Mouth watering, super flavourful, Mexican stuffed peppers with quinoa, corn and black beans, and topped with delicious walnut cheese sauce.
Okay, I’m ridiculously excited to share this one with you guys. I make stuffed peppers often, typically an Italian style stuffed pepper. This time, I’ve got Mexican stuffed peppers for you that are absolute perfection!
Yes, I know that’s a bold statement. But I mean it, wholeheartedly. 🙂 Try it, trust me, you won’t regret it. And don’t skimp out, make the walnut cheese sauce too, because O-M-G it’s incredible.
What goes in to a Mexican stuffed pepper?
In this case I’m using 8 ingredients to stuff my peppers.
- quinoa, but you may use rice if preferred
- thawed frozen corn, for convenience
- canned black beans, also convenience 😉
- chunky SALSA!
- smoked paprika
- chili powder
- salt + pepper
The combination of seasoning here is truly perfect to enhance the Mexican flavours. As you may have noticed, I’m not using any oil, or refined ingredients, making these stuffed peppers a wholesome choice. Plus, they’re gluten free and vegan, suitable for all types of eaters.
Don’t let the fact that these are vegan fool you into believing they are anything but satisfying. These stuffed peppers are omnivore and husband approved. They’re filling, delicious, and well rounded, providing tons of protein and nutrients.
How do you make Mexican stuffed peppers?
Start off by cooking your quinoa or rice.
While that’s cooking, cut your peppers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.
To your cooked quinoa, add the black beans, corn, and salsa and all the seasoning and mix well.
Then sprinkle salt and pepper on the insides of your pepper halves and generously stuff them with the filling. Cover your dish in foil and bake in your preheated oven for 40 minutes, then remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.
While the peppers are baking, prepare your walnut cheese sauce if using. I highly, highly recommend you use this sauce! It’s SO simple to make, only requires a few basic ingredients and is ready in about 5 minutes. It adds such a delicious richness and another boost of protein from the walnuts.
If you’re avoiding nuts, you may try this nut free Easy Vegan Cheese Sauce instead.
Or you may top with Guacamole. Of course, don’t forget the fresh cilantro! (Unless you belong to the cilantro tastes like soap club.)
Hope you enjoy these incredible stuffed peppers! I truly have no doubt that you will. 🙂 As always, please drop a comment below to let me know what you think.
For more stuffed pepper recipes, check out some of these.
- Italian Stuffed Peppers with Tomato Sauce
- Quinoa Stuffed Peppers [V & GF]
- Instant Pot Unstuffed Peppers [V+GF] (not stuffed, but still incredible)
- Vegan Stuffed Peppers with Rice
- 9"x13" Baking Dish (or similar)
- 4 large bell peppers in any colour cut in half lengthwise and seeds removed
- 1 cup quinoa rinsed & drained
- 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- 15 oz can black beans
- 1 cup frozen corn thawed
- 1/2 cup medium chunky salsa or your favourite salsa
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- salt + pepper to taste
- Walnut Cheese Sauce for garnish
- chopped cilantro
- sliced avocado
- Add the quinoa and broth to a medium sauce pot and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer until water is absorbed, approx 15 minutes. Stir often towards the end of cooking time to prevent sticking. Remove from heat and add the black beans, corn, salsa and all the seasoning. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
- Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a 9"x13" baking dish with parchment paper. Arrange the halved peppers, cut side up in the dish and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
- Divide the mixture among your eight pepper halves, then cover the dish with foil and bake in your preheated oven for 40 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.
- While the peppers are baking, prepare the walnut cheese sauce, by following these directions. Then serve your peppers drizzled with the cheese sauce, and a sprinkle of cilantro, if desired.