Spicy Tempeh Stuffed Peppers | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well May. 15. 2018

Spicy Tempeh Stuffed Peppers

May. 15. 2018
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of NS and Creator of The Method

Tempeh is one of our top plant-based proteins you should be eating, and here’s another delicious excuse to do so, tempeh stuffed peppers.

If you’re looking to include more plant-based proteins in your life, making a familiar and classic recipe like stuffed peppers is a great way to introduce a new (or well loved) ingredient like tempeh. Stuffed peppers is a great recipe to include when you’re meal planning for the week, they’ll store and keep well for up to 5 days which is just enough time to enjoy them for a quick lunch on the go or 10-minute dinner to heat up.

These stuffed peppers will come in handy for a quick lunch on the go by just adding them to a huge bowl of fresh greens to make a salad. That’s right, this recipe is so good, you don’t even have to reheat it and enjoy it cold on top of a fresh greens salad. I recommend adding your favorite salad dressing with fresh lime and a generous sprinkle of fresh chopped cilantro — fresh, fast, and delicious.

Some other tips I’ve picked up when making these is to go heavy on the lime juice! Lime juice and diced mango add such a bright component to the recipe, especially when tempeh is such a hearty protein.


Plant-based Protein:

Soy-containing foods such as tempehtofu, and edamame all offer a complete protein containing all amino acids. Often these sources also carry fiber and healthy fats as well as the protein.

Tempeh is the most nutritious out of this bunch and is an exception to soy foods as it contains naturally occurring healthy bacteria from the fermentation process. Tempeh contains a whopping 20g of plant-based protein per serving on average.

B Vitamins:

Nutritional yeast contains no dairy or active yeast, and it’s found in a powder/flake form that creates a paste when mixed with liquid, i.e. it’s great for making dairy-free sauces, dressings, and more.

Nutritional yeast is incredibly rich in B vitamins including vitamin B12, which nutritional yeast is often fortified with and contains across the board over 200% DV of the following B vitamins: thiamine, riboflavin, pyridoxine, cobalamin, niacin, and folate.

An added bonus when eating nutritional yeast is its delicious cheesy flavor, versatility in recipes, and protein content (3 tablespoons nutritional yeast has about 12g protein)

The Recipe

Serves 4



1 tablespoon olive oil

15 ounces tempeh, crumbled

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 tablespoons fajita seasoning

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1/3 cup cooked brown rice (you may also use cooked quinoa or cooked millet)

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes

Juice of a 1 lime

Pinch of sea salt

Black pepper

4 anaheim peppers (you may use bell peppers too)

Garnish options: fresh chopped cilantro, fresh lime wedges, sliced radishes, avocado or guacamole.


Step 1:

In a skillet over medium heat, gently heat the olive oil, add garlic and cook for 4 minutes or until fragrant. Next, add the crumbled tempeh — you can crumble the tempeh with your hand — and cook for 10 minutes.

Step 2:

In the meantime, if using a bell pepper or the Anaheim, cut in half and take the seeds out. These will be stuffed with the tempeh filling so make sure each half of the peppers can lay flat with the hollow side up. On a baking sheet, lightly drizzle olive oil to coat each half of the peppers and set aside.

Step 3:

In the skillet with the tempeh, add the cherry tomatoes, ground cumin, salt, pepper, pepper, and fajita seasoning and cook for another 5 minutes. Next add the cooked rice, nutritional yeast, and lime, stir to combine and set aside.

Step 4:

Stuff each half of the pepper with the tempeh mixture and bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes or until the peppers are soft.


Serve each stuffed pepper with fresh chopped cilantro, fresh lime wedge, radish, and avocado or guacamole. Store leftovers in a glass container and reheat in the oven or on the skillet until warm.

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