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Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Cumin-Lime Cashew Crema

Vegan Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Cumin-Lime Crema

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I’m a little bit smug when it comes to Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. I grew up eating the stuff, before it was hip, so I kind of feel like I’m a little bit cooler than everybody else. I know, I’m a terrible person.

Of course, I am kind of catching up with everyone else in one big way: today’s Mexican food, at least much of that which graces the internet these days, is way healthier than what I grew accustomed to in my younger years. Back then, if it wasn’t fried to a crisp and drenched in cheese, it wasn’t happening on my plate.

The change is welcome. Cheese and deep frying have been replaced with fresh veggies, healthy grains and hearty beans, and this recipe is the perfect example of the type of dish that I go for these days. A big fat juicy pepper is roasted until tender, stuffed with seasoned rice and beans and topped off with some cumin and lime infused cashew cream. It’s totally vegan, gluten-free and made from real food ingredients. I don’t even miss the deep frying.

Vegan Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Cumin-Lime Crema

One fortunate bonus to this type of meal is that it also comes together super easy. The rice simmers away on the stove while the pepper roasts and you blend up the cashew cream. Everything is done around the same time, at which point you can stuff your pepper, drizzle with crema, and you’re ready to eat. To make things even easier, I used a box of Lundberg Family Farms Sprouted Chile Verde Rice, which is already seasoned up and just requires some simmering. I actually had gathered a bunch of spices in preparation for this recipe, thinking I’d need them, but the rice was plenty flavorful on its own. I checked out the ingredients list, and they pretty much used the seasonings I would’ve chosen if I made the rice from scratch. I love to see that. I also love that the rice even has a nice little kick to it, which makes this a pretty spicy meal when you stuff it into a big chili pepper.

Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Cumin-Lime Cashew Crema

Roasted poblano peppers are stuffed with a mixture of red beans and chile verde rice before being drizzled in rich cumin-lime cashew crema to make this flavorful vegan meal.
Total Time: 55 minutes


For the stuffed poblano peppers:

  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 6-ounce package Lundberg Family Farms Organic Sprouted Chile Verde Rice
  • 4 medium poblano peppers halved and seeded
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 14-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 green onion chopped

For the cumin-lime cashew crema:

  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked in water 4 to 8 hours, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • Salt to taste


Make the stuffed poblano peppers:

  • In a small saucepan, combine the water and the contents of the Chile Verde Rice package, including the rice and seasoning packet. Place the saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 35 minutes. Remove from heat and let the rice sit, covered, for 5 minutes more.
  • While the rice cooks, preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly rub the pepper halves with olive oil and arrange, cut side down, on a baking sheet. Bake until the peppers are tender and their skins begin to blister, 16 to 18 minutes.
  • Uncover the rice and fluff a few times with a fork. Stir in the beans, cilantro and green onion.

Make the cumin-lime cashew crema:

  • Place the cashews, 1/2 cup water, lime juice, cumin and ancho chile powder into a blender and blend until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the pitcher. Thin with up to 1/4 cup more of water if needed and season with salt to taste.


  • Stuff the pepper halves with the rice mixture and drizzle with the cashew crema. Divide onto plates and serve.


This recipe contains cashews. If you have a nut allergy, feel free to omit the cumin-lime crema or make a substitution. Salsa, tahini and hot sauce would all work nicely.
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  • Reply
    June 1, 2016 at 1:29 pm


    • Reply
      June 2, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks Bob!

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    Mark Thompson
    June 13, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I’m with you on the cheese front. As I got older I had a hard time coming to the truth about not needing cheese on everything lol But I’m glad I did, I’ve found some amazing recipes. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      June 13, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      I never thought I’d give up cheese, but there really are so many good alternatives these days. 🙂

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    Allison Stevens
    June 19, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Definitely adding to my summer recipe book. I’m in love with cilantro-looks so yummy!

    • Reply
      June 21, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Thanks Allison! Cilantro is a favorite of mine too! Enjoy! 🙂

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