Black Bean Chili Stuffed Peppers

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on May 16, 2012

How did I get my husband to eat one and a half whole red bell peppers without even thinking twice?

By stuffing them with delicious, fun ingredients of course!

I love stuffing peppers – they are sturdy and a great vehicle for other tasty ingredients. It’s also a great way to sneak a bunch of veggies and healthy lean protein into your diet in a new and interesting way.

When making stuffed peppers, it’s really important not to overcook the peppers – otherwise you end up with a limp, soggy base and an unappetizing dish. But when cooked correctly, stuffed peppers are divine.

The obvious choice of stuffing ingredients is in the Mexican / Spanish cuisine: beans, veggies, corn, cheese, spices like cumin, cayenne, etc. After I came across this recipe from Fat Free Vegan, I thought I’d take a chance and throw in mushrooms as well.

Full disclaimer: I’m not a huge mushroom fan. And the husband thinks mushrooms are “squishy” and “weird.”

BUT – these mushrooms added a great meatiness to the dish that made it even more hearty and satisfying, and we both loved it!

The Ingredients

  • 1 medium red onion, chopped fine
  • 16 oz diced crimini mushrooms
  • 1-2 jalapeño peppers, minced (obviously if you don’t like things too spicy, use less jalapeno!)
  • 1 16-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 1/2 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
  • 1 15-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder (use less if you don’t like too much spice)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Optional: 1 tsp oregano
  • Optional: 1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 red bell peppers, sliced in half vertically
  • 8 Tbsp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 green onions, thinly sliced

The Directions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400F. Heat a large non-stick skillet or saucepan. Add 1 tsp olive oil and the onion. Cook, stirring often until it softens, about 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and jalapeno and continue to cook until mushrooms soften.

Step 2: Add black beans, corn, tomatoes, and spices. Cook for a few more minutes to allow most of the tomato liquid to cook off.

Step 3: Meanwhile, prepare the peppers by cutting them in half through the stem end (vertically), removing the seeds and membranes, and rinsing the insides to make sure all the seeds are out. Spray a baking sheet big enough for the peppers with cooking spray.

Step 4: Fill each pepper half with the chili and place it on the baking sheet.

I love how these peppers looked right before they went into the oven – so fresh and vibrant!

Step 5: Bake until peppers are tender, about 40 minutes. When they’re done, they’ll look like this:

Step 6: Top the peppers with 1 Tbsp cheese each, and pop them back into the oven. Bake until the cheese has melted – only a few minutes.

Step 7: Sprinkle each pepper with sliced green onions and serve hot.

The nutritional stats on these peppers is AWESOME. Two HUGE pepper halves will have about 250-300 calories (depending on how much filling and cheese you use), 12g fiber and 11g protein. The husband ate his with salsa, I ate mine straight out of the oven. Note: you can make this vegan by just eliminating the cheese, and it’s already gluten-free!

You can even make extra filling and use it later in the week for other Mexican meals like a filling for burritos, tacos, or even as a topping for healthy nachos.

I like using it as an alternative dinner in my 7 Day Plan for Clean Eating as well! If you haven’t had a chance to download my free 7 day meal plan, you can do so here.

They taste so amazingly good, you won’t even realize that they are so good for you! It’s like a party in your mouth.

Black Bean Chili Stuffed Peppers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 2 halves - 1 bell pepper

Calories per serving: 360

Fat per serving: 11.3g

Nutritional Info Per Serving (2 halves): 360 Calories, 11.3g Fat, 929.7mg Sodium, 50.7g Carbs, 14.5g Fiber, 14g Sugar, 20g Protein

