Easy Crockpot Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

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easy vegetarian crockpot stuffed peppers
Today I’m bringing you the magic that is stuffed peppers! In case you can’t tell, Mexican food is a staple in our house!

Last week I decided to try my hand at making these vegetarian crockpot stuffed peppers for the first time. I love crockpot meals because they are so easy to just set and forget.

This recipe is no fuss, and literally takes less than 15 minutes to throw together and put in the crockpot!

easy vegetarian crockpot stuffed peppers

Plus your house smells awesome while it’s cooking!

vegetarian crockpot stuffed peppers
First, cut the tops off of 4 bell peppers and remove the ribs and seeds. Place them in the bottom of your crockpot.

I found that 4 large peppers fit perfectly in my crockpot and wedged well enough to keep any from falling over.

easy vegetarian crockpot stuffed peppers
Grab a bowl and we will start with some instant brown rice.

easy vegetarian crockpot stuffed peppers


Add some black beans, mexican cheese, and diced red onion.

easy vegetarian crockpot stuffed peppers

Throw in a few spices and some fresh lime juice.

easy vegetarian crockpot stuffed peppers

Stir it all up!

vegetarian crockpot stuffed peppers
Distribute the filling evenly into the 4 bell peppers.

Before cooking, pour ½ cup of water into the bottom of the crockpot, this will help the peppers to cook and not stick to the bottom of the crockpot.
Cook the peppers on high for 2.5 to 3 hours.

During the last 10 minutes of cooking, remove lid and top peppers with additional shredded cheese.

Place lid back on and continue to cook for a few minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

easy vegetarian crockpot stuffed peppers
The cheese will be all melty and gooey and delicious!

You can skip the extra cheese on top if you’re watching calories, but I highly recommend it.

You don’t need much and it really adds to the dish!

easy vegetarian crockpot stuffed peppers
These were amazing and so easy to throw together!

I love mexican food (and so does the hubby), so these were a great dinner for us to have.

easy vegetarian crockpot stuffed peppers

Top your peppers with hot sauce, sour cream, and more fresh lime if you want, and serve with tortilla chips!

We had leftovers for lunch the next day and they were just as good!

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4.43 from 21 votes

Vegetarian Crockpot Stuffed Peppers

By: Joy Shull
vegetarian crockpot stuffed peppers
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total: 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans, drained
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1.5 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup shredded mexican cheese, plus more for for topping
  • 4 large bell peppers
  • ½ cup water


  • Cook rice according to package instructions, you will need to measure out 2 cups.
  • Place cooked brown rice, red onion, black beans, lime juice, cumin, garlic powder, sea salt, paprika, and 1 cup of cheese in a bowl, stir to combine
  • Cut tops off of peppers and remove inner seeds and ribs
  • Place peppers in crockpot and distribute filling evenly
  • Pour ½ cup of water into bottom of crockpot so the peppers are sitting in the water
  • Cook on high for 2 ½ to 3 hours
  • In the last 10 minutes, remove lid and top peppers with additional cheese. Cover and allow cheese to melt
  • Serve topped with hot sauce or salsa, fresh lime juice, sour cream, and tortilla chips


Calories: 282kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 477mg, Potassium: 526mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 4328IU, Vitamin C: 160mg, Calcium: 251mg, Iron: 4mg
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    1. It’s pre shredded cheese blend available at most grocery stores. You can simply use colby jack, pepper jack, etc if you wish.

  1. 5 stars
    I found the cumin to be a little overwhelming so switched it out for chili powder and chipotle chili powder and it’s awesome!

  2. Do you use uncooked rice? Or do I need to cook the rice before mixing everything together? We can’t wait to make these!!

  3. Hi,

    Do you think I could do this with 2 peppers in a smaller crock pot?
    Would I use less water and a shorter cooking time?


    1. Hi Abby,

      You would still need the same cooking time I believe, and just enough water for them to sit in. The cooking time will depend on how soft you like your peppers 🙂

  4. These look delicious! Do you think if I kept it in there longer I could get the bell peppers really soft? Or would it overcook the rice? My oldest will only eat bell peppers if they get really soft.

    1. Thanks Sabrina! The peppers do get really soft when they are cooked for the full 2 1/2 to 3 hours on high (or low 5-6 hours). The water that the recipe calls for that you pour in the bottom will steam them as they cook and they are soft when done!