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Cajun Beef and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

This Cajun Beef and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers are pure Cajun-inspired deliciousness. The green bell peppers are stuffed with organic quinoa, lean ground beef, quality ground pork sausage, celery, onions, diced red bell peppers, and Cajun seasonings topped with a Cajun-seasoned red sauce.

 I love a good old-fashioned recipe for stuffed bell peppers. However,  as you know, I love my Cajun flavors and look forward to transforming methods into dream Cajun-inspired recipes. I had a good time today revamping our family Stuffed Pepper recipe we have passed down and used for years.

 

This Cajun Beef & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers is pure Cajun-inspired goodness; deliciousness. The green bell peppers are stuffed with organic quinoa, lean ground beef, quality ground pork sausage, celery, onions, diced red bell peppers

 

 

What did I do?

  1. The first thing I did was, I decided to ditch the white rice we have always used; and opted for white organic cooked quinoa.
  2. I decided to brown the meats in a metal skillet first, instead of cooking them and the other ingredients inside of my stuffed peppers, as my mom and grandmother have always done.
  3. The original diced veggies I usually use were tossed to the wind and celery, bell pepper, onions, and minced garlic were added as a salute to the Cajun Holy Trinity.
  4. All the spices were changed to Cajun-themed spices.

 

 

Below, you will find my simple to follow recipe; to make your own super delicious Cajun-inspired meal of Cajun Beef & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers. For best taste results, it is recommended you use fresh organic, locally grown, green bell peppers,  organic canned tomatoes, and organic quinoa.

 

 
 
 

Cajun Beef & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

  • One cup  of white organic quinoa, cooked per package
  • One tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • One pound of lean ground beef
  • 1/2 of a pound quality ground pork sausage
  • One stalk of celery diced
  • One medium onion diced
  • 1/4 of a cup diced red bell peppers
  • Three cloves garlic minced
  • Two teaspoons of Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 of a teaspoon dried thyme
  • a dash of cayenne, optional
  • a light splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • One – 14 -ounce can of  organic fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • Three tablespoons of organic tomato paste
  • a splash of quality white table wine
  • Four large green bell peppers top removed, peppers seeded, reserve the tops
  • Four slices deli white cheddar cheese or cheese of choice, optional
 

 

Red sauce for Cajun peppers

  • One -28-ounce can of crushed organic tomatoes
  • One teaspoon of dried thyme
  • One teaspoon of Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  • a dash of cayenne or red pepper flakes, optional
  • a pinch of sugar, optional
  • a splash of quality white table wine
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground peppers to taste

 

 

 

 

 

This Cajun Beef & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers is pure Cajun-inspired goodness; deliciousness. The green bell peppers are stuffed with organic quinoa, lean ground beef, quality ground pork sausage, celery, onions, diced red bell peppers
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Cajun Beef and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

This Cajun Beef and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers is pure Cajun-inspired goodness; deliciousness. The green bell peppers are stuffed with organic quinoa, lean ground beef, quality ground pork sausage, celery, onions, diced red bell peppers, minced garlic, herbs and Cajun seasonings
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Cajun
Keyword: Cajun Stuffed Peppers, Stuffed Peppers
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 724kcal
Author: hmccallum

Ingredients

Cajun Beef & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

  • 1 cup White organic quinoa cooked per package
  • 1 tablespoon Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound Lean ground beef
  • ½ pound Ground pork sausage
  • 1 stalk Celery diced
  • 1 medium Onion diced
  • ¼ cup Diced red bell peppers
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoons Dried thyme
  • 1 pinch Cayenne Pepper optional
  • 1 splash Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1- 14 - ounce- Can of organic fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons of organic tomato paste
  • 1 splash White table wine
  • 4 large Large green bell peppers top removed peppers seeded, reserve the tops
  • 4 slices Deli white cheddar cheese or cheese of choice optional

