Stuffed Poblano Peppers in a Chipotle Sauce


As far as chiles go, poblano peppers rank among the more mild varieties, though they still offer a nice zing. Here, they are stuffed with a hearty mixture of quinoa, mushrooms, corn, and goat cheese. To counter the spice, serve with a mixed-greens salad.


  • 4 large poblano peppers

  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle chile in adobo

  • 1 garlic clove

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped, plus more for garnish

  • cup quinoa

  • 8 ounces small mushrooms, such as white button or cremini, trimmed and quartered

  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels

  • 1 can (15 ounces) black soy beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 cup crumbled fresh goat cheese (4 ounces)


  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, rub peppers with 2 teaspoons oil. Roast until slightly blackened and softened, 15 to 20 minutes, turning once. When cool enough to handle, remove skins. Make a small slit in each pepper and carefully remove seeds, keeping stem end intact.

  2. In a blender, combine chipotle, garlic, and 3/4 cup water; season with salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Add cilantro and pulse once to combine.

  3. In a small saucepan, bring 2/3 cup water to a boil. Add quinoa, cover, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes; fluff with a fork.

  4. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add mushrooms; season with salt and pepper. Cook until mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes; add corn and beans and cook until heated, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese and quinoa.

  5. Pour sauce in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Stuff peppers with filling and arrange in dish; dot with 1/2 cup cheese. Bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes.

Cook's Notes

Quinoa not only brings calcium to the table, but also provides a hefty dose of protein.

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