Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

These quinoa stuffed pepper beauties are light yet spicy and packed with bold flavor. The overall Southwestern theme make a fabulous date night {in}.

This recipe is more than enough for two people. Unless you’re both crazy hungry, plan on having a little bit leftover. If you’d like to add meat to this dish, substitute about 3 to 4 ounces of meat for the black beans. Ground beef, ground turkey, or shredded chicken make good substitutions.

I used my homemade taco seasoning for the quinoa stuffed peppers recipe which you can find here but you can also use store-bought taco seasoning {just check the ingredient list first for any questionable items}.

Appetizer idea

Pair it with a nice summer salad like this delicious Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing.

Drink idea

Mocktail:  For a non-alcoholic option, serve two tall glasses of chilled water garnished with cucumber slices and a few mint sprigs.

Cocktail:  If you prefer cocktails, you can’t go wrong with simple margaritas like these Classic Margaritas.

Set the mood

To help set the mood, opt for some festive music. Try this Spotify’s playlist –> Taco Tuesday

Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Southwestern Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
 
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Serves: 2 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked red quinoa
  • 4 bell peppers (any color), halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 zucchinis, finely chopped
  • ½ red onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon homemade taco seasoning
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup salsa
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Spray a baking pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Place pepper halves on baking pan cut-side down. Roast for 15 minutes or until slightly charred on top. Remove from heat, flip peppers over, and set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, add oil, zucchini, and onion. Sauté for 3 minutes, then add seasoning, black beans, and salsa and cook for 3 more minutes. Remove from heat and add cooked quinoa to saucepan.
  4. To serve, place about ⅓ cup to ½ cup of quinoa mixture per pepper half. You can also top with shredded cheese. Bake at 350°F for about 5-10 minutes or until hot.
 

Happy Date Night!

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