Black Quinoa stuffed Bell Peppers | © 2014 |

A colourful and delicious recipe of stuffed sweet bell peppers with black quinoa, ricotta, tomatoes, golden raisins, sunflower seeds and cumin. The protein-rich quinoa makes a nice change from rice or meat-filled peppers and is a a wonderful option for those who can't eat gluten. It is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner and the leftover can be easily reheated in the microwave.

Black Quinoa stuffed Bell Peppers

adapted from taste
  • 130 g Black quinoa, well rinsed
  • 280 ml Water
  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp Ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp Golden raisins
  • 2 tbsp Sunflower seeds, lightly toasted
  • 2 tbsp Roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 Vine ripened tomatoes, diced
  • 75 g Fresh ricotta cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 Large bell peppers, halved lengthwise, seeded
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Place the black quinoa in a medium saucepan with water, bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until just tender. Remove from heat, set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan over a medium heat, spray with oil. Cook the chopped onion, stirring, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and cumin, cook for 1 minute more. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  3. Place onion mixture, black quinoa, golden raisins, sunflower seeds, parsley, tomato and ricotta in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Stuff the bell pepper halves with the quinoa mixture and place on a baking tray, cover tray with foil. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil, bake for a further 15-20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and stuffing is golden. | © 2014 | | © 2014 |


Jasna Varcakovic 2/2/15 06:10

Looks amazing with all those yummy colours; Stuffing with black quinoa is to be tried!

Catherine 2/2/15 06:27

Dear Angie, These peppers are so pretty!! They are also very delicious sounding. xoxo Catherine

The Yum List 2/2/15 08:00

What a wonderfully colourful dish!

Medeja 2/2/15 08:59

Yumm.. How healthy and beautiful :P

Rosa's Yummy Yums 2/2/15 09:22

Scrumptious and colourful!



beena stephen 2/2/15 09:22

Looks colorful and healthy

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 2/2/15 12:11

I could certainly fall in love your stuffed peppers. They are so creative and full of flavor and definitely not those boring peppers of my childhood.

Emma | Fork and Good 2/2/15 13:30

Beautiful dish Angie! Looks like gourmet art :) Love the addition of ricotta and raisins. lovely :)

Raven Driemeyer 2/2/15 16:12

Wow, Angie this looks amazing! What a great take on traditional stuffed peppers!

Vicki Bensinger 2/2/15 16:39

I love stuffed peppers but your version is so healthy with the quinoa, fresh ricotta, nuts and fresh tomatoes. I will definitely be trying your version next time I make them.

Sokehah Cheah 2/2/15 16:43

What a colourful spread of bell peppers. I only know how to stuff bell peppers with fish paste!

Sharon D 2/2/15 17:05

Fresh and fabulous! This looks beautiful, Angie :)

Tricia Buice 2/2/15 18:01

So fresh and beautiful Angie! My husband could eat this every single day. Lovely photos too!

Nammi 2/2/15 18:04

My son hates bell peppers, but I would love to try one of these. looks so colorful.

Beth 2/2/15 18:21

This is my kind of recipe, Angie! It looks and sounds delicious.

Ritu Ahuja 2/2/15 18:29

It looks delicious Angie. Toooo yummy. Irresistible :)

Eva Taylor 2/2/15 19:32

Another grain I am totally unfamiliar with! I have red quinoa but I've never seen black. I just bought some beautiful Cubanelle peppers so this might be the perfect stuffing for them. I may even make a rich tomato sauce to have with them.

Cheap Ethnic Eatz 2/2/15 20:59

So many bright colors. this concept recipe always reminds me of my mom's rice and meat stuffed peppers. Was never a fan so loving an updated version with quinoa and ricotta.

Pam 2/2/15 21:20

Angie, you did it again! Your stuffed peppers sound delicious and we'd love them, for sure. Thanks for the recipe!

fimère .b 2/2/15 21:28

super beaux et bons et joliment présenté bravo
bonne semaine

Cheri Savory Spoon 2/2/15 23:23

Hi Angie, love all the colors in this dish, love your version of stuffed peppers!

