks, Dana!

  99. Rachel says

    I’m addicted to this recipe! I had never made stuffed peppers before this recipe. I actually cooked up black beans using a recipe, and used some pico de gallo that I had sitting around. The results were fantastic. I can’t wait to make this again. I want to become vegan, and now I have a staple recipe. Thank you!

  100. Cynthia G. says

    Made these stuffed peppers and they were great. I also topped with the Cilantro Dressing which is also awesome. My daughter and I ate the leftover dressing with raw veggies. Thanks Dana!

  101. Jenn says

    I made this thinking “my kids hate quinoa. They’re never gunna go for this”. Guess what? They LOVED it! Asked for a second helping, even! So tasty! And apparently I used peppers on the smaller side, so I had a lot of filling left over, so we all fought over who was going to eat the leftovers the next day for lunch. Good stuff! Thanks so much ?

  102. Renee says

    I love this recipe and have been making it to bring to friends’ homes as an alternative to the “lasagna” comfort food for a family after surgeries, babies being born, etc. Do you have any advice for me to share on freezing if a friend was not able to eat it right away?

  103. Tee says

    Just made this the other day and it turned out great! I was missing a couple ingredients so I used kidney beans instead of black beans and I had no salsa so I used a very mild bruschetta and pepper paste instead and it turned out delicious!

  104. Kassondra says

    How long should I bake them for if I use mini bell peppers?

    Btw you are a HUGE reason why I had such a lovely diet transition to veganism! I can easily follow the instructions because of how clear you are. Thank you for doing this!

  105. Gloria says

    So delicious, healthy and pretty at the same time, perfect for guests! Thank you so much for this great recipe =)

  106. Jennifer says

    I went out on a huge limb (for me) and made this dish for my book club – full of smart, foodie women. Oh my, we all loved them, including my husband (acting as waitstaff) who wondered what kind of meat I used. My cardiologist has recommended two meat free days a week, as a way to bolster our HDL and lower our LDL painlessly, and these delicious stuffed peppers will be in the rotation. Changes – I doubled the recipe, used two ears of fresh corn, didn’t use any of the cilantro (wasn’t sure who didn’t like it so thought it better to leave it off). Wonderful, easy, fun to make recipe. Thank you !

  107. Jennifer Annan House says

    I went out on a huge limb (for me) and made this dish for my book club – full of smart, foodie women. Oh my, we all loved them, including my husband (acting as waitstaff) who wondered what kind of meat I used. My cardiologist has recommended two meat free days a week, as a way to bolster our HDL and lower our LDL painlessly, and these delicious stuffed peppers will be in the rotation. Changes – I doubled the recipe, used two ears of fresh corn, didn’t use any of the cilantro (wasn’t sure who didn’t like it so thought it better to leave it off). Wonderful, easy, fun to make recipe. Thank you !

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ash! I would pop them back in the oven and cook till warm and they should be good!

  108. Cole the part time Vegan says

    These are the bomb! I make them every week and make sure there are enough leftovers for lunches the next day. Five stars

  109. Lonnie Facchina says

    Hi Dana… I made these a few nights ago and finished them tonight. They were delicious each night and didn’t lose any flavour in being reheated. I made vegan sour cream (soaked cashews, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and garlic powder) and – from Oh She Glows cookbook, a walnut taco meat (walnuts, oil, cumin, chili powder salt and cayenne) to put on top of the stuffed peppers and thought it was such a good combo that I had to share! Love your recipes… thank you for sharing!

  110. Cat says

    I needed lunch and hadn’t gone grocery shopping, but luckily had most of these ingredients! These are great. Used green peppers, omitted nutritional yeast, and added some cumin-flaked gouda that was sitting around and needed to be eaten. Topped with fresh tomatoes, served with tortilla chips. Delicious, easy, nutritious, and a great way to use quinoa. Thanks!

  111. Meg says

    I really look forward to trying this recipe… do you think I could make them a day ahead before baking in the oven? Instead of reheating as leftovers with the fear they could dry out? Thanks!

  112. Emily says

    Loved this recipe! I used fresh garlic instead of garlic powder, and sautéed it with onion before adding it to the quinoa mixture. I also melted non-dairy cheese on top after removing the foil. So good and so easy, and my whole (non-vegan) family loved them too!

