Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Quinoa and Black Bean Stuffed Bell Peppers

Hello, jumbo bell peppers.  I don’t remember the last time I had a stuffed pepper.  Well, until these, at least.

I just ran across these while at our local farmer’s market.  I had been sort-of craving stuffed peppers for a while so when I saw these, I couldn’t help but grab them, knowing that I was going to have my way with them.  My vegetarian way.  With quinoa, and black beans, and my love for Mexican flavor.

Don’t worry, it’s all here, stirred together and stuffed into these cute little-big pepper cups.  You’re gonna love.  We certainly did, even though I couldn’t even eat a whole one.  So filling, so delicious, so easy and (dare I say it?) So healthy.

And I’m so thrilled to be posting at All Day I Dream About Food today.  I love Carolyn’s site and I know you will too.  So go get the recipe at All Day I Dream About Food.

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Black Bean and Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Yield: 4 small peppers; 8 large peppers

Total Time: 40 minutes


4 large bell peppers, tops cut off; seeds and membrane removed
1 (15-ounce) can corn, drained
1 cup quinoa 2 cups veggie broth
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tsp. dried cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. sweet paprika
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. salt, more or less to taste
1 small red pepper, diced
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (4-ounce) can diced green chilies, drained
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


Cook quinoa according to package directions using veggie broth in place of water.

While the quinoa cooks, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the corn and allow it to brown evenly, watching carefully so as not to burn it. Spoon into a bowl and set aside.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat the olive oil in the skillet. Cook the onions and garlic until they are fragrant and begin to soften. Add the diced red pepper, two tablespoons cilantro, cumin, oregano and paprika, salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Stir in the black beans, tomatoes, green chilies, cooked quinoa, and lime juice and remove from heat.

Place the peppers into a deep baking dish and divide the filling evenly between the bell peppers. Top each with the cheese and remaining cilantro. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until the cheese is browned and the peppers are tender.


33 Responses to “Quinoa and Black Bean Stuffed Bell Peppers”

  1. #
    Kathryn — April 18, 2012 @ 6:20 am

    These look delicious – what a perfect (and healthy!) evening meal!

  2. #
    Liz — April 18, 2012 @ 6:20 am

    Healthy, beautiful and delicious!!! Can’t beat that, Cassie!

  3. #
    katie — April 18, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    Love this idea. I want to give this a try asap!

  4. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — April 18, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    I love stuffed peppers! Heading over to check out the recipe right this second. 🙂

  5. #
    Bev Weidner — April 18, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    OOOO OO OO O O O O so, so in love!

  6. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — April 18, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    wow, these look so good! they’re so healthy and i’ve been looking for a stuffed peppers dish like this, perfect Cassie!

  7. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — April 18, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    I love stuffed peppers, there’s so many options and different directions you can go with them that they just never get old!

  8. #
    Loveforfood — April 18, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    Beautiful combination of colors, textures and flavors in this recipe

  9. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 18, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    That mixture inside the peppers looks fabulous!

  10. #
    Stephanie — April 18, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    Yummy, Cassie! I do a quinoa stuffed pepper that is very similar to this. It is so delicious. I love quinoa!

  11. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — April 18, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    What a healthy and hearty recipe!

  12. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — April 18, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    i loooove stuffed peppers but i rarely eat them anymore since my husband is a pepper-hater. will have to change that soon – i’m craving them now that i’ve seen these!

  13. #
    Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef — April 18, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    I could eat these all day long!

  14. #
    Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) — April 18, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    I made something super similar awhile back! Great minds think alike!

  15. #
    Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut — April 18, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    Um these look amazing! Probably going on my Friday Five Foodie Finds!!

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  16. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — April 18, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

    Gorgeous! Perfect meal for healthy eating but want some comfort food 🙂

  17. #
    Tracey — April 18, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    These are so pretty!! I am not a pepper fan, but I love the idea for the filling 🙂

  18. #
    Tina@flourtrader — April 18, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    I do enjoy stuffed peppers and the fact that you have managed ato come up with a southwestern style filling tells me that this is a winner. Healthy and flavorful ingredients-yum! Very creative use of quinoa, wish I had thought of this. Great post.

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    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — April 18, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    This looks sooo good! It has been awhile since I had stuffed peppers too. I love how you made these with quinoa and black beans. Going to check out this recipe now! 🙂

  20. #
    Cookin' Cowgirl — April 19, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Love love love love LOVE!!!

  21. #
    Deborah — April 19, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    It’s been a long time since I’ve had a stuffed bell pepper. I love that you stuffed these with quinoa!!

  22. #
    nicole {sweet peony} — April 19, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    Beautiful stuffed peppers! They sound fantastic too! 🙂 Really need to try these out! Thanks, Cassie! xo

  23. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — April 19, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    LOVE stuffed bell peppers, never thought to stuff with quinoa!! Yum!

  24. #
    Melanie @ Nutritious Eats — April 19, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    I was just talking about stuffed peppers the other day and how it seemed to be a very popular 80s dish! I love this version over the rice/meat one. The perfect healthy meal!

  25. #
    Asmita — April 19, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    This looks so delicious! So healthy and tasty!

  26. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 24, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    I love stuffed bell peppers! This is a great idea to put the quinoa in my pantry to use!

    • Cassie replied: — April 24th, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

      Thanks, Laura, I hope you like the recipe!

  27. #
    shruti — April 27, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    this looks so healthy…i love bell peppers

    • Cassie replied: — April 27th, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

      Thanks Shruti!

  28. #
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