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Two halved green poblano peppers filled with a vegetarian quinoa mixture with cheese sprinkled on the one towards the top of the frame, on a shiny aqua-colored ceramic plate.

Vegetarian Grilled Stuffed Poblano (Pasilla) Peppers


  • Author: Raquel Smith
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Grilled poblano peppers stuffed with chickpeas, bell peppers, serranos, corn, and quinoa, topped with enchilada sauce and cotija cheese. This vegetarian entree is sure to please.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 15-oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 ear fresh corn, kernels removed from cob
  • 1 serrano chili pepper, minced (can substitute 1/2 jalapeno)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste (optional)
  • 1 lb. poblano peppers (about 4 large or 5 medium)
  • 1/2 cup enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook your quinoa (I cook 1 or 2 cups of dried quinoa at a time, and eat whatever I don’t use for lunch the next day) and let it cool for 10 minutes or so. Spreading it out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper can help it to cool faster.
  2. Prep your veggies and toss together the chickpeas, bell pepper, onion, corn, serrano pepper, and cilantro in a large bowl with 2 cups of the cooked quinoa. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Cut the poblano (what I call pasilla) peppers in half, stem and all. The stem gives each piece a nice handle to hold on to. Try to cut strategically so that each half will lay semi-flat, so the filling stays inside when you cook them.
  4. Preheat your grill to 350°F.
  5. Pile the filling into the peppers, heaping it up as much as you can without it falling out. You may have a bit left over. Drizzle 1-2 Tbsp enchilada sauce over each filled pepper half.
  6. Arrange the peppers in a 12-inch cast iron skillet. It’s okay to use a smaller one, but you may have to cook in multiple batches.
  7. Place the skillet on the grill and cook for 20-25 minutes, until the peppers are starting to blacken on the edges and are looking wrinkly. Carefully remove the skillet from the grill and set aside to cool for a couple of minutes. Sprinkle with the cheese if you like, and serve immediately.

Notes

For a vegan entree, skip the cheese on top.