  113. Sonia says

    I made this recipe today. Oh my God!! It was delicious!! I used rice instead of quinoa cause I had leftovers, but it was a hit. I also made guacamole to combine… glorious!! Thank you!!!

  114. Erica says

    Made this last night for guests and got RAVE reviews!! Love all of the recipes I’ve ever made from your site. Keep up the great work!!

  115. Emilie says

    I made this recipe with slight modifications and it was good. I boiled 2 spicy Italian sausages and chopped them into quarter pieces. I cooked them in olive oil, then added the black beans and corn (I would have added some onion if I had any). Then, I added the spices, and the salsa (I ended up using the whole jar). Added the quinoa and cilantro.

    Final result: a success. Thanks for the recipe.

  116. Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

    Hi Abbe, The recipe is just best in that time frame, but should keep for up to a week in the fridge. Hope that helps!

  117. Giselle says

    These are amazing. We are meat-eaters and I usually make stuffed peppers with ground beef, but this is better. I will add this to the supper rotation!

  118. Anthony says

    This is a delicious recipe, full of flavor. I like to add some chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for extra flavor and more kick. I usually use the filling for tacos!

  119. trinda says

    Loved this recipe, really simple ingredients and easy to put together and cook. I was missing the corn, avacado and cumin, which I promptly went out and purchased. I have to say smelling the cumin got me all excited to try it again with everything ?

  120. Marissa Santos says

    These are absolutely amazing!!!!! Looking to incorporate more vegan food into my diet, and this was a home run.

  121. Debbie Fournier says

    I made this and it was awesome… I believe the calorie count is for 8 servings rather than 4 however.

    Thank you for posting this!

  122. Rebecca T White says

    Hi there,

    Do you have the nutritional values for this meal? It’s one of our go-to weeknight meals, we love it!

  123. Genevieve L says

    I just made this recipe and they were amazing!! Very delicious and easy to make.
    I used black eyed peas since I didn’t have black beans and the result was wow!

  124. Frank Carvella says

    Made these for dinner last night and they were AWESOME. I did have more stuffing than needed to do fill the peppers. The creamy cilantro dressing suggested in the toppings section was an excellent topping.

  125. Darla Pickles says

    These were awesome! Very delicious and super filling. I hate cooking but my husband loves it. Another bonus of this recipe is that I was able to help despite my aversion to the kitchen. I cooked the quinoa and mixed it with the other ingredients so when my husband came home, he only had to stuff them and bake them. I got major points for finding the recipe and prepping the meal.

  126. Brynn says

    I’ve made these twice already! So good! Both times I added soyrizo (and skipped the spices since it adds a lot of flavor). They were great! Thanks for the recipe!

  127. Katie says

    So I’ve made this twice so far (it’s actually in the oven right now!) and have loved it every time. Its a very versatile recipe because you can add what you have in the fridge – this time I didn’t have corn, but I had mushrooms I wanted to use up, so I sautéed them and added them to the mix.

    For people who eat dairy, I recommend mixing some cheese into the mixture. It works better than putting it on top (otherwise the cheese slides off when you try to eat it!)

    I do have one question – I have run out of quinoa but have lots of other grains on hand. I know rice would be an easy substitute, but what about other grains? I have pearl barley, millet, and wheat berries that I need to use in more recipes… which one would you recommend? (I realize this is an older post, but I’d love your opinion!)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Katie! So glad to hear that you’ve found a recipe favorite! I have not tried substituting here, but think that pearl barley and wheat berries should work just fine! If you give it a try, let me know how it goes!

  128. Cathy Gardner says

    Made this tonight, exactly per recipe, w/o optional nutritional yeast. It was superb – really fresh, very flavorful, great texture and on the table in a little over an hour! We are developing a new list of go to recipes as we continue to transition from a largely meat/chicken centered diet to a majority of vegetarian meals. We are finding that it takes just a bit more time and planning to prepare vegetarian dinners, but they are equally or more flavorful and healthier too!! Thank you for this new favorite!

  129. Clare says

    The combination of garlic and sweetcorn is a bit dodgy, maybe because I used rice? Anyway, it wasn’t my finest culinary hour…

  130. Laura says

    Hi Dana! I brought a double batch of these to a potluck dinner for my work. I just got the job and it was my first time meeting a lot of my colleagues. I wanted to bring something great, and the peppers were an absolute HIT! I could not have asked for a better outcome and I followed your recipe exactly. As someone who cares a lot of wellness and nutrition, these were truly the perfect choice! Your recipes are always spectacular and bring me a lot of joy (made your chickpea shakshuka last week and was in love!). Thank you so so much for all that you do… I am a huge fan :) Sending love your way.

