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  • Makes 4 stuffed peppers

Indian-spiced chickpea “sausage” and potatoes add a twist to stuffed poblano chiles. Jam-packed with flavor and hearty ingredients, these vegan stuffed peppers can be served as an entree or appetizer. (Looking for a more basic stuffed-pepper recipe? We’ve got you covered.)

Tip: Chile peppers contain oils that can irritate your skin and eyes. Wear plastic or rubber gloves when working with them.

Vegan Indian-Spiced Stuffed Poblano Peppers - Four stuffed green poblano peppers on a white plate and white table


  • 4 oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced (1½ cups)
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 15-oz. can no-salt-added garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup toasted almonds
  • 2 cups chopped yellow potatoes (about 12 oz.)
  • 1 small onion, chopped (½ cup)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 large fresh poblano chile peppers (see tip in recipe intro)
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)


  1. For chickpea sausage, in an extra-large skillet cook mushrooms over medium-high 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned and tender, stirring occasionally and adding water, 1 to 2 Tbsp. at a time, as needed to prevent sticking.
  2. In a large bowl combine the next five ingredients (through cayenne). In a food processor combine mushrooms, chickpeas, almonds, and 1 Tbsp. water. Pulse until chopped. Add mixture to seasonings in bowl; stir to combine.
  3. Place potatoes and onion in a steamer basket set in the extra-large skillet. Add water to just below basket. Bring to boiling. Steam, covered, 12 to 14 minutes or until tender. Add steamed potatoes and onion to mixture in bowl. Toss to combine. Stir in cilantro. Season with salt and black pepper.
  4. Make a lengthwise slit down one side of each poblano pepper. Carefully remove seeds and membranes with a small spoon, and rinse out any remaining seeds with water. Spoon chickpea sausage into peppers.
  5. Place filled peppers in the steamer basket in the skillet. If necessary, add water to just below basket. Bring to boiling. Steam, covered, 20 minutes or until peppers are crisp-tender and filling is heated through. Serve with lime wedges. If desired, top with additional cilantro.

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Becki Henderson6 months ago
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My family generally likes this recipe, and my husband, who doesn’t like mushrooms, can’t detect them here. I use pumpkin seeds instead of almonds, and white beans instead of chickpeas due to my son’s allergies. The only downside to this recipe– I’ve found that the addition of lots of spices not tempered in oil can cause a somewhat bitter aftertaste to the final product.
Normally, I like roasting poblanos too, but steaming them works beautifully in this case and is less work.

Susan Troche6 months ago
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Sounds so good! I plan to make this over the weekend. One thing I do with poblanos is, after I remove the seeds and membrane, I roast them for 20 minutes. Then I stuff them and bake for 20-30 minutes.

Kim1 week ago
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This recipe sounded so good, and that made it sound even better. I will definitely be roasting the peppers first. Thanks for sharing, Susan!

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Shelli McConnell graduated with a bachelor of science in consumer food science and a minor in journalism from Iowa State University. She began her career as a home economist in the Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen before moving into an editorial position within Meredith Corporation. She has since freelanced for 25 years and has served as an editorial project manager for many books and magazines, including three editions of the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book. She has also developed thousands of recipes for publications including Forks Over Knives magazine; Eat This, Not That!; Diabetic Living; Better Homes & Gardens; The Magnolia Journal; and more. Shelli loves to entertain and inspire, so when she’s not in her office, she’s usually in her kitchen.

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