Red sauce for Cajun peppers

  • 1-28- ounce- can of crushed organic tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 Pinch Cayenne or red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 pinch Sugar optional
  • 1 splash white table wine
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly ground peppers to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prepare the white organic quinoa per package instructions – reserve
  • Meanwhile, in a preheated large, deep metal skillet on medium heat, add lean ground beef, quality pork sausage, diced celery, 1 medium diced onion, diced red bell peppers, and minced garlic, Cajun seasoning, dried thyme, a dash of cayenne-optional, a light splash of Worcestershire sauce, kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to own taste. Cook till the meat it is completely cooked through.
  • Once completely cooked through remove from heat and drain meat mixture in a colander till excess oils have completely drained off.
  • Place the meat mixture back in large, deep metal skillet on low heat, add the can of fire roasted diced tomatoes, tomato paste, cooked white organic quinoa and a splash of white wine. Combine ingredients and cook for about 4-5 minutes on low heat.
  • Wash green bell peppers, remove tops (reserve for use), remove seeds and any leftover white in green bell peppers.
  • In a medium saucepan on medium-low heat; combine organic crushed tomatoes, thyme, Cajun seasoning, oregano, a dash of cayenne or red pepper flakes, a pinch of sugar, a splash of white wine, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper to own taste. Cook about 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Spoon meat and quinoa mixture evenly into each green bell pepper, place into an oven-safe baking dish, add red sauce to oven-safe baking dish and place in preheated 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes uncovered, once 20 minutes have passed add 1 slice of white cheddar cheese to each Cajun stuffed pepper, place tops on each green peppers, continue cooking another 10-12 minutes uncovered to melt cheese and cook the tops, or till your pepper has reached the degree of doneness you prefer.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for about 10-15 minutes before serving with your favorite side dishes.

Notes

Disclaimer: While a recipe is not written in stone, it is recommended you stick to the original recipe as closely as your diet allows; as changes made on your own to my recipes may result in changing the integrity of the flavor of the cooked menu item.

Nutrition

Serving: 01 | Calories: 724kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 898mg | Potassium: 1358mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2629IU | Vitamin C: 152mg | Calcium: 318mg | Iron: 8mg

 

 

 

Disclaimer: While a recipe is not written in stone, it is recommended you stick to the original recipe as closely as your diet allows; as changes made on your own to my recipes may result in changing the integrity of the flavor of the cooked menu item.

 

 

 

 

This Cajun Beef & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers is pure Cajun-inspired goodness; deliciousness. The green bell peppers are stuffed with organic quinoa, lean ground beef, quality ground pork sausage, celery, onions, diced red bell peppers, minced garlic, herbs and Cajun seasonings

 

 

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Mary Bostow
    February 27, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Putting some meal plans together at the moment and will have to get the ingredients for this. Looks delicious!

  • Reply
    trisrose
    February 27, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    I’m always looking for new things to do with quinoa and for new things to stuff into peppers and this recipe is a winner! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  • Reply
    Pam
    February 27, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Anything that’s cajun inspired is good in our book. We are fans and these stuffed peppers look hearty and delicious!

  • Reply
    Karen Kelly
    February 27, 2019 at 11:24 am

    I love using quinoa in stuffed peppers for extra protein. It’s so light and easy on the palate! Looks delicious!

  • Reply
    Tisha Voigts
    February 27, 2019 at 11:12 am

    I love finding new stuffed pepper recipes! This looks great!!!

  • Reply
    Betty
    February 27, 2019 at 10:53 am

    I enjoyed this but did not add a few ingredients, thinking back I bet it may have tasted better if I added them. Pleasant recipe though I totally blundered.Will make again.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 27, 2019 at 11:27 am

      Glad you enjoyed it Betty, hope next time you have all the ingredients because you are missing out on some really fabulous flavor. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Harley
    February 27, 2019 at 10:50 am

    I really liked this recipe, my husband did not. He hate Quinoa. Can you recommend anything in place of it? I can use it in mine and he can have a different filling with his beef. Thank you.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 27, 2019 at 11:28 am

      Hey there, I have also added couscous to this recipe…He might like that a little more.

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