  131. Alissa says

    Hi Dana! I’m thinking of serving these at a dinner party. What would you recommend serving with them to make a complete meal (or at least one that seems more complete to meat-eaters)? Thanks!

  132. C Mitchell says

    Great stuffed peppers! My husband even said, “These are good… much better than I thought they would be!” (This is coming from someone who believed stuffed peppers must have meat in them!)

    I made a few modifications: I sauteed some onions and garlic for the filling. I also blanched the peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes or less, which made the baking time was only 35 minutes.

  133. Judy says

    Very good. As Halloween occured on Meatless Monday this year I needed a filling for my Jack ‘O Lantern carved orange peppers and this filled the bill.

  134. TirnanOg says

    I made this last night for a dinner date and it tasted great! I added a bit more salsa to make the filling juicier, as my oven tends to dry out dishes. The preparation is very easy and quick and the filled peppers make a great second day midday meal which can be eaten cold and with your hands. I’ve noted down this recipe for future use!

  135. DIF says

    I had to modify- and I made jac-o-lanterns of orange peppers….but end results were cute and yummy! I set stuffed peppers in tray w/ chicken and sausage to roast. I modified ingredients a little but kept the overall theme. I’d do it again!!! Thanks.

  136. Deborah Thibeault says

    Made these last night and they were delicious, filling and the presentation was so pretty and colorful. I used half quinoa and half brown rice, added some chopped zucchini (I microwaved briefly to soften) and oregano. Placed shredded Mexican blend cheese on top last 10 minutes of baking. These are definitely going to be made often! Thanks for sharing.

    • Hollis ADAMS says

      This was the best. I will double the recipe next time. My family liked the lime, cilantro and salsa and cheese to garnish.

  137. Brenda Swanson says

    I absolutely loved these. My kids ate them without a single complaint (they aren’t super picky but usually don’t eat cooked peppers). I loved them with Trader Joe’s Cilantro Salad Dressing on top (and just a bit of extra salsa too). I loaded mine up with all of the toppings-so delish. I could eat these every week!

  138. Joanne says

    Great recipe! Tried this tonight – added fresh garlic, some shredded cheese to the mix and a bit more on top during the last few minutes. Quick, easy and very yummy! Next time I might try it with some sour cream on the side. Glad I found your site I’m eager to try more recipes!

  139. Misslane says

    I made these tonight and they came out wonderful! My friend and I really enjoyed them. Going to make them for one of my private chef clients and think they will be a real hit. Easy to make and very tasty. Think the Cilantro Lime dressing may be the topper! Thank you for a nice recipe.

  140. Julie says

    So, so delicious. I grilled my corn to give it some oomph and used some extra spices. I couldn’t help myself from eating it from the bowl as I stuffed my peppers :)

  141. Theresa says

    I want to make this tonight for my family of 6. I’m trying to get them to eat clean but i was wondering if you could help me for servings of 6-8 instead of 4. (I’m not so number smart) and what kind of vegan healthy sides i could make with this dish? Thank you ahead of time. This thing looks yummy!!!

    • Martin says

      I’m numbers challenged too but find simply doubling amount easy enough. In your case that might mean one or two left over which is a great lunch.

  142. Kimmy says

    Amazing! Great vegetarian dish…clean and DEEELISH! I am making it again tonight I loved it so much.

  143. Emma says

    I have never left a comment about a recipe before but I had to this time! This recipe was so easy to make and tasted amazing!!! My hubby and I loved it! I will definitely be making it again!

  144. Lucy says

    These turned out amazing! I made them last night and my entire family loved them. I’ve made around 5 of your recipes now (I’m 14) and they’re super easy. Excited to try more!

  145. Lindsay says

    DELICIOUS! I added soy chorizo (vegetarian) from Trader Joe’s to for some flavor – it actually taste like chorizo it is amazing! I also added Mexican blend cheese on top during the last 15 minutes, and the cheese taste great with everything! Cannot wait for the leftovers tonight!

