Vegan Stuffed Peppers

One of the things I’m enjoying, on this plant based journey, is adapting recipes. Stuffed peppers popped into my mind this week. A quick check of my fridge and cupboards revealed I had all the necessary ingredients on hand to create a new healthier version of this old favorite.

My old recipe contained ground beef. My desire to create a veggies and brown rice version seemed doable.

I’ve played around enough with cooking the past couple of years, to gain confidence in pulling together an impromptu recipe.

Here is the result, Vegan Stuffed Peppers.

Vegan Stuffed Peppers

Vegan Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Vegan Stuffed Peppers

Vegan Stuffed Peppers

This easy to prepare stuffed pepper recipe has all the flavor and it's full of healthy ingredients. Meat, dairy, egg and sugar free.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings


  • 3 green bell peppers
  • 2 cups brown rice cooked
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans drained
  • 1 can corn non GMO, drained
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Wash green peppers, cut in half and remove seeds. Place in baking pan, cut side up.
    Vegan Stuffed Peppers
  • Saute onion and garlic in 1 tbsp coconut oil, until veggies are translucent.
  • Add diced tomatoes and cumin, onion powder, garlic powder and sea salt, stirring to combine. Add black beans and corn, combining well and heating through.
    Vegan Stuffed Peppers
  • Add brown rice and combine well. Pour mixture over green bell pepper halves, filling peppers. Mound remaining mixture around peppers. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Remove covering and bake another 5 minutes. 6 servings.
    Vegan Stuffed Peppers

Vegan Stuffed Peppers

Recipe Variations

This is one of those simple recipes that can be adapted according to tastes and ingredients on hand. Any color of pepper is suitable. I happened to have green bell peppers in the fridge.

Swap out the black beans for kidney beans or another vegetable. The same with the corn. I only use non GMO corn. Del Monte carries this product. Check the label to make sure it says “non GMO”. Quinoa can replace the brown rice. During the summer, when the garden is producing, fresh tomatoes would taste great, instead of canned. And fresh peppers from the garden….amazing!

Sampling my vegan stuffed peppers, I declared them excellent! I didn’t miss the ground beef at all. These were tasty and filling and something I will prepare again!

Looking for more meatless meal ideas? Check out these:

Black Bean & Corn Salsa

Meatless Dirty Rice


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44 thoughts on “Vegan Stuffed Peppers”

  1. I was never a huge pepper gal, but I see so many stuffed pepper recipes that look tasty and heathy, think I’ll have to try. Thanks for sharing!

    1. If you don’t like peppers you can just eat the filling. The peppers give the mixture a subtle flavor without being too strong.

    1. My kids grew up eating stuffed peppers but with ground beef in them. I think they would have enjoyed these too.

    1. Any color peppers will work! I happened to have green ones on hand. I’m making these again next Tuesday for a family dinner and using red.

  2. 5 stars
    What a wonderful recipe! I would love to try to eat healthier, I personally struggle when I do not have enough protein in my diet, most of your recipes seem to compensate for that! Thank you!

    1. These stuffed peppers are wonderful! I’ve been plant based for almost three years. I include veggies, grains and legumes that are high in protein. I feel better, eating this way.

  3. omg, yum! I did a version of this tonight and it was delicious. But I think adding cumin like you did would have made it even better. Great recipe

    1. A bit of cumin creates a richer flavor I think. But experiencing with different herbs and spices is fun too!

    1. You don’t have to eat the peppers, if you’d rather not. They give a very subtle flavor to the mixture but it’s not strong at all.

  4. These look delicious! I’m a huge fan of the cumin, black bean, and corn combo. So paired in peppers with some fluffy rice, tomatoes, and garlic sounds like the perfect dinner! Pinning too, thanks so much 🙂

  5. These look really good and so full of color! What a great alternative to using meat in this dish. I think my boys would love this. Thanks for sharing.

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