Slow Cooker Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

Vegetarian stuffed (can be vegan!) Bell Peppers. I like how this recipe uses pantry staples like canned beans and pasta sauce. It's so easy, and it can be done all in the crockpot. :-)

vegetarian stuffed bell peppers made in the crockpot slow cooker recipe
Look! It's another vegetarian (could easily be vegan) main course! Woo hoo!

and just to be inclusive the carnivores could easily throw in some meat when no one's looking... 

The Ingredients.
serves 6

ingredients needed to make vegetarian stuffed bell pepper recipe in the crockpot slow cooker

6 bell peppers (your choice of colors)
1/2 cup prepared or premade pasta sauce
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (8-ounce ) can corn (there's a picture of a 16-ounce can; I only used half)
1 small onion, diced
2 cups cooked long grain rice
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 
1/3 cup water

The Directions.

Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Cut the tops off of the peppers and remove the seeds and membranes from the inside of each.

In a mixing bowl, combine the pasta sauce, beans, corn, onion, rice, spices, and cheese. Mix well to combine----it will be quite gloppy.

Shove as much of this concoction as you can into each of your cored peppers. Carefully nestle the peppers into the pot. Pour 1/3 cup water around the pepper bases.

Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4. The pepper will wilt a bit, but still be intact.

Carefully remove them with serving spoons.

The Verdict.

They're delicious! My kids were cranky from soccer practice (it's been super hot lately) and each ate a few bites just to be polite, but mostly filled up on quesadillas while we watched last week's Project Runway.

Adam ate leftover sausage. My mom, grandma, and I all loved them though!

 Vegetarian stuffed (can be vegan!) Bell Peppers. I like how this recipe uses pantry staples like canned beans and pasta sauce. It's so easy, and it can be done all in the crockpot. :-)

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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at June 16, 2017

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  1. congrats to you!! and I love bell peppers, growing them in my garden as we speak. (grow little seedlings, grow!)

  2. What a great picture, these look so good we're going to have them for dinner tonight!

    p.s. I made your stuffed artichokes last night, thank you for teaching me the real way to cook artichokes: in the slow cooker! They are no longer a vegetable I love at restaurants but never get right at home! Thank you!

  3. Mmmm....this looks and sounds super yummy! I may add some soy crumbles to the stuffing, as well. Thank you!

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  8. This is almost identical to my recipe for the same! I've made it for years, and my family loves it.

    The first time I made it though, I had to do a few substitutions. These I recommend to you now:
    For a "Mexi" version -
    Sub salsa for the pasta sauce and pepper-jack cheese for the cheddar. You could also throw in a can of green chilies instead of the salsa/pasta sauce.

    Somehow I *always* end up with extra filling which makes a great burrito stuffing the next day. :)

  9. Anonymous10/14/2010

    These sound so super tasty.... this would make a great lunch to bring to work!

  10. I love stuffed peppers! My family are freaks though and always just tell me, "why do you go through the work of putting all the stuff IN the peppers, just chuck it all in a casserole". Ugh! Apparenly, they aren't into appearance! I LOVE them!

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  12. Love the pepper! Checking out your new gig too, congrats on that!

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  14. Yum! Stuffed peppers are one of my favorites. I look forward to trying this version. At our farmers' market, a few farmers will bag up whatever they haven't sold at the end of the market and sell the whole bag for just $3. That's when I make stuffed peppers. Great idea!

  15. These are great! I am vegetarian, hubby not, and 6yo son is a picky eater. My son asked me to leave the rice out of his, which was very easy to do :) Everyone liked these, and we plan to put them on our regular menu rotation.

  16. I had this for dinner tonight! It is SO good, I scarfed down 2 myself!

  17. These are soooo delicious! I prepped them on Sunday night and cooked them yesterday, and my apartment smelled incredible when I got home. They're so tasty :) Thanks for a great recipe!

  18. It's just so hot in NY, I am trying to cook as much as possible in slow cooker, rice cooker and micro. I would never have thought of stuffed peppers. I made some substitutions: didn't have corn, but I had some zucchini and chopped tomatoes, plus I had a little end of turkey meatloaf, so why not? And some basil that was getting a little tired. I threw a dried chipotle and some garlic cloves in the water...the aroma was amazine. I see a lot of variations on this recipe coming this summer. Thanks.

  19. I've had this on a pinterest for a while then decided to do it today with company coming. My stuffed peppers are cooking away in the pot now - looking forward to dinner. :)

  20. How about some riced cauliflower to add a little extra?