Ingredients

  • 1 medium red onion, chopped fine
  • 16 oz diced crimini mushrooms
  • 1-2 jalapeño peppers, minced (obviously if you don’t like things too spicy, use less jalapeno!)
  • 1 16-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 1/2 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
  • 1 15-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder (use less if you don’t like too much spice)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Optional: 1 tsp oregano
  • Optional: 1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 red bell peppers, sliced in half vertically
  • 8 Tbsp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 green onions, thinly sliced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Heat a large non-stick skillet or saucepan. Add 1 tsp olive oil and the onion. Cook, stirring often until it softens, about 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and jalapeno and continue to cook until mushrooms soften.
  2. Add black beans, corn, tomatoes, and spices. Cook for a few more minutes to allow most of the tomato liquid to cook off.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the peppers by cutting them in half through the stem end (vertically), removing the seeds and membranes, and rinsing the insides to make sure all the seeds are out. Spray a baking sheet big enough for the peppers with cooking spray.
  4. Fill each pepper half with the chili and place it on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake until peppers are tender, about 40 minutes.
  6. Top the peppers with 1 Tbsp cheese each, and pop them back into the oven. Bake until the cheese has melted – only a few minutes.
  7. Sprinkle each pepper with sliced green onions and serve hot.

Notes

http://pickyeaterblog.com/black-bean-chili-stuffed-peppers/

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly May 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm

What a great recipe, this looks super delicious! :)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm

So glad you like it! :)

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Angela@veggievinyasa May 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I swear I can smell this dish through the computer! It looks so delicious and flavorful.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 17, 2012 at 11:16 pm

hehe yay!! I’m sure you will love it!

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Lindsey @ Family Food Finds May 17, 2012 at 6:57 am

That looks fantastic! I can’t believe I have never made stuffed peppers before. This will be something I will definitely try as soon as peppers are locally available! I can’t wait!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 17, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Omg stuffed peppers are seriously the best! And they are sooo easy to make! I can’t wait for you to try this too!

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Val @ Tips on Healthy Living May 17, 2012 at 7:59 am

Love this version of stuffed peppers. Some guac would go great with these. I might drop the corn and add some diced tomatillos for extra zing!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm

LOVE the idea of the tomatillos!! Oh and yes, guac would be delicious. Honestly – I can eat guac with just about anything :)

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Val @ Tips on Healthy Living May 18, 2012 at 7:08 am

Right? Ever since I went corn-free I’ve discovered the guac does go with just about everything — plantain chips, yucca, baked pita, bagels… the list goes on!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 18, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Absolutely!! Have you ever tried it mixed with hummus and as a topping for pita? It is amazingggg :)

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Suzi May 17, 2012 at 9:23 am

This looks delicious and such healthy ingredients. Nice job.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 17, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Thanks Suzi!! Let me know how you like it!

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Rimi May 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

Hi Anjali :). Lol party in my mouth??? Count me IN! I’m making this for my monthly cooking club! Theme: veggie dishes :)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 22, 2012 at 11:35 am

Hey Rimi!! It’s good to hear from you! :) Haha yay! I’m glad you’re going to try this – let me know what you think!!

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Caroline May 20, 2012 at 11:42 am

I made these for dinner last night with a combination of oyster and shitake mushrooms. My husband hates mushrooms, but couldn’t even tell they were in there. This made a delicious dinner!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 22, 2012 at 11:35 am

Awesome!! So glad to hear that Caroline! :) Love the idea of using a combination of mushrooms in this dish too – I’ll be doing that next time!

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CJ at Food Stories May 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Thx for connecting with me on foodbuzz. I just subscribed to your blog feed and can’t wait to see what your next post will be!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Thanks so much! So nice to meet you! :)

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Rimi May 29, 2012 at 11:42 am

Anjali!
Everyone loved my black bean stuffed peppers and were taking them home with them after the meal! Thanks for this great and easy to follow recipe!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Yaaaay!!! I’m soo glad to hear that Rimi!! :) That’s awesome it was such a big hit!

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pri July 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I made these for my hubby, and he loved it. Thanks for the recipe.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater July 11, 2012 at 8:03 am

Woohooo! Glad to hear it Pri! :)

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Ayn October 23, 2013 at 7:07 pm

You are amazing! What i did to modify this as i am not very health conscious (I’m a high school student with a super active thyroid…lol), is that i added sour cream and then stuck the green onions onto it. It was SO good. My family was so proud lol.. so thank you so much for the awesome post. I hope to use more of your recipes! :)

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Hehe awww thanks so much Ayn!! I’m sure the sour cream/green onion mixture was absolutely delicious on this recipe :) Keep me posted on how my other recipes turn out for you!

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