Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

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These Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers are filled with a delicious black bean, corn, and rice mixture and topped with with Monterey jack cheese!

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These are the best stuffed peppers!

These vegetarian stuffed peppers are one of our favorite Mexican inspired meatless dinners. Filled with a hearty black bean, corn, and rice filling and topped with freshly grated cheese, they are so flavorful!

These stuffed peppers are so fresh and cooked to the perfect tenderness. They are made with easy to find ingredients and the perfect spice blend to really make all the flavors pop. Try these for your next meatless Monday!

Some of our favorite Mexican inspired dinners include mexican rice casserole, vegetarian enchiladas, and sweet potato tacos.

Eating Mexican meals as a vegetarian is so easy to do and you can make so many different tasty dishes.

vegetarian stuffed peppers on a plate

You can find the full recipe ingredients and instructions at the bottom of this post, but here’s what you will need.

Vegetarian Stuffed Pepper Ingredients

  • whole bell peppers: any color
  • garlic and onion: fresh garlic and onion is key for adding flavor to this dish
  • olive oil
  • black beans
  • corn
  • cooked white rice: or substitute brown rice
  • cilantro: freshly chopped
  • seasonings: chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt
  • lime juice: freshly squeezed
  • monterey jack cheese: freshly grated from a block
ingredients needed to make vegetarian stuffed peppers

How to make Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Step 1: Wash and cut the bell peppers in half down through the middle of the stem and clean out the insides.

bell peppers cut open on a cutting board

Step 2: Drizzle the pepper halves lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Use your hands to rub the oil into the peppers and place them on a baking sheet.

Should peppers be precooked before stuffing?

Yes, you need to pre-bake your bell pepper before stuffing. This ensures that they are the perfect tenderness.

Step 3: Bake the pepper halves on a baking sheet at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. While those are cooking, go ahead and cook your rice also. You can do this on the stovetop or in a rice cooker.

Step 4: While those are baking, in a large skillet, add the olive oil, onion, and garlic. Cook over medium heat for 7-8 minutes, until the onion is translucent.

Step 5: Add the frozen corn and black beans. Stir for 5 minutes, until the corn is thawed.

Step 6: In the skillet (if it’s big enough) or a mixing bowl, and add the rice, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, cilantro, lime juice, and ½ cup of the monterey jack cheese to the black bean and corn filling. Stir well to combine the vegetarian stuffed pepper filling.

Step 7: After the bell pepper halves have finished baking drain off any liquid.

Step 8: Stuff the bell pepper halves with the filling.

Step 9: Top the peppers with the remaining fresh grated monterey jack cheese.

Step 10: Bake the stuffed pepper halves at 425 for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is browned and bubbly on top.

How to serve Stuffed Bell Peppers

Serve these with all of your favorite toppings! Here are some ideas for serving:

  • sour cream
  • fresh lime juice
  • avocado slices
  • guacamole
  • salsa
vegetarian stuffed peppers on a plate

How to store

To store: Store leftover stuffed peppers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

To reheat: place the peppers on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees until heated through.

vegetarian stuffed peppers on a plate topped with sour cream and avocado pieces

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers FAQs

Should peppers be boiled before stuffing?

Pre-baking the peppers before stuffing will soften them and allow for a perfectly tender stuffed pepper. There is no need to boil your peppers before stuffing.

How do you keep stuffed peppers from getting soggy?

After pre-baking your peppers, drain off any excess liquid prior to stuffing the peppers. Avoid overcooking the stuffed peppers to prevent them from getting soggy.

How do you cut peppers for stuffed peppers?

Cut the bell peppers in half from the stem end down through the base. Clean out the insides of the peppers and remove all seeds.

vegetarian stuffed peppers on a white serving plate

These vegetarian stuffed peppers are one of our favorite mexican inspired dinner recipes and a delicious flavorful and filling meatless dinner!

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4.75 from 4 votes

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

By: Joy Shull
These vegetarian stuffed peppers are filled with a delicious black bean, corn, and rice mixture and baked to perfection topped with monterey jack cheese!
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 5 servings

Ingredients 

  • 5 bell peppers: any color
  • 10 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 can of black beans, drained
  • 1 ½ cups cooked white rice
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz monterey jack cheese, freshly grated
  • ½ lime, juiced

Instructions 

  • Cut the bell peppers in half down through the middle of the stem and clean out the insides
  • Drizzle the peppers lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Use your hands to rub the oil into the peppers
  • Bake the pepper halves on a baking sheet at 425 degrees for 20 minutes
  • While those are baking, cook the rice on the stove top, or in a rice cooker.
  • In a large skillet, add 1 tablespoons of olive oil, the onion, and the garlic. Cook the garlic and onion over medium heat for 7-8 minutes, until the onion is translucent and soft
  • Add the frozen corn and black beans. Stir for 5 minutes, until the corn is thawed
  • In the skillet (if it’s big enough) or transfer to a mixing bowl and add the cooked rice, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, cilantro, lime juice, and ½ cup of the monterey jack cheese. 
  • Drain any liquid from the bell peppers after the 20 minutes cook time is done, then stuff with the rice mixture and return to the baking sheet
  • Top the peppers with the remaining fresh grated monterey jack cheese
  • Bake the vegetarian stuffed pepper halves at 425 for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is browned and bubbly
  • Serve topped with fresh squeezed lime, diced avocado, sour cream, or toppings of choice

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Nutrition

Serving: 2halves, Calories: 455kcal, Carbohydrates: 54g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 871mg, Potassium: 791mg, Fiber: 12g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 4315IU, Vitamin C: 160mg, Calcium: 402mg, Iron: 4mg
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