Couscous Stuffed Peppers

We are finally in our new place and I couldn’t be happier.

I have a much bigger kitchen with tons of cabinets to hold all my random pots and pans, and pretty little dishes.  The only problem is the lighting in the kitchen is less than favorable for someone who photographs her food. So I am still working on figuring that out.

I made these peppers when we still lived at our old house {fyi}.

They are a great blend of Southwestern flavors with spices like Cumin, Chili Powder, Garlic, Cilantro and Lime.

Stuffed Peppers usually consist of rice for the filling, but when Bob’s Red Mill sent me some of this beautiful Tri Color Pearl Couscous, the first thing that came to mind was to stuff it inside a pepper…naturally…

Israeli Couscous is nothing more than small balls of toasted semolina flour. It’s a little bit larger than your typical couscous, and this variation from Bob’s Red Mill is loaded with flavor and fun colors to spruce up any meal, and bring more sustenance as well.

To create these beautiful stuffed peppers you’ll want to start by preparing the Tri Color Couscous.

Once the Couscous is prepared, place it in a bowl with some black beans, corn, cilantro, and garlic.

Give it a good mix, and then add some lime, cumin, salt, and a little bit of chili powder for a tiny kick.

Once your stuffing is prepared, get your peppers and… start stuffing!

Sprinkle a little cheese on top and bake.

Since these peppers are vegetarian, and you don’t have any meat to cook, they don’t take very long in the oven.

Since these are vegetarian, you could serve these as a side dish to a great piece of grilled chicken or steak.

Mmmm…I am getting hungry again!

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Couscous Stuffed Peppers

These are a great blend of Southwestern flavors with spices like Cumin, Chili Powder, Garlic, Cilantro and Lime.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 360 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 3 Bell Peppers, halved(top to bottom) and seeds removed
  • 1 cup Tricolor Couscous, Bob's Red Mill
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed, and drained
  • 1 cup corn kernels, drained
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime; juice of
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 2 cups colby jack cheese, shredded
  • sour cream, optional
  • salsa, optional


  • Bring a 5 quarts pot of water to boil and blanch the halved peppers. To blanch, simply just place the cut peppers one or two at a time in the hot water for 1-2 minutes to slightly soften the skins. Remove to a paper towel to dry, then place cut side up in a baking dish or oven proof skillet.
  • In a small pot bring the 1 1/4 cups water to a boil and add the Tricolor Cousous, bring it back to a boil, then cover and reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until the Couscous has absorbed all the water.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • While the Couscous is cooking, prepare the rest of the filling. Place the black beans, corn, garlic, and cilantro in a large bowl and mix in the cooked Couscous.
  • In a small bowl combine the lime juice, cumin, salt and chili powder, then drizzle over the couscous mixture and stir to combine.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared peppers and sprinkle the tops with cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes
  • Remove from oven and let cool slightly. You can serve this with salsa and sour cream on top, which is fabulous as well.


Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 424mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2391IU | Vitamin C: 77mg | Calcium: 320mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords: bell peppers, couscous, stuffed peppers
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
138 Responses
  1. Martha

    I made these the other night and they were AMAZING!!! I have four boys and they even left the one that I was holding back for lunch the next day … Thank you Thank you Thank you !!

  2. Aggie

    What pretty couscous! I love that you used it instead of rice in the stuffing, it’s so much quicker to cook up. These peppers look awesome, a great light summer meal.

  3. Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta

    Tweeted it!

    Okay, I think i’m done entering now, I’m sure you’re tired of my face, haha! Those stuffed peppers do look amazing though, whether I win or not I think I’m going to have to try them 🙂

  4. Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta

    If I won I think I’d get some pearl barley, I had a salad at a restaurant with that stuff and it was really good. I’d probably get some corn grits too, yum!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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