  146. Vera says

    I am a carnivore, but this recipe is absolutely delicious. I think it would satisfy both meat eaters and vegetarians. It looks beautiful too, especially when topped with avocado and lime, and it is so easy to make. The only change I made was to parboil the peppers for a few minutes before stuffing them because I like them soft. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. Thanks so much for sharing.

  147. Ally says

    I cut this recipe in half last night and absolutely LOVED them. This was my first time making quinoa; it turned out just fine with the water I used. Now I am excited to use it in other recipes, too! But back to the stuffed bell peppers- I only had cream style corn, so I used that. All of the other ingredients I used were the same as stated in this recipe, just cut in half. Like others have said here in the comments, I will definitely incorporate this recipe in my week. Thanks for an amazing recipe Dana!

  148. Mom-of-2-teens says

    Used the recipe with slight modification: added finely chopped carrots and celery. The result was very flavorful and fresh tasting. My teenagers wanted seconds. Will be making these stuffed peppers again and trying other ingredients. Great recipe.

  149. Barb says

    Made this with mini tri-colored peppers, which are sweeter than the regular size peppers.
    Great for a party.

  150. Kimber says

    This is the first recipe I’ve made from this site (which I’ve really fallen in love with) and it was absolutely incredible! I made it with the creamy cilantro dressing which paired perfectly with it. I think anybody would love this dish, vegan or not.
    Changing to an all plant-based diet for nutritional reasons has not been easy, but Minimalist Baker has actually made me really excited to explore this new world– so thank you for that! I can’t wait to make more recipes from the website and the cookbook!

  151. Susan says

    What a delicious recipe! I did not have salsa so I used leftover tomato pasta sauce and it worked beautifully! I will definitely be making this again:)

  152. Kelly says

    Made these tonight, so delish! Omitted the corn and added 1/2 cup of chopped almonds instead. I also added 1/2 vegan daiya cheese slice after taking foil off, absolutely yum!

  153. Brandy says

    These have become a regular meal in our household. I do not make regular stuffed peppers any longer! Great recipe, HIGHLY recommend, even kid approved:)

  154. Sandra says

    Made ’em for my mom’s birthday lunch (I’m the only vegan in my family) and they were actually a huge hit with everyone, including both my all-American, “I won’t eat your rabbit food”, dad and my boyfriend!
    I used all the ingredients in the recipe except the nutritional yeast. I used Desert Pepper Corn Black Bean Red Pepper Salsa (medium) for the salsa and I regret nothing. It was great. Will def be making again.

  155. Hannah says

    I’ve recently discovered your blog and love! Made the sloppy joes last week which were a big success, and going to make these tonight probably with some salad and sweet potato fries. My husband doesn’t like corn so just need to think of an alternative or will just leave it out!thanks so much for these amazing recipes x

  156. Maria Lameiras says

    Delicious and so very easy. I tweaked (as I am wont to do) reducing cumin to 1 tsp., upping chili powder to 2 tsp., adding 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika and (a decidedly non-vegan) 1/2 cup of cheese. I also rinsed and toasted the quinoa before cooking it in the rice cooker. I have eaten these almost every day for lunch or dinner. Extremely satisfying topped with salsa and (non-vegan) sour cream or plain yogurt.

  157. Kim says

    Made this for dinner tonight. Omitted the cumin, garlic powder and corn. Boiled the peppers for a few so they didn’t take as long in the oven. They were AMAZING. I’ll be returning for new ideas! :)

  158. Angela says

    Thanks for this phenomenal recipe! I made last night and absolutely loved! Will most certainly be a staple in my house. I substituted chipotle powder for the chili powder since its what I had on hand and it was fabulous!

  159. Veena says

    This was delicious!! I made it with “path of life” premade quinoa mix to save prep time. It’s going on the weeknight rotation!

    • Lori says

      I looked in other recipes to get the answer to this question, because I was wondering the same thing. It appears you could do the full assembly and then freeze them. Cooking time would then depend on if you baked them from frozen or thawed state.

  160. Judie says

    These were amazing and very flavorful – will absolutely make these again…and again…and again! Thank you

  161. Jess says

    Made these last night and turned out great. I had relatively large peppers and wished that I had made a tad more filling. I also added some cayenne to the spice mixture for some heat. But the peppers came out nice and soft and the meal was delicious!

