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Quinoa Stuffed Peppers with Mexican Flavors

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers with Mexican Flavors

Are you looking for a delicious and gluten-free recipe that packs a punch of Mexican flavors? Look no further! These Quinoa Stuffed Peppers are a perfect combination of wholesome ingredients and vibrant spices, making them a satisfying and flavorful meal. Whether you follow a gluten-free diet or simply enjoy exploring new recipes, this dish is sure to impress your taste buds.

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Servings
15 mins 45 mins 1 hr 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 large bell peppers (any color)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional for spice)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or dairy-free alternative)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking dish with parchment paper or lightly grease it with cooking spray.
  2. Cut the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes. Place the peppers in the prepared baking dish, standing upright.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, black beans, corn, diced onion, minced garlic, jalapeno pepper (if using), chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  4. Spoon the quinoa mixture into each bell pepper, packing it down gently. Fill each pepper until the mixture reaches the top.
  5. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the foil and sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese on top of each stuffed pepper.
  6. Return the baking dish to the oven, uncovered, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  7. Once cooked, remove the stuffed peppers from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro before serving.

Serving Suggestions

These Quinoa Stuffed Peppers with Mexican Flavors are a versatile dish that can be enjoyed on various occasions. Here are a few serving suggestions:

  • Serve them as a main course alongside a fresh green salad.
  • Pair them with a side of guacamole or salsa for an extra burst of flavor.
  • They make a great addition to a potluck or dinner party menu.
  • Enjoy them as a healthy and satisfying lunch option.

No matter how you choose to serve them, these Quinoa Stuffed Peppers are guaranteed to be a hit with your family and friends. So go ahead and give this gluten-free recipe a try for a delicious and nutritious meal!

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