Food Network Kitchen’s Vegan Stuffed Peppers, as seen on Food Network.
Recipe courtesy of Shaquay Peacock for Food Network Kitchen

Vegan Stuffed Peppers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
Stuffed peppers go Tex-Mex style and vegan. Filled to the brim with black beans, corn, quinoa and spinach, these peppers make a hearty addition to your weekday dinner rotation--Meatless Monday perhaps? The cilantro-lime cream adds a welcome zesty kick.

Ingredients

Stuffed Peppers:

Vegan Cilantro-Lime Cream:

Directions

  1. For the stuffed peppers: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut off the bell pepper tops, up to about 1/2 inch; discard the stems. Cut the tops into small dice and reserve. Discard the seeds and white membranes from the insides of the peppers. If a pepper doesn't stand upright, trim the bottom until level.
  3. Add the oil to a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion and diced bell pepper and cook until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Mix in the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer 1 1/2 cups of the tomato mixture to an 8-by-11-inch baking dish and use a spatula or spoon to spread over the bottom of the dish. Set aside.
  5. Add the corn, black beans, spinach, quinoa, chili powder and cumin to the remaining tomato mixture in the sauté pan. Cook on low heat until the spinach is fully wilted, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the cilantro. Season with salt and pepper and let cool for 5 minutes.
  6. Spoon the quinoa mixture into the cavity of each pepper, packing the mixture in. Arrange the peppers side by side in the baking dish and cover with foil. Bake until the peppers are tender, about 45 minutes.
  7. For the vegan cilantro-lime cream: Whisk together the sour cream, lime zest and juice and cilantro in a small mixing bowl until smooth and combined. Season with salt.
  8. Top the peppers with the cream immediately before serving.

Cook’s Note

If substituting with vegan cream cheese, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to thin the mixture.