These are quite simply the best Best Easy Quinoa Stuffed Peppers of All Time! Simple to make, delicious and nutritious, you will find yourself making this dish time and again. This is a great make ahead weeknight meal.
Like I was talking about last time, I am all about easy meals these days. Sure, I'd love to be able linger in the kitchen, but right now I'm lucky to be getting dinner made at all. (Thanks to the nap boycott-er. Good thing she's cute. :))
In addition to casseroles, I'm loving any dish I can put together ahead of time.
These Quinoa Stuffed Peppers, which are brought to us by Chung-Ah Ree from Damn Delicious, are a perfect example. (By the way, you must check out her blog - her recipes are simply amazing!)
I typically will meal prep on the weekends, so I most always have cooked quinoa on hand. That makes putting this Quinoa Stuffed Peppers together a snap! In less than ten minutes of hands on time, I can have dinner ready to go in the oven and be looking forward to snuggles with my girl.
One thing that I love about stuffed peppers, is that there are so many ways that you can switch things up with them. Make sure that you check my variations at the bottom of the recipe card if you want to mix things up a bit. That way, you can enjoy this recipe every week without ever getting bored.
Frequently Asked Questions for Quinoa Stuffed Peppers:
- How Long Do You Put Stuffed Peppers in the Oven?
Depending on the size of the peppers and your personal preference as to how tender you would like them to be, you should cook stuffed peppers for between 25 and 30 minutes.
- Do You Cook Stuffed Peppers Covered or Uncovered?
There is no need to cover stuffed peppers when you cook them, especially if you are putting cheese on top of them.
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Tools for Making Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
- 6 bell peppers tops cut, stemmed and seeded
- 3 cups cooked quinoa
- 4 ounces green chiles (from a can)
- 1 cup corn kernels thawed
- 1/2 cup cooked black beans drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup petite diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese shredded
- 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbled
- 3 tablespoons cilantro leaves chopped fresh
- 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
- Cut the top of the bell peppers. Remove the stem and carefully seed the peppers, leaving the rest of the pepper intact.
- Line a 13 x 9 baking dish with parchment paper. (You can also use a baking sheet.)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- 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 quinoa mixture into 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.
Variations for this Quinoa Stuffed Peppers Recipe
- Use 1/2 cup taco sauce in place of the diced tomatoes and 1 tablespoon of taco season in place of the cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder. Use cheddar cheese in place of the feta.
- To Make Quinoa and Beef Stuffed Peppers, sauté 8 ounces ground beef and add it to the quinoa mixture. You could do the same with turkey to make quinoa turkey stuffed peppers.
- Add 1 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken, 1/2 cup tomatillo salsa in place of the diced tomatoes, and replace the cheese with shredded mozzarella.
For an extra kick add a diced jalapeño or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes.
- For a different flavor twist, try broiling the peppers before filling them. This brings out their flavors. To do this, Broil for about 8 minutes until they are charred. Cover and let them stand for 10 minutes before peeling and discarding the skins.
Tips for Making Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa
- Red bell peppers tend to be more expensive than green peppers. If you are trying to stay on a budget, I would recommend using green peppers.
- Smaller bell peppers that are square and have a flat bottle will stand up better and are easier to work with.
If You Like These Quinoa Stuffed Red Peppers You May Also Like:
- Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers
- Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini
- Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes
- How to Cook Quinoa
- How to Cook Quinoa in a Rice Cooker
Other Stuffed Peppers to Try:
- Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers with Lentils from Killing Thyme
- Black Bean Stuffed Peppers from Belle of the Kitchen