Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers - Only 250 calories for two pepper halves! // The Live-In Kitchen

Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers

A healthy take on stuffed poblano peppers.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword quinoa stuffed poblano peppers, stuffed peppers, stuffed poblano peppers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 292 kcal


  • 4 poblano peppers
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil divided, plus more for the peppers
  • 3/4 cup red quinoa
  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked corn thawed if frozen
  • 1 cup low sodium canned black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 4 ounce can mild diced green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cotija cheese
  • Chopped fresh cilantro optional
  • Plain 0% fat Greek yogurt optional


  1. Preheat the broiler to high and place an oven rack in the second from the top position.
  2. Rub poblanos with olive oil and place in a well seasoned cast iron skillet or oiled oven safe baking dish. Broil until the skin of the pepper is blistered and beginning to brown, 5-10 minutes per side. Remove the peppers from the oven and place them in a bowl. Cover the top tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. Move the oven rack down to the middle position and heat the oven to 375ºF.
  3. While the peppers are broiling, place quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold water for 2 minutes. In a medium sized pot, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the quinoa and toast, stirring, for 1 minute. Add vegetable broth and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to medium low. Allow the quinoa to cook undisturbed until all of the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow the quinoa to sit, covered, another 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until softened and just beginning to brown, 5-7 minutes.
  5. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, onions, garlic, corn, beans, green chiles, chili powder, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Remove the peppers from the bowl and remove skins. They should peel off easily, but don't worry about getting every last bit off. Carefully cut each pepper in half and remove the seeds. Arrange peppers cut side up in the same dish you broiled them in. Fill them evenly with the quinoa mixture and sprinkle with the cotija cheese.
  7. Bake the stuffed peppers in the oven until heated through, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and drizzle with yogurt if desired and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 533mg 22%
Potassium 672mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 5g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 17.3%
Vitamin C 134.7%
Calcium 12%
Iron 20.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.