Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

The South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors met again in the South Arm Community Center. This time, the seniors made 3 items to share. The main dish is called Quinoa Stuffed Peppers. For the nutritional values of Quinoa, please click on this Quinoa and Black Bean Salad link to learn more.

Christina, Frank and Hugh worked together to make this Quinoa Stuffed Peppers. This recipe is adapted from Cooking Light and it serves 4.


The Quinoa Stuffed Pepper has a kick to it with the presence of jalapeno pepper. Although this is a Vegetarian dish, the Quinoa is a good source of protein, equivalent or more superior to milk product.


  • 4 yellow bell peppers or (5-inch) poblano chiles
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 2 teaspoons minced seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seed kernels
  • 1/2 cup minced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 medium can diced Mexican-style tomatoes
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese



Preheat the oven to 35oF.

quinoastuffedpepper-30-300x200Cut peppers or chiles in half lengthwise; remove stems and seeds. Set aside.
quinoastuffedpepper-11-300x200Combine water and quinoa in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 13 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Set aside.
quinoastuffedpepper-13-300x200Heat oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add chopped bell peppers, onion, jalapeno pepper, garlic, cumin and salt; saute for 5 minutes.
quinoastuffedpepper-15-300x200Add pumpkin kernels; saute for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.
quinoastuffedpepper-17-300x200Stir in quinoa,  green onions, cilantro, soy sauce, and lime juice.
quinoastuffedpepper-19-300x200Pour tomatoes into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish
quinoastuffedpepper-21-300x200Spoon 1/3 cup quinoa mixture into each pepper or chili half.

Place stuffed peppers or chilies in the baking dish.

quinoastuffedpepper-22-300x200Cover and bake at 350F for 35 minutes (20 minutes if using chilies).
quinoastuffedpepper-24-300x200Sprinkle cheese over peppers; bake, uncovered, an additional 10 minutes or until cheese melts and peppers are thoroughly heated. Spoon tomatoes over peppers when serving.

Christina, Frank and Hugh, thank you for making this delicious Mexican dish.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. RobynT

    yum, that looks yummy and healthy too! i have been wanting to cook with quinoa. will have to try this soon.

  2. janet

    Quinoa is wonderful and your photos have my mouth watering!

  3. Parm

    This is an EXCELLENT recipe and I would highly recommend making it. Glad I came across it.

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