Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa

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Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa – a delicious, healthy, and quick meal my whole family enjoyed (I was pleasantly surprised that the kids ate these happily and quickly!)

One of my favorite vegetables is red bell peppers! Which is weird because I didn’t start liking them until I got married. I always remember my Dad eating them growing up and NOT wanting to try them. Once I got married my husband bought bell peppers to go on top of our salads and to my surprise I loved them!

I have seen several recipes for stuffed bell peppers with quinoa online and never found one I’ve liked. I finally came up with my own version and love how they turned out. The kids even ate these. I was shocked!

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa - a delicious, healthy, and quick meal my whole family enjoyed (I was pleasantly surprised that the kids ate these happily and quickly!)

This is very easy to put together with a little sautéing….

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa - a delicious, healthy, and quick meal my whole family enjoyed (I was pleasantly surprised that the kids ate these happily and quickly!)

… and then filling the peppers…

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa - a delicious, healthy, and quick meal my whole family enjoyed (I was pleasantly surprised that the kids ate these happily and quickly!)

…. topping them with cheese….

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa - a delicious, healthy, and quick meal my whole family enjoyed (I was pleasantly surprised that the kids ate these happily and quickly!)

… and getting them in the oven for a short bit to cook the peppers and melt the cheese.

Seriously! Such an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will enjoy!

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa - a delicious, healthy, and quick meal my whole family enjoyed (I was pleasantly surprised that the kids ate these happily and quickly!)

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa {healthy + delicious}

Ingredients:

  • 4 bell peppers halfed length wise, ribs removed
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 pound grown turkey or ground beef
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 14 oz can fire roasted tomatoes plain is fine too
  • 1 7oz can diced green chili
  • 1 14 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 TB taco seasoning
  • 1/2 TB cumin
  • 1/2 TB olive oil
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella shredded cheese
  • 3/4 cup water

Directions:

1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Add onion and cook until translucent ( about 3 minutes). Add in meat and cook until browned. Drain any excess grease.
2. Add in black beans, tomatoes, green chilies, water, quinoa, cumin, taco seasoning, salt and pepper if desired. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium/low and simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa is done.
3. Heat oven to 375. Place peppers in 13 x 9 baking dish. Spoon in filling and top with grated cheese. Cover pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
4. Remove from oven and serve with sour cream or salsa (optional). Enjoy!

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa - a delicious, healthy, and quick meal my whole family enjoyed (I was pleasantly surprised that the kids ate these happily and quickly!)

Enjoy!

If you like this easy, healthy dinner recipe, you’ll enjoy these too!

Post originally published October 29, 2012; republished with new images March 6, 2016. Below is an original photo from the original publish date.

Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa - a delicious, healthy, and quick meal my whole family enjoyed (I was pleasantly surprised that the kids ate these happily and quickly!)

 

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  1. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline posted on October 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm (#
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    yum! This look so good Jamielyn! I love stuffed peppers!

  2. Molly posted on October 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm (#
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    These look awesome! I am pinning this to try soon! :-)

  3. Karen @ Extraordinary BBQ posted on October 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm (#
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    Must be stuffed peppers day! We posted a recipe for smoking stuffed peppers on the grill today. But, I love the use of quinoa in your recipe. Definitely want to try that instead of rice next time!

  4. Jane S. posted on October 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm (#
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    This looks really good! I’m going to make it for my daughter, minus the turkey since she’s not fond of meat.

  5. Angie posted on October 30, 2012 at 9:39 am (#
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    Perfect timing! Stuffed peppers with quinoa were on my menu for this week and I was needing to research and find a recipe. Fortunately, your recipe came right to my email so my work is done. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks!!

  6. Laura @ Make Life Lovely posted on October 30, 2012 at 11:00 am (#
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    Wow, these look so delicious and healthy! Can’t wait to make them :)

  7. mandy posted on October 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm (#
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    where can I find quinoa in the stores…with the rice or pasta?

    • Jamielyn posted on October 31, 2012 at 10:47 am (#
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      Hi Mandy! I found mine at Sprouts or Costco near the grains. Hope that helps!

  8. HungryLittleGirl posted on October 31, 2012 at 2:33 pm (#
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    Healthy and delicious is what I love!
    I would also love to have you share this (or any other of your recipes) at Wednesday Extravaganza – my Foodie Link Party, and maybe claim a spot on my Wall of Fame. Here is the link:
    http://www.hungrylittlegirl.com/1/post/2012/10/october-31st-2012.html

    Can’t wait to see you there!

  9. Karen posted on November 1, 2012 at 7:03 am (#
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    Hey Jamielyn, I am just getting ready to make the red peppers stuffed with quinoa…..the beans were left out in the instructions as far as ai can tell…when are they added…and is the entire can of beans used….thanks for the great website…I have enjoyed making so many of your craft ideas and recipes…KCW

  10. Michele bernard posted on March 23, 2013 at 7:49 pm (#
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    I had friends over . Everyone loved this. Very easy , healthy and good

    • Jamielyn posted on March 23, 2013 at 8:56 pm (#
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      So glad you enjoyed them! I appreciate your comment. Have a great weekend! :D

  11. Heidi posted on January 12, 2014 at 10:23 pm (#
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    I am new to the eating quinoa world, do you cook it first?

    • Jamielyn posted on January 30, 2014 at 9:32 pm (#
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      Hi Heidi! Yes, you cook it first…make sure to follow the package directions. :) Hope you enjoy this recipe!!

      • Cindy posted on September 8, 2014 at 12:53 am (#
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        Recipe sounds like the quinoa is cooked in the turkey/bean mixture. I cooked mine separately. 1 part quinoa, 2 parts water. I love this stuffed peppers recipe!

