Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa, Black Beans, and Corn

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Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa, Black Beans, and Corn are so filling, and absolutely delicious. This vegetarian stuffed peppers recipe is chock-full of healthy vegetables and makes for a low-calorie meal!

Love quinoa? Try these too Roasted Chickpea and Vegetable Quinoa Bowls (Meatless/GF), Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole and Greek Quinoa Salad.

Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa, Black Beans, and Corn
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Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers Recipe

A few weeks ago my friends over at America’s Test Kitchen sent me an email asking if I wanted to try out a brand-spankin’ new cookbook that was just released and they also wanted to know if I’d host a giveaway. It took me about a half of a second to respond with a big old yes! If you are new to the blog then you might not know my love for America’s Test Kitchen, fondly referred to as ATK.

A few years ago my husband bought me three of their cookbooks for Mother’s Day and it was all love and sunshine from there. I make and post lots and lots of their recipes here (like the world’s best chocolate chip cookies and the most delicious rustic Italian bread). I’m always super pleased with how recipes turn out and I really like all the extra tips and tricks that their books include. I get smarter every time I crack one open!

Slow cooker stuffed bell peppers are loaded with all kinds of delicious things like quinoa, black beans, corn, peppers, onions, cheese, and more. If you aren’t into quinoa or don’t know what it is you can easily sub in cooked rice instead. The filling is so ridiculously full of flavor and made, by far, the best stuffed peppers I’ve ever had.

Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa, Black Beans, and Corn

Vegetarian Quinoa and Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

I was a little worried about what the slow cooker would do to the peppers but they came out perfectly tender and delicious, without getting mushy. This was one of the best Meatless Monday dishes I’ve made in a long time and one I’m putting into my regular recipe rotation (say that three times fast!).

Two of my three kids didn’t love the outside peppers but they polished off the filling in no time; one gobbled up the whole thing. Even with them not eating the whole pepper they still really liked the meal, and I consider it kid approved.

Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa, Black Beans, and Corn

I bought the colored peppers but I grew the green ones in my garden! Aren’t they pretty 🙂

Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa, Black Beans, and Corn
Plate of slow cooker stuffed bell peppers
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Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa, Black Beans, and Corn

Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa, Black Beans, and Corn are so filling, and absolutely delicious. This vegetarian stuffed peppers recipe is chock-full of healthy vegetables and makes for a low-calorie meal!
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 4 red, orange, or yellow bell peppers
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 can lack beans, rinsed, 15-ounce
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup corn, frozen or freshly cut from the cob
  • 1 cup jarred tomato salsa
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
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Instructions 

  • Trim a 1/2 inch from the top of each pepper. Discard the seeds and core. Remove the stem from the pepper tops and then finely chop the pepper tops. Add the chopped pepper tops, onion, and olive oil to a small saute pan and cook over medium heat until the peppers are soft and the onions are translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the minced garlic the last minute of cooking and cook until fragrant.
  • In a large bowl combine the cooked vegetable mixture, 1 cup of the cheese, black beans, quinoa, corn, salsa, half of the cilanto, and spices. Stir well to combine. Pack the filling evenly into each bell pepper.
  • Pour 1/3 cup water in the bottom of the slow cooker and place each pepper standing up in the bottom. Cover and cook until the peppers are tender, 4 to 5 hours on low or 3 to 4 hours on high.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the cheese evenly over the peppers, put the lid back on and cook until the cheese melts, about 5 minutes. Remove the peppers from the slow cooker and place on a serving dish. Sprinkle with remaining chopped cilantro and serve.

Notes

You will need a 5 1/2 to 7 quart slow cooker for this recipe.
The original recipe called for Monterey Jack cheese and cooked rice instead of quinoa. I also added the cumin.
I made a recipe and a half because I have more than 4 people to feed and it worked great, but the recipe as written is for filling 4 peppers.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 of 4 servings, Calories: 419kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 1002mg, Potassium: 662mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 864IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 360mg, Iron: 3mg
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38 Comments

  1. April Lopez says:

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  2. Sarah says:

    I’m a regular reader, of course. 🙂 But that looks like JUST the book for us! I love LOVE my slow cooker, and I’m always looking for new recipes that don’t just involve adding cream of “whatever” soups and cooking for a long time. That cheesecake?! I want to make one. Now.

  3. Amy says:

    Looks yummy! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  4. Liz says:

    I’m a regular reader and receive your emails with great recipes. Thank you. I love a slow cooker.

  5. Heather says:

    Wow, it’s good to know someone fancy!

  6. Lachelle says:

    I heart ATK. Maybe I’ll finally win one of your giveaways.

  7. Shannon C says:

    Those look delicious!!! Yumm!

  8. Oved says:

    the stuffed peppers i made the other day didn’t look half as good

  9. Annalise says:

    These look so yummy! I love stuffed peppers and am always looking for meatless dishes. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  10. Nicole Pharr (@pharr_away) says:

    These look so tasty! I’ve been wanting to try this for a while but never buy enough peppers to do so! I’m determined to make it happen after my next grocery run! Would love to win a cookbook!

    To answer your question I subscribed to receive emails when you post and unusually swing over from there!