Vegetarian stuffed pepper recipe
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Vegetarian Stuffed Pepper Recipe

(Last Updated On: August 13, 2020)

Today I am excited to share a new recipe with you. As some of you know that keep up with the blog, I have recently made the transition to becoming vegetarian and it is so fun to try new delicious recipes. I hope you enjoy this vegetarian stuffed pepper recipe.

If you are vegan you can tweak this recipe easily by leaving out the cheese. This dish goes very well alongside guacamole or salsa verde.

Tip – This is a great meal to make in bulk

If you are the only vegetarian in your home, sometimes it can be hard to make meals for one. I suggest making this vegetarian stuffed pepper recipe in its entirety and setting aside the remaining servings in the freezer.

The magazine Cooking Light has a good article about to properly freeze all kinds of foods from soups to casseroles.

Another great resource comes from the website groom and style titled, Your Guide to Food Storage for Healthier Eating. This article goes in depth about how to reduce food waste by storing food properly.

I know for myself, to be successful with transitioning to a vegetarian lifestyle meant planning ahead. If I don’t I’m afraid I will get hungry and resort to eating some of my husband’s leftovers.

Vegetarian Stuffed Pepper – Crispy or Soft

One of the variations in this recipe is that you can boil the peppers for 5 minutes before baking them so that they are softer. But if you prefer a crunch, then skip that step and simply bake the peppers without boiling them.

If You Can’t Do Spicy…

If you don’t like spicy foods simply leave out the jalapeno, cumin, chili powder and paprika. Instead I suggest chopping up some cilantro and adding that in to the rice.

A Healthy Dinner – 610 Calories

One vegetarian stuffed pepper is 610 calories. For the full nutritional breakdown I use the website Very Well Fit. I love it because you can type in any ingredients you want and it will give you calories and nutritional content.

Vegetarian Stuffed Pepper

A flavorful stuffed pepper dinner recipe that includes Mexican spices, onions, mushrooms, black beans and rice will be recipe you return to again and again.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 610 kcal


  • Stove top burner
  • Oven


  • 6 Bell Peppers
  • 1 Cup White Rice
  • 15.5 oz Black Beans Canned, strained
  • 15.5 oz Crushed tomatoes Canned
  • 2 Cups Sharp White Cheddar Cheese Tillamook
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Grated
  • 1 Cup Onion Diced
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms Diced
  • 1 Jalapeno Optional – If you want more spice
  • 1 tbsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt


  • Step #1 – Bring a pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, wash and remove the tops of the peppers. Once water has boiled add the peppers to the pot and boil for 5 minutes. This will allow for the peppers to soften.
  • Step #2 – Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Meanwhile, boil 2 cups of water to a pot. When boiling add 1 cup of white rice.
    White Rice
  • Step #3 – Chop the onion, garlic, mushrooms and jalapeno. Saute all ingredients for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Step #4 – Combine the cooked white rice, black beans, crushed tomatoes, spices, one cup of cheese and sauted vegetables together.
    rice and beans
  • Step #5 – Arrange the boiled peppers on a sheet rack. Next place the vegetable, rice and bean mixture into each pepper and top it off with the remaining cup of cheddar cheese.
  • Step #6 – Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and eat alongside a small salad, salsa, sour cream or guacamole.
    Vegetarian stuffed pepper recipe


What I love about this recipe is that even if you aren’t a vegetarian you will still enjoy it. It is very versatile, so if you are vegan, just do not add the cheese, and voila its vegan friendly.
The opposite is true, if you have meat lovers in the family simply add some ground beef.
This vegetarian stuffed pepper recipe is really packed with lots of flavor from the Mexican spices to the diced jalapeno. 
If you are the sole vegetarian in your family this recipe is also great as a bulk meal prep where you can make all four peppers for yourself and simply freeze some of them for a later date. 
Keyword Mexican stuffed pepper, stuffed pepper, vegetarian stuffed pepper

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