  12. Amber posted on August 6, 2014 at 7:52 am (#
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    Just made these and they were delicious!!!!!! So good- thank you for the recipe!!! I have some leftovers- do you think if I froze the leftover stuffed peppers they’d be ok to reheat later on??  Thanks again!!!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm (#
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      I’m so glad you liked them Amber! I haven’t tried freezing them, but I think it would change the texture of the peppers a little!

  13. Cindy posted on September 8, 2014 at 12:48 am (#
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    Made this recipe today, instead of turkey, I used soy ground “beef” to make it veggie friendly. It was really good! I will make it again, next time with turkey for the non-vegertarian family. The recipe says to bake in over for 40 minutes, but for me, the peppers were perfect at about 30-35 minutes. I think 40 minutes in the oven would overcook the peppers. Also, I would recommend listing the ingredients on this recipe in order in which the recipe calls them for.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 20, 2014 at 10:51 pm (#
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      I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe Cindy! Thanks for sharing your cooking times, everyones ovens are different so it helps to hear what works for you!

  14. Cristina posted on November 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm (#
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    Hi there!

    I have a question. I’ve never used canned green chilis before … if you want a spicier alternative, would some chopped pickled jalapeno do?

    Also, if I fire roast my own tomato and chop it up, would that work too? I’m cooking for one so I don’t need a whole can of both the tomatoes and the chilies, not to mention I try to avoid as many canned/pre-prepared items as possible in my recipes. I guess my only concern is that if I’m not using the canned items, it won’t come out moist enough.

    Hope to hear back from you before cooking tonight!

    • Jamielyn posted on November 20, 2014 at 9:13 pm (#
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      Hi Cristina! I haven’t tried substituting fresh ingredients for the canned ones, but I think it would work just fine! :)

  15. Robin posted on April 30, 2015 at 12:50 pm (#
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    Loved the bell pepper recipe with quinoa and ground turkey! I would like to find out servings and nutritional info so that I can calculate Weight watchers points.

    Thanks for any help you can give me. Family loved it!
    Robin

    • Jamielyn posted on April 30, 2015 at 11:02 pm (#
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      Hi Robin! I’m so glad you liked these stuffed bell peppers! I don’t have the nutritional information, but there are some great websites to help you figure that out! :)

  16. Heli posted on May 28, 2015 at 1:54 pm (#
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    Do you have the nutritional value on this?  I’m looking for calories to be specific

    • Jamielyn posted on June 4, 2015 at 12:30 am (#
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      Hi! I’m sorry but I don’t have the nutritional value. There are some great websites out there to help you figure that out! :)

  17. Penny posted on September 3, 2015 at 12:16 pm (#
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    Question: Do you cover the top of the bellpeppers with the aluminum foil? 

    • Laura Capello posted on September 8, 2015 at 5:56 pm (#
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      Yes! You fill the peppers in the pan, then cover the whole pan with foil before baking. :)

  18. Colleen posted on September 13, 2015 at 7:21 pm (#
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    Made this today exactly as written. It is seriously delicious! Wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you for the awesome recipe!

  19. Myke posted on October 12, 2015 at 12:34 pm (#
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    Looks delicious! I’m making these tonight. Quick question…do I drain and rinse the canned tomatoes or cook with the juices? Thanks! 

    • Laura Capello posted on October 13, 2015 at 7:21 am (#
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      Do not drain! :) The juices make part of the cooking liquid to cook the quiona. :)

  20. Abby posted on December 1, 2015 at 3:22 pm (#
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    I am obsessed with these stuffed peppers. I made them on Sunday night and have been eating them for lunch and dinner ever since. I would probably eat them for breakfast too if I wasn’t trying to make them last the whole week! They’re so flavorful, and filling, and delicious! Thank you so much for the amazing recipe. I followed the recipe exactly and used grass fed beef. I added a little salt to the onions and a little more when I added the beef. Also, I used organic Mexican blend cheese instead of mozz. I also made a chipotle hummus and have been dolloping a bit on top to eat with these – it’s an amazing combo! (chickpeas, salt, olive oil, a chipotle pepper in adobo plus a tsp or 2 of the adobo sauce from the can!) Thanks again for this great recipe – I’ll be making these all the time from now on!!

  21. Claudia Sutherland posted on February 23, 2016 at 4:37 pm (#
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    So many recipes for stuffed peppers and this is one of my favorites.  It is so easy to put together, and really tasty.  I am not a real fan of quinoa, so will try brown rice next time.  Also very nice warmed up next day.

  22. Sophie posted on March 4, 2016 at 11:52 am (#
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    I love stuffed peppers and these look super yummy! I need to get this recipe pinned so I can make this asap.

    Sophie x | Essential Twenty

  23. Kathleen posted on March 4, 2016 at 3:10 pm (#
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    Can’t wait to try these! Love meatless entres!

  24. Paige posted on March 4, 2016 at 3:18 pm (#
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    These peppers look so delicious! I wish I had one for lunch right now!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  25. Rach's Recipes posted on March 8, 2016 at 2:10 am (#
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    Right on, I’m a fan of stuffed bell peppers too – they’re just so versatile! I made your recipe last night and loved it! I modified it a little to make it more Mexican. The toppings I used included sliced avocados, lime juice, hot sauce, cilantro, red onion, red salsa, and cilantro dressing. Turned out excellent too!

  26. Lucy posted on March 17, 2016 at 11:59 pm (#
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    good recipe. :D Thanks Jamielyn. can’t wait to try it at weekend

  27. Jeanne posted on April 4, 2016 at 11:24 pm (#
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    I made the stuffed peppers for dinner tonight. They are delicious! Definitely a “have again”.