Black rice chicken fajita stuffed peppers make a filling and wholesome meal! Can easily be made vegan/vegetarian by omitting the chicken. Gluten and dairy free.
While we eat chicken fajitas often, this is my very first time making stuffed peppers. They seemed a little labor intensive to me and I’m usually all about the quick and easy after a long, busy day homeschooling, blogging, and doing housework.
I came across these cute little stuffed peppers while on Pinterest a few weeks ago and knew my kids would enjoy getting their own personalized “pumpkins” for dinner…okay, okay, I was also hoping that these cute little peppers would persuade them to eat this veggie-rich dish without complaint. But hey, whatever it takes. Sometimes us moms have to be extra creative with sneaking in those veggies, am I right?! 😉
I came across some black rice at my local market and thought it would be perfect to fill these peppers, especially with Halloween right around the corner. Not only is it a festive color, black rice is very nutrient-dense and filled with beneficial vitamins and antioxidants. Another rice can also be substituted if you don’t have or can’t find black rice. I would recommend following the rice to water ratio on the package of the bag you purchase and don’t forget to adjust the cook time accordingly.
We don’t typically celebrate Halloween, but the kids have always enjoyed going to the pumpkin patch and picking out a pumpkin. Occasionally they would talk my hubby into carving silly faces into it. It’s so easy to cut faces out of these peppers, which at first glance look just like little pumpkins! I google searched “cute pumpkin faces” and got some ideas from the images. Of course the faces aren’t necessary, but make such a festive touch if you happen to be making this dish in the fall time.
Although I added chicken to these, you can easily omit the meat for a vegan/vegetarian friendly dish. If you consume dairy, feel free to stir in and top with shredded cheese as well! This dish is super delicious, very customizable, and full of wholesome ingredients. I hope you give it a try!