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Plate of slow cooker stuffed bell peppers

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

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  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4


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!


  • 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 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed
  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


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.

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 pepper