Chipotle Stuffed Peppers


These Chipotle Stuffed Peppers are super flavorful, full of protein and fiber, and are entirely vegan and gluten-free!

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
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Chipotle Stuffed Peppers with avocado and sauce on top

This Stuffed Chipotle Bell Peppers recipe is vegan, healthy, and super delicious that puts a spin to taco-night! Plus, it’s super easy to make! 

Growing up, my mom would make Mexican Stuffed Peppers all the time with ground beef and tons of cheese. While I still love the traditional Mexican Stuffed Peppers recipe, I wanted to make a healthier alternative (without grease and cheese). That’s when this recipe was created.

Bowl of cooked sweet potatoes, cilantro, quinoa and black beans

Ingredients you’ll need to make these Healthy Chipotle Stuffed Peppers:

  • Bell peppers – Our favorites are the red, orange, yellow ones. They have such a juicy flavor when they are roasted.
  • Black beans – for that plant-based protein and fiber.
  • Quinoa – for extra plant-based protein and texture.
  • Avocado oil
  • White onion 
  • Garlic cloves 
  • Sweet potatoes 
  • Tomato
  • Fresh cilantro 
  • Spices: cumin powder, chili powder, salt, and black pepper. 
  • Lime juice 
  • Chipotle Pepper Adobo Seasoning – We like Frontera’s brand as it has a nice smoky flavor.

To serve, we like to add hot sauce, avocado, and our Cilantro Jalapeño Crema on-top. Our Crema adds another layer of flavor, and it’s so delicious! The crema can be made ahead of time and be kept in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. It’s optional, but we highly recommend it.

Bowl of mixed vegetables with quinoa and black beans

How to make Stuffed Peppers:

  • Prepare the filling ingredients first by cooking the quinoa, chopping up the veggies, and sauteing them.
  • Slice the bell peppers in half to remove the veins and seeds.
  • Add the filling ingredients to the bell peppers and carefully place them in a 3-quart baking dish.
  • Bake the bell peppers for 30 minutes covered at 400 degrees F and then an additional 20-25 minutes uncovered until the peppers are tender.

Chipotle Stuffed Peppers in a round baking dish

This Chipotle Stuffed Peppers recipe is easy to make as it is delicious! It’s perfect for those busy weeks when your nights are on-the-go, and you need something healthy, and quick, and easy to make! Leftovers are just as delicious as the first night. We hope you all love these healthy Mexican stuffed peppers as much as we do! Enjoy. ♡

Chipotle Stuffed Peppers with avocado and cilantro cream on top

If you love this recipe, try one of these healthy stuffed recipes:

If you make this recipe, please share feedback and leave a rating (below). This helps our readers and us. – Thanks! xx Jake & Tracey 

Chipotle Stuffed Peppers

5 from 2 votes
These Chipotle Stuffed Peppers are super flavorful, full of protein and fiber, and are entirely vegan and gluten-free! The perfect dinner meal to enjoy after a long day!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Yields 4


  • 4 bell peppers red, orange, yellow, tops cut and diced, and seeds removed
  • 1, 15- ounce can black beans rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup quinoa cooked
  • 4 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1-2 sweet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice about 1 lime
  • 4 tbsp chipotle pepper adobo sauce - I used Frontera brand
  • ¼ tsp each salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • Toppings optional:1 ripe avocado (sliced)
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Hot Sauce
  • Cilantro Jalapeño Crema


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and set out a 3-quart round baking dish.
  • In a skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tbsp of avocado oil. Add the diced onion, minced garlic, diced bell pepper toppings, and the diced sweet potato. Add all the seasoning and sauté for 5 minutes. Add 4 tbsp of the chipotle pepper adobo seasoning and sauté for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl. To the bowl, add the remaining ingredients: black beans, cooked quinoa, and lime juice, and mix to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed (adding more salt, pepper, or more spices as desired).
  • Fill/Stuff the bell peppers with about 1/2-3/4 cup of the mixture.
  • To the round baking dish, add chopped tomatoes and any leftover filling. Add 2 tbsp of avocado oil and toss everything together.  Carefully transfer the stuffed bell peppers to the baking dish and cover it with the lid or foil. 
  • Bake for 30 minutes covered. Remove the lid/foil and bake for an additional 20 - 25 minutes, or until the bell peppers are soft and slightly golden brown.
  • Serve with desired toppings: avocado, lime juice, cilantro, and Cilantro Jalapeño Crema.
  • Keep leftovers covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 20-minutes.
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired
Keyword: chipotle pepper recipes, Healthy dinners, Mexican stuffed peppers, quick and easy, Vegan stuffed pepper recipes, vegan stuffed peppers, vegetarian stuffed pepper recipes


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