Best Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Best vegetarian stuffed peppersThese are the best vegetarian stuffed peppers and they’re really easy to make. This recipe is vegan and of course gluten free! If you cook the quinoa the day before, this delicious feast will only take minutes to put together.

Fry some garlic, chilli, finely chopped onion and plenty of cumin in a wok-type pan. Season with salt and cover to soften the onions.

Stuffing for peppers

Add black beans and oregano and finally the quinoa.

Taste the mix to check the seasoning. And then that’s the filling done, ready to stuff into the red peppers in preparation for cooking!

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So simple: so tasty.

Best Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

A delicious, quick and easy meal. Serve with tomato chilli sauce and garnish the plate with some young green leaves for colour.

15 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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    For serving 4 people:
  • 4 Medium sized red peppers
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Half a small red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 tin Fagoles or black beans
  • 1 small pan of cooked red quinoa
  • Olive oil (or other healthy oil such as coconut oil or avocado oil)
  • Cumin
  • Oregano


  1. Cook the quinoa as usual and set aside. You can cook it the day before and keep it in the fridge overnight.
  2. Heat a little olive in a large wok-type pan.
  3. Squeeze in the garlic and fry over a medium heat for a moment. Stir to make sure it doesn't burn and add the chopped chilli.
  4. Add 2 tbs cumin and fry for a moment before adding the chopped onion and oregano.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and stir. You want the onion to be sizzling but not too high or it will burn. After about 5 minutes, turn the heat down a little and cover the onions. Leave to cook gently for another 8 minutes or so.
  6. Meanwhile, wash the peppers thoroughly and make a cut all round the stem of the pepper so that you can lift the hat of from the pepper. When you've removed the hat, cut away the inner flesh and seeds that are attached to the hat so that it can sit back on the pepper for decoration.
  7. Pull out any of the pithy insides of the pepper so that you're left with just edible flesh.
  8. Back to the onions. Taste and check if they are cooked and also check the seasoning is OK. Add salt if necessary. When they're ready, add the tin of drained black beans or fagoles and fry for a further 5 minutes.
  9. Turn off the heat and add the cold quinoa to the mix.
  10. Next, all you have to do is carefully spoon the filling into each red pepper and sit them all in a supportive microwaveable bowl.
  11. At this point you've finished everything until just before you want to eat. Put the bowl into the microwave for about 10 minutes on high heat before serving.

Stuffed Peppers

Serve with a spicy homemade chili sauce to give extra kick.

Do you have a favourite stuffed pepper recipes to compete with this one? Share your suggestions in the comments section below . . .

4 Replies to “Best Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers”

  1. Hi. I am not vegetarian yet but looking into it and this post is a good start for me as you have it detailed pretty well. If and when i do decide is it best to just stop eating meat or do it gradually? the stuffed pepper recipe looks delicous something i am deffo going to try. Can you lose weight quicker by being a vegetarian as this is what i have been told. Thank you for the interesting post.
    1. Hi Sharon, 

      I hope you enjoy the vegetarian stuffed peppers - and if you decide to become vegetarian, I'd suggest you gradually include more vegetarian meals into your lifestyle, until you're so in love with those meals that it becomes easy to eat less and less meat. Don't look at it as giving something up but rather as gaining a new way of life.

      The question of whether you'll lose weight quicker will depend on your starting point. A properly balanced vegetarian diet can meet all your needs, so if you start out at your optimum body weight, you won't necessarily lose weight. But if your body is used to getting lots of refined sugar and fast food for example, then you'll probably notice some weight loss when you become vegetarian due to the healthy nature of the diet.

      Good luck with it!


  2. This looks a really delicious recipe and as we have a couple of celiacs in our family this could be a good addition to brighten up their meals. I have been reading about olive oil and it's 'smoke point' ie. when it starts to break down because of heating. Although it fairs well in the list of oil to use for cooking, the winners seem to be avocado oil and coconut oil. I will try your recipe with both of these oils to see if there is a difference in taste. I actually don't like avocados but the oil is very light and doesn't have much of a taste at all so ideal for delicate dishes. I will definitely be looking at your other gluten free meals, thanks for your efforts. Oh, I've just spotted a spicy cauliflower dish, must have a look at that!
    1. Hi Ches, So glad you like to sound of the vegetarian stuffed peppers - please let me know what you think once you've tried it! Avocado oil and coconut oil are both perfect for cooking with and really healthy oils so it's great to substitute either of them for the olive oil. I find coconut oil adds a slight flavour to some foods but it's not unpleasant. I haven't tried avocado oil yet, but I will do now! If you do use olive oil, as I have done, you're absolutely right that you shouldn't heat it too high.

      Thanks for your comment - I've added a mention about the different oils to the recipe but it would also make an interesting post for the future!

      All the best,


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