Southwestern Stuffed Peppers with Cheddar

Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will come together in agreement that these lactose free Grilled Southwest flavored stuffed peppers are a new grilling favorite. The light smokiness of the charcoal really pairs well with the gooey melted Cabot Monterey Jack and pintos. You’ll love that these gluten-free beauties can be made ahead and stuffed, and then heated on the grill to serve to guests. It’s a great make-ahead entertaining recipe!

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers


  • 4 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (14 ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 sweet bell peppers
  • 4 ounces Cabot Colby Jack, Cabot Monterey Jack, Cabot Sharp Cheddar or Cabot Farmhouse Reserve Cheddar


  1. Stir scallions, broth, quinoa, cumin and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, medium-low, and cook, undisturbed until the broth is absorbed, the quinoa is tender and the germ has just burst, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in beans and cilantro.
  3. Cut peppers in half lengthwise through the stem. Remove core and seeds with a pairing knife or melon baller, leaving stem intact. Place peppers cut side down in a 9 x 13-inch microwave safe dish. Add 1/2 cup water and microwave until the peppers are just starting to soften, 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Drain peppers and fill with the quinoa mixture. Top with cheddar.
  5. Preheat grill for indirect heat grilling. For gas grill with three burners use two on medium. For gas grill with two burners use one burner on high. Or for a charcoal grill rake coals to one side.
  6. Place peppers on the side of the grill without the flame underneath. Cook until the filling is heated through and the cheese is melted and bubbling, 12 to 18 minutes for room temperature peppers and 17 to 20 for peppers from the refrigerator.

Yield: 8 pepper halves, 4 entrees or 8 side dishes

Nutrition Information: Calories: 186 % Daily Value Total Fat: 6g 9% Saturated Fat: 2.5g 13% Cholesterol: 15mg 5% Sodium: 466mg 19% Carbohydrates: 24g 8% Dietary Fiber: 3g 12% Protein: 9.5g Calcium: 156mg 16%