The Best Stuffed Peppers

How do you feel about stuffed peppers? If you’re on the fence I can absolutely tell you these are The Best Stuffed Peppers!

I was converted years ago by a Heidi Swanson recipe that used quinoa, corn, and feta cheese as the stuffing – so good! Here’s a link to Heidi Swanson’s cookbooks as they’re so wonderful! Today I have taken a leaf out of the Minimalist Baker’s recipe and tried to create a Mexican vibe. They’re fantastic. Plenty of toppings are essential.

a bowl of quinoa

The health benefits of Quinoa

  • Quinoa is a nutrient-rich whole grain that has gained popularity for its numerous health benefits. Here are some of the key health benefits of quinoa:
  • Rich in Nutrients: Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids. It also provides a good source of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, and B-vitamins.
  • High in Fiber: Quinoa is an excellent source of dietary fiber, which is important for digestive health. Fiber helps regulate bowel movements, prevent constipation, and may contribute to weight management by promoting a feeling of fullness.
  • Gluten-Free: Quinoa is naturally gluten-free, making it a suitable option for individuals with gluten intolerance or those with celiac disease.
  • Antioxidant Properties: Quinoa contains various antioxidants, such as flavonoids and polyphenols, which help neutralize free radicals in the body. Antioxidants play a role in protecting cells from oxidative stress and inflammation.
  • Heart Health: The high fiber and protein content of quinoa may contribute to heart health by helping to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Additionally, quinoa contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
  • Blood Sugar Control: Quinoa has a low glycemic index, which means it has a minimal impact on blood sugar levels. This can be beneficial for individuals with diabetes or those looking to manage their blood sugar levels.
  • Weight Management: The combination of protein and fiber in quinoa can contribute to satiety, helping people feel full for longer periods and potentially aiding in weight management.
  • Bone Health: Quinoa is a good source of magnesium, which is essential for bone health. Magnesium, along with other minerals like phosphorus and calcium, plays a role in maintaining strong and healthy bones.
  • Aids in Tissue Repair and Growth: Quinoa’s protein content is particularly beneficial for tissue repair and growth, making it a valuable food for athletes, vegetarians, and individuals with increased protein needs.
  • Easy to Incorporate into Diets: Quinoa is versatile and can be easily incorporated into various dishes, including salads, soups, casseroles, and as a side dish. Its mild flavor makes it adaptable to different culinary styles.

Toppings for The Best Stuffed Peppers!

  • avocado
  • diced red onion
  • tomato
  • a good shake of hot sauce – here’s my favorite
  • squeeze of lime juice
  • a good dollop of oil-free mayo

The Best Stuffed Peppers are so flavorful and delicious AND are so good for you. One of the cornerstones of a plant-based diet is offering enough flavor and texture as well as protein to fill you up. The combination of beans and quinoa provides plenty of protein and all the aforementioned do the rest of the job.

The Best Stuffed Peppers!

I also LOVE that salsa is used in the filling – another great flavor boost. I wish I could claim this perfect recipe as my own but I absolutely can’t, it is all the Minimalist Baker’s genius.

Don’t forget to Pin The Best Stuffed Peppers for later!


The Best Stuffed Peppers!

A deliciously protein packed dish.

  • Author: Mary Callan



  • 4 peppers, cut in half and cleaned up
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable stock
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1, 15oz can of black beans
  • 1, 15 oz can corn
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup good quality salsa
  • Grinding of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • [b]For the toppings[/b]
  • Slices of avocado
  • Diced red onion and tomato
  • Parsley or Cilantro
  • Squeeze of lime juice


  1. Pre heat the oven to 375F
  2. Cook the quinoa to the packets specifications.
  3. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients except the toppings.
  4. When the quinoa is cooked, add it to the other ingredients and combine well.
  5. Cut the peppers in half length ways and brush lightly with vegetables stock.
  6. Fill the peppers with the quinoa mixture, place on a baking tray or dish, cover with aluminum foil and place in the oven.
  7. Bake for approximately 50 minutes or until cooked through. If you would like the filling a little more crunchy remove the foil and cook for another 10 minutes.
  8. Serve with toppings while warm.

Did you make this recipe?

Share a photo and tag us — we can’t wait to see what you’ve made!

Looking for other Quinoa Recipes? You’ll love these!

Superfood Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Chili

Quinoa Everything Salad

Quinoa Everything Salad