Abbe@This is How I Cook 2/2/15 23:30

I'm having this for dinner! These are great stuffed peppers!

Monica 3/2/15 01:14

That is a great version of stuffed peppers. I really like the quinoa in there. Beautiful!

Ashley@CookieMonsterCooking 3/2/15 01:30

I love stuffed peppers! These look wonderful - love that you have sunflower seeds here too!

Noob Cook 3/2/15 02:16

I love the stunning colours! Healthy, colourful and delicious looking.

Asha Shivakumar 3/2/15 03:02

I promise I'm making it this week. So delicious and fantastic looking. You always rock with your healthy cooking.

Shibi Thomas 3/2/15 03:07

I always think about making stuffed bell peppers, then puts it in the back burner. This looks yummy!!

Lynda Olsen 3/2/15 03:49

Such pretty, healthy looking peppers! Looks delicious too.

Betty 3/2/15 03:57

I love all the beautiful colors of the peppers- so pretty! This is a perfect meatless meal. :)

mui mui 3/2/15 06:08

Hi Angie,
These are such colorful and awesome stuff bell peppers!
I would love to have this healthy version of yours!

Helene Dsouza 3/2/15 14:18

I would love to make this when the sky is over cast and dark, maybe during the rains or stormy season if the electricity is working. Gorgeous idea, it puts a smile on my face. :)

Yelena Strokin 3/2/15 15:41

Wonderful colors!! If I only can eat bell peppers-((

Ann Low 3/2/15 16:15

Love the colours! Look so pretty and delicious :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 3/2/15 17:12

I really enjoy eating quinoa and this delicious and pretty presentation sounds delicious, Angie! The seeds and raisins add wonderful texture and flavor too.

Pam 3/2/15 17:47

They look so colorful and delicious - YUM!

CookWith Manali 3/2/15 19:30

Bell Peppers are my absolute favorite Angie! looks so good !

Regina 3/2/15 20:45

Yummy! I love quinoa and stuffed peppers

Kitchen Belleicious 3/2/15 22:46

i have stuffed peppers with many things before but never black quinoa. I love that idea. it looks amazing

Alida 4/2/15 00:27

I could learn a thing or two about grains from you. I am not that familiar with quinoa and I like the way you have prepared it. Fab idea to stuff peppers. Very nice.

Geraldine Saucier 4/2/15 01:37

Angie, I love this recipe. Stuffed peppers are my favorite:)

[Reply] 4/2/15 03:07

I haven't had stuffed bell peppers in for every. Very clever to have them stuffed with quinoa. I love it!

Velva 4/2/15 03:43

We were on the same wave length! This past weekend I prepared colorful stuffed bell peppers. Yours are more healthy :-) I stuffed mine with ground beef, and pan sausage with rice herbs, and tomato sauce.

Your stuffed bell peppers look delightful.


Kiran @ 4/2/15 04:25

Love stuffed peppers. These look so delicious and colorful :)

Jeanette 4/2/15 04:53

Love the raisins, cumin and sunflower seeds in this healthy recipe Angie!

mjskit 4/2/15 05:06

Saw some black quinoa at the market the other and should have picked it up. You've made a very creative and delicious looking dish here Angie!

Nippon Nin 4/2/15 08:02

Lovely combination! I love the you put raisin to render sweetness to the dish. My lady, you're eating well! Healthy and great looking dish!

Couscous & Consciousness 4/2/15 08:50

This looks wonderful, Angie, and makes such a lovely refreshing change from the usual rice and meat stuffed peppers. Peppers are very abundant right now so I can't wait to give this a try.

Anne Regalado 4/2/15 10:09

Angie , what a beautiful and healthy meal ! I bet it tastes as good as it looks :)

Kelly 4/2/15 10:42

These look so colorful and pretty! I love stuffed peppers and everything you added in here sounds amazing!

