Meatless Mexican Stuffed Peppers


I'm not a big fan of traditional stuffed peppers, so I make mine Mexican-style! This dish was inspired by the Mexican seven-layer dip. I love to make them on Halloween and carve them to look like jack-o'-lanterns. Serve topped with sour cream and guacamole.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
4 servings


  • 2 cups water

  • 1 (8 ounce) package yellow rice mix

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 large green bell peppers, tops and seeds removed

  • 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans, or as needed

  • 1 (11 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

  • 1 (4 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained

  • ¼ (8 ounce) jar salsa

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Mexican blend cheese, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan and stir in yellow rice mix and olive oil; boil for 1 minute. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until rice is tender and water has been absorbed, about 25 minutes.

  3. Spoon 3 tablespoons yellow rice into the bottom of each pepper. Cover rice with layers of refried beans, corn, and black olives, filling peppers almost to the top. Spoon salsa into peppers. Stand stuffed peppers upright in a baking dish.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until peppers are tender and filling is hot, about 30 minutes. Divide Mexican cheese blend over the peppers, return to oven, and bake until cheese has melted, about 5 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

703 Calories
31g Fat
87g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 703
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 2230mg 97%
Total Carbohydrate 87g 32%
Dietary Fiber 12g 44%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 142mg 709%
Calcium 473mg 36%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 828mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.