  162. Andrew says

    These peppers are the prefect radical self-love treat for yourself, or a decadent night with friends or family and comes together in no time (as long as you have everything prepared hehe)

  163. Siobhan says

    Hi, I’ve been visiting your blog for about a month now, I can’t stay away, I love it. You do a beautiful job. It is a great thing for those of us who may need ideas or inspiration. Thank you!
    I have tried your Banana GF Bread and it turned out really well! I can’t wait to try this one tomorrow. I don’t do the whole social media thing otherwise I’d be sharing your stuff everyday. Please keep at it!

  164. Noelle says

    I’ve been wanting to make these for a week now. Finally did tonight and I am so glad I did! However, I didn’t follow it exactly. I really did intend to (I like to do that first time through with recipes) but I cut the recipe in half and forgot…oops. Used 1/2 cup quinoa and full servings of beans, salsa, and corn. Still turned out great! I topped it with a vegan sourcream from “But I Could Never Go Vegan” by Kristy Turner and it complimented the peppers great. Will be making again.

  165. Sharon says

    I have made these three times now with the recommended avocado dressing. These stuffed peppers are delicious with the dressing – the dressing’s flavors go far in complementing the peppers. My daughter said she would eat these every week and she is hard to please. When we make these we also make Herbed Polenta Fries from Epicurious. A great meal along with a salad.

  166. Keira says

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was great!!! I added ground chicken so that my hubby wouldn’t snub his nose!!! It was delicious!!! Thank you!!

  167. Melanie says

    These were amazing and were so easy to make. My daughter was going to skip dinner, but once she smelled them cooking, she couldn’t resist. Thank you for such a great recipe!

  168. Stacey says

    These were yummy! I had to use kidney beans because I was out of black beans. Enjoyed red onion and salsa on top.

  169. Dacia says

    This recipe is the tits! I had it for dinner three nights last week and am making it again this week! Thank you :)

  170. Bernadette says

    My carnivore best friend couldn’t get over just how delicious these vegetarian (I added shredded cheese to the top) peppers were! I was glad they make so many so we could both have leftovers. Incredible flavor and so easy to make. Definitely a recipe that will be in my usual rotation! Thank you for making it even easier to be a vegetarian. :) I did make it with basmati rice rather than quinoa because my friend doesn’t like quinoa, but it tasted just as yummy.

  171. Cassie says

    These were delicious! I added a little extra of each of the spices and added some ground chicken for extra protein. Theses are a great healthy dinner and easy to heat up for leftovers or meal prep. Be sure to add the avocado and cilantro. Yum!

  172. Katelynn says

    Hey thanks for the recipe! We loved it! My neighbor gave us a huge box of bell peppers so this helped! My only sister’s name is Dana by the way! My boyfriend and I are vegetarians and have started to go vegan lately. Great idea to use the vegetable stock! We used rice also. Loved the spices. Topped it with dairy-free mozzarella “cheese”. Plus the avacado and lime are an amazing addition. Fabulous!

  173. Bonnie says

    Finally made these for dinner tonight. Fantastic! Had enough filling left over for a casserole – my peppers must have been on the small side. Topped with savory cashew cream for a little tanginess. Will definitely make again.

  174. Lisa says

    Excellent! Even my carnivorous family members liked them. I cooked them exactly as directed in the recipe, except used 1/2 brown rice and 1/2 quinoa. Cooked them for dinner and still smelled them again the next morning….because my son was reheating another one for breakfast. Thank you for this recipe.

  175. Anne says

    I have tried a lot of your recipes and I have to say, this is probably one of the most tastiest AND easiest to make. Thank you!

  176. Cindy says

    I made these during the snow storm last night in Ct. They were delicious and really easy to make! My husband and daughter (who is a vegetarian) loved them. Next time, I might add ground turkey for my husband. I strongly recommend making this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  177. Mary Shaner says

    Looks so great, but hard to print out. Printed about 20 pages (comments and all). Any way you can make it more printer friendly?

  178. Eileen says

    This was waaaaay better than the stuffed peppers I’ve made in the past. I think the dressings elevated the recipe. One change I made – and I have no idea if it made a difference, but it’s what my old mother used to do – I boiled the hollowed out peppers ahead of time to make the skin soft.

  179. Mary says

    I made these yesterday. So easy, so quick. I had filling left over, so next time I won’t use as much quinoa, or simply add another pepper. I forgot to take a picture. They are delicious. I added some salsa and half an avocado to mine.