Barbara 4/2/15 13:32

Really a pretty presentation, Angie. And I bet delicious. Still have not made anything with black quinoa.

Joanne 4/2/15 13:40

Such a delicious stuffing! Love how packed full of health it is.

Eliza Setiawan 4/2/15 14:01

its never easy to find healthy ingredients in my country. if there is, quite expensive...

Gloria Baker 4/2/15 16:45

Love these ANgie! Look delicious!!!

Gingi Freeman 4/2/15 18:02

These look so colorful and yummy!! I love it! <3 -

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself 4/2/15 20:54

What a delicious stuffing in these peppers, great idea :D

Choc Chip Uru

Nazneen Hamilton 4/2/15 21:31

These peppers are a feast for the eyes! So vibrant and filled with deliciousness.

Amy (Savory Moments) 4/2/15 22:24

These look delightful, Angie! So colorful and tasty!

Balvinder Ubi 5/2/15 05:31

Angie, quinoa is my favorite grain and you have made a wonderful recipe using it with colorful peppers.

Marcela 5/2/15 07:42

oh! They look insanely tasty and healthy! I have chia seeds in my kitchen, so I'll probably give your recipe a try very soon!

best hotel management colleges in Kolkata 5/2/15 12:23

I came across your blog while looking for some good food recipes and liked a lot. How amazing! I will keep an eye out for all your recipes :)

grace 5/2/15 15:18

i've decided i LOVE quinoa, finally, and i'm pretty excited about anything nestled into a pepper! bravo!

Hema 5/2/15 18:29

OMG, looks so colorful and tempting, light and delicious..

lisa h. 6/2/15 07:09

very healthy, very pretty and colourful

Liz Berg 6/2/15 12:51

Love both the filling and the gorgeous colors of the peppers!

Shashi Charles 6/2/15 18:56

I love these vegetarian stuffed peppers - Angie - they not only sound delicious but wow are they stunning!

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl 6/2/15 20:53

What gorgeous colors! These stuffed peppers look amazing.

tigerfish 6/2/15 22:52

I like the mix of red, yellow and green peppers used in this healthy nutritious stuffed bell peppers dish.

Emma @ Bake Then Eat 6/2/15 23:09

What a great way to stuff peppers. Such a colourful dish what a great way to brighten up dinner time :D

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen 7/2/15 00:55

Such a healthy and colorful recipe! I love it, Angie!

Amy 7/2/15 01:47

These are so colorful and so healthy. Love that you used different colors of bell peppers. :) I love cumin, it's just so fragrant and makes everything taste better.

Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style 7/2/15 04:13

So colorful, Angie! Using ricotta and black quinoa as the base sounds wonderful.

Rebecca Subbiah 8/2/15 03:57

these look great and vibrant colors

Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen 9/2/15 17:05

What a gorgeous, colourful dish, Angie! I love the black quinoa - I saw some in the supermarket the other day. Will be buying some for this spectacular and healthy dish!

Yzenith Chinese Recipes 10/2/15 03:44

I am so curious about how it looks like after cooked in oven

Angie Schneider 10/2/15 05:00

@Yzenith Chinese Recipes They are cooked. I roasted them covered with aluminum foil, so the colour didn't change much.

Patty Price 11/2/15 22:45

Beautiful dish Angie, would love this for dinner tonight!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies 14/2/15 01:17

The diet I have been on has me trying lots of new foods, one of which is quinoa, and I have fallen in love with it. I love what you have done with it in this recipe. It sounds and looks delicious! I will definitely be trying this.

Roz Corieri Paige 14/2/15 02:11

Love the vivid color of your peppers Angie! Stuffed so healthfully too! We nuts about peppers in this family! This is a keeper!

Asmita 15/2/15 11:26

Simply beautiful! Love the bright colors of the peppers with the amazing stuffing.

Terra 18/2/15 01:09

I love that you added raisins and sunflower seeds, what a fun flavor combo! This recipe sounds fabulous! Yum, Hugs, Terra


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