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Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

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WW Freestyle: 11
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr
This Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Peppers recipe makes bell peppers that are stuffed with a delicious and cheesy quinoa mixture. These easy stuffed peppers are flavorful, filling and perfect for dinner!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American/Southwest
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 541


  • butter, for baking dish
  • 4 bell peppers, halved, lengthwise
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canned sweet corn, rinsed
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley (you can also use cilantro)
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups shredded 4-Cheese Mexican Blend, divided
  • plain yogurt or light sour cream, for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Grease a baking dish with butter; arrange halved bell peppers in baking dish and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, combine vegetable broth and quinoa and bring to a boil; lower to a simmer, cover, and continue to cook for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, gently fluff with a fork and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add diced onions and season with salt; cook for 1 minute, or until translucent.
  • Stir in sweet corn and beans; continue to cook for 2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  • Stir in grape tomatoes and cooked quinoa; season with chili powder, cayenne pepper, dried parsley, salt and pepper.
  • Add 1 cup cheese; mix well and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until everything is heated through and cheese is melted.
  • Remove from heat. 
  • Divide mixture evenly between peppers, packing the quinoa mixture tightly into the hollow pepper shells.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and top each pepper with remaining cheese.
  • Put back in the oven and continue to bake for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes.
  • Serve with a dollop of plain yogurt or light sour cream.
Nutrition Facts
Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 541 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 1157mg48%
Potassium 872mg25%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 10g40%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 4840IU97%
Vitamin C 161.9mg196%
Calcium 696mg70%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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