Mexican Stuffed Peppers [Vegetarian + Gluten Free]

Mexican Stuffed Peppers - Vegetarian and Gluten Free | almost getting it together

“Sorry, I was having a stuffed pepper photo shoot.” -Me, on a Saturday night, because I am completely wasting my last weeks of being 25. JK the first half of February was not a waste and I spent the last two recouping and preparing for more trips. But still, I was photographing stuffed peppers on a Saturday night.

Mexican Stuffed Peppers - Vegetarian and Gluten Free | almost getting it together

My big exciting Saturday night – photographing stuffed peppers.

Remember when I used to be crazy and go to raves in Milan and dance on stage and tables and wake up hungover and eat biscuits? Yeah, I do remember those days and that past lifetime. Now I’m too tried from waking up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday to run 14 miles to stay up much past 10:30.

Mexican Stuffed Peppers - Vegetarian and Gluten Free | almost getting it together

I used to hate stuffed peppers when I was young… also another example of how dumb I was.

I have become the surrogate parent of a Canon EOS 7D so playing with this camera was kind of a treat and something I had been looking forward to all day. Cameras are hard, yo. Luckily I have a pro photographer on speed-dial (remember when that was a thing?) so you’re about to get way better photos and more recipes. Lucky you.

Mexican Stuffed Peppers - Vegetarian and Gluten Free | almost getting it together

Mexican perfection.

These peppers are stupid easy to make. I hadn’t originally planned on making these with the Stubbs marinade sauce but I saw it in the fridge and am I ever glad I added it. I couldn’t stop thinking about how excited I was to come home and eat these for dinner on Monday night because we all know things like this are even better a couple days after. With 15 grams of protein, these are a great Meatless Monday or Lenten meal, if you do that kind of thing. (I’m a terrible Catholic and do not… whoops.)

If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday or great meatless options for Lent, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

Mexican Stuffed Peppers [Vegetarian + Gluten Free]
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Recipe type: Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 bell peppers
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup Stubbs green chile sauce
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ⅓ cup + 2 tbsp shredded Cabot Pepperjack Cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut top off peppers and cut out weird seedy inside.
  3. Place peppers on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. While peppers are cooking, mix quinoa, black beans, Stubbs sauce and shredded cheese in a medium sized bowl.
  5. Take peppers out of oven and carefully stuff with quinoa + bean mixture. Don't burn yourself - I warned you to be careful.
  6. Top pepper mixture with additional 2 tbsp of cheese.
  7. Cover peppers with foil and bake for another 20 minutes.
  8. Uncover and bake for another 5 minutes until cheese begins to brown.
  9. Serve with your favorite hot sauce and sliced avocado.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 pepper Calories: 296 Fat: 7 g Saturated fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 43 g Sugar: 5 g Sodium: 376 mg Fiber: 11 g Protein: 15 g

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22 comments on “Mexican Stuffed Peppers [Vegetarian + Gluten Free]

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Tina Muir on March 2, 2015 6:15 am

Great minds think alike huh? We were both on the stuffed pepper train! Although I am hoping you will remember to add this to meatless monday silly billy :) I might even text you! They sound delicious, I LOVE mexican style food, and yes, so easy to make!
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Susie @ SuzLyfe on March 2, 2015 7:37 am

Haha, I was just about to say that Tina made stuffed peppers too, but she took care of that for me! I love stuffed peppers, love Mexican flavors, these are a winner!
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Ruthie@ShesWickedHealthy on March 2, 2015 8:57 am

I used to hate stuffed peppers too! Now, I make them once in a while and really enjoy them. I’m all about Mexican food and flavors, so these sound extra good!!
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Dietitian Jess on March 2, 2015 9:55 am

Stuffed peppers are one of my favs! I like a balance on weekends of being social at least 1 day and spending the rest of the time relaxing or getting things done. I feel like weekends become more and more go go go that I dont have enough down time anymore, sigh :(
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Meg Bollenback on March 2, 2015 10:00 am

I’m a huge fan of Stubbs brand! I love their BBQ sauces, but the green chili one here sounds fabulous. Good-looking recipe! Photography and cameras are hard, but kinda fun to play with, too. :)
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Selena @ The Nutritious Kitchen on March 2, 2015 10:11 am

I have yet to make stuffed peppers and you have no idea how badly I want to try them! Yours looks so comforting and cheesy and delicious. Also probably the most simple recipe I have seen yet! Totally trying ASAP!
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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on March 2, 2015 10:54 am

We are on the same wavelength- I sauteed chicken with green chile sauce and cheese last night to top ‘mexican’ salads. This sounds SO GOOD and I have the bottom of a green chile jar to take care of. I hope I have enough peppers to make these beauties happen soon!
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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on March 2, 2015 11:25 am

I remember speed dial. And staying out until all hours of the night on the weekends. I don’t remember ever eating stuffed peppers, though, which I should probably change because apparently I’m missing out. And congrats on the new camera! That’s the one I use and I freaking LOVE it.
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Ang @ Nutty for Life on March 2, 2015 11:35 am

I haven’t had stuffed peppers in a looooong time and interestingly I have two peppers sitting in my fridge right now. Maybe I’ll make some! I’m finicky with peppers though. Gotta be in a mood.
It’s in.sane. how much difference a good camera makes. ugh.
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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on March 2, 2015 11:50 am

Yay for vegetarian stuffed peppers! The use of that green chile sauce is an awesome idea!
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Shannon Peterson on March 2, 2015 12:16 pm

Yum! We love making stuffed peppers and will definitely have to try your version!
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Kay @ Kay Bueno on March 2, 2015 12:24 pm

I was just gonna ask if this was with the new camera. Looks delicious. Feed me always.
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Jess @hellotofit on March 2, 2015 12:51 pm

Yum, these look so delicious! I like having a balanced weekend of both social and me-time stuff :) makes me feel extra-accomplished. Although lately, there’s been a lot of R&R at home (winter weather, hehe) and I don’t mind it!
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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on March 2, 2015 1:12 pm

Mmm this sounds yummy!! I need to share this with Josh!
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Kristine on March 2, 2015 2:27 pm

Legit used to party my face off on weekends. Now my boyfriend and I are all DVR. Wine. Homemade Pizza. RAGING FRIDAY NIGHT. Saturdays we go out for dinners/drinks/etc with friends but I LOVE not being hungover on weekends (unless there’s an occasion that calls for it!) Also these look amazing and I must make them.
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Shashi at RunninSrilankan on March 2, 2015 2:29 pm

Oooh – stuffed peppers with quinoa – yum!
And, congrats on becoming a surrogate for that Canon – that’s an awesome camera!

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Pragati // Simple Medicine on March 2, 2015 3:29 pm

Your pictures are making me hungry. Anything with cheese can’t be wrong. I totally agree about cameras being hard. I’m STILL trying to figure mine out. I am thinking about switching to Canon (currently I use a Sony Nex). I should also consider investing in some photography classes.
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Ha I often spend my weekends photographing food as well! I think I need a real camera. Food pics are really hard huh? Thanks for sharing this I love quinoa especially with a Mexican twist.
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Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club on March 2, 2015 7:05 pm

I made something similar and they were to DIE FOR!!
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Sarah on March 2, 2015 8:42 pm

Delicious! Great minds think alike (you and Tina!). Stuffed peppers are one of my favorites!
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Lexi on March 2, 2015 8:50 pm

oh my gosh! these look so good. thanks for sharing the recipe!
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Arman @ thebigmansworld on March 3, 2015 10:09 pm

Oh yum! I need this now!
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