Jun 4, 2013

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers Enchiladas Style Recipe

Stuffed peppers are one of my new favorite foods. I tried Southwest Stuffed Peppers for the first time a few years ago and I've been hooked ever since. Mexican food on the other hand, I'm pretty sure I was hard wired to love in the womb. How could combining the two be anything besides awesome?

This is a recipe that I've tweaked a few times. The first time I used a large can of enchilada sauce and it was too overpowering. The second time I realized that once the enchilada sauce was reduced, the quinoa didn't have enough flavor. For those of you who are intrigued by quinoa but have never tried it, quinoa is similar to rice in that it will absorb the flavors that it's cooked in. Cooked alone, it has almost no flavor. I think this is a great recipe to try quinoa for the first time.

I will say that my kids are hit and miss with this recipe. Mark eats it every time, but my girls love it one week and won't touch it the next. I would love to say that this doesn't annoy me, but then I'd be a huge liar. I can't stand dinner time battles! You ate it last month and asked for thirds, just eat that darn food already!

See? I would be a liar.

Do you ever have one of those days when it's naptime and you know you're not going to have the energy to cook dinner? If you have one of those days at least once a week, you're in good company with me! I have learned to plan at least one meal a week that I can prep at naptime or use my Crock Pot. This is a meal that you can prep ahead. I love that I can assemble it during naptime so all I have to do come dinnertime (aka exhaustion hour) is pop it in the oven.

Stuffed Pepppers Enchilada Style
Serves 4 (or 5 if kids are involved)

4 bell peppers any color
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
10 oz. can of red enchilada sauce
1 cup frozen corn
1 can black beans rinsed and drained
1/4 onion diced
1/2 cup shredded cheese - your preference I use pepper jack or jack
1/3 cup cilantro
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1 t cumin
1 t cayenne pepper
juice of 1 lime
2 cloves minced garlic
1 to 2 T taco seasoning

1. Prepare the quinoa according to package directions. Add the taco seasoning when you add the quinoa to the water.
2. Meanwhile, cut the tops of the bell peppers and cut them in half. Clean out the seeds and place in a greased 9X13 pan.

3. Use this time to prepare the remaining ingredients.
  • shred the cheese and put away in the fridge. I try to stick to 1/2 cup but I sometimes use 1 cup.
  • Rinse and drain the beans
  • chop the cilantro
  • dice the onion
  • mince the garlic
  • juice the lime
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
4. In a large bowl mix together the cooked quinoa, beans, corn, cilantro, lime juice, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, pepper, garlic, and onion.

5. Spoon quinoa mixture into the peppers.

I only do 3 and a half since my kids will only eat raw peppers. Sigh.

6. Spoon the enchilada sauce over and around the peppers, cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. You want a thin layer on the bottom of the pan.
7. Top peppers with cheese and cook uncovered for 10 minutes.
Serve and Enjoy!

Don't worry mom, I'm eating dinner.

I'll eat it tonight mommy!

I'll eat three bites and then decide that I'm full. Stinker!

Enjoy the recipe!

You might also like these recipes.

Southwest Stuffed Peppers - Vegetarian One of my most popular recipes!

Rice and Bean Tostadas

Shrimp Verde Enchiladas


  1. Oh my that looks GOOD!!! Thank you for the recipe. I'm adding that to next weeks menu! YUM!!

  2. I love stuffed peppers, AND quinoa! This is perfect, I'm pinning this to make soon. I've had a bag of quinoa sitting in the panty forever not knowing what to do with! Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. I did the same thing with my first bag of quinoa. It sat there for months without a game plan from me. I hope you like it!

  3. That looks awesome! I love stuffed peppers and have a ton of quinoa in my pantry, I'm definitely making this soon!

    1. Thanks! Another thing I love about this recipe is that other than the peppers, I always have the remaining ingredients on hand all the time.

  4. I love stuff peppers and so does m daughter. They're so easy and quick to make. Thanks for sharing this recipe!


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