Grilled Stuffed Peppers

Well, I don’t know if weather GETS more perfect than it was today, and I was looking for any excuse to be outside. Grilling seemed like a good one. I’d been checking out the offerings at the farmers market this morning with an eye towards what would make good grilling fare and had the idea to grill some stuffed peppers. And that’s what I did.

Grilled Stuffed Peppers

2 large bell peppers
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 chili pepper, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 cup minced or grated seitan (I used Zoa’s chicken-style okara seitan)
1 cup crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce (I used about 1/2 cup each)
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 cup cooked rice
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp Dragonfly’s Dry, Bulk Uncheese, or vegan parmesan
grated vegan cheddar, optional

Dice the onions, mince the chili, press the garlic, and dice the seitan.

Remove the top of the peppers, remove the seeds and white membranes, and dice the removed tops.

Slice the peppers in half.

Heat a heavy skillet over medium high heat, add some oil, and when it’s hot, add the onions, then cook until beginning to brown.

Add the chilis and minced bell pepper, cook for a few minutes, then add the garlic.

Add the seitan. Ignore the tomatoes in this picture – I forgot the seitan and added the tomatoes like a doofus, so I pushed everything out of the way, moved the skillet so it wasn’t over the heat, and added the seitan to the other side of the skillet that was over the heat, then browned it before mixing it all together. Cook until the seitan is beginning to brown.

Add the tomatoes/tomato sauce, soy sauce, rice, and pepper; cook for a few minutes, then stir in the uncheese.

Stuff into the pepper halves.

If you’d like, top with shredded vegan cheddar.

Prepare the grill. I don’t know enough yet to tell you how hot you want it; I know it never seems hot enough for me, which is something I’m working on. If you have a grill wok, put the peppers in that; otherwise, put them directly on the grill.

Close the lid and grill until the bottoms of the peppers are charred. Check out the awesome plate/platter I scored at the thrift store for $3 today! Have I ever mentioned I have the best thrift store luck?!

These were the best stuffed peppers I’ve made! By the way, you can make them in the oven – just don’t cut them in half; stuff them whole and bake at, I don’t know, 375 Fahrenheit for 45 minutes or so? I can’t give you an exact time because I haven’t done it that way yet, so check on them.

I hope everyone’s weekend is going well.


  1. Zoa Said,

    September 19, 2010 @ 7:20 pm

    This looks just great. I love how you halved the peppers before stuffing them; it’s like one of those cut in half house pictures I used to love (and draw) as a little kid. Altogether excellent meal! And what big white teeth Tortitia has, and what a cute pink tongue…

  2. Josiane Said,

    September 20, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

    So nice that you’ve also had the glorious weather we’ve had this weekend! It is indeed hard to imagine it could get any better. 🙂

  3. Julie Winkler Said,

    September 23, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

    Greetings cat lover and vegetarian. These recipes look delicious. Thanks for sharing. It would be great if you had a following on Facebook 😉

  4. renae Said,

    September 23, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

    Julie Winkler? THE Julie Winkler? I’m on Facebook, I just hate it and never log in.

  5. Julie Winkler Said,

    September 23, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    Yes! I looked for you. Please find me. My profile pic is of Lake Montebello (water)

  6. Kelly Said,

    September 23, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    And this is Kelly. (Last name withheld because, well, it’s not my last name anymore). Hope you remember me. Julie and I were both interested in finding you, and she did. I love your blog…congrats!

  7. Mo Said,

    September 27, 2010 @ 2:46 am

    Those are some fantastic looking peppers!

  8. Lisa Said,

    October 18, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

    Hi Renae,

    Thanksgiving is coming up!!
    Do you have an easy recipe for vegan meatloaf?
    Thank you,

    awesome site!!!

  9. Lisa Said,

    October 18, 2010 @ 1:27 pm


    How do I sub to your blog?

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