Southwest Stuffed Bell Peppers

BY : PUBLISHED : January 29th, 2021 UPDATED: October 19th, 2021

From the author, Terrence Paschal: These Southwest Stuffed Peppers recipe is one of my favorite dishes to make for my family. It can seem like a lot of work with all the different steps, but it all comes together quickly. These peppers are very filling and very low in calories and fat. Top them with your favorite salsa, and play around with what you mix in.

From Plant-Based on a Budget: We love this simple but flavor-packed Southwest Stuffed Peppers recipe, it is such a perfect way to vary your dishes and an easy way to add a fancy touch to your meals. The best part of it is that you can vary your stuffing mix to your liking or whatever needs using in your pantry. Get creative!

Southwest Stuffed Bell Peppers

Terrence Paschal
These Southwest Stuffed Peppers are so easy to prepare and perfect for a fancier occasion! Play around with the filling and add anything you like.
4.91 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Side
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4 servings
Calories 449 kcal
DIET Vegan


  • 1 cup of uncooked brown rice
  • 1 cup of diced onion
  • 1 14-ounce can of fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cups of water + 3 tablespoons of water divided
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 15-ounce can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1.25-ounce packet of your favorite taco seasoning
  • 4 large green bell peppers


  • In a large non-stick pot over medium-high heat, add brown rice and onion. Cook for 5 minutes until the onion begins to soften and become translucent.
  • Add the tomatoes, 2 cups of water, and chili powder to rice. Cover, lower heat to a simmer and let cook until water is absorbed.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C).
  • While rice is cooking, cut tops off of bell peppers and remove seeds. Place the peppers in a large pot of boiling water. Let boil until the peppers become light green and soft. Remove from water and place the peppers in a small pan.
  • Place beans in a non-stick pan, add taco seasoning, and 3 tablespoons of water. Mix well, and add cooked rice mixture. Continue to cook until beans are warm. 
  • Scoop rice and bean mixture into bell peppers. Place them in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with your favorite taco sauce or salsa.


Calories: 449kcalCarbohydrates: 91gProtein: 18gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1586mgPotassium: 1116mgFiber: 21gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 2423IUVitamin C: 144mgCalcium: 149mgIron: 6mg
Keyword stuffed peppers, vegan appetizer, vegan side, vegan stuffed peppers
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We love using beans as much as we possibly can, in salads (don’t miss out on our Everybody’s Favorite Bean Salad!), loaded soups, burritos, pasta dishes, spreads, or hearty stews. We really don’t need a reason other than them being delicious but the truth is they should be a staple on everyone’s diet. Beans are packed with healthy plant-based protein and fiber.

Beans get extra bonus for being extremely budget-friendly. You can buy them in bulk from your favorite grocery store and cook them swiftly in your instant pot, or you can buy cans on sale and have them always ready for daily use.

Green Stuffed Peppers on an Iron Cast Skillet

Multicolor Bell Peppers

Peppers have become a healthy eating must and are a truly versatile vegetable, they not only add amazing color to your meals but they have a delicious and familiar taste. They basically make everything better!

There are four different types of pepper, but only because they are in different states of maturation. Green, yellow, orange and red, one sweeter than the next. If you’d like to try a sweeter version of these Southwest Stuffed Peppers recipe, then we recommend using red bell peppers.

Let us know if you try them!

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

Southwest Stuffed Peppers Pinterest Graphic


About Terrence Paschal

Plant based food, micro brews, punk rock, and running are what I am about.

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