Chili quinoa stuffed peppers

OKAY. This recipe is delicious! And was kind of an accident. But somehow those usually turn out the best.

Start out by chopping the tops off your peppers and cleaning out the insides.

Unfortunately, two of these beauts ended up not being good, so we ended up with four instead of six. Which resulted in me having a bucket load of the stuffing left. Buuuut thats okay in this house. Mama loves leftovers. You can stuff this stuff in tacos, make burrito bowls, eat as it is….the options are endless.

The peps who made the cut.

Place these in a baking dish and throw in the oven for 5-15 minutes, depending how soft you like them. My husband likes them more firm, so I bake them for about 5-6 minutes. I usually prefer them on the softer side, so I’d do 15 minutes for that.

While you’re cutting and cleaning your peppers, cook your burger (if you’re using it) as well as your quinoa. Cook your quinoa per instructions on the bag and brown the burger.

In a large bowl, add beans, corn and tomatoes

Throw in your spices. Does anyone actually measure when cooking?

When burgers browned, toss it on in the bowl with its friends

CHEEEEEEESE. It takes some serious self control to not dump the whole bag in, but you’re gonna want to save some for topping.

Add in quinoa. Which I made waaaaaaay too much of. But like I said, we love leftovers.

Mix it up. Stuff your pre-baked peppers. Put them in the oven for 25 minutes.

After that first bake, throw more cheese on there (which is where you’ll be glad you didn’t use the whole bag) and then pop them back in the oven for 5 minutes.

Finished product and BOYYYYYYY are they as delicious as they are beautiful.

Safe to say dinner was a hit.


  • 6 bell peppers
  • 1lb ground beef (cooked)
  • 2 cups quinoa (cooked)
  • 1 cup corn, drained (unless you freeze your own corn, then leave the juices)
  • 1 can chili ready tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans (drained)
  • 1 can kidney beans (drained)
  • 2 cups Colby jack cheese
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
    1. Cook quinoa according to package
      Brown beef
      Wash and cut the tops off peppers and clean out the insides
      Place peppers in baking dish and bake for 5-15 minutes, depending on desired softness
      Mix black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, cheese and spices in a large bowl (save some cheese for topping)
      When quinoa and beef is cooked, add to bowl with other ingredients. Mix together.
      Stuff peppers and place back in oven for 25 minutes
      Remove from oven, top with cheese and return to oven for 5 minutes

    ENJOY!!!! If you make this recipe, post it on Instagram and tag me in your photos! I’d love to see your peppers! Because who doesn’t love looking at food pics?! …….hopefully not just me…..

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    Published by shorthairsandlongnaps

    Welcome to my personal creative outlet. I've created this blog as a way to express myself and to connect with others. I'm excited you stopped by! I am a millennial mama, blogging my way through motherhood, marriage, home ownership and every other aspect of this life. A fierce lover of my dogs, essential oils, holidays, pizza and escaping the real world through binge-watching my favorite shows over and over, and also getting lost in a good book.

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