Vegetarian Quinoa Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Vegetarian Quinoa Mexican Stuffed Peppers
Ryan and I love peppers. They are one of those things that are always on the grocery list, along with ice cream :)

I really like that this recipe is vegetarian – we’re not huge meat eaters. Don’t get me wrong, I like a nice burger or a grilled piece of chicken, but we typically have a meat based dish only one or twice a week.

Vegetarian Quinoa Mexican Stuffed Peppers
But quinoa is a different story – I could probably eat quinoa is various forms everyday, I even saw some quinoa cookies on Pinterest the other day!

Vegetarian Quinoa Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Vegetarian Quinoa Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6 stuffed peppers


  • 6 medium-sized bell peppers (your choice of color)
  • 2 & 1/2 cups cooked quinoa (cook according to package instructions)
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (15oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 & 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, optional for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Start by preparing the peppers. Slice the top off each pepper about 1? from the stem end, then remove any seeds or ribs left inside. If any of the peppers are a little crooked, slice a little off the bottom until they stand up straight. Arrange the peppers cut side up in a baking dish, and set aside.
  3. Next, make the filling. In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, heat the canola oil.
  4. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 5-7 minutes or until soft.
  5. Stir in the quinoa, beans, corn, tomato puree, chili powder and cumin, and continue cooking for 5 minutes or until everything is heated through.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro.
  7. Spoon the quinoa mixture into the peppers, making sure not to pack too tightly.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until peppers are tender.
  9. If you'd like to add cheese: sprinkle the tops with cheese and bake for 5 more minutes.
  10. Serve right away.

Note: 1 cup of uncooked quinoa equals 3 cups of cooked quinoa, so use about 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa to make 2 & 1/2 cups cooked quinoa.

Recipe adapted from Crumb Blog.

Vegetarian Quinoa Mexican Stuffed Peppers
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22 Responses to “Vegetarian Quinoa Mexican Stuffed Peppers”

  1. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — January 26, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Quinoa has to be hands down one of my favorite things to eat! This looks perfect!

    • The First Year Blog — January 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Yeah girl! Come over and lets eat quinoa!

  2. Sami — January 26, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Looks great! I love stuffed peppers and I really love that you made a healthy recipe!

  3. Kristin KH — January 26, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I’m addicted to checking out every recipe with quinoa, but I’ve still never had it! When I do, I’ll have so many recipes and my family will be eating it for months! Quinoa is such a super food and this recipe sounds delicious and heathy! We’d love for you to link it up at Tips and Tricks Tuesday – we all link up there to spread healthy living advice and seek out some new tips and healthy recipes! Would love for you to stop by!

  4. Robyn — January 27, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Great looking pepper, Beth. Every time I see an appetizing picture at a link party and click on it, it leads me to your blog! You’re definitely doing it right, lol. Love this recipe.

    • The First Year Blog — January 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      Oh gosh Robyn! I think I need to print out your kind comment and put it on my bathroom mirror!

  5. Sarah — January 27, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Sounds delicious! I am not much of a meat eater either, thanks for the recipe.

  6. jacquiodell — January 28, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I have a friend that’s a Vegetarian. I am going to share this. I would love to have you hop over and share with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday! (

  7. Kelly — January 28, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    This looks delicious Beth! We love peppers and stuffing them with quinoa and all these mexican flavors sounds amazing :)

  8. Jessica — January 28, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    These look so yummy I think I’ll make them this weekend!

  9. cocinadecella — January 30, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Wow, these look great! I just made a Mexican quinoa ( but it is very different from yours. I love your flavor combo — will have to try sometime!

  10. Joyce @ It's Your Life — January 30, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Looks good, pinned to my quinoa board.

  11. Megan @ Our Pinteresting Family — January 31, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Yum! Great recipe. I’m definitely pinning this. :)

  12. I love quinoa, but am never sure how to cook it. What a great idea to put it in peppers. I’m going to pin this so I can try it some night for dinner. Thanks for the recipe. I found the link on the Link Party Palooza on Lil’ Luna.

    • The First Year Blog — February 1, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Hi Carrie! We are so happy to have you along for the ride! Thanks for letting us know where you are coming from :-)

  13. Francesca — February 7, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Just made these tonight and they were a hit! Thanks!

    • The First Year Blog — February 7, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      I wish I could have been there for dinner!

  14. — February 8, 2014 at 1:34 am

    These look AWESOME and fun!

  15. Natalie - Paper and Birch — February 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    These look incredible Beth! Definitely going to have to add them to our menu this week :)

  16. Cathy Compeau — March 5, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific weekend!


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