    For someone who lives alone and only cooks for one, I hate cooking, but this recipe was fast and easy and I will definitely make these again.

    Thanks

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      That should work! However, I would probably just suggest baking them entirely there so they’re freshest!

  180. Caity says

    I’m stuffed! lol These were delicious! I had a little more stuffing than peppers, so I warmed it up in the microwave and snacked on it with some chips while the peppers were baking. It makes a great dip, too! I’ll definitely be making this again! Thank you!

  181. Christine says

    I woke up at 6am to make this recipe before I go to work and surprise my husband (who is currently sleeping) and working afternoons. He’ll bake it when he gets up, but my mouth is watering and I can’t wait to have it for dinner when I get home :) Helped myself to the filling which is amazing! I used rice this time since he prefers it over quinoa, but I will definitely try it with quinoa next time!
    Thanks Dana :))

  182. Aimee says

    Ohhh I love these so much!! The filling is delicious. I’ve actually had them twice in the last week.
    I made them for my boyfriend tonight and he said they tasted like a “treat”.
    We had tonight with sweet potato wedges.

  183. Robin says

    Had an acorn squash I needed to use, and used your quinoa filling, substituting cannellini for black beans, and added a chopped, sautéed portobello and a large handful of chopped sautéed peppers. The salsa contrasted nicely with the sweetness of the squash. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Thanksgiving!

  184. Tara says

    These were amazing! I made them as directed ( did not use the yeast) and they were perfect! Very yummy! They were good as leftovers too!

  185. lea marie says

    What kind of salsa do you use? I live in a country where salsa is a bit hard to find (they don’t sell it at the grocery store, at least) so I usually make it myself. Would love to try to this recipe but am afraid that without the salsa altogether it might be too bland? Thanks!

  186. Bree says

    I’ve never been a fan of spending time in the kitchen, but am a “faux foodie” for sure. When I was 22, I had a boyfriend whose mother told me that I shouldn’t learn how to cook because if I did, then it would be expected of me. I took that advice to heart and at 36 am just now taking an interest in preparing my own food. Being a vegetarian and not that skilled in the kitchen, your recipes have been a real treat. I’m finding delicious meals that I can actually prepare myself, with limited experience in the kitchen. I made these last night for my boyfriend and myself- delicious. Absolutely wonderful. I added nothing extra, and left nothing out (I did add a little more of the spices because I love full flavor) and would recommend to anyone else trying this out to not skip on the avocado. It made the entire meal “buttery”. This recipe was another win for me, at 36 years old and still fairly new to cooking anything outside of the very basics. Thank you so much!!!

  187. Carol says

    Hi!

    These look amazing! I will be trying them tonight.

    I was wondering what I could replace cumin with, not a big fan. Can I use fresh cilantro or ground coriander? And would adding oregano throw it off?

    Thanks!

  188. alex guevara says

    Hey i am having trouble with the vegetable stock part!
    Is it just like chicken broth cubes? Do i find them at the store in the same aisle?

  189. Olga says

    This is an absolutely delicious recipe – I did not change a bit! However, since my stomach is used to having stuffed peppers with sour cream, i put a dollop on top of each pepper-half – and boy, was it phenomenal! My husband, the BBQ lover, devoured 4 halves)) Thank you!

    • Krystle says

      I have frozen the filling on its own before and it was fine. I defrosted it overnight in the fridge then stuffed fresh peppers and roasted as normal. It turned out fine. :)

  190. Elizabeth says

    These were awesome and sooo easy! I didn’t realize I was out of quinoa so I substituted lentils (and cooked them the same way you did) and the peppers were a huge hit for my family. I served ours topped with red onions, avocado, and pico. I will definitely be making these again and am already excited for leftovers tonight. Thank you for the recipe!

  191. Grace says

    I’m 2 for 2 with MB recipes this weekend (second was Grillable BBQ Veggie Burgers- yum!) and this one was a big hit too! Instead of the cilantro dressing, I added Daiya shredded cheese on top and that gave it the finishing creamy component. Not only were the flavors spot on, but the presentation was amazing! I think the filling itself would make a great meal, if you’re short on time and opting for a “bowl” entree. Thanks for another great recipe!

  192. Jordyn Price says

    Made this tonight for dinner and it was inhaled by my husband! So delicious….. I actually added the cilantro to the mixture before I cooked the peppers and it was awesome. Thanks for the blog!